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                                                             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
                                                Mid-west competition.
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
                                                leadership award
                                                    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
                                                Special Project.

    Distribution–This Automotive Newsletter is distributed to 250 automotive instructors in the central U.S.. In addition, about 500 alumni,
business and industrial supporters, and others who have indicated an interest in Automotive Technology at Pittsburg State were on the mailing list.
                                    Automotive Technology News
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.
Automotive Technology
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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