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Eight Penn College Students Medal in National Competition

SkillsUSA

Eight students from the widest variety of academic majors ever to represent Pennsylvania College of Technology at the National Leadership and Skills Conference returned home with medals – including first-time successes in three competitive areas.

The contingent took one of three top places in five categories, and this year marked the first time that Penn College entrants medaled in Computer Programming, TeamWorks and Welding Sculpture.

“This really goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college. This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the national competition,” said SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton II, an assistant professor of welding. “The national skills competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology.”

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Teaching Awards Presented to Trio of Penn College Faculty

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members were honored at Spring 2017 Commencement ceremonies for their teaching prowess. Their awards were presented May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program at Penn College, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented a Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award to J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology.

Two faculty members received Excellence in Teaching Awards: Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design, and Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts.

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Penn College Students Prep for International Competition

Logan B. Goodhart, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Chambersburg and president of Penn College’s Baja SAE Club, makes a part for the car the students will enter later this month at Baja SAE Kansas. The international competition tasks students with building a single-seat, off-road vehicle to face various performance challenges.

While most of their classmates were celebrating the end of finals, a dedicated group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students remained ensconced in a machining lab, laboring on a project begun last summer. Their “exam” will be 1,100 miles from campus in late May.

The students are completing a new single-seat, off-road vehicle to compete against 100-plus colleges from around the world at Baja SAE Kansas. The Penn College contingent hopes to build upon past success during the May 25-28 Society of Automotive Engineers event at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.

“The commitment these students have shown is remarkable,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and adviser for the college’s Baja SAE Club. “For months, they have dedicated countless hours outside of class to building the car. I am very proud of their efforts.”

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Penn College Students Bat a Thousand in SkillsUSA Competition

SkillsUSA-Pennsylvania

All 25 members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team, including more than half moving on to national competition June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky, were medalists during the Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held late last month in Hershey.

Fifteen team members advanced to nationals with first-place finishes, seven placed second, and three placed third in their respective categories.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “I’m excited for the students going to the national competition in Louisville. I have every confidence they will put their best performance forward.”

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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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