2010 SME Annual Report - Sinclair Community College

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                                                                                                               1    From the Dean

                                                                                                               2    Leadership Team
Gilah Pomeranz, Content                    Jessica Sira, Design
                                           Kelly Vogelsong, Design
                                                                                                               3    Aviation Offers only AVT 141 in Area
                                                                                                                                                                                Summer            4
                                                                                                                    Biology in Ohio Bioworkforce Training Partnership
SME Achievements                                                                                               4    Summer Waterbotics
New Employees:
Roger Abernathy, Ph.D., Dean, SME Division                                                                     5    Sinclair Collaborates with Air Camp
Shirin Badiei, Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics
David Ericson, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
                                                                                                               6    Dayton Urban STEM Academy Provides 2+2+2 Opportunities
Michael Harvey, PT Lab Technician, Automotive Technology                                                            Electronics and Business Management Collaborate for RFID Short-Term Technical Certificate
Jeffrey Hollon, Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics
Paul Lawrence, Assistant Professor, Automation and Control Technology                                          7    Engineers Day Entices Area High School Students

                                                                            Grand Op
Garth Mustard, PT Administrative Assistant I, SME Dean’s Office
                                                                                                                    PLTW Continues to Grow

New Positions:
Lonnie Dorgan, Annually Contracted Faculty, Chemistry
                                                                                                                    Student’s Disney Co-op Experience Encourages Her to Follow Her Dreams

Kim Duff, PT Administrative Assistant I, Engineering Technologies
Teri Hecht, Administrative Assistant I, Engineering Technologies                                               8    New Green Courses Sprouting
Blaine Heeter, Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology
                                                                                                                    SME Division Offers University Parallel A.S. Degree
Carrie Lair, Administrative Assistant I, Automotive Technology
Susan Luken, Assistant Professor, Biology                                                                           WiSTEM Summer Institue Emphasizes Math
Patricia Marshall, PLTW-OH Project Coordinator, NCME
Kinga Oliver, Assistant Professor, Mathematics                                                                 9    Multidisciplinary ETD Capstone Project Responds to Industry Needs
Thomas Freels, Associate Professor, Automotive Technology                                                           HVA Classes Collaborate with Habitat for Humanity
Abdullah Johnson, Associate Professor, Electronics and Robotics
Kevin McNeeley, Professor, Computer Aided Manufacturing
Jamshid Moradmand, Associate Professor, Engineering Technology Design
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                                                                                                                                                Mini Baja Provides Huge Opportunity for ETD Students

                                                                                                                                                HAAS Education Center Grand Opening

John Porter, Professor, Automotive Technology

Charles Setterfield, Associate Professor, Architectural Technology
James Truxal, Associate Professor, Automotive Technology
                                                                                                                                                CTL Grant Supports Improvements to Introductory Chemistry Course

                                                                                    Depar ce
Charles Winarchick, Professor, Manufacturing & Operations Technology                                                                            Automotive Department Provides Fast Start for Ponitz Students
Richard Wourms, Professor, Computer Aided Manufacturing
Tenure:                                                                                                                                  13     Sinclair Continues to Host SkillsUSA

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Eric Dunn, Associate Professor, Civil Architectural Technology
                                                                                                                                                Math Department’s MAT 190 Sequence Continues to Evolve

Bob Gilbert, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Civil Architectural Technology


Donna Hanshew, Associate Professor, Aviation Technology
                                                                                                                                                Guitar Class Continues to Rock Sinclair
David Hare, Associate Professor, Mathematics

                                                                                                               MAT 190
Norma Hollebeke, Associate Professor, Biology
Shan Huang, Associate Professor, Physics
Glen Lobo, Associate Professor, Mathematics
                                                                                     O                         Sequence
                                                                                                                                                For ETD Student Long Haul Means More Than Driving a Truck

                                                                                                                                                High School Students Whistle While They Work
Lalitha Locker, Associate Professor, Physics
John Mersfelder, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biology
                                                                                                               Continues                        Biology for Non-Majors Makes Online Degree More Accessible

Jamshid Moradmand, Associate Professor, Engineering Technology Design
                                                                                                               to Evolve                        SME Departments Prepare for ABET Accreditation
Justin Morgan, Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology
                                                                                                                                         19     Riverside Research Institute and Sinclair Sign Partnership Agreement
2010 Affiliate Societies Council Outstanding Engineers & Scientists Award
     Surinder Jain, Interim Associate Dean, SME Division
2010 NISOD Excellence Award
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                                                                                                                                                U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Named Ohio Co-Op Distinguished Employer

                                                                                                                                                NCME’s Advanced Manufacturing Career Website Adds Social Networking
     Robert Chaney, Professor, Mathematics
     Tom Singer, Professor, Engineering Technology Design                                                                                       Component
Tom Carlisle, Professor, Operations Technology                                                                                                  Sinclair Students Install Solar Array for DP& L
Gene Chambers, Professor, Computer Aided Manufacturing
Lynden McIntyre, Professor, Electronics and Robotics                          www.sinclair.edu/academics/sme                             21     Math Department Piloting New Software for MAT 101 and MAT 102
Phyllis Williams, Professor, Biology                                                  (937) 512-2918                                            Chemistry Department Hosts Science Olympiad
    FrOM ThE DEAn
     Please allow me to put a name with the new face
     you see in this year’s annual review.  My name
     is Roger Abernathy and effective July 1, 2010, I
     became the Dean of the Science, Mathematics
     and Engineering (SME) division at Sinclair                                                                  Shep Anderson       Steve Ash             Mike Canestaro         Don Homan                     Larraine Kapka
     Community College.                                                                                          Former Director     Chairperson           Chairperson            Chairperson                   Chairperson
                                                                                                                 Professor           Professor             Professor              Associate Professor           Associate Professor
                                                                                                                 Center for Energy   Automotive            Chemistry (CHE, GLG)   Electronics & Robotics        Engineering
     Recently, my wife and I moved to Dayton from                                                                Education           Technology (AUT)                             (ACT, ATI, EET)               Technology Design
     Jonesboro, AR.  I have over 30 years experience in                                                                                                                                                         (CAT, ETD, HVA)
     education, both teaching and administration.  My
     experience ranges from junior high to graduate
     programs.  I have previously served as a high
     school principal, a department chairperson, an
     assistant dean and my most relevant experience
     was as Dean of the Division of Sciences and
     Mathematics at a 23,000 student community             from several departments to high school students;
     college in California.                                the ever-increasing interest and enrollment in
                                                           “green” energy courses; and the incredible number
     In my new role as Dean of SME it gives me great       and variety of grants in which our faculty are        Terry Maiwurm       Monica Martin-        John Mersfelder,       Anthony Ponder                Art Ross
     pleasure to present this annual review highlighting                                                         Co-op Coordinator   Frayne                Ph.D.                  Chairperson                   Chairperson
                                                           engaged.                                              Co-op Education     Administrative        Chairperson            Professor                     Professor
     the division’s many accomplishments.  In addition                                                                               Assistant II          Associate Professor    Mathematics (MAT)             Physics (AST, PHY)
     to the many dedicated faculty and staff who made      I commend the SME faculty and staff for their                             SME Division          Biology (BIO, BTN)
     this publication possible, I would like to give       achievements in the 2009-2010 academic year.  I
     special recognition to Dr. George Sehi.  Dr. Sehi     am excited to be a new member of the Sinclair
     has led the SME division as Dean for the past 17      community and I am eager to lead such a motivated
     years and was an integral part of why the division    division as we strive for continued success in the

     has attained such extraordinary success.  We all      year ahead.
     wish Dr. Sehi well in his new role as the full-time   Sincerely,

