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ASHRAE Donates $2,000 Scholarship to Second Year Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Student

Representatives from American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) stopped by Dunwoody College of Technology on July 7 to hand deliver a $2,000 scholarship check.

The check will be awarded to a student (or potentially more than one student) entering his/her second year of the Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program.

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Pictured from left to right: Rob Warnke, REHAU, ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter Treasurer; Vin Gupta, 3M, ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter Scholarship Chair; Chuck Taft, Dunwoody College of Technology, Dunwoody ASHRAE Student Branch Advisor; Tom Walters, MAG Mechanical, Dunwoody Alum and ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter Student Liaison; Cindy Olson, Dunwoody College of Technology.

The $2,000 scholarship will be put towards the awarded student’s tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year. Upon completion of the program, the winning student will also be able to meet with ASHRAE representatives to discuss his/her future career in HVAC&R.

The scholarship will be awarded for the Spring 2016 Semester.

Click to learn more about the Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program or Dunwoody’s ASHRAE Student Branch.

Robotics & Manufacturing Department Hosts Summer STEM Camp

Dunwoody’s Robotics & Manufacturing department hosted the College’s first ever STEM Camp June 23-25.

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The camp—sponsored by Boston Scientific—introduced STEM programs/careers like mechanical, civil, electrical, software and industrial engineering to 37 high school juniors and seniors.

IMG_9977-wiring-small During the camp, students were able to participate in group lectures and brainstorming exercises, watch faculty-led demonstrations and explore the College’s classrooms and campus. Campers also engaged in multiple hands-on activities including bridge building and testing; designing, 3D printing and wiring a flashlight; creating a software business plan for a food truck business; and a large Lego manufacturing simulation led by Boston Scientific engineers (pictured below.)

IMG_0124-lego-smallThe 3-day camp also covered topics in science, physics and mathematics.

“It’s important for students interested in STEM to understand all of the options available to them,” Industrial Engineering Technology Principle Instructor and camp coordinator Janet Nurnberg said. “And although this camp just scratched the surface of STEM opportunities, we are excited to help students along their journey of exploring their future career options.”

Janet says the Robotics & Manufacturing Department has plans to run the camp again next summer.

For additional photos of the 2015 camp, visit our Facebook page.

Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Student Surprised with Tool Grant

Earlier this spring, ABRA Auto Body partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and awarded 10 collision repair students with tool grants.

With the help of Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Principal Instructor Bruce Graffunder, Dunwoody student Anthony Pung learned he was one of those students during a class lecture:

The grant—open to high school seniors and/or post-secondary students studying collision repair—provided the winning students with the opportunity to select $2,000 worth of Snap-On tools and equipment from a list of entry-level body tools.

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A few weeks after learning he was a grant winner, Anthony was able to meet representatives from ABRA and select his desired tools.

“The grant will make a huge difference in my life by providing me with the tools that I need to be successful in my career path,” said Anthony.

Anthony is currently an intern at Albertville Body Shop where he is learning and performing a wide variety of collision repair practices. Upon completion of his internship in August, Anthony will graduate from with an associate’s degree in Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing.

Anthony plans to use the awarded tools as a starter set for his future employment as a body technician.

Dunwoody College Of Technology’s 2015 Spring Semester Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following students who have been named to Dunwoody College of Technology’s spring semester dean’s list.  The students listed received this honor by upholding a 3.5 grade point average or higher, while being a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits.)

