Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology
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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.
Dr. Strickler has taught Engineering Technologies (Mechatronics/Electronics/Robotics) at Berks Career and Technology Center since 2013, including Machining and Manufacturing Processes, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Mechanics, and Programmable Logic Controls (PLC). He also teaches Industrial Electricity Fundamentals at Penn State Berks as an adjunct, and has done so since the spring of 2019. Dr. Stricker also taught Mechatronics Engineering Courses at Reading Area Community College (RACC), as an adjunct, for the past three years. He has Pennsylvania Educational Certifications in Electromechanical Engineering Technology (Vocational II), Electronics Technology (Vocational II), Physics (Instructional II), Mathematics Instructional II), Technology Education (Instructional II), and Business Education (Instructional II).
Dr. Strickler has spent more than 14 years in various engineering roles both prior to teaching and concurrent with teaching. The engineering roles included full-time positions and consulting roles for companies that focus on specialty metals manufacturers, engineering plastic manufacturers, automotive equipment manufacturers, show action equipment, among others. His engineering roles’ responsibilities ranged from product development to machine design, process engineering, through manufacturing engineering and automation.
Course Prefixes Have Changed
Does something look a little different on your schedule and on your DARS? The ITEC prefix that used to identify some of the AEST courses has now changed to AENG. Please be aware of this and if you have any problems, contact your advisor.
Open Labs for Fall 2021
Open Labs will start on Friday, September 3, 2021. Check back here and on the lab doors for the open lab schedule. It will be posted by Wednesday, August 25.
Take advantage of the open labs early. It's bound to be a busy semester.
AEST Grads Have Been Called Many Things: “Unemployed” Isn’t One of Them!
A colleague recently shared an article entitled Is College Still a Good Investment? The article indicated that the value of a college degree has declined in recent years, but acknowledged that for many, college is still an overwhelmingly good investment. Even though the cost of attending college has risen over time, college graduates are still likely to earn more than $900,000 than non-college graduates over the course of a lifetime. The key to making a good investment in education is choosing a major wisely.
Here in the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology (AEST) we are exceptionally proud of the employability of our graduates. Our Technology & Engineering Education teacher preparation program has five documented job openings for every teacher candidate we can graduate. Similarly, our Occupational Safety & Environmental Health, Applied Engineering and Engineering Technology graduates are in high demand. Many are hired directly from internships they complete in the summer of their junior and senior years. The Table below indicates some employability data as collected by the MU office of Institutional Research. It clearly indicates that graduates of departmental programs are employed at a rate and salary that is higher than graduates of the university at large. Don’t let the 98% employment rate fool you – we send a few people off to graduate school every year! If we were to count them as employed, we would likely be at 100%. Check out the number below:
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|Majors in the College of
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|FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT IN YOUR MAJOR
|AVERAGE STARTING SALARY
Dr. Len Litowitz, Chair of the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology
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.
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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!
The Occupational Safety & Environmental Health degree is ABET accredited.
The Applied Engineering & Technology Management degrees are ATMAE accredited.
The Technology Education program is nationally recognized by ITEEA.