     Executive Dean at Sinclair’s Courseview Campus
     In the 2010 annual review you will learn about a                                                                                                      Steve Wendel           Charlie Winarchick             Kent Wingate
     variety of projects and initiatives that took place   Roger W. Abernathy, Ph.D.                                                                       Director               Chairperson                    Chairperson
                                                           Dean, Science, Mathematics and Engineering                                                      National Center for    Professor                      Assistant Professor
     in the SME division during the 2009-10 academic                                                                                                       Manufacturing          Manufacturing &                Aviation Technology
     year. Among the highlights are the return of                                                                                                          Education (NCME)       Operations Technology          (AVT)
                                                                                                                                                                                  (CAM, OPT)
     Project Lead the Way to the SME division after
     a temporary move to Workforce Development;
     the new state-of-the-art equipment showcased
     at the HAAS Technical Education Center grand
     opening, and how the equipment will improve
     students’ experiences; various outreach initiatives
                                                                                                                                                 Roger Abernathy, Ph.D.                                    Surinder Jain
                                                                                                                                                 Dean                                                      Interim Associate Dean
                                                                                                                                                 Professor                                                 Professor
                                                                                                                                                 SME Division                                              SME Division

Science, Mathematics & Engineering

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    Aviation Department Offers Only “141” Flight
    School among Area Community Colleges                                                                                                                                          F   unded as part of a National Science
                                                                                                                                                                                  Foundation grant, Sinclair’s Electronics and
                                                                                                                                                                                  Robotics department held two week-long day
     The Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)                                Now Sinclair is approved as the only local                                                            camps in Building 11. One week was targeted
     recognize two distinct types of flight schools                         community college offering the 141 training.                                                          for twenty students in middle school and high
     known as Part 61                                                                          Although 141 flight school is                                                      school, while the second week was a training
                                                                                                                                                                                  session on the curriculum for twenty teachers,
     and Part 141, both                                                                         very rigidly prescribed by the
                                                                                                                                                                                  with the intention that they would take the
     of which allow                                                                             FARs and instructors have
                                                                                                                                                                                  curriculum and imbed the material in courses
     students to be                                                                             little or no leeway in adjusting                                                  at their home schools. As part of the grant,
     evaluated on the                                                                           their courses, students can                                                       Sinclair is providing material kits to loan to the
     same final test and                                                                        earn their ratings in less time                                                   schools while the curriculum is being taught.
     check flight. Until                                                                        and can use veterans’ benefits
     recently, Sinclair                                                                         to defray costs.                                                                  Designed to engage young students in STEM
     has offered only                                                                                                                                                             topics, the program covered topics such
                                                                                                Associate professor Donna                                                         as: gear ratios and programming (math),
     Part 61, which
                                                                                                Hanshew and instructor Bill                                                       buoyancy and forces (science), and engineering
     is less structured
                                                                                                Kronenberger are responsible                                                      design and problem solving (technology).
     directly by the
                                                                                                for the ground school                                                             Electronics and Robotics adjunct instructor
     FARs and allows                                                                                                                                                              Richard Davis and Electronics and Robotics
     for more flexible                                                                          portion of the 141 program,
                                                                                                while ACF Gene Seiter is                                                          chair Don Homan facilitated the workshops.
     training from both
     the instructor and                                                                         the FAA certified instructor                                                      The curriculum is meant to satisfy the
     student perspectives.                                                                      authorized to do the flight                                                       students’ need for knowledge as they apply the
     Part 61, however, requires more time and does                          checks. Approved to do interim stage checks are                                                       concepts in the four challenges:
     not qualify students for VA benefits.                                  two Sinclair Aviation graduates, Shawn Riffee and                                                     1) One motor, one propeller, robot to float
                                                                            Emily Watson.                                                                                            forward and back
                                                                                                                                                                                  2) Two motors, two propellers, robot does a
                                                                                                                                                                                     figure 8 on the water
Biology Department in Ohio                                                                                                                                                        3) Three motors, three propellers, robot
Bioworkforce Training Partnership                                                                                                                                                    does a figure 8 under water
                                                                                                                                                                                  4) Four motors, four propellers, robot picks
    Sinclair is among six          Sinclair offers an A.A.S.                                                                                                                         up objects from the bottom of the water
    Ohio community colleges        in Biotechnology with a                                                                                                                           and places them on shelves in the water
    bringing biomanufacturing      focus on skills specific to                                                                                                                    Thus, rather than asking “Why must I learn
    and biotechnology training     biomanufacturing, such as:                                                                                                                     this?” the students will use newly acquired
    to displaced workers. With                                                                                                                                                    information immediately, and are more likely
    a $5 million Department          • Regulatory compliance                                                                                                                      to retain the skills they learn. In addition,
    of Labor grant to BioOhio,       • Scientific communication                                                                                                                   it is hoped that by collaborating during the
    a nonprofit organization         • Quality control/Quality                                                                                                                    teachers’ workshop, instructors in a variety of
    founded in 1987 to build           assurance                                                                                                                                  STEM fields will be able to work together with
    and accelerate bioscience                                                                                                                                                     colleagues in other STEM fields back at their
    industry, research, and          • Sterile fill manufacturing                                                                                                                 home schools to take advantage of the topics
    education in the state,            process                                                                                                                                    in their areas of expertise.

    the program is expected          • Gowning procedures
    to provide training to           • Validation of manufacturing

    more than 600 jobless              processes and equipment
    Ohioans. In addition,
    a number of incumbent            • FDA protocols and
    biotechnology workers will         requirements
    have the opportunity to
    receive advanced training to                      In addition to the two year degree, Sinclair collaborates with
    accelerate their careers.                         Cincinnati State Technical and Community College on a                        C h a l l e n g e s B o t h Te a c h e r s a n d S t u d e n t s
                                                      noncredit certificate in biomanufacturing.
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                                                                                                                                     Dayton Urban STEM Teacher Academy Provides 2+2+2 Opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                          Students interested in teaching in STEM fields can

                                                                                                                                                                                          follow a continuous program that starts out in their

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                                                                                                                                                                                          junior and senior years at the Ponitz Career Technology

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Center, progresses to Sinclair Community College,

    Si ollab                                                                                                                                                                              and culminates in a four year degree at one of many
                                                                                                                                                                                          area universities. Articulation agreements have been

