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Students Back to the Drawing ‘Gourd’ for Virtual Carving Contest

The Penn College seal and a nod to his major are included in Jared T. Burrey's winning design ...
The Penn College seal and a nod to his major are included in Jared T. Burrey’s winning design …
... while Alisha A. Ortiz took a more seasonal tack.
… while Alisha A. Ortiz took a more seasonal tack.

More than 50 first-year students in Penn College’s engineering design technology major employed their 3-D computer skills for virtual pumpkin-carving during a recent Halloween contest. “This is the second year for the contest and, again, a good time was had by all!” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “Students have been practicing skills that might be helpful in the competition, but more importantly, the 3-D parametric modeling skills they apply to the pumpkin will help them with challenging designs they may encounter in industry. The friendly competition helps motivate students to research and practice techniques they might otherwise brush over.” Students in Walker’s afternoon class, along with two additional sections taught by J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, and Craig A. Miller, instructor of engineering design technology, participated in the event. First-place winners were Thomas A. D’Arcy, of Mechanicsburg; Jared T. Burrey, of Lancaster; and Alisha A. Ortiz, of Linden, New Jersey. School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies administrators – David R. Cotner, dean, and assistant deans Stacey C. Hampton and Bradley M. Webb – served as judges.
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