Pittsburg State University • Spring 2002 Edition
MINI-BAJA WEST at Logan, Utah
Pitt State/Gyeongsang Two Pitt State Mini-Baja teams traveled to Logan, Utah on April 25th to
National University join compete in the Mini-Baja West competition. Nearly 100 teams from all over
North and South America participated in the event. Pitt State entered two
forces in SAE Mini-Baja vehicles with independent rear suspensions. The students involved were Kelly
Jones and Jeff Stanley from Seneca; Matt Keller, Garden City; Ethan Forsberg,
competition Valley Falls; Ben Barnard and Erik Himebrook, Overland Park; Derik Hockett,
Satanta; Chauncey Pennington, Louisburg; Tyler Moore, Newton; and Greg
The Gyeongsang National Weber from Columbus, Kansas.
University Mini-Baja team (shown The vehicles experienced some major mechanical problems and were
at the right) is enjoying their stay at involved in an accident that resulted in a poor finish in the endurance race.
PSU. Their vehicle is on schedule One of the two Pitt State cars was still running at the end of the four-hour race.
to be finished for the Midwest Mini- One design report was judged as 24th overall. The “cost report” of one vehicle
placed 11th. The vehicles ranked 26th and 27th in acceleration. One of the
Baja competition May 30 through
vehicles was rolled during the endurance race and will be retired before the
June 2 in Milwaukee. The GNU and
PSU teams have learned a lot from The Mid-west event will be held in Milwaukee. One of the Pitt State
each other, covering everything vehicles entered will be the remaining car from Logan. A team composed of
from vehicle design and students in Engineering Technology also plan to enter a vehicle. In addition, a
construction, culture and student team from GNU, a South Korean University will enter a vehicle in conjunction
activities. with Pitt State. All three teams will travel to Milwaukee for the event staged
May 30 through June 2. Cheering for the teams will be Professors Roger
Adams, Ken Gordon, Trent Lindbloom and Chair John Iley.
All the teams and the advisors will make a stop in Peoria, Illinois, on the
way to Milwaukee. Pete Holman has assisted in making arrangements for the
students to tour Caterpillar manufacturing plants in the Peoria area.
Matthew Keller chosen to receive the 2002 student
Matthew Keller from Garden City, KS, was selected by the Automotive
Technology faculty to receive the “2002 Automotive Technology Leadership
Matthew has been active in the Society of Automotive Engineers for four
years, serving as Mini-Baja Chair and Social Committee Chair. Keller has also
been active with the Mini-Baja program since his freshman year including one
year as team captain, and another year as the organization president. Keller is
currently the Senior/Graduate Assistant working with the Korean Mini-Baja
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Detroit alumni chapter meets Illinois through December 2002. All In the off highway course, students
Pittsburg State University Vice three of these students graduated from study the power train and operation of
President James AuBuchon, and Illinois Central Community College in agricultural and construction equipment.
Professor Ken Gordon had the pleasure Peoria. Joe and Sam graduated from the Some of the units taught are: tires, GPS,
of meeting with about thirty Pitt State Caterpillar technician-training program, transmissions, MFWD, PTO drawbar,
alumni in the Detroit area on April 25th. and Nick graduated from the Diesel hitches, tillage, planting/seeding,
The meeting was held at the Northfield Powered Equipment Technology harvesting, hay & forage, weighting and
Hilton Hotel located near the program. Justin Allman is another ICC ballasting, tires, undercarriages, track
DaimlerChrysler Technology Center. student on his way to Pitt State. He will steering, dozers, loaders, scrapers,
Vice President AuBuchon reviewed begin working toward his BST degree graders, haul trucks, and excavators.
recent happenings at the University and this fall. The advanced diesel electronics &
closed with a very interesting diesel engine laboratory course covers
PowerPoint slide show of “2001campus New John Deere Ag Tech program engine design and construction of
happenings.” Professor Gordon gave a engines used by Caterpillar, Cummins,
at Fort Scott Community College Detroit Diesel, John Deere, and Navistar.
brief overview of the status of the Fort Scott Community College has
automotive programs. MEUI and HEUI fuel system
begun a new partnership with John technology is covered. Students are also
Chapter President Kelly Kyle and Deere Corporation in offering a new 2-
Vice Chair Rob Kobel made introduced to the manufacturers service
year Ag Tech program. Students will tools, such as DDEC, Electronic
arrangements for the meeting along with begin taking their first classes this
help from the Mindy Cloninger, Technician, INSITE, Master
August toward earning an Associates Diagnostics, and others. Other
Coordinator of Alumni Activities. Jamie Degree of Applied Science. Students
Powell (AT 2001 graduate) was chosen diagnostic tools addressed include the
who graduate from the program will go Pro-Link 9000 and a Palm-pilot version
to be the new president. He is employed to work as service technicians in John
by the Ford Technical Hot Line. The of Cummins Quick Check.