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                                                                                                                                                                                          established with Central State University, University
                                                                                                                                                                                          of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Wittenberg
                                                                                                                                                                                          University, and Wright State University. Funded by
                                                                As Pam Elliott of WDTN reported:                                                                                          a National Science Foundation grant that is directed
                                                                                                                                                                                          by Biology associate professor Norma Hollebeke, the
                                                                You could call it a “test flight.” The first ever Air Camp is                                                             Dayton Urban STEM Teacher Academy continues to
    In July 2010, a new one week camp was held for 40           off the ground in Dayton. With the help of an instructor                                                                  be successful in recruiting students from several Dayton
    competitively selected middle schoolers to introduce        from Sinclair Community College and a flight simulator,                                                                   Public Schools to spend two class periods per day at the
    them to the world of aviation. According to the camp’s      students are accumulating flight hours already and they’re                                                                Ponitz CTC in the teacher education program.
    website, www.aircampusa.com, “the purpose of Air Camp       only in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. [Two students]
    is to inspire students to new heights of scholarship,
    leadership and citizenship as they experience the wonders   crashed and they said it felt like they had.                          Currently, Hollebeke, Physics associate professor Lalitha Locker, Chemistry associate professor Patrick Greco,
    of flight and study the science, technology, engineering                                                                          and DPS director for Career Technical and Adult Education Linnae Clinton are reaching out to Stivers High
    and math (STEM) of aviation. It (was) a week packed         “I was trying to do another trick and I went too high and my          School, traditionally thought of as a magnet school for the arts, and thus not immediately associated with
    with fun, adventure and challenge.”                         plane stalled out and started spinning towards the ground,”           STEM education. But as Hollebeke points out, “there is a strong link between scientists and artists. The bond
                                                                [one camper] explained. “It was actually pretty fun.”                 is creativity, and often Stivers students are very mathematically and technically inclined.”
    The campers were housed at the University of Dayton,
    and spent the week on a variety of activities including:                                                                          Also working in conjunction with the Dayton Urban STEM Teacher Academy is UD’s Urban Teacher
      • training and flying as copilots                         [Another camper] said, "First [the instructor] told me

      • learning about aerodynamics                             to pitch it and when the needle hit the 60 I had to back              Academy, which is formulating student teaching, job shadowing and internship opportunities for the students
      • designing an aircraft                                   pressure it a little bit with the throttle, then I went in it with    with area science and math teachers.
      • flying a remotely piloted aircraft                      the stick and I just pulled the nose up. Once I got higher, he
      • meeting scientists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base   told me to do whatever my heart desires so I did a barrel roll                                                                                                     OPPOrTUniTiES
      • working in teams to plan a humanitarian rescue          and I crashed, went straight down.”

    Sinclair Aviation faculty were responsible for the          In addition to Sinclair and UD, Air Camp sponsors include             Electronics and Business Management Collaborate
    navigation component of the curriculum, and worked
    with campers to develop their flight plans.
                                                                The Dayton Foundation, The Dayton regional STEM
                                                                School, The Frank M. Tait Foundation, The Thomas B.
                                                                                                                                      for rFiD Short-Term Technical Certificate
                                                                Fordham Institute, and The Turner Foundation.
                                                                                                                                                            Students in business and electronics are          and boom, you’re done.” Many retailers
                                                                                                                                                            reaping the benefits of courses developed         have already embraced RFID; Wal-Mart,
                                                                                                                                                            to show the field of radio frequency              for example, requires all its suppliers to use
                                                                                                                                                            identification (RFID) from two different          RFID so pallets coming in and going out are
                                                                                                                                                            perspectives: data acquisition, material          automatically recorded. With the completion
                                                                                                                                                            handling, and supply chain management             of the new capstone course EET 257, the
                                                                                                                                                            on the business side in MGT 106; and the          short-term technical certificate will be
                                                                                                                                                            technological considerations (for example,        available winter 2011.
                                                                                                                                                            the size and location of tags, whether they are
                                                                                                                                                            embedded or glued, etc.) on the electronics       RFID also has applications in other fields.
                                                                                                                                                            side in EET 157.                                  For example, many hospitals will now tag a
                                                                                                                                                                                                              patient on arrival with the individual’s entire
                                                                                                                                                            Unlike barcodes which have to be physically       record in one place, including standard
                                                                                                                                                            scanned, with RFID technology everything          demographic information and medical
                                                                                                                                                            is automatic. According to Electronics and        history, any scheduled procedures, known
                                                                                                                                                            Robotics Chairperson, Don Homan, “you can         allergies, etc. Additional collaboration with
                                                                                                                                                            have a stack of clothes piled willy-nilly and     Sinclair’s Life & Health Sciences could be on
                                                                                                                                                            just set the whole pile on an RFID reader,        the horizon!

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    Engineers Day Entices Area High School Students                                                                               New Green Courses                                                      SME Division Offers
                                                                                                                                  Sprouting Up                                                           University Transfer A.S. Degree
    D     espite tight field trip budgets                                       Programs represented were:
    throughout the region’s high schools,
    more than 260 students and their
                                                                                • Architectural/Civil/Environmental
                                                                                • Automation and Control                          S   inclair’s Center for Energy Education is responding
                                                                                                                                  to both national and state initiatives calling for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                         S  tudents seeking to pursue engineering careers
                                                                                                                                                                                                         now have the option of a “university transfer”
    chaperones from nine schools as well                                        • Automotive
    as several individual families, made                                                                                          increase in renewable energy implementation. Ohio                      program.
                                                                                • Aviation
    the SME Engineers Day 2010 a                                                                                                  Senator Sherrod Brown has challenged Ohio to become
                                                                                • Biotech                                         “the Silicon Valley of clean energy manufacturing” and                 The Engineering University Transfer Associate of
    rolling success.                                                            • Computer Aided Manufacturing                                                                                           Science degree program provides a smooth path for
                                                                                                                                  Sinclair is establishing itself as one of the leaders in
    In addition, more than 50 SME                                               • Co-op                                           energy workforce training.                                             transfer to a four-year institution for a degree in
    faculty, professional and support staff,                                    • Electronics                                                                                                            engineering. Designed to bring an entering student
    and student workers gave their time                                                                                           According to the center’s former director, professor
                                                                                • HVAC                                                                                                                   up to the level of a third year university student in
    and effort to ensure the students all                                                                                         Shep Anderson, “student interest in green topics is at
                                                                                • Mechanical                                      an all time high, resulting in a steady increase in course             engineering, the transfer program’s course sequence
    had a meaningful and productive                                             • Operations Technology                                                                                                  fulfills the basic requirements of most universities.
    experience.                                                                                                                   enrollment.” The SME division offers many different
                                                                                                                                  green courses dealing with a wide variety of topics                    Local schools aligned with the SME transfer option
    One of the chaperones told a faculty                                        Facilitated by Gilah Pomeranz of the              regarding energy efficiency and sustainability, including              include Miami University, University of Cincinnati,
    member that “This is the best                                               National Center for Manufacturing                 among others:                                                          University of Dayton, and Wright State University.
    Engineers Day we’ve been to,” while                                         Engineering (NCME), the event is a
    another chaperone told a faculty                                            collaboration between the SME division and        • CAT 160 Intro to Energy Management Principles                        Any student choosing the Engineering University
    person that they had to choose                                              the Sinclair Admissions office, represented       • CAT 161   Solar Photovoltaic Design & Installation                   Transfer program is strongly advised to consult
    between two events, and there was                                                                                             • CAT 162   Solar Thermal Design & Installation                        the particular four-year school he or she will be
                                                                                by Ted Sampson.
    no doubt that coming to Sinclair had                                                                                          • CAT 163   Weatherization Training                                    entering, as well as a Sinclair academic advisor,
    been the right decision.                                                                                                      • CAT 260   Environmental Energy Analysis                              before signing up for classes. Students wanting to
                                                                                                                                  • CAT 262   Energy Control Strategies                                  earn an associate degree must complete the last
                                                                                                                                  • CAT 263   Commercial & Industrial Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                                         thirty hours at Sinclair in order to meet residency
                                                                                                                                  • CAT 265   LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation
    PLTW Continues                                    Student’s Disney Co-op Experience                                           • CAT 297   Solar Panel Design and Installation
                                                                                                                                                                                                         requirements. Exceptions to this requirement must
                                                                                                                                                                                                         be approved in advance and in writing by the dean
    to Grow                                           Encourages Her to Follow Her Dreams                                         • EET 156
                                                                                                                                  • EET 256
                                                                                                                                              Alternate and Renewable Energy Sources
                                                                                                                                              Introduction to Fuel Cells                                 of Science, Mathematics and Engineering.

