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College of Technology



Sycamores are pioneers of tomorrow. We create, improvise, and improve. We innovate what’s next in aviation, engineering, and automation. Our visions of architecture and design build our tomorrow.

“Instructor Amber Clark ‘helped me figure out a way to complete the required internship while working full time.’” — Human Resource Development student

“Dr. Richard Swindell ‘challenged me to get an amazing internship.’” — Aviation Management student “Instructor Todd Alberts ‘is a great advisor. I always got timely answers from him, [even] when I didn’t give him a lot of time to answer.’” — Mechanical Engineering Technology student



Welcome! I’m proud to share with you this annual report from the College of Technology at Indiana State University. This annual report describes the vitality of our departments and College community. Integral to this document is the update on the first-year implementation of our 2019-2024 strategic plan. Our plan guides the way we empower students, faculty, and staff and inspire success, even and especially during a pandemic. To achieve our vision of preparing students for a globalized workplace and being recognized as a premier talent provider in the nation, we have established the following six strong priorities:

• Student Success • Employee Success (Faculty and Staff) • Academic Curriculum • Facilities and Infrastructure • External Relations • Recognition and Reputation When we adopted the strategic plan, I could not have imagined how important these priorities and vision would be to me as Dean during the 2019-20 academic year. As COVID-19 brought upheaval and uncertainty to our community, I watched our people go to great lengths to keep student success at the center of our life together, and you’ll see that reflected in the stories and statistics on these pages. It is my pleasure to share with you our 2019-2020 annual report and the first-year progress report of our strategic plan. Thank you for reading this annual report. It traces our progress and highlights the people, partnerships, and accomplishments that propel us forward. Nesli Alp, Ph.D., P.E.





External Grants

Tenure-track, instructors, full-time and part-time lecturers

n n


Charitable Gifts

Grants Submitted Awards Received

12 76



Cash Gifts-in-Kind

n n



11 9










2 0

2020–21 2019–20


$226K $53K



2019 – 2020 2018 – 2019


College of Technology Enrollment *Fall 2020 enrollment numbers were adversely affected by challenges imposed by COVID-19. n n

Undergraduate Graduate

Fall 2020


Fall 2019







250 500 750 1,000 1,250 1,500 1,750 2,000 2,250 2,500

College of Technology Degrees Conferred n n n

Baccalaureate Degrees Masters Degrees Doctoral Degrees

2019-20 2018-19


52 11 485

444 46 6 496

0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700




Student First-year Retention Rates


2019 – 2020


2018 – 2019

Student Survey Results, Highlights Questions with Highest Satisfaction, using “Strongly Agree” and “Agree”

I am satisfied with my academic progress so far in my classes.


2019 – 2020

Student Four-year Graduation Rates

35% 2016 – 2020


2015 – 2019

Student Six-year Graduation Rates

53% 2014 – 2020

52% 2013 – 2019


2017 – 2018

I have adequate opportunities to develop my writing skills.


2019 – 2020


2017 – 2018

My critical thinking skills have developed.


2019 – 2020


2017 – 2018

The College of Technology is headed in the right direction.



2019 – 2020

2017 – 2018

I feel confident I was/will be able to graduate in a timely manner.



2019 – 2020

2017 – 2018

*Percentages were adjusted to reflect missing data.










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2019 –2024 As an integral part of the University, the College promotes the quality and value for which Indiana State is widely known. Our challenge is to build on the College’s strong foundation to advance our diverse programs and further enhance our contributions to the city, region, state, and beyond. This strategic plan is bold. It will provoke us to make changes. It will ensure that we prepare our students even more effectively. We expect you to judge us by our results.



2019 –2020 Highlights Priority 1: Student Success • Developed a College of Technology Student Handbook • Established faculty champions for retention and recruitment •C  elebrated Engineers Week with a community project, an industry panel, a guest speaker, and an interactive tour for prospective students and families • Increased student engagement with industry by greater than 10 percent •E  xpanded tutoring and other support services through the North American Lighting Student Success Center • Established the Dean’s Student Advisory Council

Priority 2: Employee Success: Faculty and Staff • Conducted an orientation program for new faculty •D  eveloped and approved a policy for a new faculty mentoring program • Identified faculty champions for research • Established the first Staff Council in the College of Technology



Priority 3: Academic Curriculum •R  eceived full accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for the following undergraduate programs:

- Architectural Engineering Technology

- Civil Engineering Technology

- Manufacturing Engineering Technology

•C  reated a new undergraduate certificate in Emerging Energy Technology for Hoosier Energy •S  uccessfully passed the Professional Aviation Flight Technology (PAFT) and Adult Career Education (ACE) external reviews

