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Penn College Faculty Member’s Paper Published in Journal


An associate professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology authored a paper, “Transdisciplinary Approaches for Culturally Appropriate Boat Design,” that was published in the Work Based Learning e-Journal International.

Thomas E. Ask’s paper presented findings from research conducted while he was a visiting professor of mechanical engineering at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2009. The study combined technical and nontechnical considerations into the design of a 29-ton Malaysian fishing boat.

Thomas E. Ask
Thomas E. Ask

Ask, a licensed professional engineer, teaches industrial and human factors design in the School of Integrated Studies and HVAC technology/mechanical refrigeration in the School of Construction and Design Technologies at Penn College.

He holds a doctorate in industrial design from Middlesex University, a Master of Arts in liberal studies from Excelsior College, a graduate management certificate from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.

For information about industrial and human factors design, and other “degrees that work” within the School of Integrated Studies, call 570-327-4521; for more about the School of Construction and Design Technologies, call 570-327-4518.

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