    F   or seven years, Sinclair Community
                                                      F   or her Disney co-op experience, Laura Wagner worked as a lifeguard
                                                      at the Wilderness Lodge Resort. One of her assignments was to
                                                                                                                                  • ETD 150    Environmental Assessment and Analysis
                                                                                                                                  New courses in development include topics such as
    College has been the Ohio Affiliate institution                                                                               weatherization, deconstruction, and energy management.
                                                      interview her supervisor, John Lyle, about his own Disney experiences.
    for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national                                                                                   According to the center’s technical director, Dr. Bob
                                                      She learned that he developed his love of Disney through five years
    program providing a pre-engineering                                                                                           Gilbert, the demand for workers skilled in weatherization
                                                      of visits to various Disney parks. He began at Disney driving keel
    curriculum to high schools throughout the                                                                                     and energy auditing is about to explode. The center
                                                      boats part time, and worked his way to a full time job in their casting
    nation. Steve Wendel, PLTW director,                                                                                          is working to make sure Sinclair is ready when that
                                                      office. But he also went to college to earn a BS in education, and spent
    and Patricia Marshall, PLTW coordinator,                                                                                      happens.
                                                      time teaching math. According to Laura, “he is a firm believer of how
    welcomed 130 teachers in June and July            important it is to do what you love and to be excited when coming to
    for two intensive training sessions, each         work every day.”
    two weeks long. Affiliate professors Tom
    Singer and Al Wahle (in addition to Wendel)       Says Laura about her conversation with her co-op supervisor:
                                                      [It] helped me in my own career choice because it helped me realize how
    worked with PLTW master teachers to
    work with the attendees in a variety of           young I am and that it’s ok to have more than one dream and goal. I         WiSTEM Summer Institute Emphasizes Math
    courses: Aerospace Engineering; Civil             have plenty of time to fulfill them all if I really work hard. He really
    and Architectural Engineering; Computer
    Integrated Manufacturing; Digital Electronics;
                                                      emphasized how important it is to love what you do and to always do
                                                      it well. I started at Sinclair as a theater performance major, but then I
                                                      started to second guess myself,
                                                                                                                                  T   he 2010 Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
                                                                                                                                  (WiSTEM) two-week summer program for female students who are rising
    Engineering Design and Development;
    Gateway to Technology; Introduction to            so I switched to accounting.                                                high school sophomores to seniors attracted 23 young women with the
    Engineering Design; and Principles of             I’m still going to finish my                                                theme “Math! When are we ever going to use this stuff any way? Anytime,
    Engineering.                                      accounting degree, but now I                                                everywhere…”
                                                      have the courage to finish my                                               Directed by Math professor Kay Cornelius, the institute provided hands-on
    Under the leadership of the SME division,         theater degree also. I really                                               experiences in a variety of classes, including physics, astronomy, engineering,
    the PLTW program in Ohio has grown from           do miss performing and I                                                    chemistry, biology, and even art. Faculty, professional staff, and support
    13 high schools in the first year to more than    shouldn’t let my fear of being                                              staff from the SME division, as well as Computer Information Systems,
    240 now implementing one or more areas of         a failure stop me. I should                                                 Psychology, and Academic Foundations worked to make the event a success.
    the PLTW curriculum. Sinclair became the          chase my dreams and follow
    affiliate institution for PLTW’s newest program   my goals. This opportunity at                                               One of the highlights of the institute was an all-day field trip to the National
    in Biomedical Sciences in September of 2010.      Disney and this conversation                                                Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base,
                                                      was just what I needed to realize I shouldn’t give up on my dreams.         including the Presidential and Research and Development galleries.
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    Multidisciplinary ETD Capstone Project
                                                                                                                         Mini Baja Provides
    responds to industry needs
    The Engineering Technology Design (ETD)                  Students incorporated a variety of new and emerging
    department relies heavily on its Advisory Board          technologies in their projects,
                                                                                                                          Engineering Technology Design professor Jamshid          And here at
                                                                                                                          Moradmand had wonderful experiences with the             Sinclair, the
    made up of industry leaders and professionals to         such as:                                                     Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini Baja          students have
    help guide curriculum that is responsive to industry                                                                  competition as both a university student and during      gotten support
    trends. Suggestions from the ETD Advisory Board for           • Building information                                  his time at Delphi, as a judge, so it seemed natural     from faculty and
    improving the capstone course include:                          modeling with Autodesk®                               for him to engage his students here at Sinclair in the   technicians from the CAM departmetn, such
                                                                    Revit Architecture®                                   intercollegiate activity now known as Baja SAE. In       as Daryl Curnutte, Victor Goldstein, Kevin
       • Use a multidisciplinary approach                                                                                 the Spring quarter of 2010, he used the project as       McNeeley, and Dick Horn. Manufacturing
                                                                  • GPS surveying                                         the capstone course for 12 mechanical engineering        and Operations Technology chair Charlie
       • Heighten collaboration                                                                                           students. “It brings together not only everything        Winarchick and SME Interim Associate Dean
                                                                  • Building analysis tools                                                                                        Surinder Jain have also been supportive in a
       • Increase use of technology                                 (energy usage, lighting,                              they’ve learned in ETD, but also in math and
                                                                                                                          physics and other areas.”                                variety of ways, including financially. And
       • Strive for more complete building code                     etc.)                                                                                                          Sinclair graduate Dan Ryan, who is now
                                                                                                                          The goal of the competition is for teams of students     working at WPAFB, also came back to work
         compliance                                               • Angel course management:                              to design and build a full size one-man off-road         part time and pitch in with the project. Ryan
    As a result, a new capstone curriculum was developed                - Web-based                                       vehicle based on specifications from SAE. Many           states “I still want to give back to Sinclair.”
    to more closely simulate the industry trend toward                                                                    of the 12 students in the capstone had never had
                                                                          communication tools
                                                                                                                          hands-on “how it all fits together” experiences of       Students are so thoroughly involved with the
    integrated project delivery. First implemented in 2009                for teams                                       this degree. While the 10 horsepower engine was          Baja vehicle that they easily spend two to three
    with involvement from a variety of ETD programs, the                                                                  provided by SAE, the students were required to
                                                                        - Integrated capstone course community                                                                     hours of their own time for every in-class hour.
    2010 capstone students raised the stakes by including                                                                 build everything else themselves, including the          In fact, during one such “off the clock” session,
    another department from another division: Interior                  - Discussion boards                               body, transmission, suspension, braking systems,         students Zach Bodiker, Miguel Rojo, and Arron
    Design from Liberal Arts, Communication, and Social                 - Dedicated project server                        etc. In this case, they modified an existing rear        Wantz could be found working intensely, but
                                                                                                                          suspension from an SUV, but the front suspension         clearly enjoying themselves. “I like working on
    Sciences.                                                The ETD Advisory Board was then able to see firsthand        they designed and built from scratch.                    something on my own and then making it work
    The project for the 2010 capstone was to design          and up close how their suggestions had been implemented      Mentors inside and outside Sinclair also played          with what the other team members are doing,”
    “Building 21,” an Engineering building that had to       when the teams presented their projects at an evening        a significant role. For example, according to            says Bodiker. Wantz adds, “We have a common
                                                             event. The Advisory Board members were able to give          Moradmand, “the chassis required many welds and          goal, and we’re not just looking at something
    include classrooms, labs, offices and a parking garage                                                                                                                         in a book or on a computer screen.” For Rojo,
    with 200 spots.                                          their input to individual teams using laptops set up for     bends, and we went to Wright Patterson Air Force
                                                                                                                          Base (WPAFB) and toured labs where they were             “This is the first time I’ve ever made anything.
                                                             capturing audience feedback.                                                                                          It’s great.”
                                                                                                                          doing just that, and then Jim Unger Racing worked

