Cutting-Edge Automation

Cutting metal is a major component of many manufacturing methods. To cut steel, in what is known as oxy-fuel cutting, a stream of pure oxygen burns the steel in order to create the required cut, a process first developed in the early 1900s. Of course, the cutting has to be … Continue reading

Nature Conserved, History Preserved

“The aim or objective of a true conservationist is the stewardship of our natural resources, air, water, and land.” —Maurice K. Goddard Nature doesn’t get any prettier than Pennsylvania any season of the year. In the southeast a portion of the Appalachian Trail is available for hiking; there’s whitewater rafting … Continue reading

Motivated to Research

“Going into my master’s I didn’t know I wanted to be a professor,” says Johannes Raabe, assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State Altoona, when asked about his career direction. Originally from Germany, Raabe came to the University of Wyoming to work on his master’s in kinesiology and health and … Continue reading

Environmental Studies in Hawai’i

Penn State Altoona students have a unique opportunity in the Spring 2019 semester: taking an environmental studies class that starts in Altoona and ends with 12 days of study in the Hawaiian Islands. Carolyn Mahan, professor of biology and environmental studies, and Lisa Emili, associate professor of physical geography and … Continue reading

Student Expo 2018

Every semester end at Penn State Altoona means the Student Showcase, where students present the results of their research projects, mainly in the fields of business and engineering. And every spring brings the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair (URCAF), which includes a poster session on research projects, presentations of … Continue reading