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You create, improvise, and improve. Sycamores pioneer what’s next in aviation, engineering, and automation. Your visions of architecture and design build our tomorrow.


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undergraduate programs

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years of conferences celebrated by Females in Technology (FIT) in 2017

accreditations by ATMAE, ABET, ACCE, CIDA, NKBA

technology-specific student organizations

“I’ve learned so much here. I’ve worked with robots, coding, hardware, software, circuits, security—everything.” —Pedro Soto, a computer engineering technology major from Florenica, Mexico


Serious opportunities for students to succeed Pedro Soto, a senior from Florenica, Mexico, said his passion for technology began in middle school when he watched his big sister assemble a desktop computer in their Indianapolis home. Since then, Soto advanced his technological talents by learning on his own. Now at State, he’s taken his tech skills to the next level. “I’ve learned so much here. I’ve worked with robots, coding, hardware, software, circuits, security—everything,” said the computer engineering technology major and new American citizen. “I’m prepared to work with different aspects of technology for all sorts of companies.” And that’s the College of Technology’s trademark—all 24 undergraduate programs equip students with the extensive education they need to become leaders in engineering, aviation, construction, interior design, fashion, and other industries. In fact, State grads have gone on to work for top companies such as Toyota, American Airlines, Caterpillar, MasterBrand Cabinets, and Trunk Club. “At State, we have some fantastic programs, experiential learning, and internship opportunities. And what really makes that happen is the amazing faculty and staff behind each program,” said Dr. Kara Harris, interim dean of the College of Technology. “When our students graduate, they have the technical, problem-solving, and teamwork skills that employers across the nation are looking for.”


“I did this to make sure that it was the engineering branch I truly wanted to go into after graduation. This internship lasted all summer, and I absolutely loved the company location.� —Araceli Juarez, an automation and control engineering technology major from South Bend, Indiana



Live-your-dream education and training At Autoliv’s world-class, high-speed manufacturing facilities in Utah, Araceli Juarez, ‘17, discovered her passion for automation. “At Autoliv, I was able to work in an industrial environment with industrial machinery and learn a variety of programs used in the industry to program and troubleshoot equipment,” said Juarez, who was a summer intern with the company. “I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Autoliv employees from other facilities. It gave me a taste of what to expect when I graduate and obtain a job in this field.” As Autoliv continues to increase the level of automation in its manufacturing processes, Indiana State has helped supply the company with a valuable and knowledgeable employee base. “Indiana State has an excellent automation program,” said Mike Quayle, human resource manager at Autoliv. “We have hired three students from ISU over the last few years that have participated in our summer intern program.” For Juarez, the experience showed her that stepping out of her comfort zone can help her reach her dream. “I did this to make sure that it was the engineering branch I truly wanted to go into after graduation,” she said. “This internship lasted all summer, and I absolutely loved the company location.”



Shaping lessons for the next generation Indiana State alumnus Bob Brown understands the skills students need to excel in technology-related careers. The retired president and CEO of Tri Aerospace LLC in Terre Haute has put his expertise to good use helping educate the next generation as a member of Indiana State’s College of Technology executive committee. “Our alumni are some of the greatest promoters of our students,” said Dr. Robert English, professor and former dean of the College of Technology. “Internships and real-life work experience help prepare students for graduation and help them get the optimum benefit of those experiences in our classes.” Brown joined the College of Technology’s executive advisory board after co-founding the aviation specialty parts manufacturer in 1998, which focuses on machining large complex aerospace engine components, providing concurrent engineering, project management, and prototypes for research and development projects. “The administrators at the college are excited to listen to what the advisory board members have to say, and they listen to our suggestions and make modifications to classes and curriculum. It’s good to be part of a group that has a positive influence on the future of the next generation,” Brown said. For a complete listing of advisory board members, go to indstate.edu/technology/advisory-boards

“When I started at Tri Aerospace, we hired a lot of people, and I had great success in hiring graduates from Indiana State’s College of Technology.” — BOB BROWN COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD




All of our programs give you lots of opportunities to get hands-on experiences and gain the skills you need for the real world!


