News about Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

Vintage Vehicle Makes History as Show’s First Collegiate Winner

Owner Patricia B. Swigart (left) is among those enjoying a ride with driver Luke C. Miller across the grounds of the illustrious Amelia Island event.

A 1908 Studebaker electric car, owned by the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon and restored at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recognized with an award at Florida’s prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance earlier this month – the first student project ever judged at the renowned show.

Affectionately known as “Tommy,” the vehicle was one of a pair that shuttled federal legislators to and from the U.S. Capitol shortly after the turn of the 20th century. It was honored with an Amelia Award in the Horseless Carriage (Electric) category, coinciding with the show’s celebration of a technology that has re-emerged in today’s automobiles.

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Signups Open for College’s Exciting, Eclectic Summer Camps

An Aviation Camp has been added to the already-captivating roster of fun, interactive and hands-on summer camps that reflect the distinctive career opportunities offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The signup deadline is May 11, for the 11 overnight camps and one day camp. In addition to gaining inspiration to chart their employment path, participants entering grades nine to 12 are eligible for up to $2,000 in tuition assistance should they enroll at Penn College.

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Penn College Alums Engineer Inspiration at Sight & Sound Theatre

Penn College alums Jeffrey T. Feeman and Franklin N. Carr enhance the experience of thousands of spectators every year at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, which offers the largest faith-based live productions in the United States and is one of the nation’s top three theatrical destinations. Feeman, a 2013 industrial design graduate, serves the theater as a scenic drafter, while Carr, who earned three building construction-related certificates in 2007 and 2008, is a scenic architect. Both are very thankful that their education led to such fulfilling careers. “You know at the end of the day that the show you made, whatever part you had in that show, is eventually changing lives,” Feeman says in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “You know at the end of the day that what you are doing does matter.” Co-worker Carr is equally enthusiastic about his Penn College-born career: “Here at the theater, designing it on the computer and seeing it put together in reality up on the shop floor is really cool.”(Watch for more in the Fall 2018 issue of Penn College Magazine.)

Students Travel Across Curricular Boundaries in Vintage Vehicle

A 1908 Studebaker is surrounded by Penn College students and faculty instrumental in its functional fine-tuning for a prestigious show in Amelia Island, Fla. From left are Keith H. English, instructor of machine tool technology and automated manufacturing; student Alex M. Koser, of Mount Joy; Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant automotive professor; student Andrew B. Moyer, of Hughesville; Roy H. Klinger, automotive restoration instructor; students Benjamin T. Steimling, of Danville, Kevin S. Kyle, of Hatboro, and Michael R. Krukowski, of Fairfax Station, Va.; Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology and automated manufacturing; and student Luke C. Miller, of Grasonville, Md. Steimling is an engineering design technology major; the other students are all enrolled in automotive restoration technology.

An interdisciplinary collaboration at Pennsylvania College of Technology applied three-dimensional printing to a singular piece of American history, readying an electric 1908 Studebaker for display at a prestigious international automobile show in Florida.

Students and faculty in additive manufacturing and automotive restoration classes, based in separate academic schools but housed under the same College Avenue Labs roof, joined forces in prepping the vehicle for transport to the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance from March 9-11.

While the college has made its presence known at a number of high-profile venues, this is its first trip to Amelia Island – considered one of the year’s most significant automobile shows.

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Alumni Sweethearts Celebrate Inspiring Mentors, Enduring Love

Alumni Sweethearts Chris Y. and Beth L. (Rozman) Cummings enjoy a Victorian House stay during their return to campus.

A couple who met at freshmen orientation – during the summer of 1998 – returned to campus this past weekend as the 2018 Alumni Sweethearts.

Chris Y. and Beth L. (Rozman) Cummings, of Elizabethtown, enjoyed an overnight stay in the Victorian House and dinner at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant as winners of Alumni Relations’ seventh annual Alumni Sweethearts contest. Due to the start of Spring Break, the alumni enjoyed a particularly quiet weekend at their alma mater.

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Weston L. Laity Selected as February’s ‘Student of the Month’

Weston L. Laity

Weston L. Laity, an information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major from Blandon, has been chosen as the February “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

President of the Association of Professional Programmers since his freshman year, Laity’s leadership has brought many positive changes to the student organization: greater attendance at events, higher profit from fundraisers and more students at the club’s weekly meetings.

“Seeing and hearing Weston and his passion for APP has inspired me to run for an executive position in his club next semester,” a student nominator said. “Weston’s passion for the club makes me want to also be a greater part of it. … (He) has inspired me to work harder than before, so I can help people just like he does.”

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College Part of WBRE’s ‘National Engineers Week’ Coverage

Morgan Parrish acquires some engineering insight from Penn College's Eric K. Albert ...

... as well as a student perspective from Anthony M. Passaro.

While accustomed to being on screen, Parrish enjoys the new experience of a three-dimensional scan of her likeness.

