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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.”

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.

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‘Why Science Matters’ Documentary Premieres July 12 on WVIA-TV

David S. Richards, professor of physics, is one of the faculty members featured in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters,” a documentary produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media that premieres on WVIA-TV on July 12.

Nerds rule! Science, experimentation and competition come together to help students develop the problem-solving skills needed for high-demand, high-tech careers in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters.”

Produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, the documentary, which premieres on WVIA-TV Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m., highlights hands-on activities that connect students with science and other academic subjects that can prepare them for success in modern manufacturing careers.

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Penn College Students Dominate Scholarship List

Recent scholarships from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies reflects Pennsylvania College of Technology’s standing as a national leader in applied technology education.

Penn College students received nine of 22 awards from the PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breeden, Glenn Davis and Art Schaefer. The $4,000 scholarships honor students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, plan for a career in packaging and processing machinery manufacturing, and show industry involvement through internship and career development activities.

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Penn College’s Baja Team Proves to be ‘Dynamic’

Members of Penn College’s Baja SAE team mark another successful showing at the recent competition in Pittsburg, Kansas. Front row (left to right): John G. Upcraft, faculty adviser; Trevor M. Clouser, of Millmont; Daniel M. Gerard, of Doylestown; and Mark A. Turek, of Red Lion. Back row: Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, of Orangeville; Christopher M. Schweikert, of Jamison; Matthew J. Nyman, of Lock Haven; Joshua J. Cover, of Selinsgrove; Mathias Decker, of Farmington; Travis J. Scholtz, of New Kensington; Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia; and Logan B. Goodhart, of Chambersburg.

Mother Nature hampered the quest of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team, but she couldn’t prevent a dynamic performance by the students at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers international competition in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Penn College posted a school-best three top-10 finishes in dynamic events, besting the likes of Ohio State, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oklahoma and Clemson in the process.

“I’m very proud of how both the students and car performed,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and the team’s adviser since its inception in 2005. “The results validate the hard work and countless hours the students dedicated to designing, manufacturing and testing the car.”

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Army Commissions Two Penn College ROTC Graduates

Two Spring 2018 Penn College graduates were among the Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC cadets recently commissioned as second lieutenants. Christopher T. Craig II (left), of Rixford, earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management, and Dane M. Boltz (right), of Williamsport, earned a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology. Joining them – and administering the oath of office to the new lieutenants – was Maj. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science at Lock Haven University, the host institution for Bald Eagle Battalion.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates were among the Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC cadets recently commissioned as second lieutenants.

Christopher T. Craig II, of Rixford, who earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management, and Dane M. Boltz, of Williamsport, recipient of a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, were commissioned during a ceremony at Lock Haven University, the host institution for the Bald Eagle Battalion.

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Penn College Baja Team Pumped for Kansas Competition

Members of the Penn College Baja SAE team take a well-earned break during their April competition in Maryland. Standing from left are: Myron D. Milliken, Lewistown; Matthew J. Nyman, Lock Haven; Todd R. Mercer, Williamsport; Dylan A. Bianco, State College; Christopher M. Schweikert, Jamison; Mathias Decker, Farmington; Shujaa AlQahtani, Saudi Arabia; Trevor M. Clouser, Millmont; Daniel M. Gerard, Doylestown; Joshua J. Cover, Selinsgrove; adviser John G. Upcraft; and Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, Orangeville. Sitting on the car from left are: Logan B. Goodhart, Chambersburg; Johnathan T. Capps, North Wales; and Mark A. Turek, Red Lion. Sitting on the ground is alumnus Zach Mazur, who started the college’s Baja SAE team in 2005.

During the past few years, the Pennsylvania College of Technology Baja SAE team has been among the world’s best. Now, the dedicated students want to be the best.

Penn College can obtain that lofty ranking when it competes against 99 other schools in the next Society of Automotive Engineers event, scheduled for May 17-20 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

“Our goal is to win the endurance race,” said Logan B. Goodhart, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Chambersburg, who serves as team captain. “Our car has a lot of potential. We just have to play things smart and have a little luck.”

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Summit Successfully Apprises Industry of Apprenticeship Assistance

It's a "full house" in Penn's Inn for the summit, sponsored by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.

A sold-out crowd of industry leaders and their advocates, representing 66 employers across Pennsylvania and from four other states, attended Thursday’s inaugural Apprenticeship Summit to address substantive progress in narrowing the skills gap in manufacturing. Attendees were welcomed by Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour, who announced three major related developments: the eligibility of mechatronics apprentices to earn 20 credits toward a two-year Penn College degree in the field; establishment of The Apprenticeship Center on campus as a resource for collaborating with state and local partners; and a $576,000 grant from the state Department of Community & Economic Development to fund apprenticeships in mechatronics and computer numerical control occupations, as well as pre-apprenticeship programs for high school students. The keynote speaker was Robert I. Lerman, a professional economist, Urban Institute fellow and expert on apprenticeships whose resume includes a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Others on the dais included Lori Renne and Alex Halper, from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Jim Nemeth, of Autoneum; and Eric Ramsay, representing the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. The afternoon session featured an interactive program among participants, designed to provide companies with a convenient opportunity to speak to those involved in all facets of apprenticeship.

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SkillsUSA Competitors Strike Gold; 21 Students Headed to Nationals

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Nearly all 27 members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team – 21 of them advancing to the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky – earned medals during recent state competition.

The competitors represent majors across four of Penn College’s academic schools, and the theme for the April 18-20 Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference in Hershey couldn’t have been more fitting for students gaining career-making skills in hands-on fashion: “Champions at Work: Job-Ready, Day One.”

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College’s Baja Entry Finishes Strong Amid Esteemed Field

The Penn College No. 9 car elicits fan support at Baja SAE Maryland.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students bested scores of schools at Baja SAE Maryland over the weekend.

The Penn College team posted top-10 showings in three events, including the demanding four-hour endurance race. The competition attracts approximately 100 college and university teams from across the world, who design and build a dune-buggy-like vehicle to survive various performance tests.

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Eyewitness News Meets Race Team During Countdown to Baja

Logan B. Goodhart, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Chambersburg, tells Parrish about the team’s busy schedule for the next several weeks.

Penn College team member Shujaa AlQahtani, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Saudi Arabia, is interviewed about the upcoming competitions.

The students will be putting the finishing touches on the college’s car during the next two weeks.

Parrish discusses the significance of the Baja SAE competitions for the students with Dave R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

Capturing a close-up of student-made parts earmarked for the Penn College car

Eyewitness News reporter Morgan Parrish of WBRE/WYOU stopped by campus to produce a feature on the college’s Baja SAE team, which is preparing its dune-buggy like vehicle for two international competitions in the coming weeks: April 19-22 in Maryland and May 17-20 in Kansas. At both events, the Penn College team will compete against 100 other colleges from throughout the world to determine who built the most efficient and durable car. The segment was broadcast Monday evening.
Photos by Tom Speicher, writer/video editor

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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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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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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