Thankful in AEST

The Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology met on Monday, November 21 for its annual Thanksgiving luncheon.  The luncheon is a time  to set aside daily activities for a moment or two to express gratitude and friendship to each other, graduate assistants, student lab aids, and the building staff.

Nobody can remember exactly when the first Thanksgiving luncheon was held, but it has been an anticipated event for well over 25 years. The luncheon has gone through several iterations ranging from the traditional turkey and trimmings, to a soup and baked potato bar, to the pot luck that we now enjoy with delicious deli sandwiches purchased locally.





Happy Thanksgiving from your friends in AEST!

– Contributed by Bill Horst

Quantitative Respiratory Fit Testing Equipment Donation from OHD

After a few years of collaboration in providing quantitative respiratory fit testing education and lab experiments with OHD, Dr. Khalighi managed to secure the most recent state of the art QuantiFit2, Quantitative Respiratory Fit Testing Instrument from OHD. The market value of the equipment with carrying case and 3 adapters is above $10K. OHD serves the occupational health market worldwide as it is the global provider for key respiratory protection devices.

According to Dr. Khalighi, the ability to learn and work with quantitative fit testing equipment will be very beneficial for the education of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health students in using advanced Industrial Hygiene instruments in the workplace to help protect employees and manage occupational risks. It also provides research opportunities for students in the OSEH program.


‘Ville Robotics Team Hits Gold Again at 2022 ATMAE Student Division Robotics Competition!

This competition marked the 20th year ATMAE has run its collegiate Student Division Robotics Competition. Unlike years past, this year teams were given an open design challenge to design, develop, and demonstrate a semi- or fully-automated robotic system to perform a user-defined function that pushed against the bounds of their abilities to innovation at the edge of the problem space of robotics (e.g., flexible material handling, autonomous guided vehicles, swarm systems, machine vision/learning, etc.).

‘Ville Robotics Team with their ATMAE Student Division Robotics Competition 1st place trophy and awards (from left to right: Dr. John Wright, Zane Weaver, Liz Maschke, Jeremiah Buck, Ben Ambler, Ian Troop, Ashton Kunkle, Ben Wright, Joseph Favoroso, Dennis Nguyen, Dr. John Haughery).

The ‘Ville Robotics Team answered the call by entering their A.Li.E.N. 2.0 (Autonomous LiDAR-Based Environment Navigator) distributed control fully automated self-driving vehicle to follow GPS waypoints, avoid obstacles, all while staying within roadway lanes. Equipped with smart sensors (LiDAR, Machine Vision, and GPS/Compass) connected to a 32-bit microcontroller, A.Li.E.N. 2.0’s functionality resembled that of a self-driving car. While the competition was fierce, the ‘Ville Robotics Team was able to secure the overall 1st place Stephen Harris Cup, named after the late Rixan Associates CEO, longtime sponsor of the ATMAE Student Robotics Competition, and donor of nearly $1M of in-kind equipment and software to Millersville University’s Automation & Controls Lab. In total, the ‘Ville Robotics Team came home with the following awards, pushing their 1st – 3rd place competition awards in the past 20+ years to 45+, including 7 championship trophies.

‘Ville Robotics Team Awards:

    • 1st Place Overall (Stephen Harris Cup)
    • 1st Electrical/Controls Design
    • 1st Innovative Problem Solution
    • 2nd Mechanical/Manufacturing Design
    • 2nd Technical Communication Design
    • 3rd People’s Choice Award

Of note, Ohio Northern won 2nd Place Overall, 1st Place in the Technical Communication Design, and Mechanical/Manufacturing Design; East Carolina University won 3rd Place Overall; and Morehead State University won the People’s Choice Award.

Also, a special thanks to our team sponsors: Millersville University of Pennsylvania (AEST, SGA, OGSPR) and Phoenix Contact for travel support. And Todd Echterling for donating the wheelchair base!