Alexandra About
Jay Abrahamson
David Adey
Nathan Anders
Charles Anderson
Matthew Anderson
Moustafa Arafa
Nicholas Arneson
Joseph Aspelin
Brandon Autey
Matthew Backus
Lawal Bada
Tyler Bares
Jake Benson-Devine
Alexander Biggs
Colin Black
Ryan Blaha
Jacob Blue
William Bobick
Brittney Boie
Alex Boline
Alex Brand
Nicholas Brenk
Tyler Brezinsky
Richard Brodala
Brett Broekema
Amanda Bronson
Ethan Brule
Jeremy Brunell
Miranda Butler
Kayla Canfield
Anna Carlson
Robert Carson
Kevin Clausen
Ryan Cleary
Bryan Coats
Caleb Coleman
Jared Courtney
Katherine Cramer
Sean Curry
Randy Dahlberg
Brady Dalton
Augustus Danig
Brandon Davis
Darren Davis
Brian Dehn
James Demos
David Dietz
Nathan Donahoe
Mandi Drevlow
Jamie Dulebohn
Scott Duncan
Parker Dunn
Ruben Duran
Timothy Easter
Daniel Emery
Joel Epstein
Rami Erickson
Ryan Fales
Allison Fedie
Matthew Ferguson
Rachel Fisher
Andrew Flagg
Mitchell Formo
Nicholas Freeland
Jesse Gable
Zachary Gabler
Anthony Gabriel
Sarah Gagnon
Francis Garsulao
Barton Genovese
Mark Gerold
Craig Gorman
Christine Goyette
Joel Greimel
Jacob Gretz
Ryan Grigoleit
Jacob Gruber
Brady Grummons
William Grundy
Charles Guelcher
Andrhea Gulden
David Haerle
Bryant Hale
Keven Halloran
Steven Hanson
Jacob Hardie
Benjamin Harvey
Andrew Haug
Brandon Hedberg
Henry Henk
Andrew Henry
Josh Henry
Peng Her
James Herman
Matthew Heshiser
Aidan Hicks
Karl Hilde
Vincent Hoang
David Hofgren
Nathan Hole
Nicholas Holman
Benjamin Holmgren
Samuel Holtberg
Andrew Hoogenakker
Nathan Hruby
Kyle Huberty
Ashley Hurner
Andrew Hurrle
Jacob Huseby
Blake Isetts
Matthew Jarvis
Emmi Kainulainen
Andrew Kampa
Samuel Kaus
Nicole Kehren
Edward Kibira
Eryn Kivo
Zachariah Klein
Benjamin Klenke
David Klinkner
Tylor Klish
Zeth Knyphausen
Adam Konold
Joseph Kooiman
Kimberley Kotila
Matthew Krei
Edo Krivdic
Jake Krueger
Andrew Kuehn
Marin Lahti
Carson Landvik-Geyen
Anthony Laylon
Colton Leekley-Winslow
Justin Lehman
Scott Leighton
Joseph Lerum
Alex Lichman
Robert Liebelt
Samuel Lieberthal
Simon Litke
Kory Lommen
Alexander Lord
Joseph Machtemes
Timothy Malkovich
Kerry Mandt
Matthew Mannella
Alexandra Mars
Jon Mart
Zachary Martell
Max Martens
Jennifer Martin
James Matthes
Aaron McCauley-Aburto
Patrick McDonald
Kyle McGinnity
Samuel McGlennen
Benjamin Meister
Christopher Merrill
Laila Merten
Eric Meyer
Evan Miller
Joseph Montei
Zachary Moore
Jonathan Moreno
Sharon Mount
Joseph Myhre
Celina Nelson
Lee Nguyen
Stephanie Nguyen
Cecilia Oberg
Kyle Ohland
James Olson
Ross Otto
Joseph Packer
John Page
Anthony Palo
Taylor Parker-Greene
Alyx Paschke
Taylor Paschke
Patrick Patrias
Jacob Paulus
Ira Peden
Brian Peterson
Kristofer Petrie
Brian Pevensie
Sylvester Phandanouvong
Ivan Piskun
Jesse Platzke
Evan Prokop
Michael Prudhon
Mark Reznikov
Michael Richardson
Collin Ripley
Madelyn Rodewald
Roberto Rodriguez
Randal Rue
Nathan Rumpza
Abigail Saffert
Dawood Salman
Sean Schaefer
Gary Schlosser
Matthew Schon
Sarah Schroeder
Nicholas Schurhammer
Brady Schuster
Angelica Sedano
Kurtis Seurer
Matthew Shephard
Nicholas Sheridan
Lloyd Show
Paul Sieckert
Nicolas Skrogstad
Nicole Slaminski
Megan Smalkoski
Thomas Smith
Jacob Snyder
Ryan Solheim
Jerred Speller
Michael Steinman
Daniel Stellburg
Brian Stewart
Aaron Stoehr
Alyson Stumbo
Collin Sturdevant
Donavan Sullivan
Kyle Supalo
Phoukham Supanhnapom
Marc Svihel
Matthew Svihel
Anthony Swanberg
Aaron Swandal
Sheldon Taylor
Ross Theisen
Steve Thomas
Christopher Thompson
Micah Thorson
Daniel Treat
Timothy Trembulak
Miles Tristani
Andrew Unger
Christopher Uttke
Gabriel Vail
Alex Vander Heul Matias
James Vanderbosch
Peng Vang
Marcos Villalobos
Michael Vojacek
John Volinkaty
Jerry Wang
Kristin Warren
Isabel Waryan
Eli Wass
Thomas Webster
Samuel Weinberger
Kenneth Weis
Katelyn Welle
Jason White
Jacob Whiteoak
Kimberly Wieting
Laura Wiley
Michael Willems
David Willenbring
Blake Wilson
Christopher Wilson
Brian Witzany
Keith Wojciechowski
Gregory Woolsey
Timothy Wright
Kaullywood Yaaj
Pierre Yang
Matthew Yank
Roman Zastavskiy
Korin Ziesmer
Austin Zimmermann
Mathias Zoubek

