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Addition to veterans park reflects college collaboration

The keystone of the Penn College pathway, centered over the honorees' names below

Four members of the ConCreate Design Club joined instructor Harry W. Hintz Jr. at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park this week, installing paving bricks engraved with the names of Penn College students and faculty who have worked on the project over the past three years. The group rendezvoused at the West Fourth Street/Wahoo Drive site with John O. Markley, of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission, who oversaw the latest enhancement to the ever-expanding memorial. As preparations continue for a Memorial Day dedication at the park, organizers generously wanted to permanently spell out the college’s collaboration. The pavers acknowledge Hintz and three other faculty members – Glenn R. Luse, Richard R. Motter Jr. and Franklin H. Reber Jr. – as well as more than 100 students engaged in the improvements to date, from site preparation to stone-wall construction.

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College Relations Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students Workforce Development

PPL provides funding for mechatronics trainer components

In a mechatronics lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology, student Andrew C. Caffrey gains industrial electricity skills at a portable, modular trainer featuring components purchased with PPL grant funds. Caffrey, of Denver, Pennsylvania, is enrolled in automation engineering technology: mechatronics.

PPL has provided $13,000 toward the purchase of trainers to enhance the knowledge and skills of mechatronics students, whether they are enrolled in academic majors or are completing apprenticeship programs offered by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The grant funding enabled the college to purchase mechanical and hydraulic components to increase training-unit capacity, as well as a flammable-liquid cabinet to satisfy safety requirements.

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6 days ago
Alumni College Relations Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Information Technology Scholarships Students

Scholarship donors get firsthand look at their fruitful philanthropy

A recent Scholarship Celebration, including remarks delivered from the new Center for Career Design, paid tribute to scholarship donors and vividly illustrated the life-changing impact that their support creates for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Emceed by Kyle A. Smith, executive director of college relations and the Penn College Foundation, the event featured the perspective of Student Government Association President Ethan M. McKenzie, graduating this spring in software development and information management, and 2018 applied technology studies alumnus Ryan Monteleone, who also holds a degree in information assurance and cyber security.

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April 2, 2021
Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Industrial Design

Faculty members reappointed to design group’s academic jury

Andrea M. McDonough, Thomas E. Ask renamed to academic jury

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members have again been chosen to serve on the graduate/undergraduate academic jury for the Industrial Designers Society of America.

For the second year, Thomas E. Ask, a professor of industrial design, and Andrea M. McDonough, an adjunct member of the industrial design faculty, are evaluating design projects and papers that have won regional competitions and advanced to final IDSA national competition.

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April 1, 2021
Engineering Technologies Landscape/Horticulture Students

Penn College horticulture students awarded $1,000 scholarships

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to each of four Pennsylvania College of Technology landscape/horticulture technology students on behalf of industry benefactors.

Honored virtually during NALP’s 45th annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition from March 15-19 were Nick Bianchi, of Archbald, recipient of The Ruppert Landscape Company Scholarship; Erick V. Kennedy, of Williamsport, RM Landscape and Lemcke Family Scholarship; Joanne S. Kim, of Williamsport, Chapel Valley Landscape Co. – The Reeve Family Scholarship; and Cyra E. Sterner, of Williamsport, Jacobsen Landscape Design and Construction Scholarship.

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March 30, 2021
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Events Students

Lean, mean fighting machines show mettle in robotic arena

Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.

Students in Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies claimed the top spots in Saturday’s Plastics Ant-Weight Competition, sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design.

Placing first was Jack P. Ralston, of Bloomsburg, who said, “I feel that the club gives us a way to apply and expand upon what we learn in class.”

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March 29, 2021
Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining Engineering Technologies

Manufacturing alumnus among honorees at Chamber education event

Kenneth F. Healy

Kenneth F. Healy, executive vice president and director of engineering at PMF Industries Inc., received an Alumni of the Year Award during the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s 20th annual Education Celebration on Thursday evening.

The event, held this year at the Bald Birds Brewing Co. in Jersey Shore, honors students and educators from across Lycoming County, as well as alumni from Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College who have made a positive impact on the local community.

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March 26, 2021
Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

All-in-one game changer added to CAL’s machining lineup

Allison Crane & Rigging brought a fleet of heavy-duty equipment to facilitate offloading of the equipment ...
Allison Crane & Rigging brought a fleet of heavy-duty equipment to facilitate offloading of the equipment …
... and its forklift delivery to the laboratory floor.
… and its forklift delivery to the laboratory floor.
Students inspect the newly arrived Haas equipment in the automated manufacturing lab.
Students inspect the newly arrived Haas equipment in the automated manufacturing lab.
The center features a side-mounted tool changer.
The center features a side-mounted tool changer.
The equipment awaits final hookup, faculty training – and students in the CIM228 course starting this fall.
The equipment awaits final hookup, faculty training – and students in the CIM228 course starting this fall.