For more information about the ‘Ville Robotics Team, please contact Dr. John Haughery (

–  Contributed by Dr. John Haughery

MU Awarded $5,000 for Manufacturing Technology Scholarships

The department of Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology at Millersville University was recently granted $5,000 by the Gene Haas Foundation.  

Dr. Alex Johnson, an assistant professor at the University, applied for the funding. Dr. Len Litowitz, the AEST department chair, explains that the University’s programs related to manufacturing engineering technology helped secure the grant.  

“The scholarships are awarded by the department to students majoring in qualifying degree programs such as manufacturing engineering technology or those interested in teaching about manufacturing technology in K-12 schools,” says Litowitz. “There is no application process.” 

As per the award letter, half of the funding will be applied to student scholarships, with the other half applied to supporting AEST-related clubs.  

Litowitz adds that the department is planning on using part of the funds to enter a Baja buggy competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers in the future. In this competition, University students would design and craft an off-road vehicle that would be put to the test in various terrains, utilizing hands-on manufacturing and building experience, along with teamwork and communication.  

The Gene Haas Foundation was established in 1999 after Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, Inc., saw a growing need for skilled manufacturing employees. The foundation provides scholarships and funds to improve manufacturing training worldwide.  

“We have received similar funding from the Gene Haas foundation in the past, but not within the last couple of years during the pandemic, so we are thrilled to have this funding back again,” Litowitz concludes. “We would like to thank the Gene Haas Foundation for their generous support of our programs.”   

– By: Mary Miller, Millersville News, November 15, 2022

TEECA@MU Scores Big at East Coast Regional Conference in Rehoboth Beach, DE

TEECA @ MU brought 25 members to the TEECA Eastern Regional Conference in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on November 3-5, 2022.

Three faculty advisors also joined the trip to help serve as contest judges, including Dr. Sharon Brusic, Dr. Len Litowitz, and Dr. Alex Johnson. All student members participated in one or more contests, competing against students from other Eastern seaboard universities at the conference. There was also a team building experience (including a polar plunge!), a job fair, and a dinner banquet with a keynote speaker. MU TEECA took second place in the ice breaker 3 on 3 basketball tournament. We are very proud of ALL student participants for their professional representation of MU and their hard work and effort in preparing and competing in their respective contests.

CONGRATULATIONS & thanks for competing at the East Coast TEECA Regional held in Rehoboth Beach, November 3-5, 2022

    • Manufacturing Contest – First Place
    • Robotics Contest – First Place
    • Transportation Contest – Second Place
    • Communications Contest – Second Place
    • K-5 STEM Challenge – Third Place

Click Continue Reading to meet the teams! Continue reading “TEECA@MU Scores Big at East Coast Regional Conference in Rehoboth Beach, DE”

2022 TEEAP Scholarship and Awards & AEST Department Awards

Several awards and scholarships were presented during the luncheon at the 2022 TEEAP Back to Basics conference on October 21, 2022. The association is proud to recognize the following individuals for their service and contributions to the growth of the profession.

The William J. Wilkinson Scholarship

Cole A. WInters, freshman Technology & Engineering Education major, Millersville University. Dr. Len Litowitz AEST department chair and Brandt Hutzel, PDE’s Technology & Engineering Education Content Advisor are also pictured.

The  William J. Wilkinson scholarship is for a high school graduate who has been enrolled in an undergraduate technology education teacher education program in Pennsylvania. The applicant must submit an application describing his or her educational background and noteworthy achievements. In addition, reasons should be explained for wanting to become a technology education teacher. A minimum of three recommendations from individuals must be submitted, with at least one from a high school technology education teacher. The applicant’s scholastic achievements, leadership abilities and talents for becoming an effective technology education teacher should be described. It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that all materials are forwarded by the deadline. The application and recommendations may be submitted under separate cover. Continue reading “2022 TEEAP Scholarship and Awards & AEST Department Awards”

Excellence Awards Presented at 2022 TEEAP Conference

The 2022 TEEAP-STEM Back to Basics conference was hosted by AEST on October 20-22, 2022.  On Friday a luncheon was held at the Student Memorial Center where the following program and individual awards were presented:

The Program Excellence Award is presented by the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) and the Technology & Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania (TEEAP). This Excellence Award is of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering Education programs on the elementary, middle, and high school level. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession. The Program Excellence Award provides public recognition on a local state level through TEEAP. If the recipient meets the criteria to be forwarded to ITEEA, these programs also receive recognition on a national and international level.

