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05.04.2022

Revisiting an award-winning outreach program

The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter's banner.
The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter’s banner.
The team that delivered a "outstanding" program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
The team that delivered a “outstanding” program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Penn College students and Cadettes assemble for an all-inclusive group photo.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day's three badge sessions.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day’s three badge sessions.

Recognition as Penn College’s “Outstanding Program of the Year” among student organizations begs a deeper dive into the resourcefulness that brought the campus IEEE chapter such acclaim.

Advised by Scott D. Neuhard, assistant professor of electronics, the club last month developed and executed a community service initiative that involved teaching a troop of Girl Scouts about robotics and allowed them to earn one badge each in programming, designing and showcasing a robot.

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Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students Women in STEM
04.28.2022

Gaming student makes vital connections as part of conference ‘family’

Troy E. Records Jr., set to graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology next month with two information technology degrees, was chosen as a Conference Associate for last month’s Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The conference is the game industry’s premier professional event, championing game developers and the advancement of their craft, and the compensated corps of CAs helps make everything go smoothly.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Information Technology STEM Students
04.08.2022

Tools of engagement

Young minds (and the busy hands that accompany them) were thoroughly spellbound at Thursday’s Science Festival in the Field House, where area elementary and middle school students and their families stepped into an astonishing STEM playground. Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce partnered with exhibitors for three hours of demonstrations and activities designed to ignite an enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math. “We had 403 participants, which is very exciting considering we missed a year and weren’t able to host the fifth grade daytime event based on uncertainty over COVID during planning,” said Tanya Berfield, director of K-12 Outreach, whose office coordinated the highly popular and interactive event.  “The vendor reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, too!” Penn College was well-represented among those exhibitors, with contributions from the Alpha Chi honor society, the ConCreate Design Club, the Electrical Technology and Nursing departments, and the LEAP Center.

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04.05.2022

Community invited to Science Festival on April 7

Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce invite area elementary and middle school students and their families to a hands-on Science Festival in the Penn College Field House on Thursday, April 7.

The festival, scheduled 5 to 8 p.m., is intended to make learning fun and features activities designed to spark excitement about science, math, engineering and technology.

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03.17.2022

Penn College engineering design student interns at BMW

As a child, Dillon J. DeWitt spent countless hours playing with Legos, reveling in the design and assembly challenges and possibilities. As a Pennsylvania College of Technology student, he’s traded those miniature plastic bricks for components of renowned luxury vehicles.

DeWitt, of Oakland, Maryland, is a product engineering intern for BMW Manufacturing Co. at its 7-million-square-foot facility near Spartanburg, South Carolina. The junior is juggling the full-time paid internship with online courses so he can graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology in May 2023.

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Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students
07.27.2021

Penn College ‘manufactures’ learning opportunity for teachers

Suzanne Mayberry wants to connect her high school students with manufacturing. Thanks to Pennsylvania College of Technology, she has more tools to accomplish that goal.

Penn College recently hosted a Manufacturing Externship Camp for Mayberry and 16 other secondary school teachers and guidance counselors throughout the state. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the weeklong educational experience used tours, presentations and hands-on activities to expose the nontechnical educators to the realities of modern manufacturing and the sector’s rewarding career opportunities.

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02.05.2021

Penn College prof is the ‘CAD Whisperer’

In 22 years of teaching at Pennsylvania College of Technology, J.D. Mather has accumulated many titles. Assistant professor of engineering design technology. Master Teacher. Autodesk Inventor Certified Expert. Certified SolidWorks Professional.

And now … “CAD Whisperer.”

Like the other labels, “CAD Whisperer” reflects Mather’s expertise. But it promises to eclipse the other titles because it’s shared with the widest audience.

Mather has created a YouTube Channel, dubbed the “The CAD Whisperer,” to impart his vast knowledge in computer-aided design and engineering. The channel’s 120-plus videos are a hit with current students and an audience that extends far beyond his classroom.

