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Forestry alumna pictured in national trade publication

ArborMetrics Solutions provided the photo of employee Abigail L. Hufnagle, a utility forester/work planner in Lewisburg.
ArborMetrics Solutions provided the photo of employee Abigail L. Hufnagle, a utility forester/work planner in Lewisburg.

A photograph of Abigail L. Hufnagle, a May 2018 forest technology graduate employed by ArborMetrics Solutions in Lewisburg, accompanies an article in Tree Care Industry Magazine. An official publication of the Tree Care Industry Association, the magazine devotes its March issue to “Women in Tree Care” and features the photo of Hufnagle on its opening page. The piece, “Women in Vegetations Management: Commitment, Leadership and Passion,” profiles several employees of ArborMetrics and was written by Robert Richens, the company’s vice president.

March 5, 2021
Alumni Architecture & Sustainable Design Civil Engineering & Surveying College Relations Engineering Technologies Scholarships

Scholarship honors former LDG leader, promotes diversity

Inspired by the mission of the 50K Coalition, a new scholarship established at Pennsylvania College of Technology by Larson Design Group (LDG) supports diversity and honors the longtime service of the firm’s former president and CEO.

The 50K Coalition focuses on a bold national goal of producing 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. The Keith S. Kuzio Larson Design Group Scholarship at Penn College will be awarded to a full-time, diverse candidate studying in the architecture and engineering fields at the college. The yearly scholarship includes a summer internship.

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February 10, 2021
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Penn College prof is the ‘CAD Whisperer’

J.D. Mather

In 22 years of teaching at Pennsylvania College of Technology, J.D. Mather has accumulated many titles. Assistant professor of engineering design technology. Master Teacher. Autodesk Inventor Certified Expert. Certified SolidWorks Professional.

And now … “CAD Whisperer.”

Like the other labels, “CAD Whisperer” reflects Mather’s expertise. But it promises to eclipse the other titles because it’s shared with the widest audience.

Mather has created a YouTube Channel, dubbed the “The CAD Whisperer,” to impart his vast knowledge in computer-aided design and engineering. The channel’s 120-plus videos are a hit with current students and an audience that extends far beyond his classroom.

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February 5, 2021
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Industrial Design Plastics & Polymer Students

Penn College students earn industry certification

Nearly two dozen students from Pennsylvania College of Technology jump-started their careers by securing a key industry certification related to computer-aided design.

The 22 students – representing six majors from the School of Engineering Technologies – passed the SolidWorks Certified Associate exam and obtained SolidWorks CSWA Certification. SolidWorks is a prominent solid modeling computer-aided design and engineering program used in manufacturing industries worldwide.

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January 28, 2021
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Students

Penn College engineering design student ‘driven’ to excel

Wesley S. McCray

Thanks to a plethora of academic and student leadership responsibilities at Pennsylvania College of Technology, time moves quickly for Wesley S. McCray. Off campus, it goes by even faster for him – 89 mph to be precise.

During the week, McCray earns stellar grades, tutors fellow engineering design students and aids the college community. On weekends, he dons a helmet, slides into a white stock car and floors the gas pedal.

The proud Penn College student is a successful dirt-track racer.

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January 27, 2021
Automated Manufacturing & Machining Engineering Technologies

Penn College manufacturing student earns scholarship

Ethan S. Rhodes-O’Brien

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student is among 25 undergrads nationwide honored with a scholarship from a foundation that promotes skilled manufacturing careers.

Ethan S. Rhodes-O’Brien, of Mechanicsburg, earned the $1,500 scholarship for the spring semester from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International. Students enrolled in a certificate or degree program leading to a manufacturing career are eligible for the scholarship.

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January 20, 2021
Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Landscape/Horticulture Students

Green industry group honors three Penn College students

Recently awarded $5,000 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Foundation are (from left) Pennsylvania College of Technology students Nick Bianchi, of Archbald; Rebecca Cornish, of Lewisburg; and Erick V. Kennedy, of Williamsport. (Photo by Carl J. Bower Jr.)

A trio of Pennsylvania College of Technology students have each received $5,000 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Foundation, which annually recognizes outstanding achievement at institutions offering degrees in horticulture, nursery production, landscape contracting or related fields.

Awarded three of the foundation’s four 2020-21 scholarships were Nick Bianchi, of Archbald, landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis; Rebecca Cornish, of Lewisburg, dual-majoring in business administration: management concentration and landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; and Erick V. Kennedy, of Williamsport, landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis.