The Teacher Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering Education classroom teachers and is presented in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the profession and their students. The Teacher Excellence Award provides public recognition on a local state level through Technology & Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania (TEEAP) and is presented at the Annual TEEAP Conference. In addition, if the recipient meets the criteria to be forwarded to International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), these teachers also receive recognition on an national and international level. The honoree is then also formally presented with an engraved plaque and other recognition at ITEEA’s Annual Conference. Continue reading “Excellence Awards Presented at 2022 TEEAP Conference”

AEST steps off in the Millersville Parade

AEST was well represented in this year’s Millersville Parade. The two-mile-long parade starts Homecoming Saturday’s events, winding through the community to its final destination at the Student Memorial Center.

Len Litowitz, department chair, was in the first division of the parade driving his 1923 International Harvester fire engine. He was chauffeuring several members of the 2021-22 American Society of Safety Professionals’ Outstanding Student Section (read about that here) and their advisor, Betty-Jo Bowers.

Later in the parade, the AEST’s student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers marched through with their BAJA buggy. This off-road capable vehicle was built to participate in the Baja SAE to demonstrate its ability to perform in punishing and rough terrain environments. More information and photos can be found on their Facebook page by following this link.

2015 Graduate honored as a Philadelphia Eagles/Nouryon All-Pro Teacher

Dan Lingle, Northern Lebanon Technology & Engineering Education Teacher

Dan Lingle is a 2015 graduate of the Technology & Engineering Education program, and he has been recognized as a 2022 Philadelphia Eagles/Nouryon All-Pro teacher. For the past eight years, the All-Pro teacher program has honored 5th through 12th grade teachers in the Greater Philadelphia region for their commitment to education.

You can view Dan’s comments on the All-Pro Teacher’s Web site by going to


What does it take to be nominiated?

Definition of a Nouryon All-Pro Teacher is someone who:
– Uses creative out-of-the-box teaching methods to inspire student ingenuity
– Bases projects on real-world examples
– Empowers students to bring their ideas to life in tangible ways
– Is a role model for their students in and out of the classroom
– Develops critical thinking skills and tolerance for diverse perspectives that drive success in all academic subjects
– Challenges and engages students through a unique and collaborative curriculum
– Is a steward of new ideas of academics and helps to foster creative thinking
– Has passion for their work and brings it out in their students
– Encourages their students to pursue their own personal curiosity

Do you know a teacher who fits the criteria? If so, you can nominate them at the All-Pro Teachers site:

  • – Contributed by Sharon Brusic

Graphic & Packaging Students Shine at Neographics!

On Thursday, October 6, 2022, three Millersville students received awards at the Graphic Arts Association (GAA) 2022 Neographics Exhibition & Awards Show. Neographics is a showcase annual event for the printing, packaging, and digital communications industries of Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.  This year’s event was held at the Cescaphe Ballroom in Philadelphia and the theme was Celebrate Print!

Pictured (L-R) with their awards Julia Meassick, Kaylena Travitz, and Lauren Walsh.Graphic Communication senior, Julia Meassick’s entry Moonstruck received a Best of Category Award in the “College Student – Tags & Labels Flexo” category.

Packaging Engineering senior Kaylena Travits’ entry The Hook received the “Student” Best of Category Award.

Lauren Walsh a Graphic Communication senior was recognized with a Franklin Award of Excellence for her entry Citron in the “College Student – Tags & Labels Flexo” category.

All three students completed the projects they entered during their spring 2022 Packaging and Specialty Printing course. Congratulations to all three students on their success.

-Submitted by Mrs. Donna Painter