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Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students
11.30.2020

New majors ‘power’ electronics lab at Penn College

The addition of two automation degrees is powering a new electronics lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Located in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, the 906-square-foot space is accommodating about 60 students per semester who are seeking an automation engineering technology baccalaureate degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

“Industry was telling us that they liked what our students were doing, but they were looking for more because of the growth of automation in industry,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “We looked at what we already had and how we could expand on that. When we expanded the program, we needed to expand the space. Now that we put stuff in there, I don’t know if it’s big enough!”

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11.24.2020

Automation degrees power new Penn College electronics lab

The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees is powering a new electronics laboratory at Penn College. The lab is equipped with 16 student-installed Programmable Logic Controller stations (featuring both Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs), four Kuka industrial robots and a conveyer system. “We recruited the whole class that came in now, these freshmen, without having that lab,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “So having that lab now is just going to add another layer of excitement. They can see all the learning stations. They can see the robots. They can see the conveyer system.” The lab is for the “tomorrow makers” seeking an automation degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

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11.10.2020

College partners with Sodick for new instructional equipment

A partnership with Sodick, a global EDM manufacturing leader, is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s acquisition of innovative electrical discharge machines for instructional purposes.

Through the collaboration, Sodick, a Japanese company with North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, is providing four VL400Q High Performance Linear Motor Drive Wire Cut EDM units for use in the college’s Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.

Penn College students and faculty in the machine tool technology, automated manufacturing technology and manufacturing engineering technology majors will benefit from the new high-tech equipment.

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11.09.2020

Alumni gift ‘manufactures’ updated machining lab

The largest alumni gift in the history of Pennsylvania College of Technology has manufactured a new machining lab that will benefit students for generations.

A $1 million-plus donation from alumnus Larry Ward financed the revamping of the 14,299-square-foot facility, one of the oldest instructional spaces on campus. The lab features fresh lighting, flooring, fixtures and, most importantly, new equipment in the recently christened Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.

“I have done very well, so I want to give it back for the next generation,” said Ward, a 1966 graduate. “A lot of people helped me over the years, and I just feel I’m paying it forward.”

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10.13.2020

Alum’s gift transforms Penn College’s machining lab

Students majoring in one of five manufacturing-related degrees are benefiting from a gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology, featured in a YouTube video. Larry A. Ward, founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., made a donation exceeding $1 million to revamp the college’s machining lab – the largest alumni gift in the college’s history. Ward’s generosity has resulted in fresh paint, lighting, fixtures and 50 new machines for the 14,299-square-foot instructional space. “It’s just completely transformed the entire lab,” says Dakota C. Harrison, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Lewisberry. “And we really couldn’t have done it without Mr. Ward.”

 

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09.21.2020

Penn College grad ‘shoots for the moon’ with Google

Curiosity drives Fletcher Ewing.

As a kid, it drove him to build and race Soap Box Derby cars. As a college student, it led him to study plastics. As a professional, it inspires him to “shoot for the moon.”

The 1998 Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate and Selinsgrove native is a senior mechanical engineer in Silicon Valley for X, The Moonshot Factory. Formerly known as Google X, the company consists of inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs whose expectations defy gravity. Their objective is to build and launch “technologies that aim to improve the lives of millions, even billions of people.”

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Plastics & Polymer STEM
08.13.2020

Ten first-year students chosen as ‘BE Scholars’ at Penn College

Ten students embarking on their first semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been chosen as Built Environment Scholars in a program that rewards academic talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related career fields.

Each was awarded a scholarship ranging from $4,250 to $7,000, funded through a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to increase retention, graduation and workforce preparedness for students in many of Penn College’s STEM-focused construction and engineering majors.

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07.27.2020

Penn College ‘manufactures’ educational experience for teachers

With support from the National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania College of Technology recently “manufactured” a weeklong educational experience for 13 high school teachers and school counselors from throughout the state.

The Manufacturing Externship Camp revealed to educators the promising realities of manufacturing careers through several activities, including a robot-building exercise that they can replicate at their home schools. The camp is one of several Penn College initiatives – funded by a grant from the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program – dedicated to growing the manufacturing workforce.

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