Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology

Leadership ♦ Innovation ♦ Professionalism ♦ Teamwork

The Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology (AEST) is the home of Technology & Engineering Education, Applied Engineering & Technology Managment, Occupational Safety & Environmental Health, Automation & Intelligent Robotics Engineering Technology, and the Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs. There are programs available for all levels of interest from 2-year associates degrees to 4-year bachelor's degrees, teacher training and certification, through graduate studies - all specifically designed to meet your learning needs.

MSA Safety Incorporated Partners with OSEH

dsc_0023-sm.jpgMillersville University OSEH Program recently entered into a partnership with MSA Safety Incorporated. Through the partnership MSA donated equipment estimated at about $50,000 to be used for training students in our OSEH labs. As part of the partnership, MSA will also be providing training support to the students in our labs. Representatives from MSA will be working with OSEH faculty to train students on equipment use and applications. The OSEH Program regularly works with local companies to provide EH&S support. Including students in these local projects enables them to apply whatever they are learning in the classroom into the “real-world”.  We try to bridge the gap between available information and active student participation in connecting with industry in the R&D cycle.

The donation by MSA is a good start, we hope that more companies will come forward with similar offers in the future. This will not only be good for our program, but it will also be an investment by the companies/organizations in the future of the safety & health profession. The support from industry will help support the next generation of safety & health leaders locally, regionally, and nationally. The equipment donated includes; gas monitoring and detection instruments, filter-type respirators, gas masks, breathing apparatus, head protection, confined space entry and rescue equipment, and a broad range of fall protection products.

ISEM Faculty Recognized: Gerhard Salinger Award


The Millersville University Integrative STEM Education Methods (ISEM) Program Faculty and Research Team received the 2019 Gerhard Salinger Award for Enhancing STEM Education through Technological/Engineering Design-Based Instruction. The ISEM program faculty and research team includes Sharon Brusic (AEST), Nanette Dietrich (EDFN), Jason Petula (EMEE), Jennifer Shettel (EMEE), Scott Warner (AEST), Janet White (MATH), and Charlton Wolfgang (EMEE). This award is presented annually to an individual or team of collaborators whose work has exemplified, promoted, investigated, and/or enhanced teaching and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through the effective application of technological / engineering design activity. The award was created in honor of Dr. Gerhard Salinger, program officer at the National Science Foundation from 1989 to 2014, whose work to promote the use of engineering design activity and whose advocacy for technology and engineering education has widely influenced STEM education. Sharon and Scott accepted the award on behalf of the entire team.

Read more about in on Millersville News by clicking here.

2018 Distinguished Alumunus - David Hoffa '01 Ph.D.

david-hoffa2.jpgDr. David Hoffa graduated from Millersville University’s Industrial Technology program in 2001 and went on to earn both his master’s and doctoral degrees. Following his graduate work, Hoffa made many significant contributions in both industry and academia. He developed a “people first” management style and became focused on continual improvement of himself and others. Hoffa applied his advanced training in teaching, statistics, and manufacturing technologies to his career path, advancing him from technical roles in Quality and research & development to a Regional Master Black Belt at Cameron International Corporation in 2012. His focus on development allowed David to not only excel in corporate management, but also become a conduit of growth for the people with whom he has worked. Investing in others is his deepest passion.

Nathan Wich, Operations Lead at Johnson & Johnson said, “I grew more as a professional and a leader in the year that David Hoffa led me than in the nine preceding years. David’s goal was obvious – to ensure everyone on the team had a chance to develop their skills.  He constantly drove me, and others, to be better. My Green Belt Certification was made possible because of his direct influence.” 

In his current role as a Process Engineering Manager at Johnson & Johnson, Hoffa leans on his education in process improvement, quality, and operations management every day.  To date, he has helped companies save more than $31 million using Lean and Six Sigma, and has supported the careers of dozens of his coworkers by helping them to close improvement projects, earn certifications, and secure promotions.  In addition to the many awards, honors, published works, grants, and certifications that he has amassed since his graduation from Millersville, Hoffa was recognized in 2017 with the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering’s second highest service distinction, the Dr. Alvin Rudisill Exemplary Service Award. Hoffa was the 26th recipient in the 52-year old professional association.

'18 Graduate Becoming an Imagineer

Check out this video that Andy Miller created as part of this Honors Project. Read more about it in the Abbozzare!

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AEST Capital Campaign Continues

FundinglevelsThe AEST department is embarking on an external fundraising campaign for equipment and facilities in order to maintain the health and vitality of the department, to provide space for growth, and to help keep tuition affordable for all students. Plans are to construct annex space that would allow us to teach Construction courses on campus and to provide for additional project and research space for the department. The university will match the first $50,000 raised dollar for dollar, and planning for the new facility can begin once we reach the $100,000 mark. So, be a Stud (or a Studess) or maybe even more! While contributions are welcome at any level, some unique funding levels have been established.

Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today!

For more information on the AEST Capital Campaign, Please contact Dr. Len Litowitz, Department Chair.

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  • Experience And Success

    Jana Zinn Bonds (Class of 2008)

    Jana says, “It is never a dull moment with middle school students and it is a joy to see the excitement they get from discovering the world of technology and engineering.” Jana teaches 6th-8th grade Technology & Engineering at Emory H. Markle Intermediate in the South Western School District. Her curriculum covers a broad range of topics including materials processing, energy conservation, robotics, engineering design, manufacturing, and digital media. Jana stays active by serving as a Technology Student Association (TSA) advisor and her school won the Program of Excellence award in 2011-2012.

  • Featured Alumna

    Ms. Teresa BreslinMs. Teresa Breslin (MU Class of 2008, Occupational Safety & Environmental Health) talks about her current career as a Field Safety Engineer with Monroe Energy. Click here to see how Teresa's degree in Occupational Safety & Environmental Health is helping in her role and learn more about her plans for the future.

  • Featured Alumnus

    Mr. John Haughery
    Mr. John Haughery graduated from The Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology in 2006 with his bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology, Electronics and Control Systems Option. He's about to undertake a fellowship at Iowa State University in The Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering. Read more about John's accomplishments by selecting the link below.

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  • AEST Graduates Are...

    With an AEST degree, you could have an exciting career as a...

    • STEM Educator
    • Control System Specialist
    • Industrial Trainer
    • Product Designer
    • CADD Draftsman/Estimator
    • Senior Quality Analyst
    • Product Design Engineer
    • CNC Programmer
    • Validation Specialist
    • Graphic Layout Designer
    • Account Representative
    • Industrial Control Designer
    • Technology & Engineering Teacher
    • Graphic Services Coordinator
    • Safety Inspector
    • Fire Safety Coordinator
    • Corporate Safety Officer
    • Innovations Manager
    • Process Flow Engineer
    • Design Engineer
    • Manufacturing Engineer
    • Industrial Hygienist

    ...and much, much more!

  • Accreditations

    ABET Accreditation Logo
    The Occupational Safety & Environmental Health degree is ABET accredited.


    ATMAE Accredited
    The Applied Engineering & Technology Management degrees are ATMAE accredited.


    ITEEA Accredited
    The Technology Education program is nationally recognized by ITEEA.