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.
Firefighting Robots Compete in Osburn Hall
This year we had 11 robots compete for The “Coveted” Best Firefighting Robot Award. The contest is embedded (pun! we use embedded microcontrollers) in the ITEC 467 Mobile Robotics Class. Student teams of one or two members develop unique robots from a selection of available components (sonar sensors, infrared sensors, ultraviolet sensors, machine vision, servos, relays, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), fans, chassis, etc. to tackle the four room, 8’ x 8’ maze.
The objective is for their robots to locate and extinguish a candle randomly placed in one of four rooms in less than five minutes. Students use the Teensy Microcontroller and C++ to control their designs. Every year a twist, known as the unknown factor, is introduced in the last few weeks of the semester. This year, our maze had occupants. Not just any occupants, but superheroes (The Flash & The Green Lantern) that live in the maze together. The robots were to try and use a new machine vision unit called OpenMV Cam (using Python) to perform color recognition (Red or Green). Once the robots identify a randomized occupant, they either try and tell the superhero to leave the maze via the LCD onboard module (which signals the instructor to remove them physically from the maze) or avoid them altogether, as running over a superhero is an automatic disqualification.
In the end, the winning team was comprised of two AETM RCS majors, Bradford Molchany and Giovanni Rivera. As a grand prize, the developers of the winning robot earn A’s in the class and are excused from the final code exam in addition to receiving a custom plaque/trophy and fancy gold (plastic) metals. Congrats to the new champs!
New CNC Machining Center Installed Fall 2019
The Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology installed a new piece of equipment in the Metals Laboratory at the beginning of Fall 2019. Haas Mini Mills are the industry standard for compact machining centers. They provide an economical solution for small parts machining in a compact package that is loaded with full-sized features. The addition of this machine into the growing CNC offerings in the department offers students a much richer experience when it comes to metal machining. The Mini Mill is a three-axis machine that comes with a 10 tool changer to make complex milling operations possible.
The Haas Mini Mill was purchased with funds provided by Millersville University's Technology Fee funding. Other CNC machine available in the metals area are two Trax CNC mills, an EMCO lathe, a Wabeco CNC benchtop mill, and a Wabeco CNC benchtop lathe. The woods lab features four Forrest Scientific CNC routers, and a CNC wood lathe.
MSA Safety Incorporated Partners with OSEH
Millersville 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.
Hours of Operation
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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.
Ms. 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.
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.
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!