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Students Test Knowledge Against Industry Representatives

From left, Randall L. Moser, instructor of electronics and adviser to Penn College's student chapter of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society%3B student Eric A. Maschuck, Paxinos%3B student Matthew J. McKinney, Youngsville%3B student Phillip A. Dickey, Easton%3B student Jamison S. Hurt, Parkesburg%3B student Blake J. Waybright, Gettysburg%3B Perry R. Gotschal, assistant professor of electronics%3B student Kyle J. Wilson, Russell%3B and student Evan R. Deurer, Slatington.Pennsylvania College of Technology students exhibited their knowledge while competing against experienced representatives from the systems and automation industry in a recent quiz-bowl style event.

The competition held during the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society’s District 2 Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va., usually pits college teams from Pennsylvania to South Carolina against one another, with the winner advancing to the ISA International Student Games.

Since no other colleges were able to make the trip this year, the Penn College students tested their knowledge against the industry professionals. The two teams competed head-to-head, responding to questions on basic and advanced instrumentation, systems and automation theory and practice.

The competition tested the students’ knowledge and their ability to think quickly during the timed event. The four-round competition resulted in a 2-2 tie, an impressive feat for the students against a four-member group of professionals whose experience in the field totals 90 years.

Competing in rotation for Penn College’s student ISA chapter were: Evan R. Deurer, Slatington; Jamison S. Hurt, Parkesburg; Eric A. Maschuck, Paxinos; Matthew J. McKinney, Youngsville; Blake J. Waybright, Gettysburg; Kyle J. Wilson, Russell; and Phillip A. Dickey, Easton. The Penn College team is now eligible for the ISA International Student Games in Houston this fall.

For more information about the academic programs offered by the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies at Penn College, call (570) 327-4520, send e-mail or visit online.

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