Sky’s the limit for aviation grads Opportunities in aviation are many—and growing. Just ask Jim Bowman, ’77, who turned those prospects into six years of active duty with the U.S. Navy and another 12 years of reserve duty before starting his now 30-year career with FedEx. As FedEx’s vice president of flight operations in Missouri for the last three years, Bowman handles everything from the pilots and flight training to aircraft control operation and crew travel and knows firsthand the growing need for qualified talent in the face of a pilot shortage. “Aviation is such a wide open field with so much opportunity for those who pursue a career in it,” he said. “Whether you want to fly around the world or stay at home, aviation is both a mental and physical career that is wide and varied in the opportunities people can pursue.” For Chelsea Noel, ’15, those opportunities allowed her to pilot flights over the Grand Canyon and work for Endeavor Air, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, where she is based out of New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and flies early morning and night flights to places like Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Montreal, Canada. “When I was a freshman in 2011, I joined the flight team and had the opportunity to meet people from other schools in the region and make connections with other students, industry professionals, and professors,” Noel said. “I got involved in all the aviation programs I could at Indiana State and started networking at a young age with people who had all types of knowledge about the industry, and they opened my eyes to all the opportunities in aviation.”





‘Set up for success’ When Indiana State’s team of construction management majors took the stage at a bid package competition, Timothy Littlejohn, ’17 never imagined the experience would land him a full-time position as an estimating engineer with Ohio-based Cleveland Construction months before graduation. “Indiana State got me the job,” he said. “When the construction management students went to the competition, there was a career fair, and we were able to talk to companies. After I talked with Cleveland Construction, they sat in on my team’s bid package presentation and later asked me to do an interview with them. After several interviews with the company, I got the job.” Littlejohn is ready for the challenge after serving the Wabash Valley as Indiana State’s student representative on Habitat for Humanity’s board of directors and as vice president of the Indiana State Construction Club. “It’s hard to find accredited schools, and State does a great job with outstanding professors who make sure students are ready for the workforce when they graduate,” he said. “It’s hard not to have a job in construction management after graduating from Indiana State because the program sets you up for success. The faculty want us to do well and speak highly of us when talking to companies in the field.”

“My advisor, Dr. Richard Baker, and the rest of the professors I have had classes with are truly genuine people who care about me and my success. If you work hard, they will notice you and will work with you.” —THOMAS NICHOLSON, ’17, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT MAJOR FROM TOCCOA, GEORGIA



Design solutions to the world’s problems Star in a role essential to manufacturing, aviation, aerospace, and beyond with State’s engineering degree. The program offers a choice of three disciplines—mechanical, civil, or industrial—and prepares students to become licensed professional engineers, who are in high demand. In developing the program, State received numerous letters of support from aviation, construction, and manufacturing businesses and trade groups, including FedEx, Duke Energy, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. “We haven’t spent a lot of money on our infrastructure, and a lot of our bridges and roadways are decaying,” said Dr. Michael Williamson, assistant professor. “There’s going to be more and more of a need to invest in our infrastructure. These engineers will be able to go in and fill those gaps and get us up to where we need to be.” State is committed to ensuring student success and has set aside additional resources—not to mention invaluable face-to-face time with faculty—to help students master the math courses and other rigors of the program. Indiana State also offers an engineering technology program, which is designed to train field engineers or those who implement the plans created by an engineer. “Engineers are about numbers and drawings — design,” said Dr. Ahmed Mohamed, assistant professor, adding that engineering technologists focus on implementation of the design. “Without either of them, the work will not be done. Everyone has their role in the project.”



