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Penn College IT student presents at conference

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Carson D. Seese, of Shippensburg, co-presented “Hands-On Writing Malware in Go” at BSidesDC, an annual open security conference in Washington, D.C. Seese is seeking a bachelor’s degree in information assurance and cyber security.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student offered his expertise at a recent conference for information security practitioners in Washington, D.C.

Carson D. Seese, of Shippensburg, co-presented “Hands-On Writing Malware in Go” at BSidesDC, an annual regional open security conference that facilitates interaction and collaboration among IT professionals.

Seese, a sophomore Dean’s List student, is seeking a bachelor’s degree in information assurance and cyber security. He co-presented with Stuart McMurray of IronNet Cybersecurity, a worldwide leader in network traffic analysis. Seese worked with McMurray during his summer internship.

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Haas Foundation assists Penn College manufacturing talent

Ken Wawrzyniak, sales engineer for Haas Factory Outlet, presents a $15,000 grant check to Pennsylvania College of Technology on behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation. The grant will support scholarships for manufacturing students, as well as student competition teams. Accepting the grant on behalf of Penn College are Richard K. Hendricks, instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations.

A foundation dedicated to growing the next generation of manufacturing talent has bestowed a $15,000 grant to Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Gene Haas Foundation awarded the grant to support scholarships and student competition teams at Penn College. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, an associate degree in automated manufacturing technology or machine tool technology, or a machinist general certificate are eligible for the scholarships. Recipients will be selected by the college.

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Annual contest ‘draws’ attention to students’ online modeling skills

David J. Cadden, of West Chester, placed first in Walker's class.

Engineering design technology and engineering CAD technology majors in multiple sections of Technical Drawing I and Detailing I classes (CCD 103-104) recently participated in the sixth annual virtual pumpkin-carving contest. Engineering design technology faculty – Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor, and instructors Craig A. Miller and Shane A. Schreck – provided photos of their students’ work, which filled their corner of College Avenue Labs with a seasonal display of software sorcery.

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Faculty research measures scholars’ contributions

Spyke M. Krepshaw

A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member recently presented research at the 23rd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries.

Spyke M. Krepshaw, assistant professor of web and interactive media, presented “Gatekeeper: Quantifying the Impacts of Service to the Scientific Community,” at Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway on Sept. 10.

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Students tour nationally known industry in college’s backyard

Students gather around a sign commemorating High Steel's fabrication of approach spans for replacement of the former Tappan Zee Bridge over New York's Hudson River.
Students gather around a sign commemorating High Steel’s fabrication of approach spans for replacement of the former Tappan Zee Bridge over New York’s Hudson River.
Hardhats at the ready, engineering design technology majors hear from company officials.
Hardhats at the ready, engineering design technology majors hear from company officials.
A class of afternoon visitors stands in the shadow of the plant's towering output.
A class of afternoon visitors stands in the shadow of the plant’s towering output.

Engineering design technology students enrolled in the Technical Drawing-Related Disciplines course (CCD 237) recently toured High Steel Structures Inc. on West Fourth Street in Williamsport, a few short miles west of Penn College’s main campus.  More than 40 students had an opportunity to see examples of structural fabrication and design at one of the largest structural steel fabricators in the country; over the past 20 years, the company has fabricated more than 1 million tons of structural steel. Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology; and Shane A. Schreck and Kendra N. Tomassacci, instructors of engineering design technology, accompanied the students. “It was a great opportunity for students to get out in the field and see different processes,” Tomassacci said. “We are very thankful for this opportunity from a local employer.  It benefits our students more than words can describe.”
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‘PA Build My Future’ extends its reach in Year Two

About 75 current Penn College students, eager cheerleaders all, sacrificed part of Fall Break to advocate for their chosen career paths.

Penn College’s second annual PA Build My Future event, an interactive academic and industry showcase on Thursday, provided more than 900 high-school students with an opportunity to experience the full range of possibilities in the construction and design field. Scores of current students in the School of Construction & Design Technologies joined faculty and administrators, along with many of the college’s commercial benefactors, in guiding visitors toward their potential careers.

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Newswatch 16 visits ‘PA Build My Future’

Student Christine Limbert begins Fall Break by mentoring others.WNEP’s Chris Keating visited campus for Thursday’s PA Build My Future, filing a report on the second annual introduction of secondary students to the wide-open world of construction and design careers. Keating visited indoor and outdoor exhibits facilitated by industry sponsors, Penn College faculty and current students (who gave up a day of Fall Break to excitedly represent their respective majors). Included in the broadcast were Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies; building construction technology instructor Levon A. Whitmyer; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, enrolled in architectural technology; and Lucas Vandergrift, a sophomore at Wellsboro High School who was among the day’s 929 students from nearly 30 high schools and career and technical centers.
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Globe-trotting grad returns as IBM advocate, alumni ambassador

The 2015 grad urges students to consider participation in "Call for Code," which carries a lucrative prize purse (and the invaluable satisfaction of making the planet a better place).
The 2015 grad urges students to consider participation in “Call for Code,” which carries a lucrative prize purse (and the invaluable satisfaction of making the planet a better place).
The 2015 grad urges students to consider participation in "Call for Code," which carries a lucrative prize purse (and the invaluable satisfaction of making the planet a better place).
The 2015 grad urges students to consider participation in “Call for Code,” which carries a lucrative prize purse (and the invaluable satisfaction of making the planet a better place).

On the eve of Career Fair, as futures weigh heavily on the minds of imminent graduates, a 2015 alumnus returned to show students just how far a Penn College degree can take them. Information technology majors heard Monday afternoon from Derek E. Teay, who earned a bachelor’s degree in software development and information management and is traveling the world as a developer advocate for IBM. Teay – whose campus resume included Resident Assistant for the IT Living-Learning Community, Connections Link, Student Activities Event Assistant and graduate of Leadership Boot Camp – has continued that high-intensity involvement with IBM’s “Call for Code” initiative. The project challenges developers to create solutions (using such tools as cloud, data and artificial intelligence) to significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and accelerate relief when they hit. This year’s grand prize winner from among 5,000 applicants, employs multiple sensors to gather data on temperature, humidity and smoke concentration in order to protect firefighters from the cumulative effect of toxic inhalation while battling blazes in the wild. Teay has traveled extensively in his work at IBM, and soon will go to Barcelona to help developers implement their solution and field-test it under real-life conditions. In addition to encouraging students to participate in future “Call for Code” competitions, Teay sprinkled some “cool techy stuff” into his talk such as hooking up his Tesla to IBM Cloud through the Node-RED programming tool … all within hours of buying the car. Joining students in listening to Teay’s presentation were two faculty members from his alma mater: Jacob R. Miller and Sandra Gorka, associate professors of computer science.

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College group spends Manufacturing Day at company’s up-to-date facility

The Penn College contingent joins its Acero Precision hosts to memorialize the visit.
The Penn College contingent joins its Acero Precision hosts to memorialize the visit.
Students talk with Michael Mannion (right), manufacturing engineering manager for Acero's Mazak Mill Cell.
Students talk with Michael Mannion (right), manufacturing engineering manager for Acero’s Mazak Mill Cell.

Penn College students and faculty were among those who visited Acero Precision for the recent observance of Manufacturing Day, a national initiative to promote manufacturing as a career choice. Located in an 80,000-square-foot facility in West Chester, Acero is a premier manufacturer of precision components for the medical device, industrial, analytical and motorsport industries. “We are proud to be leading the country’s most talented group of engineers, machinists and craftspeople in the industry,” said Michael A. Fitzgerald, Acero’s president and CEO – and a member of the college’s Automated Manufacturing and Machining Advisory Committee. “We love the opportunity to show off our state-of-the-art facilities and all the hard work our team has put in to keep American manufacturing alive and well.” Students from a variety of majors were accompanied by faculty members Paul W. Albright and Krishna C. Vistarakula, instructors of manufacturing engineering technology; and Shane A. Schreck, instructor of engineering design technology.
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College part of Chamber’s industry tour for educators

Melissa Turlip, program manager with Commonwealth Charitable Management, invites attendees to explore the six Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit stations (at right), offering 24 hands-on activities on energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry. The traveling exhibit, from the Oilfield Energy Center, is available for secondary school visits.
Melissa Turlip, program manager with Commonwealth Charitable Management, invites attendees to explore the six Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit stations (at right), offering 24 hands-on activities on energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry. The traveling exhibit, from the Oilfield Energy Center, is available for secondary school visits.
Visitors move from their luncheon site into other areas of the welding addition, as well as to the current instructional space.
Visitors move from their luncheon site into other areas of the welding addition, as well as to the current instructional space.
A long line of secondary educators and counselors make their way down the campus mall on a beautiful autumn day, led by Bradley M. Webb (far left), assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
A long line of secondary educators and counselors make their way down the campus mall on a beautiful autumn day, led by Bradley M. Webb (far left), assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
The college’s modern nursing labs, complete with high-tech “patients” of varying ages, are shown off by Valerie A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.
The college’s modern nursing labs, complete with high-tech “patients” of varying ages, are shown off by Valerie A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.
Webb shares the industry-sized equipment and processes housed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs.
Webb shares the industry-sized equipment and processes housed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs.

School counselors, along with career and technical educators, included Penn College on a Monday tour of the area’s industrial assets. The guests began their afternoon with lunch in the new welding addition before exploring new and existing welding labs in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, then moved to the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center for stopovers in nursing and plastics. The groups visited several businesses in the region prior to arriving on main campus, including Lycoming Engines, Halliburton and Savoy Contract Furniture. Eyewitness News’ Morgan Parrish was along for the tours, which were facilitated by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

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Partnership extends scholarship support to ‘YES’ program grads

A partnership between Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council is creating a scholarship opportunity for YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Program graduates who enroll at the college. Administered by the council, YES is a year-round elective course addressing the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants. Celebrating the partnership recently are (from left) Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost at Penn College; Courtney L. Fasnacht, executive director of the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council; NEPA MAEC President Darlene J. Robbins; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; Matt Shuey, communications and program director for the council; and Audriana L. Empet, the college’s director of admissions.

The Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council and Pennsylvania College of Technology have announced a partnership and a scholarship opportunity for YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Program graduates.

YES, which is administered by the council, is a 120-hour, one-credit, year-round elective course that addresses the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants.  The course covers 38 modules in all, including communication, team building, interview/resume/cover letter writing, completing a job application, personal finance, conflict resolution, and time management.

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Penn College grad preserves history at the Smithsonian

Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Daniel J. Ravizza has combined his technical skills and lifelong love of history in serving as an objects conservator at the Smithsonian Institution’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, the annex of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Standing 6-foot-5 and dressed in a dark blue lab coat accessorized by purple latex gloves and safety glasses, the Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate resembles a bookish superhero rather than a federal contractor.

Daniel J. Ravizza’s appearance is appropriate for his domain. All sorts of aircraft representing various eras of aviation extend from the ceiling of the hangar-like facility. An old Eastern Airlines plane is stationed behind him. A short walk from his lab counter reveals the Space Shuttle Discovery in all its glory.

His duties reflect the unique environment. One day, Ravizza moves Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. The next, he examines clothing belonging to famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Later, he handles unopened cans of space food, once belonging to cosmonauts.

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Five Penn College academic majors reaccredited

A global accreditation leader has given its stamp of approval to five Pennsylvania College of Technology majors.

The ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission has reaccredited the college’s associate degrees in civil engineering technology, plastics and polymer technology, and surveying technology, as well as baccalaureate degrees in civil engineering technology and plastics and polymer engineering technology.

Graduates of those majors who have responded to recent surveys administered by the college report a 100% placement rate.

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Penn College plastics student awarded scholarship

Lucas S. Poche

A Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics student is one of just six individuals nationwide to receive a $5,000 PACK EXPO scholarship.

Lucas S. Poche, of Lewistown, a senior majoring in plastics and polymer engineering technology, earned the scholarship from The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. PMMI is a trade association consisting of companies involved in various aspects of packaging throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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