A Haas 5-axis Universal Machining Center (Model 500), poised to take Penn College’s machining curriculum to a new level, was delivered to College Avenue Labs on Tuesday morning. Purchased at an educational discount through a partnership with Phillips Corp. in Bensalem, the equipment adds the versatility of a rotational axis that allows for easier shaping of harder-to-machine parts – picture a jet engine turbine blade, for instance. The equipment will be the focus of the new course, Advanced CNC Multi-Axis Programming and Machining, in which students will be able to insert a piece of metal and produce a finished product with specialized and complicated machining details. Such equipment in industry reduces setup time and increases accuracy for multisided and complex parts, said Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, and greatly boosts students’ marketability. “For students to learn on this technology, it will further enhance their ability to be productive and effective employees the moment they enter the manufacturing floor for their internship or full-time career,” he said. “We can’t thank Phillips Corp. enough for their partnership to help make this possible.”

March 23, 2021
Alumni Aviation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant

Award-winning aviation graduate, faculty member dies at age 90

Robert L. Norton

Robert L. Norton – an alumnus, retired faculty member and father of a program director in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences – died Friday, March 19, 2021, at the age of 90. He received a certificate from the former Williamsport Technical Institute and an associate degree from Williamsport Area Community College, and was an aviation instructor at WACC and Penn College for 24 years.

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March 21, 2021
Alumni Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Take a virtual tour of civil engineering/surveying

Drew R. Potts, assistant professor and head of Penn College’s civil engineering/surveying technology department, headlines a virtual tour of a dynamic career field. Alongside a handful of impressive alumni and students about to graduate from the program, Potts opens viewers’ eyes to the expansive opportunities available to graduates, making their mark – and making a difference – in the places where we work and play. “I recommend this major solely because of the professors. They’re amazing!” says Sarah E. Booher, of Orangeville, one of two current civil engineering technology students helping to guide the video tour. “They have real-world experience within the field before they become a professor, and they’re great at answering any questions that you have – from material questions to internships to postcollege life. Anything that you really have, they’re really good at answering and being honest with you.” Interested in designing bridges, routing highways or otherwise shaping the world in which we live? Take the tour and weigh your options!

March 18, 2021
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Students

Penn College students obtain industry certification

Eyeing careers in engineering design, five Pennsylvania College of Technology students bolstered their resumes by earning an impressive industry certification.

The students – all seeking a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology – passed the Certified SolidWorks Professional exam. The resulting certification proves the students’ advanced skills with SolidWorks, a prominent solid modeling computer-aided design and engineering program employed in manufacturing industries worldwide.

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March 17, 2021
Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Information Technology Students

Leader in crisis mediation shares valuable expertise with students

An Emergency Management Leadership Series, featuring topic experts recruited by a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member to provide his students with topical and credible perspectives from their chosen career fields, recently kicked off with a presentation by Amazon’s global business continuity and supply chain risk leader.

Andrew Owlett, among the corporate professionals who generously answered a LinkedIn solicitation from David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science, visited with Penn College emergency management and information assurance and cyber security students over Zoom.

While he has only been with Amazon for less than a year, Owlett brings to his position an eye-opening breadth of knowledge accrued since his teenage days – the time he realized that his goal was, quite simply, to help people.

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March 13, 2021
Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Speaking from experience

Using square-foot floor tiles to maintain the space between them, students from the college's School of Engineering Technologies listen to Potts' on-the-job memories from construction of their immediate surroundings.
Using square-foot floor tiles to maintain the space between them, students from the college’s School of Engineering Technologies listen to Potts’ on-the-job memories from construction of their immediate surroundings.
Potts points out the three-dimensional structural details ...
Potts points out the three-dimensional structural details …
... while marking their location on building plans for simultaneous viewing on students' devices.
… while marking their location on building plans for simultaneous viewing on students’ devices.
Framed by two of the columns depicted on the drawings in his hand, civil engineering technology major Brandon J. Sensenich, of Lancaster, follows along via a Microsoft Teams hookup.
Framed by two of the columns depicted on the drawings in his hand, civil engineering technology major Brandon J. Sensenich, of Lancaster, follows along via a Microsoft Teams hookup.

Students in Drew R. Potts’ Structural Steel Design class got a unique look at one of the academically advantageous areas in which Penn College has major bragging rights: the real-world credibility of its faculty members. Among his positions before joining the college family in 2008, Potts worked as an engineering manager and as a design engineer for a steel fabrication facility … and among the projects on which he worked was the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center, constructed in 2002 and dedicated the following February. The class convened Friday morning in the SASC lobby, where – distanced by necessity and connected by technology – they reviewed original architectural drawings and conveniently compared them to the full-size structure that rose from those blueprints. Among the life lessons imparted by Potts, an assistant professor and department head for civil engineering and surveying technology, is the need for communication given the frequent and substantial changes that occur between groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting.

March 12, 2021
Architecture & Sustainable Design Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

‘One of the most creative, satisfying jobs you can ever have’

Think you have what it takes to design the future? Meet Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology and 31-year member of the Penn College faculty, who discusses the program and leads a virtual tour of the hands-on studio spaces on the second floor of the Carl Building Technologies Center. Outlining how the college’s two architectural degrees prepare graduates for immedite employment, Gerring says “We have a really good blend of our classes between not only some of the theoretical things – ’cause you have to be able to imagine and understand how concepts fit into things over time and across different disciplines – but also very, very solid foundational items so that, as soon as you’re graduating, you can actually walk in an office and you know what a set of working drawings are, and you can be able to be good on the job from the first day that you’re there.”

March 11, 2021