AEST Newsletter Goes Blog!

The AEST Newsletter is back after the pandemic with a new issue.  Starting with the Spring/Summer 2021, Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology will be communicating out information and news on program and student achievement with a new blog, simply called AEST News Blog, retiring the Abbozzare moniker. It will allow us to get information out to our interested community of alumni, administration, and friends in a more timely basis. Please enjoy the new format and if you have any suggestions, please email them to the blog editor using the link above. Back issues of The Abbozzare can still be viewed using the “back issue” button above.

New Staff Members in AEST

Dr. John Haughery

John Haughery brings 15 years of combined teaching, research and professional experience back to his alma matter. John Graduated from Millersville University with a BS in Industrial Technology and a concentration in Electronics/Control Systems in May of 2006. He went on to earn his Master of Science Degree from Morehead State University in Kentucky in 2014, and his PhD in Industrial and Agricultural Technology from Iowa State University in 2017. Professionally, John has eight years of experience designing, installing, and validating industrial instrumentation, automation, and control systems. He serves as a journal reviewer to the Journal of TechnologyManagement and Applied Engineering, Journal of Engineering Technology, Journal of Industrial Technology, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education. John is professionally active with the ATMAE association.

Mr. Dominick Manusos

Dominick Manusos is originally from the suburbs of Chicago. He started his formal education in 2009 in North Carolina at North Carolina State University completing his BS in Technology, Engineering & Design Education with a minor in Graphic Communications in 2013.  He earned his Master’s degree in Sustainable Technology from Appalachian State University in 2015 and he is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Technology Education at North Carolina State University. Dominick has 1.5 years of public school teaching experience at the HS level and served as a graduate teaching assistant at North Carolina State University for two years. Dominick has seven years of experience working for a general contracting construction company where his experiences ranged from laborer to crew foreman, estimator, bidder and scheduler including new construction and renovation projects. He has experience with many aspects of the construction industry including writing quotes, providing job oversight, and logistics.

Ms. Laura Westlund

Laura Westlund recently joined AEST as Laboratory Technician. She is a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens where she studied electro-mechanical technology. Laura’s previous work experience was with a company that services and repairs high-end CNC equipment. She is also qualified to help support traditional laboratory equipment and processes. She has been described as a coding enthusiast who created many Arduino-based creations, and has had a  experience with a variety of 3D printers.

Ms. Beth Colvin

Beth Colvin joined AEST as Department Secretary and Office Manager. Beth comes to AEST as a true university veteran, bringing her many years of experience to the position. Please welcome Beth to her new duties in AEST!

Retirements from AEST

Donna Hernandez retired from MU in the Spring of 2020. She was hired as a part-time Clerk-Typist 1 in December of 1986 into the department that had recently been renamed as Industry & Technology at that time. Eventually she became our full-time secretary upon the retirement of Fay Bledsoe. Donna served the university for 33.5 years, retiring as a Clerk-Typist 3, the highest rank in the secretarial classification system. Below is an excerpt from the message I sent to the faculty after Donna had announced her retirement by email a day or so earlier: Continue reading “Retirements from AEST”

MiM: Toy Creation that Taught So Much More

A student design team from Professor Cindy English’s ITEC 342 Computer-Aided Engineering Drawing course participated in the annual Made in Millersville (MIM) research conference. The conference is one of the largest student conferences among the 14 state system schools that involves over 150 students presenting, performing, or exhibiting their scholarly and creative work while gaining a professional conference experience. This year’s participants presentations were both of the synchronous and asynchronous formats for the virtual event. The synchronous presentations were streamed live allowing the presenters to be interviewed by professors and alumni who give feedback to the students concerning their work. Continue reading “MiM: Toy Creation that Taught So Much More”

Gamma Epsilon Tau Inducts Nine Students

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, nine students were inducted into the Omicron chapter of Gamma Epsilon Tau. Gamma Epsilon Tau is a national student organization for graphic communication. The Millersville chapter was founded in 2016 by Dr. Mark Snyder. To be invited to join, students must be in good academic standing and show an interest in and commitment to the field of graphic communication.

The induction ceremony was led by current Gamma Epsilon Tau officers— President Sara Franks, Vice President Alejandro Rosario, Treasurer Makenna Hewitt, Secretary Meghan Hlodash, and Historian Macy Souders. Inductees participated in an initiation ceremony which included creating a uniquely inked pin.