“Engineers are about numbers and drawings — design” —Dr. Ahmed Mohamed, assistant professor


“I got to see what it’s like to work with clients, how teams collaborate in each design phase, and how a design meeting works.” —Mallory Hogan Interior architecture design major from Evansville, Indiana



From the Crossroads of America to the glittering streets of L.A. Mallory Hogan, senior interior architecture design major from Evansville, Indiana, had one word to describe her summer internship with a Los Angeles design firm—surreal. “Working for Bobby Berk Home—a seriously well-known company—as my first interior design job was unbelievable,” Hogan said. “And, I had the opportunity to be really involved.” In the company’s downtown L.A. office, Hogan helped design a custom garage and workshop. She assisted with developing the floor plan, making renderings, managing the office, and pitching the design to the client. And she even worked right alongside the company’s CEO, Bobby Berk. “I got to see what it’s like to work with clients, how teams collaborate in each design phase, and how a design meeting works,” Hogan said. “It definitely gives me a competitive edge going forward.” Thanks to State’s rigorous interior architecture design program, students are prepared to take on extraordinary real-world experiences like Hogan’s. They learn the aesthetic principles and technical skills to create stunning designs for commercial, institutional, and residential structures. And the program, accredited by multiple professional associations, continues to evolve to equip students with the leading tools and practices. “I’ve had amazing learning opportunities,” Hogan said. “It’s given me so much hope for a successful career.”



Staying up-todate in a job that is never done Research is valuable to the technology field, but it is students’ quest for knowledge that keeps information technology assistant professor Jared Wuerzburger, ’11, GR ’13, Ph.D. ’17, driven in the classroom at Indiana State. “When students choose our major—information technology—I do whatever I can to help them acquire the knowledge they need to succeed,” he said. “We say that in technology, six months is a year because technology changes so fast. It is a field that is always changing, and there is always something new to learn. Technology has a way of keeping students interested, because the job is never done.” Wuerzburger’s efforts to help students learn are aided by the College of Technology’s smaller class sizes, which allow students to receive more one-on-one attention in the classroom and allows for project-based, hands-on application of the curriculum. “Students are usually collaborating in groups or working on individual projects,” he said. “In addition to lecturing, I get to serve as a counselor and assist them along as they use their knowledge to get the work done.”

“I’ll remember my Professor Jared Wuerzburger for the rest of my life. This man is the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time).” —BLAKE LOWE, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MAJOR FROM TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA




‘Our industry partners are the reason we’re here’ Industry partnerships are feeding Indiana State’s packaging students with opportunities for learning, on-the-job experience, and post-graduate employment in a thriving, multibillion-dollar industry. “Internships, jobs, and student learning experiences are our biggest push when we make these partnerships with businesses in the packaging industry,” said Brian James, instructor in the department of applied engineering and technology management. “Our partners help steer our program and are the reason we are here. Students don’t just come here for an education. They come here to be trained for careers. By partnering with members of the industry, we can offer students a better step toward what their actual goal is—getting a career.” Companies such as Eli Lily, Baxter Pharmaceutical, Raytheon, General Electric, and Tyson Foods, have opened their doors to interns and graduates for hands-on learning experiences. These companies have given time, financial assistance, and materials so students are equipped for the workforce, where the program has a 100 percent career placement rate for graduates. “Indiana State is one of only five programs nationwide that offers a bachelor’s degree in packaging,” said Dr. Marion Schafer, professor in the department of applied engineering technology. “For internships, we typically have three or four times as many opportunities available as we have students in the program. Our close ties with these companies are the reason why all of our students have a job either before they graduate or soon after.”





Not taking ‘no’ for an answer As Chloe Burdette, ’14, prepared to enter Indiana State to study fashion, some people challenged her choice. They asked, “Why would you go into fashion? You can’t do anything with it.“ But Burdette replied, “I never take ‘no’ for an answer.” It’s a tenet that’s empowered the State alumna. It helped her succeed throughout college and has been pivotal since as she finds success in the fast-paced, competitive, and evolving world of fashion. “What was nice about being in textiles, apparel, and merchandising at Indiana State,” said Burdette of Brazil, Indiana, “was that you got to learn a lot of different facets of the industry to help decide which you wanted to go into.” After a coveted internship at the high-profile New York City bridal house Kleinfeld Bridal, she worked with The Buckle in Kansas City upon graduation. She left her mark on their clothing line, designing a denim the store named “The Burdette.” Now she’s at the Trunk Club in Chicago, owned by Nordstrom since 2014. It’s a service that provides a personal shopping experience. “At Trunk Club, you’re essentially in your own lane when it comes to growth potential,” she said. “You set your goals, you set your mind and you go.” Burdette’s niche is in custom suiting and closet clean-outs. What’s next for the woman who doesn’t take “no” for an answer? “Right now, the path is just positive. I want to be No. 1 in this company,” she said.

