News about Engineering Design Technology

A Job to Do: WWII Vet’s Bond Remains Strong With Fellow Airmen

Raymond Eck, '41, lays a wreath at Madingley American Cemetery in England.

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Being in a war is like hell on earth, says World War II airman Raymond Eck, ’41, but he had a job to do and crewmates who depended on him. At 93, his bond with fellow airmen remains strong. Read “A Job to Do.”

Penn College Displays Excitingly Enhance STEM Expo

Instructor (and 2013 alumna) Kendra N. Tomassacci shares her passion and expertise in computer aided drafting and design.

Penn College was well-represented at the recent Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology event at West Chester East High School, offering hands-on glimpses into “Taste of Sweet & Savory Technology” and “3-D Printing in Engineering and Industrial Design.” Students, faculty and staff from the schools of Business & Hospitality and Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, as well as the college’s Admissions Office, gave fifth- to 10th-grade girls a memorably experiential entree into career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Penn College Hosting ‘S.W.O.R.D. Fights’

A scene from the “Fall Brawl” robotic competition at Penn College. The student organization S.W.O.R.D. has scheduled another event for April 8.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student group is inviting community members to fight – with robots.

The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design club is hosting “S.W.O.R.D. Fights 3: Revenge of the Wedge” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 8 in the college’s Field House. The competition encourages participants to design, fabricate and test “antweight” (1 pound) and “beetleweight” robots (3 pounds) before engaging in “combat.”

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National Publication Tours College’s Career-Making Labs

The visiting journalist observes manufacturing engineering technology majors - and SAE Baja teammates - Logan B. Goodhart (left), of Chambersburg, and Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, of Orangeville.

Students learn under the banner of Fronius USA, which has generously entrusted Penn College with equipment to benefit hundreds of welding majors this academic year.

Faculty member Roy H. Klinger gives Carlson a tour of the college's automotive restoration labs.

Elsewhere in College Avenue Labs, the guest gets faculty feedback from J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology ...

... and Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of automated manufacturing and machining.

Amanda Carlson, associate editor of Practical Welding Today magazine, visited campus on Wednesday for an upcoming story focusing on how colleges are preparing students for modern manufacturing careers. Carlson toured several college labs, including machining, advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping and welding.  She also spent time talking with faculty and staff and members of the college’s SAE Baja team. It’s anticipated that Carlson’s story incorporating her Penn College experience will appear in the May/June issue of the publication.

Penn College Contingent Participates in Conferences

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology at Penn College, holds his Autodesk Expert Elite Award, which was presented to him for his outstanding contribution to Autodesk community forums.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty were big winners recently in Las Vegas. The contingent attended two major industry conferences during the same week.

Representatives from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies participated in FABTECH 2016 and the Autodesk University conference. FABTECH is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America; the Autodesk event is geared to those who utilize the company’s computer-aided design software.

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, received special recognition at the Autodesk conference. He completed the Inventor 2017 certified professional exam and was presented with the Autodesk Expert Elite Award for his outstanding contribution to Autodesk community forums.

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Penn College Students, Faculty Attend ‘Women in Technology’ Event

Female students and faculty from Penn College demonstrated their commitment to technology at the recent College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference in Harrisburg.

More than 25 female students and faculty from Pennsylvania College of Technology demonstrated their commitment to technology by attending a recent statewide event in Harrisburg.

During the College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference, the Penn College contingent experienced a panel discussion with eight women technology leaders and enjoyed networking opportunities.

“It was a very valuable experience for our students,” said Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, who helped organize Penn College’s participation. “The students were able to not only listen to, but also interact with many impressive women in technology. The conference reinforced that gender should never be a barrier to success in technology-focused careers.”

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‘bots Do Battle in ‘Fall Brawl’

There's a lot of serious work before the fun begins!

Nearly 30 battle-ready robots – painstakingly designed, fabricated and tested by Pennsylvania College of Technology students – squared off in the recent “Fall Brawl 2016” robotic design competition in the college’s Field House. Sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design, the knockout tournament pitted “beetleweight” robots (weighing 1 to 3 pounds) against one another before a campus and community audience. “The event was a resounding success, with enough robots to keep the action going for the whole day,” said S.W.O.R.D.’s Timothy R. Thompson, an electronics and computer engineering technology major from Stephens City, Virginia. “The students are currently improving their robots, and the next event will be even more ‘destructive.’ As the event gains recognition, more and more outside people will be in attendance to test our members’ designs.” Winners in the 3-pound category were Don Doerfler, “Circuit Breaker,” first; Nate Franklin, “Thunder Child,” second; and William Hayden, “Wildcat1,” third. Placing in the 1-pound category were Franklin, “Slim Pickens,” first; Stanley Bohenek, “Discharge,” second; and David Probst, “Ready or Not,” third. Organizers said the event will definitely become an annual one, with another open competition to be scheduled in the spring.

