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Visiting Irish Professor Meets Penn College Faculty, Students

Paul Gibbons visits the Lumley Aviation Center, among the professor's stops during his recent visit from the Institute of Technology in Carlow, Ireland. (Photo by Thomas D. Inman, co-department head of aviation and associate professor of avionics)A professor at the Institute of Technology in Carlow, Ireland, recently spent two days with faculty and students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

On Feb. 16, Paul Gibbons toured the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville and enjoyed an informal luncheon with faculty. In addition, he met with Walter V. Gower, assistant professor of aviation, to discuss similarities between the respective programs’ turbine- and piston-engine curricula.

The following day, the visiting professor met with aviation students, describing the similarities and differences between Penn College and IT Carlow, as well as the regulation of education by the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

“Penn College’s aviation facilities are top-notch,” said Gibbons, who also met with faculty from the institution’s School of Business and Computer Technologies. The colleges are investigating a collaborative educational project.

Carlow, which boasts 4,000 students and 200 faculty members, is between Dublin and Waterford near Ireland’s east coast. Like Penn College, it offers a baccalaureate degree in aviation maintenance with heavy emphasis on hands-on activities.

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