Eyewitness News reporter Morgan Parrish visited Penn College’s rapid prototyping lab Wednesday for a story about National Engineers Week. She interviewed Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, and Anthony M Passaro, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Williamsport. Parrish received a 3-D scan of herself during the visit, courtesy of Albert. The piece aired during evening newscasts.
Photos by Tom Speicher, writer/video editor

Penn College Baja Team Receives Significant Tool Donation

Members of Penn College’s Baja SAE team celebrate a recent donation of tools, valued at approximately $33,000, from Monster Tool Co. The 2,000-plus cutting tools will expand the students’ capability in building and modifying an off-road vehicle to compete against colleges from throughout the world in Society of Automotive Engineers competitions.

The success of Pennsylvania College of Technology students on the international stage has been rewarded with a significant donation of tools, designed to manufacture new achievements.

Monster Tool Co. recently donated more than 2,000 cutting tools – worth approximately $33,000 – to the college’s Baja SAE team. The students will employ the solid carbide tools for years to come in building and modifying a single-engine, off-road vehicle to compete against 100-plus other colleges from throughout the world in Society of Automotive Engineers competitions.

“This is a very significant moment in the evolution of our team,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and adviser for Penn College’s Baja SAE Club. “In recent years, we have really made a name for ourselves with strong showings against top-notch universities. This generous gift will help us reach the next level.”

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Feb. 15 Festival to Excite Young Minds About Science, Careers

A Science Festival, featuring fun, hands-on activities geared to elementary- and middle-school students and their families, is slated for Thursday, Feb 15, in the Pennsylvania College of Technology Field House.

The event, scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m., is offered free to the community by Penn College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

The Field House will be filled with hands-on activities presented by local organizations that include businesses, high school students, college faculty and students, the Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan, and the Carnegie Science Center, of Pittsburgh. The event is intended to make learning fun and to stimulate children’s interest in math, science, and exciting careers in related fields.

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Club’s Initiative Connects Students to Game Developers

Fittingly clad in Sherwood Forest green, developer Andrew Schneider pays a virtual visit this month to a gaming lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Game Development Club recently hosted a virtual visit from Andrew Schneider, creator of “Nocked! True Tales of Robin Hood,” who was among the game designers that members met while attending last month’s Music and Gaming Festival in National Harbor, Maryland.

The award-winning guest speaker was the first of many, with one planned every other Friday as part of the club’s industry-connections initiative.

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Super Bowl Commercial Sports Penn College Connection

Former Penn College students Steven D. Belin (left) and Wayne B. Mitz are the founders/owners of BelMit Development in York Springs, a company that machined the billet aluminum gas tank shells on the motorcycle driven by Keanu Reeves in a Super Bowl commercial for Squarespace.

Two former students at Pennsylvania College of Technology manufactured a key element of a memorable prop featured in a prominent Super Bowl commercial.

Steven D. Belin and Wayne B. Mitz, founders and owners of BelMit Development in York Springs, machined the billet aluminum gas tank shells on the motorcycle driven by Hollywood superstar Keanu Reeves in a commercial for Squarespace, a website developer. During the spot, Reeves stands on the motorcycle while traveling through a desert to visually reinforce the Squarespace theme, “Make it happen.”

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Penn College Faculty Member Presenting at National Conference

Lisa Bock

A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member will share insights and practical tips with recruiters and talent acquisition professionals at a national conference devoted to sourcing.

Lisa Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology, will present “Finding Diamonds: How to Hack the Perfect Recruit” at SourceCon, Feb. 26-28 in Las Vegas. The biannual gathering promotes best practices in sourcing, proactively identifying and recruiting strong candidates for current or future job openings.

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Penn College Racks Up Successes at Home Builders’ Show

Penn College was one of five recipients of a National Housing Endowment grant, which was formally awarded during the 2018 National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. Accepting the check are (from left) instructor Levon A. Whitmyer; students Hayden N. Beiter, of Williamsport; Michael J. Deragon, of Fort Washington; Caleb M. Burk, of Sunbury; Nathaniel M. Barbolish, of Nicholson; Aaron F. White, of Westover; Ryan Z. Zwickle, of Slatington; Justin W. Bates, of Hawley; Casey L. Grim, of Red Lion; Henry A. Rainey, of Jersey Shore; Katherine L. Mertes, of Williamsport; and Hanna J. Williams, of Marion, N.Y.; and instructor Barney A. Kahn IV.

Orlando, Florida, was fertile ground for Pennsylvania College of Technology this season: Students, alumni and faculty all returned in triumph from an international builders’ show held at the Orange County Convention Center.

For starters, the college was presented with a $73,838 Homebuilding Education Leadership Program grant – the culmination of a yearlong effort led by building construction technology instructor Levon A. Whitmyer, with support from instructor Barney A. Kahn IV and Carol A. Lugg, now dean of construction and design technologies.

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National HVAC Scholarship Awarded to Penn College Student

Nathan J. Lavallee

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from a coalition of longtime industry benefactors.

Nathan J. Lavallee, of Loganton, enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology (and continuing toward a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration) is among 40 recipients of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Rees Scholarship Foundation.

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Chevron Continues Support for Penn College

Chevron adds to investment in Penn College.

With a new gift of more than $150,000, Chevron Appalachia funding for Pennsylvania College of Technology scholarships and outreach in energy and manufacturing has surpassed $550,000.

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education office, Penn College recently was awarded funding of $150,302 from Chevron; the college has now received a total of $550,987 from Chevron’s Appalachia Partnership Initiative.

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