College of Technology
Cutting Edge Learning
Discipline Specific Skill Acquisition (DSSA), a novel, apprenticeship-like program, will be introduced in fall 2018 to freshmen in mechanical, electrical and mechatronics engineering technology programs. Heading the program is Professor and Engineering Technology Chair Athula Kulatunga.
As a recognized National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, the College of Technology received a $459,282 Cybersecurity Workforce Education Grant from the National Security Agency (NSA). Ongoing grant applications will continue to provide advanced educational opportunities for future cybersecurity workforce members. Associate Professor Michael Tu directs the PNW-based center.
The College is collaborating with Duy Tan University (DTU), Vietnam, in a five-year educational training program. Sixteen DTU faculty members spent 10 weeks at PNW during the 2017-18 academic year taking courses in mechanical and electrical engineering technology. They also learned instructional strategies and assessment for laboratory-based engineering technology courses. PNW Professors Ashfaq Ahmed and Akram Hossain taught and assessed the electrical engineering technology courses at DTU for quality assurance.
Through the College’s Consortium for Rapid Smart Grid Impact (CRSGI), research equipment housed at PNW can be accessed internationally. CRSGI, led by Professor Kulatunga, is a global research-based group of universities from the U.S., United Kingdom, Brazil, India, China, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh that creates research tools, methodologies, technologies, and pilot projects to promote renewable energy integration, electric vehicle infrastructure, and smart grids in developed and developing countries.
Business And Industry Learning Connections
To apply those things learned on campus, Associate Professor Tom Dobrowski and students in his Construction Inspections class meet with PNW industrial partners throughout the academic year. One reoccurring visit is to Industrial Steel Construction (ISC), the nation’s second largest structural steel fabricator. There, students learn about fabrication, estimating, management, and the logistics of moving and erecting massive steel structures. ISC management includes several College alumni.
College faculty members published 47 scholarly articles during 2017-18. Professor James Higley also received a patent award. Additionally, collaborative research efforts produced grants and contracts valued at more than $4 million.
$3.6 Million In NSF Funding
Led by efforts of Associate Professor Tu and Professor Keyuan Jiang, the College will receive $3.6 million over five years to provide full tuition scholarships and a stipend of up to $34,000 to students willing to work after graduation in governmental cybersecurity positions. PNW is one of four universities to receive the funding from the National Science Foundation through the recent initiative, CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program.