We are proud to announce the newest members of Gamma Epsilon Tau – Omicron Chapter.

  • Kaitlyn Conrad, AETM, Graphic Communication
  • Ashly Dodd, AETM Graphic Communication & Packaging Engineering Technology
  • Hannah Ellenburg, Technology & Engineering Education
  • Olivia Keenan, AETM, Graphic Communication
  • Julia Meassick, AETM, Graphic Communication
  • Rowland Miller, AETM, Graphic Communication
  • Dario Santa Cruz Sanchez, AETM, Graphic Communication
  • Zachariah Sarmir, Technology & Engineering Education
  • Kyle Schell, AETM, Graphic Communication
Contributed by: Ms. Donna Painter, Applied Engineering & Technology Management Coordinator

OSEH 40th Anniversary Celebration

In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act was signed into law, creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). As both OSHA and NIOSH celebrate 50 years of helping to keep American workers safe and healthy, the Millersville University Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology Department (AEST) marks the 40th Anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (OSEH) Program! Continue reading “OSEH 40th Anniversary Celebration”

Day of STEM: One Student’s Vision

Evelyn Dais is currently an undergraduate student studying Robotics and Control Systems Technology Management. Within the past year, she joined a newly formed organization called the National Society of Black Engineers. Upon joining this organization, Evelyn wanted to make an impact on underrepresented students in STEM fields. Although many initiatives are getting more student involvement in these fields, she believed there is more to be done, more than “students” can do to remind other students of their potential. Ms. Dais has worked tirelessly towards bringing like-minded individuals together to make her vision of an event as successful as possible.

“Change takes time but with every action taken, we are getting closer to giving our students a better tomorrow.” -Dias

Continue reading “Day of STEM: One Student’s Vision”

‘Ville Prof Awarded Teacher Educator of the Year Award

Millersville’s Dr. Scott Warner is joining an elite group of educators. He was recently  selected by his peers on the Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE) to be the Technology and Engineering Teacher Educator of the Year for 2021. The CTETE is an affiliate organization of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). He was honored at the 83rd annual conference of the ITEEA. Continue reading “‘Ville Prof Awarded Teacher Educator of the Year Award”

Pipe-Flo Donates Software

AEST  received a generous donation of engineering software which provides students in the Fluid Power course exposure to an actual tool used in industry. PIPE-FLO is a fluid system modeling and calculation software. Mr. Joe Benefield facilitated both the donations and training needed to get the systems up and running. Fifty license keys were donated, and the experience it provides the students gives them valuable experience with an industry-standard tool.

This donation made it possible for the software to be activated not only on lab computers but on individual students’ computers.

Contributed by: Dr. Joe McCade

Working Together: Supporting Susquehanna Litho Club

AEST, in conjunction with University Information Technology Services, has been supporting webinars offered by the Susquehanna Litho Club (SLC). The club typically hosts in-person meetings for their members, guests, and graphics students on various technical and industry-related topics. Due to pandemic restrictions, SLC was unable to hold meetings in their usual format and sought a partner to provide a technical solution. The University was able to host webinars for three of SLC’s events.

The first of the three 60-minute webinars was A Glimpse into the Future of Printing Technology. It was held on October 15, 2020, and was presented by Jim Workman, Vice President of Technology and Research at Printing United Alliance. The State of the Printing Industry webinar was held January 28 and featured a presentation by David Wilaj, Economist and Market Research Analyst at Printing United Alliance. The third webinar, Growing your Business with Interactive Printing, was hosted on March 18 by UnifiedAR co-founder and Executive director Steve Belshaw, and Todd Foster, their local authorized representative. The webinars were moderated by Donna Painter, Applied Engineering and Technology Management Coordinator. Millersville students from the graphic communication concentration were able to participate, along with SLC members in these webinars.

It was a pleasure for AEST to be able to partner with the Susquehanna Litho Club to provide ongoing professional development for their members as well as Millersville students. The webinars also provided an opportunity to promote the Graphic Communication and Packaging Engineering Technology programs.

Contributed by: Ms. Donna Painter, Applied Engineering & Technology Management Coordinator