Priority 4: Facilities and Infrastructure • Created a list of facilities needing renovation •M  oved the Dean’s Office to the Myers Building, TC 101, from the Technology Annex building •D  eveloped and scheduled the implementation of a policy for safe use, maintenance, and sustainability of laboratories • Purchased new chairs for classrooms • Installed new monitors in both Myers Technology building and Technology Annex building • Renovated the College of Technology’s auditorium, TC 105



Priority 5: External Relations •H  eld Women in STEM Professions event for high school female students and STEM professionals •R  eceived a $1.2 million gift from Esko for the Packaging Engineering Technology Program •A  dopted guidelines for Industry Advisory Councils to advise and champion our programs within each department •F  ormed the new Dean’s Advancement Council to support the dean and director of development in cultivating resources for the College • ISU Flight Academy welcomed Republic Airways as they hosted a Safety Briefing, including a dinner, for 163 guests including instructors, students, and alumni •R  eceived $80,000 from Endress+Hauser for a flow automation lab which is developed and designed by students •S  ecured, through University Advancement, $25,000 from the Quality Connection of the Greater Wabash Valley for a five-year partnership to develop online and on-campus career fairs for Construction Management students •R  aised $40,000 during Give to Blue Day to support students, faculty, and the College of Technology



Priority 6: Recognition and Reputation •R  ecognized by the American Society of Engineering Education as #36 out of 133 schools for awarding the most Engineering Technology Bachelor’s degrees between 2009 – 2018 •R  ecognized by the American Society of Engineering Education as #45 of 130 schools for awarding the most Engineering Technology degrees to women between 2009 – 2018 •R  ecognized as #49 of 50 in 2020 for the Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Building/Construction Management Program •R  anked #21 in 2020 Most Affordable Online Master’s Human Resources Degree as well as #23 for Best Online Master’s in Human Resources program •R  anked #24 of 50 for the 2020 Top Human Resources Schools and Programs for the B.S. and M.S. in Human Resource Development














#GIVETOBLUEDAY SUCCESS The second annual #GiveToBlueDay on March 11, 2020 set university records for giving in a single day. The College of Technology started strong thanks to matching and challenge gifts from alumni. Our students, faculty, and staff pulled out all the stops, with food and events all day long in the North American Lighting (NAL) Student Success Center and a #GiveToBlueDay drone demo in the atrium! Students alone raised over $900 in cash through Penny Wars and other activities. Thanks to all who donated from around the world!

DEAN’S STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL IS FORMED Dean Nesli Alp established the Dean’s Student Advisory Council in 2019. Shortly after it was established, students began working on the formation of bylaws and leadership positions. To serve on the Council, students must have a major in the College of Technology, hold at least a 2.75 GPA, and be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours. Officer positions were elected with Maggie Booe (Engineering student) serving as President and Amy VandeVelde (Packaging Engineering Technology student) serving as Secretary. Future goals for the Council include assisting with Engineers Week, the annual #GivetoBlueDay events, and consistently helping to improve student retention by supporting incoming freshmen and transfer students.

“Serving as the chair of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council allows me to connect with my peers and advocate for them while also networking with faculty in the College of Technology. For that opportunity, I am forever grateful.” — Maggie Booe, President



“We use Esko software in six of our core packaging courses to learn a wide range of skillsets to prepare our students for the diverse and fast-paced packaging industry. This is a tremendous product that gives our students the ability to design and create packaging systems from ideation to virtual and physical prototypes.” ­— Brian James, Instructor, Department of Applied Engineering and Technology Management

$1.2 MILLION SOFTWARE PACKAGE SECURED FOR PACKAGING PROGRAM Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software for the packaging, label and wide format sectors, has made a $1.2 million in-kind gift to Indiana State University’s Packaging Engineering Technology program. Esko’s support will include annual licensing for its design and production software platforms. With the software donation, Indiana State University students have access to a leading global product portfolio that supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, packaging manufacturers, and more.



SYCAMORES JOIN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 A leading global designer and manufacturer of vacuum pumps, blowers, and vacuum and compressor systems, Airtech, Inc. is a privately held company with corporate headquarters in Rutherford, New Jersey, and manufacturing and engineering design facilities in the U.S., Germany, and Asia. Due to the recent high demand of ventilators from the COVID-19 virus, Airtech had to increase the machining and assembling capacity by 300 percent in a matter of weeks. That’s where you will find Mechanical Engineering Technology student Moammer Efenti last summer, working on the front lines of the project as an intern, operating CNC machines and coordinating the measuring machines, to ensure the parts were conforming to specifications and tolerances. Efenti worked with alum Thomas Stergioulas (’09, Industrial Technology) who is an Engineering Manager at Airtech. “What l have experienced is priceless and unbelievable, partly because we are racing against time and it is not easy to do. We have limited time but a long way to go and everything happens very quickly, so I try to write down things and remember all that I was told to do. (Indiana State professors) prepare us for the real world and l can say that because COVID-19 hasn’t been in this world a long time, it is hard. In this hard time, what I am doing is very important to our community and I am glad I am able to be a part of it.” — Moammer Efenti, Mechanical Engineering Technology student and Airtech, Inc. intern




