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Success Stories 2017-2018

Celebrating College of Technology Student Successes

MET students honored by state ASME organization

(April 2018) Two mechanical engineering technology students, Nick Reth, junior, and Phillip Williams, senior, were selected as this year’s Outstanding ASME Student Members by the state organization of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – Indiana Section (ASME). The selection was based on their significant contributions to ASME and their community through their leadership involving professional development such as industry plant tours and work associated with Caterpillar, Toyota, and Cummins. Both students also contributed significantly work with Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Riley Hospital for Children, as well as several other community based initiatives. Nick has currently accepted an Manufacturing Engineering internship position this summer with Allison Transmission, while Phillip has just been hired full time by Great Dane Trailers as a Product Engineer. ISU students have been the recipients of this statewide recognition by ASME for the past two years.

Nicholas Reth

Phillip Williams

ASCE Students Float Their Boat


(April 2018) ISU students in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) were successful in the regional ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition in Chicago. The concrete canoe, designed and built by ISU students, passed the required tests and successfully competed in several races. Students took 3rd place out of 19 in the co-ed and the men's sprint races! This year was only their 3rd year to participate. Guess the 3rd time is the charm. Congratulations ASCE!!!

Alumna attains grant for ISU students


(January 2018) Desiree Edwards, HRD ’15, attained funding through her company, Briljent, for ISU’s Females in Technology (FiT) to pursue professional development opportunities. As a past president and current FiT Advisory Council member, Desiree continues to give back through involvement in student career development activities by participating in events such as FIT for the Future, AlumLinks, TECH Connections, etc.
Desiree has achieved great satisfaction in her role as a human resources generalist at Briljent, a woman-founded organization that provides business and technology solutions. “I hope the generosity of the Luminous Fund [at Briljent] can flow to other stakeholders and encourage the same passion of giving. I cannot express the importance of finding an organization to work for whose mission and culture are built around the fundamentals of what you believe in,” said Desiree. “For me, that’s equality, diversity, and the belief that what the company is doing is supporting a greater cause. Every day the employees of Briljent proudly come into work knowing what they do has a vast impact on the communities we live and work in.”

Meet Team Sycamore Racing’s two newest drivers.


Unmanned systems major interns with Illinois utility


(September 2017) Indiana State University senior Grant Hostick spent the summer building connections and working with drones for the largest electric utility in Illinois.
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Students tackle topic of campus parking availability


(September 2017) The key to happiness at Indiana State University was unlocked by Michael Williamson, assistant professor of civil engineering, and students in his transportation course who conducted a parking study to locate the most abundant parking on campus during peak, weekday hours. Learn more about this project»​​​

GABRIEL STAUFFER, ’18 - HRD major and welcome team leader for new student orientation


(September 2017) Eating is one of the abilities Gabriel Stauffer counts as a skill — no wonder Karen from the Towers Dining Hall is one of his favorite people on campus! The Fort Wayne, Ind. is a human resource development major.
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Indiana State designs and focuses its programs on in-demand fields. Sycamores + industry partners = jobs!


(September 2017)ISU’s packaging program wraps plenty of hands-on experiences into its four-year undergraduate program to send 100 percent of its alumni straight into the workforce after graduation. Those opportunities are only made possible with the help of industry partners. Read the full article»​​​

Civil Engineering Students Study Parking on Campus


Riley Denning receives leadership award


(April 2017) Congratulations to Riley Denning, a junior in Technology and Engineering Education, for receiving the Sycamore Junior Leadership Award for 2017.

FIT for the Future receives program award


(April 2017) Congratulations to Females in Technology for winning the 2017 Sycamore Leadership Award for Collaborative Program of the Year - FIT for the Future! Thanks to the eight COT student organizations that contributed to the success of the 10th annual event!

Reception Celebrating Student Career Success


(April 2017) COT students who have internships or jobs lined up for summer 2017 were recognized at a reception co-sponsored by the ISU Career Center and the College of Technology on April 27 in the Myers Technology Center. Students shared their career plans with the group and were reminded to stay in touch with faculty, staff and students at ISU so we can follow their successes. Spring 2017 students recognized for career achievement»

ASCE enjoys success at Concrete Canoe competition

team _with_canoe

(April 2017) Congratulations to ASCE for their successes at the annual Concrete Canoe competition, their 2nd year to compete. The "Avenged Paperweight" canoe made a successful trip to Milwaukee in a remarkably engineered mobile transportation device. The sink test was one of the top contenders and the exhibit definitely made ISU proud. Way to go team! Check out the photos on the ASCE Facebook page»

Design students gain professional experiences


(March 2017) Seven seniors in the Interior Architecture Design program traveled to St. Louis to tour and visit with professionals at four different companies: Marcia Moore Designs, Arcturis, H.O.K. and Collab. Professor Azizi Arrington-Bey and Career Center staff accompanied the students.

FiT Legacy Leaf


(March 2017) The Females in Technology re-dedicated their Legacy Leaf in celebration of ISU's Sesquicentennial.

Packaging Minor Making a Mark


(February 2017) Marybeth Greene, a senior art major with minors in packaging engineering technology and computer-aided design and drafting, is making a mark around campus.
She designed the Sycamores art work in HMSU and also the program display boards for the lobbies in the Myers Technology Center and the Technology Annex.

FIT for the Future Celebrates 10 Years

ISU’s Females in Technology hosted nearly 200 enthusiastic participants in their 10th annual event. The celebration was shared by high school students, teachers, professionals in STEM career fields, and college women in STEM majors. The day included professionals sharing their career experiences and advice, hands-on workshops, and lots of networking. Save the date for March 2, 2018.