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Technology
Happy 50th, Plastics Engineering Technology

Happy 50th, Plastics Engineering Technology

Fifty years ago, the PSU Plastics Engineering Technology program was in its infancy, charting a path to become recognized as a national model.   Today, its graduates are sought after by industry leaders, and the program is playing a pivotal role in the local economy.  City leaders, alumni, faculty and staff, and industry representatives gathered at...
Unique study opportunity

Unique study opportunity

Nine students majoring in Plastics Engineering Technology took their learning experience out of the classroom — way out of the classroom, over the Atlantic Ocean, and into Europe!  The trip was made possible with a grant from the PSU Professors Beyond the Classroom program, funded by the Student Government Association, with additional sponsorship from Study...

Student signing

Four students in Electrical Technology don’t graduate until May, but by last October, they already had jobs.  Two key leaders from Interstates, a major company in the electrical construction industry, flew to Pittsburg for the kind of signing ceremony that is routinely conducted for athletes, but not usually seen in academics.  But PSU’s program, those...
Alumni create Women in Technology Scholarship

Alumni create Women in Technology Scholarship

A couple who met as students at PSU and credit it with their success have created an endowed Women in Technology Scholarship to honor two female family members.  “It means so much to both Dave and I to be able to invest in the future of PSU students and at the same time honor my...

Helping an industry shortage

When it comes to the ongoing shortage of qualified diesel technicians in the U.S., a recent donation of three 2015 International® WorkStar® trucks by Navistar to PSU’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment program might help.  The trucks are providing students with hands-on experience to prepare them to work in the on-highway truck industry.  “They will allow faculty...

PSU represented in prestigious photo competition

Graphics and Imaging Technologies student Audrey Dainty, Frontenac, Kansas, is still pinching herself: From a field of 601 images submitted by 103 photographers across the nation to a prestigious competition called PhotoSpiva, her photo— “Troubled Psyche” — was one of 88 chosen. Seven other images chosen also were from the GIT Department: three by students...

Leadership changes in COT and KPRC

Robert Frisbee, associate dean of the College of Technology, has been named interim dean. He replaces Tim Dawsey, who was named the new executive director for Advancement of Applied Science & Technology at PSU’s Tyler Research Center, home to the Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC). Dawsey came to PSU in 2013 as a senior research...
Gorilla students win Viking axe competition

Gorilla students win Viking axe competition

Manufacturing Engineering Techonlogy students Michael Paddock, a senior from Clinton, Missouri, and Logan Roseberry, a junior from La Harpe, Kansas, won “Most Captivating Design” for their Viking axe in the national Cast in Steel competition. Their double-headed design included the splitface Gorilla on the handle. The mold for casting was done using the additive manufacturing...
Grads give back to Automotive Tech program in big way

Grads give back to Automotive Tech program in big way

Three of the first students to attend classes in the Kansas Technology Center had such a transformative experience, they reciprocated — and in a big way. Dallas Grothusen (’00), Kelly Burgess (’01), and Ted Polzer (‘02), went on to become leaders with CNH Industrial. In the spring, they returned to campus to help the Department...
Pedal power

Pedal power

Mitch Yeomans completed many hands-on projects during his time on campus. But one project in particular stood out, because it has the power to change lives. “It could have a real impact on people,” said Yeomans, of Kansas City, Missouri, who graduated in May. “It will give the elderly and disabled chances they wouldn’t otherwise...
Newly renovated lab making impact on students, recruitment

Newly renovated lab making impact on students, recruitment

Senior Carter Stohlberg transferred to Pittsburg State to pursue a degree in Technology & Engineering Education for a reason: the reputation of the program. He made the right choice, he said, after taking classes in the university’s newly-renovated and state-of-the-art Technology & Engineering Education Lab. The lab features a flexible presentation area with a large touch...
Ronald McDonald House gets a hand

Ronald McDonald House gets a hand

Electrical Technology students and Ronald McDonald House of the Four States are benefitting from a partnership with the help of alumnus Clint Myers, who with his dad, Chuck Reynolds, operates C&D Electric in Diamond, Mo. Myers (AAS ’11, BS ’17) said he believes in giving back, so he agreed to help instructor Ed Moore provide students...