                                                                                                                                                    r ETD Student
                                                                                                                          with the students to do their own.”

hVA Classes Collaborate with habitat for humanity
De Dawson, adjunct faculty for Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVA) likes that his HVA 141
class gets real world experience by installing a HVACR system in a Habitat for Humanity house. Says Dawson, “There’s a

whole lot more to the package than just a furnace and an air conditioner.”

Students can complete up to 90% of the onsite portion of a
project in two days, which means sometimes the six week class
can actually work on two houses. According to Dawson, “the
students learn about changing industry standards, such as those
for refrigerants and Energy Star rated insulation.”
The benefit to Habitat is readily apparent, but there’s also a
benefit to the students. As Dawson notes, “They become more
employable and better students. They
come back from a real life project and
can identify more with what’s in the

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     hAAS Technical
     Education Center
     Celebrates Grand
     Sinclair’s HAAS Technical Education Center
     (HTEC) was open to the public for a
     ceremony and a variety of demonstrations
     showing the state of the art capacity of the
     new equipment benefitting the CNC program.
     Representatives from Sinclair and HAAS were
     joined in the ribbon cutting by Dayton mayor
     Gary Leitzell.
                                                              CTL Grant Supports improvements to introductory Chemistry Course
     The new HTEC equipment, valued at
     approximately $250,000, includes three new
     CNC lathes and three new CNC machining
     centers. These machines enable students to         Chemistry professors Jane          Another significant improvement is a system         As Jones notes, “chemistry is so
     do four and five axis machining, which was         Myong, Dick Jones, and             for classroom demonstrations, which is of           abstract, anything that makes
     not possible with the previous equipment.          Patrick Greco, along with          particular benefit for consistency among part       it more concrete is a benefit to
     In addition, HAAS provided 15 table top            ACF Paula Parker have used         time instructors. Prior to the establishment of a   students.” Jones adds that since
     simulators so that each student has his or         a grant from Sinclair’s Center     document describing the specific demonstrations     the demonstrations have been
     her own computer and simulator station.            for Teaching and Learning          that are available, chemical reactions were often   implemented, there has been
     They can program and troubleshoot right            to upgrade Introduction to         described to students, rather than shown to them.   feedback on student evaluations
     at the computer instead of standing in line        Chemistry, a top 45 course.        Now, all the necessary equipment, chemicals, and    citing that “the best thing about
     waiting for a machine. Faculty can give            Advancements include a video       other materials are located in a stockroom, with    class is the demos.”
     more programming assignments and student           safety demonstration which all     supplies monitored and kept current by lab techs.
     productivity is greatly improved.                  instructors use on the first day
                                                        of class.
     In addition, installation of the HAAS
     machines allowed Computer Aided
     Manufacturing professors Ron Dapore and            Automotive Department Provides Fast Start
     Richard Wourms, and adjunct faculty/lab
     technician Natalie Royer to receive a Sinclair     for Ponitz Students
     Center for Teaching and Learning Short Term        Sinclair Automotive assistant professor Justin Morgan and                                         In the Spring 2010
     Challenge Grant for “Exploring the Use of          instructor Rick Seither are working closely with Ponitz Career                                    quarter, six Ponitz
     Virtual Training Environment as a Supplement       Technology Center officials to earn National Automotive                                           automotive students
     to selected Computer Aided Manufacturing           Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification                                            completed AUT 297:
     courses.” The grant will test the HAAS Virtual
                                                        by offering a new FastStart program for Ponitz students. In                                       Introduction to Engines.
     Training Environment, giving students 24/7
                                                        addition to traditional skills in automotive technology, NATEF                                    The course was a success,
     access to online training modules for reviewing
                                                        assures that students are trained in all areas required for                                       and Morgan and Seither
     concepts, which will be of particular benefit to
     students struggling with certain programming       success in today’s automotive maintenance and repair industry,                                    are proposing that senior
     and/or operations concepts.                        including:                                                                                        Ponitz students take the
                                                                                                                           AUT 108 engines course in the 2010-11 school year.
                                                        • knowledge of automotive          • reasoning ability             Working with Linnae Clinton, Dayton Public Schools’
                                                          systems and components           • ability to read and follow    director for career technical and adult education, and
                                                        • computer skills                    instructions                  Ron Kindell, Sinclair’s Ponitz CTC liaison, they seek
                                                        • communication skills             • manual dexterity              to incorporate the FastStart program into the Ponitz
                                                                                                                           Pacing Guide, which is their year-long weekly lesson
                                                        • above average mechanical
                                                                                                                           plan document.
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 Sinclair Continues to host SkillsUSA
      For more than fifteen years, high school
      juniors and seniors from schools in the
                                                     Schools participating in the 2010 event included:
                                                                                                                           Guitar Class Continues
                                                                                                                           to Rock Sinclair
      Miami Valley have spent a Saturday in             •	   Butler Tech
      Sinclair’s Building 10 machining lab
                                                        •	   Colrain
      competing in a variety of tooling skills
      in the regional event for the national            •	   Diamond Oaks
      SkillsUSA contest. The 2010 event in
      Winter quarter brought in more than 150           •	   Greene County CTC
      students from the vocational programs at 13
                                                        •	   Live Oaks
                                                                                                                             The SME division is                the process of producing
      area schools.                                                                                                          still generating a lot of          their own guitar, they
                                                                                                                             excitement with its guitar         learn about the physics of
      Students compete for 50 minutes on a              •	   Miami Valley CTC                                                                                   tension and compression,
                                                                                                                             building class, originated
      manual lathe, 50 minutes on a manual              •	   Stebbins                                                        by Engineering Technology          the mathematical
      mill, and then take a 50 minute written test                                                                           Design professor Tom               logarithms of the
      covering CNC and math topics. The top             •	   Upper Valley JVS                                                Singer as an offshoot of a         musical scale, and the
      three point scorers go on to the state event                                                                           National Science Foundation        electronics of connecting