“My favorite aspect of the merchandising internship at Ulta Beauty was all of the networking opportunities and helping my team prepare for the upcoming holiday season. I was able to help make impactful decisions for the mass cosmetics department and help in the negotiations for bringing in new brands in 2018. It was a great experience!” —REBECCA RUDDOCK, ’18 A TEXTILES, APPAREL, AND MERCHANDISING MAJOR FROM TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA



Pilot your career into a big payoff Unmanned systems are kind of like the Internet: Getting more complex and widespread every day. So Indiana State is helping to lead the charge with this ever-advancing technology by providing students with skills to be operators and teachers of the next generation. “This technology is going to be around for the foreseeable future, and Indiana State is leading the charge in unmanned systems integration,” said Sam Morgan, instructor of aviation technology. “There is an amazing community linked to drones, and we encourage students to get a double major or a minor in another field because they need to excel in another area, as well as be good with drones when they graduate.” The potential of unmanned systems technology extends beyond one, single industry and offers students limitless opportunities for where students can take the skills they develop at Indiana State after graduation. Working for government contractors or military applications are perhaps the best-known career opportunities, but there’s also high demand for farmers inspecting fields, meteorologists investigating hurricanes, or construction workers surveying sites. “We see it as a way to augment or improve the situational awareness of any industry students may go into,” Morgan said. “So if you’re a farmer, you’re going to do better if you know drones. If you work in geology or geography, you’re going to do a lot better if you know drones.”

“The unmanned systems program was a major part of my decision to choose State. It is one of the very few schools to offer a major in the field of UAV’s, and it just happened to be an hour and a half away.” —PHIL LARAWAY, ’19 AN UNMANNED SYSTEMS MAJOR FROM WESTFIELD, INDIANA,



Dozens of industry partners help shape and focus State’s programs to meet the needs of in-demand fields.




May the best team win Sycamores face off with their rivals, which may be other schools—or themselves Winding through the streets of Detroit, Michigan, State’s fuel-efficient vehicle finally turned to the last lap in the Shell Eco-Marathon. More than 3,000 hours of hard work was on the line—15 Sycamores had spent nine months creating their eco-friendly, gas-powered vehicle. When it finally crossed the finish line, recording an impressive 305 miles per gallon, the team was beyond relieved. “I think I just dropped to my knees,” said Parker Kirby, a senior mechanical engineering technology major and the team’s director of engine and drivetrain. “It was done, the vehicle worked. We did it.” And the Sycamores’ accomplishment was no easy feat. Shell Eco-Marathon, the energy company’s international fuel-efficiency competition, challenges students to apply classroom knowledge to create a unique vehicle that can meet rigorous technical specifications. Students do it all—design the structure, select materials, craft components, assemble it, and even fundraise and market the project. It’s the ultimate in hands-on learning. “You’ll learn the technology in class, but on the team, you’ll learn everything else,” said Dr. Kristina Lawyer, the team’s faculty advisor. “You learn to figure things out on your own, make hard decisions, explain your ideas, and work in a team. And that’s crucial for success after graduation.”

Designing, constructing, and competing internationally offers unique opportunities Design, Build, Fly is a radio-controlled aircraft competition with participants across the world. Following strict specifications, university teams design and construct their unique aircrafts to complete the competition’s ground and flight missions. “It’s given me a chance to do a lot of things I never thought I’d be able to do. You don’t usually think, ‘I’m going to be able to design a plane,’” said Allen Rhodus, vice president of State’s Design, Build, Fly team and senior aviation management and unmanned systems double-major. “I’ve learned a lot and met so many different people from around the world.”



