MU Mobile Robotics Team Wins 5 National Awards, Putting Total at 40!

By: Dr. John Haughery

The Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) held its annual national Student Division Robotics Competition (SDRC) in Orlando, FL this past November 3rd – 5th. Six collegiate robotics teams across the nation competed, including Millersville University’s ATMAE Student Organization team (i.e., the MU Mobile Robotics Team). Each team competed with a robot that navigated either autonomously, teleoperated, or hybrid. The MU Mobile Robotics Teams chose a fully autonomous design and placed 3rd overall in the competition!

MU Mobile Robotics Team and SDRS-12 head judge, Joshua Stevens (far left); Team (left to right) John Haughery (advisor), Benjamin Wright, Justin Vipperman, Dennis Nguywen, Joshua Greineder, Liz Maschke, Benjamin Ambler, Peter Marinelli, Ian Smith, Ryan Martin, Robert Keisel, and John Wright, Jr. (advisor).

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AEST Students Print Bookmarks for Central Manor Elementary Library

by: Prof. Donna Painter

This fall students in the AENG 110 Communication and Information Systems course turned their printed bookmark project into a community service opportunity. They designed bookmarks for the Central Manor Elementary Library in the Penn Manor School District. Designs were created to promote reading and appropriate care of library books. The bookmark designs included simple outline visuals that can be colored by elementary students to further customize the bookmarks. After developing the designs, students worked in teams to generate plates and print the bookmarks using offset lithography presses. After final trimming and packing, the bookmarks were delivered to the Central Manor Elementary Library on October 14.

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Collaboration with Maplewoodshop

by: Dr. Sharon A. Brusic

This fall, the Technology & Engineering Education program entered into a collaborative agreement with Mike Schloff, CEO and founder of Maplewoodshop. Schloff founded Maplewoodshop in 2016 to help children in grades 3-8 develop life skills through woodworking with hand tools. This year, Mike donated a complete, portable tool chest containing the workstations, tools, and safety equipment to serve up to 16 students working at the same time as well as curriculum, professional development and consulting. The intent of this collaboration is to expose students in Millersville University’s (MU) Technology & Engineering Education (TECE) program and Integrative STEM Education Methods (iSTEM) program to woodworking as an educational vehicle that they could use with future students.

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AEST Welcomes Dr. Charles Stricker

Dr. Charles Stricker joined the AEST faculty this semester. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA), an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA), a doctoral degree in educational technology from Wilkes University (WilkesBarre, PA), and has been a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania since 2002. His experience includes over 14 years of industry (engineering) experience combined with 13 years of academic experience across all levels of academia, including teaching and curriculum development at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

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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