Deere dealerships. Students must have
new VP is James Campbell (AT02) and a sponsoring dealership which provides
the treasurer is Chris Wilde (AT00). a co-op (internship) experience twice International donates 466 engine
during their education at FSCC. Fort Ken Boyer of International Truck
GA Chad Burman off to CAT in Scott Community College has partnered and Engine Corporation facilitated the
with the City of Frontenac, Kansas in donation of an International 466 I-6
Peoria, Illinois diesel engine. This is a running engine
Chad Burman, an Automotive securing facilities for the program.
Students will attend the technical classes that features the HEUI (Hydraulically
Technology graduate and current MBA actuated Electronic controlled Unit
student, has served as a teaching in Frontenac which is located just north
of Pittsburg. Fort Scott Community Injection) fuel system. Boyer spent the
graduate assistant in the diesel and heavy day on March 4th at the KTC helping
equipment emphasis area during the past College will hold their general education
classes on Pitt State’s campus. Students mount the engine on its stand and
year. On June 4th he will begin his preparing it to run. The engine will be
career with Caterpillar in the area of will also have the opportunity to live in
PSU housing. used in the AT 621 Advanced Diesel
marketing management. Electronics & Diesel Engine Laboratory.
Chad and his wife Samantha call Ron Graves, Director of Short Term
Cimarron, Kansas, home. They are Training for FSCC, recently announced
expecting their first child in September. that Mr. Bill Lyons will be the instructor Automotive graduates are major
It will certainly be a busy and exciting for the new Ag Tech Program. Mr. contributors to the success of
summer for the Burman family. Lyons has been the service manager for
Barton County Implement in Lamar, the recent Foundation Phonathon
Missouri, for the past 13 years. Bill also Automotive Technology graduates
Caterpillar corporate internship has experience as a marketing manager and their participating companies made
PSU student Joe Sears is currently for International Harvester. a major impact on the success of the
working for Caterpillar, Inc., on an recently completed Foundation
internship in Peoria. Joe is working in Phonathon. AT graduates and others
the mechanical lab involving service
New diesel emphasis curriculum called by the Automotive Technology
literature development. He started in Two new diesel courses are available faculty pledged over $33,500 which was
January and will finish his internship in to students this year. The courses are 11% of the total of $303,650 pledged to
July. Sam Halcomb and Nick Johnson AT 640 Off-Highway Systems, and AT the University Foundation in this
will also begin an internship at 621 Advanced Diesel Electronics and academic assistance drive.
Caterpillar this June and work in Peoria, Diesel Engine Laboratory.
Automotive Technology News
Automotive faculty volunteer callers SAE student chapter conducts Motors Assembly Plant in Janesville, WI
Ken Gordon, Bob Frisbee and Roger during the summer of 2001. She worked
Adams were in the top ten most fund raiser for automotive burn as a line supervisor in both chassis and
successful callers in receiving pledges. victim trim areas. Danika also spent part of her
Automotive instructors Tim Dell and Pittsburg State University internship in the reliability department
Trent Lindbloom also called on behalf automotive student Chris Roth was working with parts suppliers and the
of the Phonathon. Faculty callers critically burned in a house fire Friday, engineering teams to improve various
representing the College of Technology February 1. Chris was treated in the KU components of the vehicles.
claimed six of the top 10 positions in Medical Burn Center for several weeks Danika will graduate in December
regard to total pledges thanks to the and is presently recovering at the home of this year with a Bachelors of Science
generosity of the graduates in the field. of his parents. in Technology degree. Her plans are to
Thanks very much to all who Chris had no medical insurance so continue working for General Motors at
participated! Your contributions are of a lot of people wanted to band together the Fairfax Plant in Kansas City, KS this
great importance in keeping Pitt State and raise some funds to help with Chris’s summer and possibly after graduation.
and the automotive program competitive medical and miscellaneous expenses.