AVIATION ALUMS GIVE BACK Students in the Department of Aviation Technology have two new scholarship opportunities thanks to alumni – both from the Evansville area – who are giving back. The department offers majors in aviation management, professional aviation flight technology, and unmanned systems. In February, Travis and Alyssa Kendall of Evansville made a gift of $30,000 to establish the Kendall Family Endowed Scholarship for students with a declared major in the department who are also involved in fraternity and sorority life on campus. Travis earned his degree in both professional pilot technology and aviation administration, and is now self-employed in the oil, gas, and solar industries. Alyssa, ’06, earned a degree in communications. “Alyssa and I feel blessed to have this opportunity to give back to Indiana State. We both feel strongly about helping fellow Sycamores pursue their dream. As a former aviation student and flight instructor, I know the time and financial commitment it takes to be successful.” — Travis Kendall, ’04,

Last fall, Greg Steenberg established the Steenberg Family Aviation Scholarship to award $4,000 annually for the next three years to a student majoring in professional aviation flight technology. Greg lives with his family in Newburgh, Indiana, and is a pilot for UPS. “I’ve been looking for opportunities to give back for a number of years, but through the work and cooperation of the ISU Foundation, providing a scholarship appeared to be the best solution. This career can take a tremendous amount of time, sacrifice and finances to be successful. My hope is that this scholarship assists a student in completing at least one of those steps on the road to success.” — Greg Steenberg, ’92, UPS pilot



NECA-IBEW PROVIDES EMPLOYER CONNECTIONS A new five-year partnership is helping students connect with employers in the construction industry through the creation of the NECA-IBEW Built for Career Success program. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 725, the Central Indiana chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and Quality Connection of the Greater Wabash Valley Inc. established the program with a $25,000 commitment to support online and on-campus career fairs for construction management and other students. The Construction Management program is the largest degree program in the College of Technology. “The Quality Connection is very excited about the opportunity to be involved with ISU and its Built for Career Success Program. The Department of Built Environment is such a unique space. To support such a program right here in our own backyard is a no-brainer.” — Shawn White, NECA Central Indiana Chapter Representative and Co-Founder of Team Tech

DESIGNING FOR SAFETY AND FUNCTION Think interior designers deal only with paint colors and throw pillows? Not the case! Just ask Darci Chambers, ’20, about her progression through State’s Interior Architecture Design program. By the end of her four years, Darci was focused on designing safe, functional spaces for the occupants. She even added construction management as a second degree so she could better understand how buildings are constructed and, therefore, create better spaces. “The longer you’re in the program the more you start to focus on designing spaces for people who will be occupying them. For our senior interior design project, we were to choose a building of 20,000-square-feet, get all of the plans, and make it our own. I chose to design a senior living facility that focuses on memory care. My grandpa has Alzheimer’s, so creating a space that not only benefits the person with memory loss but also the entire family, is really important to me.” — Darci Chambers, Interior Architecture Design major and Construction Management major 18




CHRISTMAS IN PARIS WITH NORTH AMERICAN LIGHTING Along with the Department of Built Environment, students from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) designed and built the Christmas in Paris display for the College of Technology’s partnership with North American Lighting. Students from the organization worked with faculty members, Dave Malooley and Edie Wittenmyer, to wire North American Lighting headlights to a sleigh that was, of course, driven by reindeer in the annual Christmas in Paris parade in Paris, Illinois. Paris is home to the headquarters of North American Lighting.

BATTLE BOTS The student organization IEEE hosted their first competition of Battle BOTS on December 4, 2019. The event was a great success with over 90 guests, including faculty, staff, and students. “An opportunity to work with ISU students in the IEEE student organization has offered faculty and students enrichment experiences beyond the classroom. Utilizing skills taught from coursework, students are given a ‘real-world’ community project—NAL Christmas Sleigh and Reindeer— and critically think through tasks for the outcome. Thank you, NAL, for supplying all the electrical, headlights/taillights, and sleigh materials! “IEEE Battle BOTS was the idea, design, and the completed project with rules/ regulations of the students. The intent of the activity was to bring together students, staff, and faculty from all colleges for a fun event. It worked! As a faculty advisor, I was so impressed with the skills of our students: plan/retrieve materials and build a portable arena, write rules and regulations, build BOTS, market the event, and gather prizes. Our ISU students are the BEST!” — Edie Wittenmyer, Senior Instructor, