News about Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

Dream Matches Real-World Need Addressed by Penn College

For a class assignment, 9-year-old Trevin Allen described his dream of working in plastics at SEKISUI SPI with his father, Lucas, a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Trevin’s mature goals prompted an invitation from the college, where he experienced various facets of applied technology. From left are Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development; Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction; and Trevin and Lucas Allen.

The dreams of many 9-year-olds transform them into adult superstars. What kid hasn’t dreamed of making the pivotal play to win the big game, belting out a tune to adoring fans or basking under the bright lights of Hollywood?

Trevin Allen.

No disrespect to athletes, rock stars and actors, but the fourth-grader’s dream – described for a class assignment – actually matches reality’s need: a need addressed by Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Trevin’s aspirations connect applied technology education to rewarding careers in the skilled workforce, which is grappling with a shortage of qualified professionals. His words are timely and impactful beyond his classroom at Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School.

Read more

Child’s Dream Matches Penn College’s Mission

A school assignment required 9-year-old Trevin Allen to write about his dream. Rather than being a famous athlete, musician or movie star, the youngster expressed a desire to work as a computer designer in the plastics industry for SEKISUI SPI, which employs his father, Lucas L., a 2001 Penn College graduate in building construction technology. Trevin’s “essay” sparked a visit to main campus, where he experienced CAD, the new makerspace and various plastics labs. Trevin’s wish for applied technology education – offered by the likes of Penn College – matches the needs of the workforce, which is grappling with a shortage of skilled professionals. Many Penn College students, especially plastics majors, have jobs lined up well before graduation. The college has a 96 percent graduate placement rate. Trevin’s word to describe his visit? “Cool!”

Penn College Awards Its First ROTC Scholarship

Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, is the first recipient of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Army ROTC First-Year Scholarship. He is flanked by Lt. Col. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science for Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC, and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at the college.

Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, is the initial recipient of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Army ROTC First-Year Scholarship. The award covers tuition for Maly’s freshman year.

“We are proud to offer this scholarship for incoming ROTC students,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at Penn College. “For several years, ROTC students at the college have distinguished themselves in and out of the classroom. We have every expectation that Kurt will continue that tradition.”

Read more

Penn College Women Welders Help Serve the Greater Good

The all-female team from Penn College that participated in a welding fabrication competition at the SkillsUSA National Championships, shows the rocket stove they built during the event. The stove will be donated to a family in the developing world by WaterStep. From left are Joelle E. Perelli, of Bath; Natalie J. Rhoades, of Weedville; and Erin M. Beaver, of Winfield.

Three talented female welding students from Pennsylvania College of Technology didn’t win their national competition, but the result of their effort will endure much longer than the shine of any medal.

A rocket stove manufactured by welding and fabrication engineering technology students Erin M. Beaver, of Winfield; Joelle E. Perelli, of Bath; and Natalie J. Rhoades, of Weedville, earlier this summer at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, is in the process of being donated to a family in the developing world.

“You don’t realize what you have until you find out what other people don’t have. That made me appreciate the competition even more,” Rhoades said.

Read more

Volvo Applauds Welding Intern’s Accomplishments

Natalie J. RhoadesA welding and fabrication engineering technology student, who recently completed an internship with Volvo Construction Equipment, was given an online shout-out by her summer employer for an “exceptional performance” at SkillsUSA nationals. Natalie J. Rhoades, of Weedville, was one of three women on Penn College’s welding fabrication team that competed in Louisville, Kentucky, in late June. “It’s fantastic to have such talented and dedicated young professionals as Natalie launching their careers with Volvo CE, and we want to congratulate her and her team for their performance,” said Gustavo Casagrandi, vice president of Shippensburg operations. “We believe that supporting young talent will help benefit the entire construction equipment industry and we are happy to play any part we can in helping young people pursue a career in the manufacturing fields.”

Penn College Cyber Security Student Awarded National Scholarship

Alexander M. Fox

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student is one of 17 nationwide recipients of a $5,000 scholarship from Johnstone Supply, a leading cooperative wholesale distributor in the HVACR industry.

Alexander M. Fox, an information assurance and cyber security major from Bangor, received the honor exclusive to students who are employees or children of employees of Johnstone Supply. Thanks to the John M. Shank Memorial Scholarship Fund, named for the founder of Johnstone Supply, the company annually supports the educational pursuits of students in a variety of fields.

Read more

Be Smart, Rule the World

A group from New Covenant Academy in Mansfield makes final adjustments to its wearable back massager during a STEM Design Challenge hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 in the college’s Field House.

From the Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine: To prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future, make them curious about how things work, faculty experts say. Read “Be Smart, Rule the World.”

‘Makerspace’ Formally Dedicated at Penn College

Marshall D. Welch III, his mother Mary and other family members enjoy the evening honoring the Welch patriarch.

Designed by students and funded by a forward-thinking group of individual and industry benefactors, a space designed to inspire interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration has opened its doors at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Dedication ceremonies were held Aug. 14 for The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College, a facility constructed in the Carl Building Technologies Center on the main campus.

Donors – as well as members of the college’s Board of Directors, Corporate Advisory Board, the Penn College Foundation Board and the campus community – gathered in the makerspace to hear about its genesis and to view, in makerspace parlance, its spaces for “clean” (computers, 3D printers, sewing machines and vinyl cutters, etc.) and “dirty” (saws, drill presses, routers, lathes and CNC mills) activities to take place within.

Read more

Make Way for Tomorrow

Commemorating a man whose home workshop – "a place where wisdom and camaraderie were dispensed in equal measure" – was decades ahead of the "makerspace" concept

A makerspace, providing a fertile environment for innovation and imagination – and the tools with which students can turn visions into reality – was dedicated in Penn College’s Carl Building Technologies Center on Tuesday. The student-designed Dr. Welch Workshop memorializes Dr. Marshall Welch Jr., a local orthodontist and longtime philanthropist, who died in 2012. The Welch family, including son Marshall III, is the principal donor for the facility; George E. “Herman” Logue Jr. supported the so-called “dirty space” (the Logue Fabritorium) and Frederick T. Gilmour, faculty emeritus, made a commitment for the “clean space” (the Gilmour Tinkertorium). The ceremony spotlighted the students and faculty members who brainstormed the idea into existence, and included representative comments from Rob A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology: “With the many students from various majors that will use this makerspace, it is hoped that they take the opportunity to collaborate with others. To create. To explore. To learn about the tools that they may otherwise never have been able to have access to. To try another way of doing something. To invent (and maybe even patent) something new! And, as a result, Penn College, the community and the world will all benefit … from this amazing collaborative effort.”

Read more

Last updated August 15, 2018 | Posted in Alumni, Architectural Technology, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, President, Students | This gallery contains 22 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

‘Working Class’ Documentary Series Earns Third Telly Award

From left, Jacob R. Miller, Elaine J. Lambert, Edwin G. Owens, Lauren A. Rhodes, Christopher J. Leigh, Edward J. Almasy and Spyke M. Krepshaw were integral in the production of “Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters,” a Telly Award-winning episode of the documentary series produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media.

“Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters,” produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, has earned a 2018 Bronze Telly Award.

Selected from more than 12,000 national and international entries, the Telly Awards represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. In 2018, PBS productions earned 33 Telly Awards, including several for “The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.”

“Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters” is the third episode in the “Working Class” public television series to win a Telly Award. The series’ premiere episode, “Working Class: Dream & Do,” earned the award in 2016; “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” received the honor in 2017.

Read more

Penn College Honors Manufacturing Engineering Alumnus

Mark A. Atwater, an associate professor of materials and manufacturing technology at Millersville University, was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award by President Davie Jane Gilmour at Penn College’s Summer Commencement ceremony on Aug. 4.

A manufacturing engineering technology graduate who is now a college professor received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer 2018 commencement ceremonies, held Aug. 4 at the Community Arts Center.

Mark A. Atwater, a 2007 graduate of Penn College and an associate professor of materials and manufacturing technology at Millersville University, was recognized for the noteworthy contributions he has made in his career field.

Read more

Penn College Students Earn Industry Certifications

A number of Pennsylvania College of Technology students majoring in engineering design technology and engineering CAD technology ...

Engineering and industrial design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology proved their software acumen by passing prominent industry certification exams during the 2017-18 academic year.

Twenty-nine students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam, 12 students passed the Certified SolidWorks Professional test and two students earned Autodesk Inventor certification.

“Encouraging students to obtain CAD certifications has become a practice within our department,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering and industrial design technology. “Their performance serves as an external validation of their skill sets, reflects their hard work in the classroom and demonstrates sincere dedication to the field. The certifications certainly help them stand out in the job market upon graduation.”

Read more

Penn College Plastics Student Earns Scholarship

Haven K. Bontz

The Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division has honored a Pennsylvania College of Technology student with a national scholarship.

Haven K. Bontz, of Cooperstown, Venango County, is the recipient of the Bill Benjamin Memorial Scholarship. Bontz is a junior seeking a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

Read more

Attendees Add to Toolkit at Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Workshop

Program manager Christopher J. Gagliano (left) conducts a laboratory session in the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted 11 industry professionals from six states for its Ninth Annual National Hands-On Heavy-Gauge/Sheet-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day program featured presentations from renowned experts and hands-on instruction in forming, trimming, assembly, techniques, materials, tooling, diagnostics, and machine maintenance and safety.

“The PIRC provides a unique opportunity to present both theory and practice in heavy-gauge thermoforming by allowing the participants to use their classroom instruction on a state-of-the-art former,” said keynoter James “Jay” M. Waddell, from Plastics Concepts & Innovations LLC. “Participants were able to use multiple forming techniques and learned how to adjust the equipment to achieve the best results.”

Read more

Plastics Professionals Sharpen Skills at Penn College

The Ninth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop at Penn College offered a mix of classroom and lab sessions for 33 participants, who learned from keynote instructor Mark Strachan, college faculty and staff, and guest speakers.

The latest training initiative offered by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology advanced the skills of plastics professionals representing a dozen companies, eight states and Canada.

The Ninth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop offered a mix of classroom and lab sessions for the 33 participants, who learned from keynote instructor Mark Strachan, Penn College faculty and staff, and guest speakers.

Read more

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University