in recruiting and serving our many The SAE student chapter conducted a Fall Automotive Technology
students. very successful fund raising drive. The
automotive faculty also presented a
Newsletter by e-mail only
scholarship to Chris for the 2002-03 In order to reduce costs the fall
Special topics course offered to edition of the “Automotive Technology
academic year to cover his enrollment
farm show participants and textbook fees. The funds are from Newsletter” will be distributed only by
An agricultural technology related the donations of numerous automotive e-mail with a Word file attachment.
workshop will be held at Pittsburg State alumni. Chris presently plans to finish Many readers of this spring letter will
University in late July. The class will a double major in Spanish and also receive a hard copy by U.S. Mail.
be focused around the 4-State Farm Automotive Technology in the spring of Please complete the insert in the hard
Show, which will take place south of 2003. copy concerning the updating of the
Pittsburg. Automotive instructor Tim Dell mailing list and the addition of e-mail
The workshop consists of attending spearheaded the drive with counsel and addresses to the newsletter mailing. If
class Thursday evening, July 18 th ; assistance from Brian Milleman (BST you wish to be taken off the hard copy
touring the Farm Show Friday, July 19th, 2001). Brian is a longtime classmate and mailing and the Automotive
and back in class on Saturday morning close personal friend of Chris. Technology mailing file just disregard
July 20th. the insert self-mailer!
The course number for
undergraduate credit is TE 403-83. Eugene V. Gardner Outstanding
Automotive Technology enroll-
Persons desiring graduate credit should Automotive Senior Award goes to
enroll in TE 806-82. Please call 620 235 ment will be near 300 in the fall
Danika Flax A record enrollment of 300 or more
4176 (Continuing Studies) for additional Danika Flax, a senior in the
enrollment information. Automotive Technology students is
Automotive Technology program with expected for the fall semester. Even with
an emphasis in Service Management the record enrollment steps have been
Chester Burgess, TTI leads was selected by the automotive faculty taken to assure that all new students
automotive technology advisory to receive the prestigious Eugene V. enrolling in the BST automotive
Gardner Award. She is the daughter program will be able to enroll in at least
committee of Norbert and Loretta Flax of Ransom,
Chester Burgess, Operations one automotive course. Enrollment
Kansas. will not be capped or closed in the four
Manager for TTI, located in Auburn Danika has been an active member
Hills, MI is serving as the chair of the year BST program!
in the Society of Automotive Engineers Enrollment in the 2-year AAS
Automotive Technology Advisory where she served as secretary. She has
Committee. There are presently 15 technician-training program is presently
also been active and served as treasurer at a maximum. Students wishing to
members on the Committee. The next in the Society of Women Engineers.
meeting is scheduled for November 12th. enroll in the AAS program are being
SAE Student Chapter and Mini-Baja placed on a list for enrollment in 2003
projects were also on her student activity or 2004. Some students are completing
calendar. various general education and support
She participated in a six-month courses while waiting for placement in
internship position at the General the technician-training program.
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Professor Bob Frisbee announces summer course offerings
Automotive Professor Bob Frisbee has coordinated an excellent automotive program short course offering for the summer
June Session. It is shown in the table below. Readers who are interested in enrolling should contact Continuing Studies at
AT 403-81 Current Topics in Technology (Next Generation Fuel System ) 1 Hour June 11–12 Room
Presented by DaimlerChrysler , Scott Norman, Instructor of Credit Tuesday & N109
or Non-credit Wednesday KTC
TST 795-81 Special Topics in Technology (See above) 8:30-4:30
AT 403-82 Current Topics in Technology (Diagnosis using Oscilloscopes ) 1 Hour June 13–14 Room
Presented by Snap-On/Sun of Credit Thursday & N109
or Non-credit Friday KTC
TST 795-82 Special Topics in Technology (See above) 8:30-4:30
AT 403-83 Current Topics in Technology (Caterpillar Hydraulics ) 1 Hour June 18–19 Room
Presented by Martin Tractor Company (Caterpillar) of Credit Tuesday & N109
or Non-credit Wednesday KTC
TST 795-83 Special Topics in Technology (See above) 8:30-4:30
AT 403-84 Current Topics in Technology (Changing Technology in 1 Hour June 20–21 Room
Agriculture & Precision Farming ) Presented by John Deer of Credit Thursday & N109
or Non-credit Friday KTC
TST 795-84 Special Topics in Technology (See above) 8:30-4:30