Dunwoody’s Midwest Robotics League Team Takes 1st in Regionals, 5th in Nationals

Dunwoody College of Technology students and faculty are celebrating the recent victories of the College’s Midwest Robotics League Team. The Dunwoody team participated in both a regional competition in late April, and a national competition in May, bringing home a consecutive first and two fifth place prizes.

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The 2015 team (pictured above) is advised by former Dunwoody student and league participant–now Instructor and League Executive Director–Alex Wong and coaches Beth Spicer; Al Jaedike (Engineering Drafting & Design Adjunct Instructor); and James Jorgenson (Workforce Training & Continuing Education Adjunct Instructor).

The team includes students Chris Spicer (Electrical Construction & Maintenance); Andy Haug (Electronics Engineering Technology); Ken Weis (Machine Tool Technology); Tony Laylon (Engineering Drafting & Design); Kyle Dumas; and 2007 Dunwoody graduate Mike Rhode (Engineering Drafting & Design).

This year’s regional competition was held at the Mall of America and featured twelve competing teams and hundreds of spectators. The national competition followed just a few weeks later in Cleveland, Ohio, where 64 teams participated.

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Midwest Robotics League’s regional competition at Mall of America

Both the regional and national competitions are held annually and are open to middle school, high school and collegiate teams. Each year, the competing teams are able to enter as many robots as they want under the condition that the robots have been designed and assembled by students. Teams can also use a robot for multiple years until the group decides to retire it or until that robot wins the regional or national competition two times.

This year, Dunwoody entered two robots into both competitions— “Wedgey” the wedge robot and “Reburn,” a robot that deploys a horizontal spinner.

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“Wedgey” the wedge robot

Both Wedgey and Reburn were designed and built by the Dunwoody team and have already competed and placed in several regional and national competitions.

“Wedgey has been running for about 3 years, competing in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 events,” said League Executive Director Alex Wong. “Reburn has also been running for about 3 years, but we have been running variations on this design since the start of the League.”

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“Reburn”

The League is open to all Dunwoody students, creating a unique opportunity for students in various programs to work together–each bringing  their own area of expertise to the process. And while the students enjoy the collaboration in designing and creating the robots, perhaps the most fun is had during the combat competitions.

The combat rules are similar for both regionals and nationals—the best robot wins.

“The robots are limited to 15 pounds each, and it is up to the students to design those robots,” said Alex. “A lot of them will have some sort of spinning weapon or use bigger motors so it can drive faster.”

Each robot is then entered into a randomly determined double elimination bracket where they participate in 3-minute rounds.