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Students’ 3-D Designs are 2-Delightful for Words

A most menacing visage, courtesy of David S. Carlson

Brendan S. Beppel, with his Sleepy Hollow-inspired creation

Leander M. Shaffer turned his pumpkin into a first-place vehicle for artistic expression.

About 40 students in Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies recently plied their considerable 3-D computer skills in a traditional activity that combines hands-on proficiency with Halloween playfulness. Students across three sections of Technical Drawing I and Detailing I – taught by Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology; J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology; and Craig A. Miller, instructor of engineering design technology – participated in the third annual virtual pumpkin-carving event. First-place winners, as chosen by faculty, were engineering design technology majors Brendan S. Beppel, of Royersford, and Leander M. Shaffer, of Lewisburg; and David S. Carlson, an engineering CAD technology student from Elizabethtown.
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Students Encourage Future Interns While Recounting Experiences

Students from Penn College’s engineering and industrial design technology majors recently summarized their summer internship experiences during presentations in College Avenue Labs, followed by question-and-answer opportunities that inspired their classmates.

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Autodesk Presentation Heralds ‘National Manufacturing Day’

A capacity crowd of students attends Friday's PDC presentation ...

... by Lars Christensen, a technical marketing manager for Autodesk.

Representatives from the Autodesk software company presented “An Introduction to Fusion 360 for Design and Manufacture” among the National Manufacturing Day events hosted by Penn College. The presentation, held Friday morning in the Thompson Professional Development Center, showcased Fusion 360 as a next-generation, “cloud-based” Computer Aided Design software program that runs on both Mac and Windows operating systems. The software is free to students, enthusiasts, hobbyists and startups.  The software includes workspaces for traditional 3-D mechanical CAD modeling, complex free-form modeling with T-splines technology, surface modeling, rendering (still-image capture), animation, simulation (Finite Element Analysis) and Computer Aided Manufacturing. The visit was sponsored by the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies’ Engineering Design Technology Program and the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education office.

Penn College Hosting ‘Fall Brawl 2016’ Robotic Design Competition

A student group at Pennsylvania College of Technology is inviting community members to join the fight by participating in “Fall Brawl 2016” on Oct. 22. The event will feature small robots engaging in big battles for bragging rights.

Sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design, the competition encourages participants to design, fabricate and test “beetleweight” robots (maximum of three pounds) before engaging in “combat” to determine the toughest bot.

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Who Designs the Future?

Graphic design student Ainsley R. Bennett adds shadow to a still-life sketch. Hand-drawing skills remain important in the college’s graphic design and advertising art majors.

In a Penn College lab, a student polishes graphics for a class project.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: As detailed in the first episode of the “Working Class” television series, a knack for design and creativity is essential to other fields, including science, math, engineering and technology. Read “Who Designs the Future?

Center Hosts ‘Maker Week’ for Early Elementary Students

Children smile at a freshly printed toy.

Before they headed back to elementary school, a group of children at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center got a hands-on taste of the technical world, exploring how things are made.

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‘Working Class’ TV Episode Earns Telly Award

"Working Class"

The premiere episode of “Working Class,” a public television series produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, has earned a 2016 Telly Award.

The series was honored with a bronze award statue and certificate.

The Telly Award is acknowledged as a premier award for film and video productions, including outstanding local, regional and cable programming. The 36th annual competition this year considered more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

“Working Class: Dream and Do,” which premiered in January, appears regularly on WVIA. It also has aired on other Pennsylvania public television stations including WHYY and MindTV in Philadelphia, WQED in Pittsburgh, WLVT in Allentown, and WPSU in State College.

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Engineering CAD Technology Major Recertified

An international professional and educational organization has affirmed the high quality of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s engineering CAD technology curriculum by recertifying the associate degree.

The American Design Drafting Association, an organization for designers, drafters, architects, illustrators and technical artists, thoroughly reviewed the college’s program and determined the engineering CAD technology two-year major meets the organization’s well-established standards.

The ADDA has recertified the program annually since 1997.

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