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January 19, 2021
Alumni Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Students

Calculator loan program benefits veteran, active-duty students

Regina M. Peluzzo

A veteran student’s donation of a calculator upon her graduation from Pennsylvania College of Technology sparked the launch of a calculator loan program for other veteran and active-duty military students at the college.

Regina M. Peluzzo, a U.S. Air Force veteran who earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering technology (summa cum laude) in May 2020, donated her TI-84 calculator to the Major General Fred F. Marty Veterans & Military Resource Center at the college, knowing it might be helpful to another veteran student.

Peluzzo’s thoughtful gesture inspired grant funding from Walmart Foundation and private support from the Marty family to establish a calculator loan program for fellow veterans.

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January 14, 2021
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff

Memorial service set for retired ‘Master Teacher’

Victor A. Michael Sr.Services will be Saturday evening for Victor A. Michael Sr., an award-winning former member of Penn College’s electronics faculty, who died Jan. 10, 2021, at the age of 86. Michael, who retired as an associate professor during the 1996-97 academic year, was an inaugural recipient of the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award (1982) and was honored with the Master Teacher Award – the institution’s most prestigious faculty accolade – in 1991. He also was a member and past president of the Penn College Education Association, which represents all full-time faculty, librarians and counselors. An obituary was published in Wednesday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

January 13, 2021
Alumni Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Industrial Design Students

Alum’s newsletter article retraces ‘young designer’s journey’

Hadden designed the 3D-printed memento gifted at the Fall 2018 dedication of The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College – just one of the ways in which she's left her mark.
Hadden designed the 3D-printed memento gifted at the Fall 2018 dedication of The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College – just one of the ways in which she’s left her mark.

An article by 2019 alumna Nina M. Hadden, recounting the challenging and rewarding opportunities that her Penn College education has brought about, has been published by the Industrial Designers Society of America. “This wonderfully creative major encompasses so many different outlets and allows you to explore just about any field you could think of,” she wrote of her four-year degree. “Though there are what could be considered ‘traditional’ jobs, I have learned that there are actually many careers that an industrial design major can go into.” Hadden’s piece fittingly mentions the quality of the college’s faculty, as Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design – adviser to the Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists – was elected in 2019 as IDSA’s Northeast District Educator. In that capacity, he represents all industrial design programs at colleges and universities within the region.

December 14, 2020
Alumni Automotive Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

Graduating automotive major commissioned as Army officer

Ana Coste pins gold bars onto the uniform of her son, Andrew Placencia, of Reading, during his commissioning as an Army second lieutenant in a Dec. 12 ceremony at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology senior was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant in an outdoor ceremony held Saturday morning at the college.

Joined in person on the Bush Campus Center patio by family members and online by livestreaming well-wishers, Andrew Placencia, of Reading – a Bald Eagle Battalion ROTC cadet earning a degree in automotive technology management – will be branched into the Army Ordnance Corps.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Information Technology Students

Retired Penn College professor dedicates IT book to students

Lisa Bock

A recently retired Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member is sharing her information technology expertise and appreciation for former students through her latest book.

Lisa Bock, who retired in May as an associate professor of computer information technology, has written “Identity Management With Biometrics,” a 368-page book that describes how to select the right biometric system and details the steps for implementing identity management and authentication.

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December 10, 2020
Alumni Engineering Technologies Honda Students

Automotive alum makes ‘PACT’ to earn public’s trust

Alain JohnsonA 2015 graduate of Penn College’s two-year automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis, Alain Johnson is straddling two worlds: sharing through his day job what he has learned, while working to add a bachelor’s degree to his toolkit. A technical training instructor for American Honda Motor Co., Johnson recently discussed his career path in a blog post – from growing up in Jamaica to honing his workplace philosophy on campus. His advice for tomorrow’s automotive technicians? “Always do right by your customers no matter what role you play. The experiences you have with others will ultimately have an impact on your success within your career.”

December 9, 2020
Aviation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff

Friday funeral scheduled for aviation faculty retiree

Robert M. Werkmeister Sr.Robert M. Werkmeister Sr., who retired as an assistant professor of aviation at Penn College, died Dec. 3 at the age of 83. Werkmeister’s 1959 graduation from the aviation program at Williamsport Technical Institute (the institution’s earliest predecessor) began decades of service to the industry, including work as a mechanic, inspector and a corporate pilot.

He taught at the Lumley Aviation Center for more than 20 years, retiring during the 2013-14 academic year.

A full obituary, including details about Friday’s visitation and funeral, was published in Saturday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

December 8, 2020