“The winner,” said Alex “is whichever robot can either “knock out”the other robot by disabling it, or pushes it onto a wall or other position where it can no longer drive. If both robots are still standing after the three-minute match, the winner is determined by whichever robot has the most points. The judges award points based on three categories: aggression—the moves you make when attacking the other robot; damage—the damage caused to the other robot; and control—how well the robot can maneuver.”

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In addition to combat points, the national judges also evaluate the team’s presentation skills. Prior to the competition, each team must also present their robot to the panel of judges by sharing drawings, describing the design process and explaining why they chose the materials they did.

IMG_8156-awards-smallDunwoody’s students and robots performed well at both competitions ending their season with  several wins and awards. Wedgey scored the team a 1st place prize at the regional competition for the second time in its career. It also tied with Reburn for the fifth overall spot at the national competition. Wedgey was also named one of the “Best Engineered Robots” at the national competition.

The Dunwoody Midwest Robotics League will continue next Fall during the 2015-2016 academic year. Alex says the team has plans to retire Wedgey (as this was its second regional win) and is looking to redesign the current robots as well as build entirely new ones.

If you are interested in joining the Midwest Robotics League for 2015-2016 season, please contact Alex Wong at awong@dunwoody.edu.

From Hard Work to Teamwork: Architect Dale Mulfinger Delivers Leadership Lecture

Award-winning architect Dale Mulfinger, FAIA, talked about the value of teamwork during the recent Leadership Lecture event held at Dunwoody College of Technology.Mulfinger[3]

“You don’t need to hit a homerun,” Mulfinger said. “You just need to get on base and let your team do the rest.”

Mulfinger also emphasized the values of hard work, excellence and building positive relationships when he shared how the principles of leadership expert and author John C. Maxwell relate to his work as the Founding Partner and Principal Emeritus of SALA Architects, Inc.

MulfingerandWagner[1]The author of five books, including “The Architecture of Edwin Lundie” and “The Cabin,” Mulfinger was the featured speaker for the June 4 C. Charles Jackson Leadership Lecture Series event.

The breakfast lecture series is held the first Thursday of every month and features key executives from the business community, who are invited to speak on a range of leadership topics. The next event will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 and will feature Elizabeth Abraham, Owner and CEO of Top Tool Co. For more information, or to view past events, visit www.dunwoody.edu/alumni/jackson.

 

2015 Dunwoody Recognition Award Winners

As the 2014-2015 academic year comes to an end, Dunwoody is honored to recognize the many faculty and staff members who have made a difference to the College, its neighbors and its students by presenting several service awards.

Congratulations to the following 2015 Dunwoody Recognition Award Winners:

Building Community Award Winner: Barb Russell

The Building Community award goes to an individual whose projects or efforts demonstrates and heightens Dunwoody’s commitment to cultural awareness being integrated in the campus and community.

Outstanding Team Award: Bachelor of Architecture Team, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Team and Support for Campus Women’s Initiatives Team

The Outstanding Team award is given out annually to a cross-departmental team of employees whose work has had a significant impact on the way Dunwoody serves its constituents.

Bachelor of Architecture Team: John Dwyer, Stephen Knowles, Paul Strother, Bridget Reynolds, Olawale Falade, Molly Reichert, James Howarth and Charlie Radloff – Posthumously

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Team: Jane Bohl, Janet Nurnberg, E.J. Daigle, Tim Flugum, Andrew LeRoy, Jim Nyberg, Mary Anne Jaedike and Carla Pogliano

Support for Campus Women’s Initiatives Team: Maggie Whitman, Janet Nurnberg, Karen Schmitt , Mary Zawadski and Jenny Saplis

Outstanding Academic Innovation Award Winners: Tom Herold, Stephen Knowles and Janet Nurnberg  

The Outstanding Academic Innovation award is awarded to faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to implementing innovative instructional strategies in the classroom.

Instructor of the Year Award Winners: Jeff Bixby and Andrew LeRoy 

Nominations for the Instructor of the Year award come from current Dunwoody students. The award is given out annually to instructors who are committed to the students’ academic success, serve as a professional role model to students and colleagues, aim for academic excellence in curriculum development and aim for academic excellence in instruction.

