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Technology

National leaders

Two graduates from the School of Construction have risen to the top in their fields, and both returned to campus during the annual Construction Expo to share their expertise. “It’s a special year when two PSU Construction alumni take over leadership of two of our key regional trade associations with many members that routinely hire...
Competition with real-world impact

Competition with real-world impact

Large-scale natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes happen in very geographically diverse regions, but they all have one thing in common: They leave people displaced from homes. For the fifth year, a team of students in the PSU School of Construction and a team from PSU’s sister university in South Korea worked for a...
Boot camp

Boot camp

Students seeking a degree aren’t the only ones drawn to the College of Technology to learn. Industry professionals from around the world regularly seek out specialized courses there to boost their knowledge using state-of-the-art equipment and processes in hands-on programs that no other university offers. At Wood Tech Boot Camp, held each January and May,...
Plastics students land prestigious internships

Plastics students land prestigious internships

When Lexington Peterson took a tour of the Kansas Technology Center at Pittsburg State as a high school senior, Assistant Professor Jeanne Norton handed her a plastic water bottle and sealed the deal on her future career field: Plastics Engineering Technology. Attracted to the 100 percent placement rate, she knew she wouldn’t have to worry...
Baja returns

Baja returns

For the second year in a row, Pittsburg State will host the Baja SAE Kansas competition. More than 100 teams from throughout the world are registered for the competition which will attract thousands of competitors and fans to PSU’s campus and community. “This will be the fourth time we’ve hosted the competition,” said Trent Lindbloom,...
An unparalleled experience

An unparalleled experience

“Student Perspectives,” a first-time event in the Bicknell Center Art Gallery last fall, gave photography students an unparalleled experience: the chance to exhibit their work in a prestigious space after having been judged by experts. Such an opportunity might not happen for many photographers until they become professional, noted their instructor, Rion Huffman, an assistant...

Grant targets mentoring

New teachers have few resources and survival strategies. This is especially true in Career and Technical Education, where high turnover rates are experienced. These teachers are often the lone teacher of their discipline in their district. A nearly $900,000 grant awarded to Greenbush – The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, aims to assist these CTE...
It’s a win-win

It’s a win-win

Five years ago, Justin Honey, associate professor in the School of Construction, approached Summit Homes with a request: Did they have an internship available for a bright, hard-working student who was a native of Kansas City and was looking for work experience? Shortly after, a recent PSU graduate joined the Summit team, and the relationship...

New College of Technology dean

Bob Frisbee, who had served as chair of the Automotive Technology Department since 2012, is the college’s new associate dean. He succeeds Tim Thomas, who had served in that role on an interim basis since August 2016. The position of associate dean was created last year to provide further support to the dean and faculty....
Tech seniors partner with Cessna on project

Tech seniors partner with Cessna on project

A senior project with Cessna gave a team of students a very real-world experience. Beginning in August of last year, six Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology students began working with Cessna to design and develop a new door-check fixture that would be used to check the curvature of the pre-fabricated door of a...

HRD program receives donation

This spring, George O’Brien donated nearly $800,000 to the university’s Human Resource Development (HRD) program, which was recently ranked as the fifth best in the nation. O’Brien said he was inspired to donate to the program after talking to longtime friend and now girlfriend, Judy Smetana. Smetana is an assistant professor in PSU’s Human Resource...

Packaging program among nation’s best

Pittsburg’s State packaging graphics program was recently recognized as being among the top in the nation. The Value Colleges website released its list of the top 20 packaging programs in the United States. Pitt State’s program is ranked number 16, behind large schools such as California Polytechnic State University, San Jose State University, Purdue University...