      in Columbus, with winners there moving         According to Computer Aided Manufacturing professor                                                        to an amplifier. Students
                                                                                                                             grant for Product Lifecycle
      on to the national competition.                Kevin McNeeley, “the contest couldn’t happen without                                                       become so engrossed in
                                                                                                                             Management (PLM).
                                                     all the CAM faculty being involved. We also get a lot of                                                   the class that they often
                                                                                                                             Sinclair collaborated on
                                                     assistance from Dayton Public Schools and the Greene                                                       wish to work extra hours.
                                                                                                                             that grant with Purdue
                                                     County Career Center.” McNeeley adds that they are                                                         According to Singer, “I
                                                     considering adding a hands-on CNC component in the
                                                                                                                             University (IN), Butler
                                                                                                                             County Community College           can’t schedule a class later
                                                     future.                                                                                                    than 8 p.m or I’d never
                                                                                                                             (PA), Mott Community
                                                                                                                             College (MI), and Fox Valley       get home.”
                                                                                                                             Community College (WI).            In addition, Singer and
                                                                                                                             Originally part of the design      some of his students also
                                                                                                                             and build component of             produce guitar building
Math Department’s MAT 190 Sequence Continues to Evolve                                                                       the PLM grant, the guitar          kits for use at a variety of
Several years ago, the Math                                            facilitate group work, which so often can be a        building class integrates          high schools and colleges
department recognized                                                        tricky part of the classroom experience.        math and science with              throughout the country.
that for many students                                                            Facilitated by Math AFC’s Lynn             manufacturing and supply           While this service is
the two quarter                                                                      Schutte and Tom Whitehead, the          chain competencies.                currently part of the NSF
sequence of MAT                                                                          workshop provides a rubric
                                                                                                                                                                grant activities, it has the
                                                                                                                             Open to any Sinclair               potential to become a
101 and 102 was                                                                             for activities and gives         student, the class draws a         self-sustaining activity for
simply not enough                                                                             guidance for a variety
                                                                                                                             variety of students of all ages,   the guitar lab.
time to absorb                                                                                  of group activities
                                                                                                                             both men and women, from
all the concepts,                                                                                 including warm-ups and
                                                                                                                             a wide range of majors. In
so they developed                                                                                  worksheets.
a three quarter
sequence, MAT 191-                                                                              In addition to
192-193. The new                                                                                 offering the 190
sequence continues to                                                                            workshop, the Math
offer students an option                                                                         department has hired
that gives them more time,                                                                      part-time faculty who
as well as more individual                                                                     are solely dedicated
attention.                                                                                    to the 190 sequence.
                                                                                            The goal, according to
Now under the direction of Math                                                          Stroh, is consistency among
professor Marie Stroh, the 190 sequence has                                          the sections and interactive
introduced a faculty workshop to help instructors                               engagement with students.

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                       For ETD Student                                                     In 2008, Smith attended the job fair at Centerville High
                                                                                           School to see what local options for employment were
                       Long Haul Means More                                                available. “It might have been karma, but for whatever
                                                                                           the reason I was drawn to Sinclair’s booth. I spoke
                       Than Driving a Truck                                                for almost an hour with Sinclair’s admissions officer
                                                                                           Ted Sampson and Mechanical Engineering professor
                                                                                           Jennifer Wise. I knew I really wanted to enroll, but
                       In 2001, mechanical engineering student Phil Smith                  my legs wanted to run for the door, unsure of what my
                       lost his job as a cargo clerk in Mobile, Alabama.                   mind was getting the body into.” Then, “on a sunny,
                       Although he had self-taught proficiency with CAD                    Saturday morning, while driving north on I-75 just
                       systems, computer programming, and graphics, he had                 outside Atlanta, I got a call from home telling me I had
                       no verifiable education or degrees that would enable                been accepted to Sinclair Community College. I was so
                       him to enter those fields.                                          excited that I announced it over the C.B. radio all the
                       In 2003, Phil and his family moved to Centerville to                way back to my company’s terminal in Defiance, Ohio!”
                       be closer to relatives, with the hope that employment               Smith continues, “The first day of the Spring quarter
                       opportunities here would be better. But there was                   was less than a week away, and I had to act fast. I
                       still the fact that he had expertise and experience, but            dropped my truck off in Defiance on Monday morning,
                       no certification, degree, or even formal coursework.                turned in my keys and fuel card, and said the traditional
                       He knew he needed a college education, but he also                  good-byes. On Tuesday, I went to Sinclair to take the

       More Than
                       needed to pay the bills. As he recounts, “I was driving             placement exam. By that afternoon, I was registered
                       the U-Haul across the Alabama-Tennessee state line,                 for my first classes. By Wednesday, I had been through
                       and I realized that I was leaving my birth home for a               both the orientation and the Tartan bookstore. Seven

