April 22, 2013
Fulton-Montgomery Community College recently hosted The New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) Spring Conference. NYSETA is a professional organization representing the faculty and institutions in New York who teach engineering technology and technology. The Association provides a forum for ideas on engineering technology education; a review of the quality, content, and goals of engineering technology curricula; a formal vehicle of communication for engineering technology education; and information on careers in technology and links to schools of technology.
The day began with a welcome from FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger who stressed the importance of technical programs and the key role they play for our state and our nation’s future. He also thanked the attendees for the important work they provide for today’s students. Dr. Swanger was followed by a keynote presentation from Dr. John Garver, Wold Professor of Geology, Union College whose topic was “Adaptation to Change and Building Resilience in the Mohawk Watershed: Engineering Challenges in an Important Time of Change.”
After Dr. Garver’s presentation, attendees took part in one of several breakout sessions including such topics as “Architectural & Civil Technology: A New Approach – Placing Sustainability Within Reach” presented by Professor Edward Davis, Queensborough Community College; “FM Campus Architecture by Edgar Tafel” presented by Professor Joel Chapin, Fulton-Montgomery Community College; “Mechanical Engineering Technology: Teaching Impact Stress and Deflection in Strength of Materials” presented by Professor Ti Lin, Liu, RIT MMET Department; and several others.
The day wrapped up with a dinner and networking banquet at the Johnstown Holiday Inn including a presentation from Christopher Borst, Associate Vice President for G450C Technical Operations College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Borst discussed 300mm technology development, 450mm industry transition status, and CNSE/New York State involvement in each (including educational and workforce training programs). Borst’s position in the 450mm consortium with IBM, Intel, Samsung, TSMC, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES gave participants first-hand information on the enormous impact the 450mm effort has for engineering technology programs and students.
On Friday, after a business meeting, the group toured the nearby Beech-Nut production facility. “We saw some impressive automated processing and packaging in a LEEDS Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) operation,” says FM Technology Instructor Jeremy Spraggs.
Approximately 40 participants from across the State attended the conference.