Leadership, mentoring, and service Sycamores nurture their professional interests while gaining opportunities for research, scholarships, and professional development. Tevin Jones knows how campus and community involvement provides students with a well-rounded college experience. It’s his mission to offer members of Indiana State’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) opportunities ranging from service to study groups. In 2015, Jones and a classmate built the foundation for Indiana State’s chapter of the NSBE, which became both an official chapter at the university and within the national organization the following year. “It’s important to me to mentor the students in our organization and encourage them to step out of their comfort zone,” said Jones, a senior mechanical engineering technology major from Chicago and president of the university’s NSBE chapter. “We offer our members support and motivation that is important to helping students pursuing STEM majors.” The College of Technology provides students of all backgrounds with opportunities for professional and personal growth, and their efforts have garnered accolades. The Females in Technology (FiT) program received the Sycamore Leadership Award for Program of the Year in 2016 and Collaborative Program of the Year in 2017 for the annual FiT for the Future Conference. The American Society for Mechanical Engineers was named Indiana State’s Student Organization of the Year in 2015.





Child’s play? Or high-tech learning? Real-world experience begins early for State’s technology and engineering education students like Riley Denning. In his sophomore year, he was already helping children discover the excitement of technology and engineering at a local science and technology museum—just one of many hands-on learning experiences built right into his major. It starts with an introductory teaching course that challenges students of different majors to transform one topic into an interdisciplinary lesson. Under an instructor’s supervision, students teach the lesson to youngsters visiting the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. “It’s good for us to have that first experience,” said Denning, a junior from Ferdinand, Indiana. “It was great to see how the kids interacted with us as teachers, and how the different disciplines can come together in one lesson.” Alongside technology and engineering classes, students go through three courses of progressively immersive teaching experiences before their final semester of student teaching at a middle school and high school. “State’s education programs are so strong because students start teaching early,” said Dr. Della Thacker, associate professor of teaching and learning. “Our students are very ready when they graduate.” And with the high demand for technology and engineering teachers, so many opportunities await State’s well-prepared educators, who are almost guaranteed to land a job in this career field.




Beyond the walls of Indiana State: Making the world your classroom Ashley Ginn, ’18, had always dreamed of visiting Maynooth, Ireland, and seeing her family’s roots. “Maynooth is a small town and small school, which would make me feel like I was home, but it was still close enough to Dublin, so I could travel and have the feeling of a city, if desired,” said Ginn, a human resource development major. “Because Ireland was such a big dream of mine, I thought it was important to travel and experience places alone.” Ginn puts her travels to Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher in Galway among her most memorable moments, but the ease of traveling opened her eyes to much more. “Being able to just spend the day taking in the city and the view of the cliffs all on my own was something I won’t ever forget,” she said. “Most of my time abroad, though, was spent traveling to other countries, because I was so happy about the simplicity of traveling to other places and took advantage of that opportunity and went to nearly 10 different countries.” It’s an experience Ginn feels fortunate to have had and is grateful for the support she received from Indiana State. “I found that being abroad really pushed me out of my shell and forced me to open up, make friends, and figure out situations on my own,” she said. “Ireland and all the friendly people allowed me to become a more outgoing person, and I am so thankful for my time overseas. I miss it every day.”


“Being able to just spend the day taking in the city and the view of the cliffs all on my own was something I won’t ever forget.” —Ashley Ginn, human resource development major from Danville, Indiana


“Technology is a great field for women because we can bring a new perspective to our work.” —Aleyda Flores, ’16, computer engineering technology major from Indianapolis, Indiana



Inspiring the next generation Aleyda Flores, ’16, earned her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering technology at Indiana State after moving with her family from their native Honduras in 2010. “When I was growing up in Honduras, I was always interested in computers,” she said. “I learned that I love working with my hands, taking things apart and putting them back together. The technology field allows me to learn something new every day.” As a Sycamore, Flores was active in Females in Technology, and she remains passionate about encouraging women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, as she has done as project specialist at Watchfire Signs in Danville, Illinois. “Technology is a great field for women, because we can bring a new perspective to our work,” Flores said. “This is something I tell the young girls I work with in the Girl Scouts. I like talking with them about pursuing careers in the technology field and staying motivated, even though there aren’t always a lot of girls in technology classes. It’s really encouraging after I talk to them to hear them say that they are inspired to look to careers in technology after they graduate from high school.”