     Driving a Truck
                       state that I had only visited a few times. During the               days after driving an 18-wheeler through the center of
                       first 36 years of my life, I never had to consider leaving          Dayton, I started my first college class of many.”
                       Mobile for any reason. Now, here I was on my way to
                       a new state with only a $20 bill in my wallet, hoping               Phil very quickly became immersed in the work of the
                       that I hadn’t made the worst mistake of my own or my                ETD department. His projects include (but certainly
                       family’s life.”                                                     are not limited to):
                       Smith did indeed find employment with trucking                      • Lead lab tech for professor Tom Singer’s guitar
                       company, Schneider National in Green Bay, Wisconsin,                  building courses (recently upgraded to part-time
                       which allowed him to be based out of Centerville. “I                  employee)
                       was assigned a truck that was to become my rolling                  • Travel to other community colleges to demonstrate
                       home and office. I did not lose focus that my intent                  to educators and administrators the process of guitar
                       was to eventually put myself into college, and driving                manufacturing for use in their own curriculum
                       an 18-wheeler was going to get me there.”                           • Rolls Royce full-scale jet engine (RR500) modeling for
                       During his driving career, Smith spent most of his                    display at international aviation trade shows
                       free time teaching himself computer aided drafting,                 • Work with the University of Dayton Research Institute
                       algebra, geometry, and even music. He used old high                   on a full-scale modeling of a pre-patented sharpening
                       school math and science books for reference, and                      device
                       bought the most expensive scientific calculator that he
                       could afford to help solve complex problems. “At night              • Work with Sinclair and University of Dayton faculty
                       when I parked for the evening, I would put my laptop                  on laser processing of delicate glass and silica wafers
                       on the steering wheel and go to work creating and                   In May of 2010, Phil Smith was inducted into Tau
                       experimenting.”                                                     Alpha Pi, an honor society recognizing excellence in
                       To prepare for the tests that he knew would be required             engineering technology. Congratulations!
                       for college admission, Smith kept scratch sheets of
                       paper on which he worked out mathematical problems
                       to keep his mind sharp. “One day, while I was inside
                       our terminal in Defiance, a young mechanic climbed
                       up into my truck to work on the radio and saw my
                       scratch papers. When I went into the garage, he and
                       the rest of the mechanics were trying to figure out
                       what the ‘hieroglyphs’ meant. I told him they were for
                       college. Stunned, he asked if I was a student. I said,
                       ‘Not yet.’ I knew someday, somehow, I was going to see
                       a family dream come true.”
                                           One of Smith’s designs done while at Sinclair
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                                                                                                                                                                                            SME Departments Prepare
                                        High School Students                                                                                                                                for ABET Accreditation
                                                Whistle                                                                                                                                     Spring and Summer quarters of 2010 were particularly

                                          While They Work
                                                                                                                                                                                            busy for chairs and faculty in eight SME programs
                                                                                                                                                                                            as they prepared for the Accreditation Board for
                                                                                                                                                                                            Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation
                                          at Manufacturing Contest                                                                                                                          process set for October 2010. Programs seeking the
                                                                                                                                                                                            official recognition this year are:
     When now-retired Operations Technology professor Tom            The Judges for the 2010 competition were OPT
                                                                     professor Shep Anderson, Management professor April
                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Civil Engineering Technology
     Carlisle held a manufacturing design and processing contest
                                                                     Carpenter, Sandy Feola of the National Center for                                                                           • Electronics Engineering Technology
     more than a decade ago, he began a legacy that continued
     this past spring under the direction of OPT professor Dr.       Manufacturing Education, and retired lab technician                                                                         • Environmental Engineering Technology
     Dave Meyer and OPT chair Charlie Winarchick. The 2010           Bob Hazel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 • HVAC&R
     contest challenged students to design and manufacture slide     An unexpected twist to the event occurred this year
     whistles.                                                                                                                                                                                   • Mechanical Engineering Technology CAD
                                                                     as the students waited for the judges’ decision. A                                                                            Option
     Five local schools, including one from the Columbus             team from Kettering Fairmont began an impromptu
     area, brought almost 120 students to the event in which         “junkyard” band with their whistles and other found                                                                         • Mechanical Engineering Technology University
     their teams were evaluated on such elements as safety,          objects, and very quickly the teams from Kenton                                                                               Transfer Option
     documentation, overall production system, and the quantity      Ridge, Ross, Stebbins, and Tolles jumped in. No                                                                             • Operations Technology
     of whistles produced in a set amount of time. According to      recording contract ensued, but the collaboration
                                                                     among the five schools was yet another valuable                                                                             • Operations Technology IET Option
     Meyer, “this year we gave them fewer design restrictions and
     left it more open for their creativity.                         learning experience from the day.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Established in 1932, ABET is primarily responsible
                                                                                                                                                                                            for monitoring, evaluating, and certifying the
       Science credits have previously been a limiting                                                                                                                                      quality of engineering and engineering technology
       factor in allowing students to earn a degree                                                                                                                                         education in colleges and universities in the United
       entirely online, but a new online biology                                                                                                                                            States. Through an intense process that includes a
       sequence promises to alleviate some of that                                                                                                                                          site visit from a team of evaluators, ABET provides
       concern.                                                                                                                                                                             engineering and engineering technology schools
       Non-biology majors can now take an online                        Biology	for		                                                                                                       with a means of having their programs formally
                                                                                                                                                                                            measured against criteria set by the profession. The
       biology course toward their gen-ed science
       requirements. Development of the course                         Non-Majors	                                                                                                          goal is to ensure that programs meet requirements for
                                                                                                                                                                                            mathematical foundations, basic sciences, humanities,
       began in Winter 2010, and according to Biology
       professor Norma Hollebeke, she, professor                    Makes	Online	Degree	                                                                                                    and social sciences to complement the engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                            and engineering technology education. Programs that
       Phyllis Williams, and adjunct instructor Tim
       Staiger “dove right in without any flotation                   More	Accessible                                                                                                       meet the criteria are awarded a term of accreditation
                                                                                                                                                                                            by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC)
       devices.” The first course in the sequence, BIO                                                                                                                                      of ABET. Accreditation reflects a self-appraisal and
       111, goes live in Winter 2011, with BIO 112                                                                                                                                          intensive curriculum review, and benefits the programs
       following in the Spring quarter, and BIO 113 in                                                                                                                                      due to ABET’s continuing investigation of engineering
       Summer 2011. Each course in the sequence has                                                                                                                                         and technology education and the general trends in
       a lecture and lab component.                                                                                                                                                         the field.
       The biology faculty has been working closely       As Hollebeke states “they’re not going to automatically get the
       with Sinclair’s distance learning and a Dayton    right answer, which means they have to use critical thinking when
       web graphics firm to design simulations that      the results are not what they expected.”
       give students a virtual lab experience. One       The Biology department estimates that a third of their students
       unique feature of the biology simulations is      will take the online courses when they are offered in January, and
       that they are programmed in such a way that       they anticipate a 200% increase in online students within the first   According to SME interim associate dean Surinder Jain, “A degree from TAC/ABET accredited programs is one that has
                                                         year.                                                                 been quality tested. It is like a job passport because graduates from ABET accredited programs have a high degree of
       students are likely to make the most common
                                                                                                                               job mobility due to the wide recognition of the accreditation system in the engineering and technology communities.”
       mistakes that actually occur in a lab setting.
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 riverside research institute and
 Sinclair Sign Partnership Agreement                                                                                            nCME’s Advanced Manufacturing Career
 Riverside Research Institute (RRI) is an independent            to work with, evaluate, and possibly acquire the finest
                                                                                                                                Website Adds Social networking Component
 nonprofit organization which has for 40 years provided          talent for their workforce needs.
 state-of-the-art technology and systems engineering                                                                                                                                                The National Center for Manufacturing Education
 solutions for strategic programs in the defense,                Sinclair can already claim a success from the partnership.                                                                         (NCME) website www.careerme.org, developed in
 intelligence and biomedical fields. On August 13,               Jim Godby, a graduate of Sinclair’s Advanced Technical                                                                             part with a grant from the Society for Manufacturing
 2010, Richard Annas, president of RRI, and Dr.                  Intelligence degree program, completed an internship                                                                               Engineers Education Foundation, is designed to
 Roger Abernathy, dean of Science, Mathematics and               at RRI and is now employed full-time at Riverside. In                                                                              appeal primarily to students in grades 11–14 to
 Engineering at Sinclair Community College, signed an            addition, Andrew Shepherd, another Sinclair graduate                                                                               provide them with positive information about careers
 agreement that provides Sinclair students with quality          and a full-time employee of RRI, is credited with                                                                                  in advanced manufacturing.
 internship opportunities at RRI.                                originating the idea of developing a co-op/internship
                                                                 partnership between Sinclair and RRI.                                                                                              Directed by NCME customer engagement manager
 As an approved Authorized Provider by the International                                                                                                                                            Sandy Feola, careerME.org heightens awareness
 Association for Continuing Education and Training                                                                                                                                                  of advanced manufacturing careers by providing
 (IACET), RRI began offering internships for Sinclair                                                                                                                                               content showing the exciting possibilities of advanced
 students enrolled in the Advanced Technical Intelligence                                                                                                                                           manufacturing careers as dynamic, action-oriented,
 associate degree program. The signed agreement expands                                                                                                                                             lucrative, and appealing to technically savvy people.
 the partnership to include a wider range of internships                                                                                                                                            The site is interactive and offers contact information
 such as aviation, physics, engineering, remote sensing                                                                                                                                             for follow-up to learn more about educational
 and computer science. In this very competitive job                                                                                                                                                 opportunities such as summer programs, internships,
 market, Sinclair students will benefit by gaining valuable                                                                                                                                         and scholarships.
 experience, and in return RRI will have the opportunity
                                                                                                                                 The newest feature of the site is the mycareerME link, which is a social networking portal that offers an
                                                                                                                                 opportunity for students to interact with each other, as well as with educators and industry professionals. In
           Dr. Roger Abernathy, Dean of Science, Mathematics and                                                                 addition, classroom applications for the mycareerME portal continue to be piloted at several local high schools.
           Engineering signs the partnership agreement alongside Richard
           Annas, President of Riverside Research Institute.