Distinguished Teacher Award Winners: Hank Beadell and Jim Nyberg

The Distinguished Teacher award is given to faculty members who have committed a significant portion of their career to the art of teaching and who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to education and lifelong learning.

William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award: Tou Vang (Honorary), William Morris and Jane Bohl

The William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service award is given to employees who have consistently performed outstanding work for the College.

Two Dunwoody 2015 Graduates are Finalists in Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Challenge

Two 2015 Interior Design graduates—Andrea Mbali and Jessica Curtis—are among the ten finalists in the Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Challenge.

IMG_8720-smallThe challenge—open to all students in the United States, the District of Columbia and Canada—provides applicants with an opportunity to create and submit a color rendering of an interior space for a residential and/or a commercial design. The submission requires the use of at least three Sherwin-Williams paint colors in addition to a project statement describing the project and explaining how color was essential in creating the design.

Each submission undergoes two rounds of judging and is scored on originality (30%); overall design aesthetics (30%); best use of color palette (30%); and the overall project statement (10%).

“We always let students know about all competitions that are open to them,” Interior Design Principal Instructor Colleen Schmaltz said, “and we particularly encourage them to enter since we know that our students consistently show strong work. The students also know that winning a national competition is a significant addition to their professional resume and portfolio, and in some cases a great source of prize cash and scholarships. This is the first year two of our students have chosen to enter this particular competition—and now both are national finalists!”

Both Andrea and Jessica used part of their mini-capstone project—created in the Fall semester of their senior year at Dunwoody—in their submission. The capstone project requires students to learn and become fluent in design programs such as REVIT and the Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator—programs widely used in the Interior Design profession.

“All of the studio classes and building technology courses have taught me how to design creatively and utilize real practices,” says finalist Jessica Curtis, “and [Principal Instructor] Nada Sarraff-Knoweles really challenged me to create a unique design.”

Andrea Mbali also paid tribute to her instructors saying, “Colleen Schmaltz really inspired me to enter my project. Without her encouragement, I probably would have ben consumed with day-to-day projects and schoolwork and not have applied. Nada Sarraff-Knoweles also helped me during the design process. Nada pushed me to push myself creatively and was able to tell me when things were or were not working.”

Practice made perfect for Andrea when it came to designing. “Throughout class projects, my rendering skills in REVIT have developed tremendously,” she said, ”and I now typically build all of my own furniture, lighting and other necessary structures instead of using online prebuilt models. I feel this gives me an edge because I am not limited to what the internet provides.”

Andrea—who hopes to specialize in Hospitality design—took the idea of a traditional spa in a whole new direction in her STIR competition submission titled “Felicity Day Spa.”

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Andrea Mbali: Felicity Day Spa 

“My inspiration was drawn from my own experiences of going to spas and not feeling like they were cool enough for younger generations. Not everyone always wants zen,” Andrea said, “I was also inspired by my travels and seeing what the world has to offer outside of the Midwest. Everything here is so safe, and I love the unexpected and daring in design and fashion.”

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Andrea Mbali: Felicity Day Spa Locker Room

Jessica’s submission—titled Flex Art Gallery and Studios—takes a more commercial design approach, inspired by real Minneapolis structures and landmarks.

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Jessica Curtis: Flex Art Gallery and Studios Entry

“My project is a flexible art gallery and studio space,” says Jessica, “It started with being an adaptive reuse space utilizing the Bauhaus (Tap room) in Northeast Minneapolis. It incorporated different spaces where local artists could come and work and for the public to take classes. An expansion was then ‘built’ onto that to create an art gallery. The Art Gallery is an all-encompassing glass box façade offering a spectacular view of the Mississippi River and the Minneapolis skyline.”

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Jessica Curtis: Flex Art Gallery

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Jessica Curtis: Flex Art Studio

Both projects are currently being reviewed and judged by Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing Jackie Jordan as well as two celebrity judges.

A first place prize in both the residential design category and the commercial design category will be announced in early June. Winners will have their work featured in the 2015 edition of STIR magazine and receive $2,500 in cash.