Networking the unmanned skies Tyler Collins, ’13, was still an intern piloting drones across Colorado’s summer sky when he received an offer from PrecisionHawk, a leader in commercial drones. Even before his senior year, the aviation flight technology major had landed a fulltime job with the company. It’s a success story students dream about—and Collins hasn’t been the only lucky Sycamore. PrecisionHawk—a maker of drones and software used to optimize businesses in agriculture, energy, insurance, and other industries—routinely recruits interns and full-time employees from his alma mater’s department of aviation technology. It’s a testament to State’s programs, including being one of the nation’s first in unmanned systems that trains some of the best aviation professionals. To date, more than a dozen State students have worked for PrecisionHawk. “I definitely credit State’s professors in aviation technology,” said Collins, now vice president of airspace services. “They were personally invested in making sure that I had all the different skill sets and connections I needed.” Brandon Eickhoff, aviation management, ’13, said State’s professors teach through a hands-on learning approach and challenge students to become the next innovators. “What I enjoy about my work at PrecisionHawk,” said Eickhoff, director of business development and the company’s first Sycamore hire, “is we’re exploring how this new unmanned technology can benefit society.”


“What I enjoy about my work at PrecisionHawk is we’re exploring how this new unmanned technology can benefit society.” —Brandon Eickhoff, ’13, aviation management major




Giving back to an institution that gave so much As pancreatic cancer overcame her husband Michael, Mary McGuire, ’79, wanted to commemorate the retired engineering and operations executive and honorary State alumnus. Before he passed away in 2013, the couple agreed to establish a memorial scholarship to help future Sycamores complete their engineering or technology degree. “We never questioned the decision,” said Mary, who majored in packaging engineering technology. “He wanted to give back, because he thought Indiana State is a great school. And because I was so blessed by my own experience at Indiana State, we wanted to bless somebody else.” In 2018, the Michael and Mary McGuire Scholarship of Excellence joins a roster of 35-plus College of Technology scholarships. The scholarship will be open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who major in engineering or technology, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and give back to State and the community. Michael approached everything—his work as a plant manager or the director of engineering at General Motors, his family, and his love of automobiles and racing—with the “highest standards of excellence,” Mary said. She hopes the scholarship recipients do the same.

“At the end of the day, living with excellence and integrity will take you 10 times further than you would believe.” —MARY MCGUIRE, ’79, MICHAEL AND MARY MCGUIRE SCHOLARSHIP OF EXCELLENCE



Majors Adult and Career Education


Architectural Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology

Automation and Control Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology Management

Automotive Engineering Technology

Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry

Aviation Management

Information Technology

Civil Engineering Technology

Interior Architecture Design

Computer Engineering Technology

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Construction Management

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Electronics Engineering Technology

Packaging Engineering Technology Professional Aviation Flight Technology Safety Management Technology, Bachelor of Applied Sciences (TBAS) Technology and Engineering Education Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising Unmanned Systems

Minors Automation and Control Engineering Technology Automotive Technology Automotive Technology Management Aviation Technology Computer–Aided Design and Drafting Computer Engineering Technology

Construction Management Electronics Technology Human Resource Development Interior Architecture Design Lean Six Sigma Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Packaging Engineering Technology Safety Management Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising Traffic Engineering Technology Unmanned Systems

Military Leadership

Graduate Studies Career and Technical Education M.S. Electronics and Computer Technology M.S.

Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry M.S.

Technology Management M.S. or Ph.D.

Occupational Safety Management M.A. or M.S.

Certificates Human Resource Development


Lean Six Sigma Post-Secondary Education Facilitator

Safety Management

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College of Technology Showcase piece 2017  

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