 U. S. Army Corps of Engineers named Ohio Co-Op
 Distinguished Employer                                                                                                         Sinclair Students install Solar Array for DP&L
 The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers,        What makes the U. S.                  Congratulations to the U. S. Army Corps
 housed at Wright Patterson Air Force      Army Corps of Engineers               of Engineers for being named an Ohio Co-
 Base, has been an active employer of      co-op program significant             Op Distinguished Employer by the Ohio                      Dr. Bob Gilbert, technical director of Sinclair’s        an entry-level installer is around $15 per hour.
 Sinclair Community College co-op          is the quality of the work            Cooperative Education Association.                         Energy Education Center, recently qualified as           Gilbert adds that the state of Ohio now requires
 students for the past nine years. In      assignments entrusted to each                                                                    a North American Board of Certified Energy               utilities to produce electricity with “renewable
 2001, Marcy Szynski became the            student. Co-op students work
                                                                                                                                            Practitioners (NABCEP) certified instructor, and         or advanced methods.” In addition, federal tax
 first Sinclair co-op hired by the         right along with full time
 Corps, and after completion of her        employees, and while always                                                                      Sinclair became one of only seven institutions           rebates and state tax incentives are also increas-
 degree at Sinclair and a successful       treated with respect, they are                                                                   certified to administer the NABCEP entry level           ing the demand for solar installations, including
 co-op experience, she was hired by        held to high expectations. The                                                                   exam for solar design and installation. Having           industrial, institutional, and residential.
 them full-time. Over the years, the       Corps also takes education                                                                       this certification allowed Gilbert’s students in
 Corps has consistently hired Sinclair     seriously and will only offer                                                                                                                             Currently, the skilled worker shortage in the solar
                                                                                                                                            Sinclair’s first solar design and installation course
 co-op students and recognizes the         employment to a student who                                                                                                                               field means that out-of-state companies are com-
 contributions of these students as        has earned a degree.                                                                             to install 48 solar panels at the Dayton Power &
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing into Ohio to meet the demand. But Gilbert
 very substantial. As of January 2010,                                                                                                      Light Yankee substation.
 seven former Sinclair co-op students                                                                                                                                                                is optimistic that Sinclair students will be at the
                                                            Left to right...Marcy Szynski and Lori Amburgy, representing the
 now hold full-time jobs with the                          U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, receive the Distinguished Employer
                                                                                                                                            According to Gilbert, there is a growing shortage        forefront of providing an Ohio-based energy
 Corps.                                                           Award from the Ohio Cooperative Education Association in                  of NABCEP certified solar installers, and Sin-           workforce.
                                                          Columbus, OH.  Both Marcy and Lori were former Sinclair co-op’s,                  clair is poised to fill that gap. Starting wage for
                                                                               who are now full-time employee’s at the Corps.
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 Math Department Piloting New Software
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 W    ith the outcome in mind of increasing
 student success and retention, the Math department
 continues to consider a variety of software to meet that
 goal. For the 2010 Fall quarter, the department introduced
 two new pilots in Math 101 and 102: MyMathLab with

                                                                                                                      MAT 102
 new features, and HAWKES Learning System.
 Elements of the new programs that are expected to
 improve the students’ experiences include diagnostic and
 assessment capabilities, and in the case of MyMathLab, an
 opportunity for each student to create an individualized
 plan. According to associate professor Jim Willis, they
 are looking primarily at three specific areas as they test the
 various software packages: student response, instructor
 response, and student success on department finals.
 Another factor that will be taken into
 consideration is cost to the students.

                                                                            for MAT 101                                &

                       y Deplampiad
               Chemistr nce O y
                Hosts Scie                                        In April 2010, the Chemistry department
                                                                  was the site for a local round of a national
                                                                  competition administered by the American
                                                                  Chemistry Society (ACS). The competition is
                                                                  a full day event that challenges students with
                                                                  three separate types of tests: a 90 minute
                                                                  multiple choice test, a blue book test with short
                                                                  problems for 115 minutes, and a culminating
                                                                  lab test for 90 minutes.
                                                                  Open to all interested students, the local
                                                                  Dayton chapter of the ACS determines who
                                                                  moves on to the regional event in Washington,
                                                                  DC. This year students from Beavercreek,
                                                                  Centerville, and Chaminade-Julienne high
                                                                  schools, as well as the Miami Valley School
                                                                  participated. The event was facilitated by
                                                                  associate professor Patrick Greco.


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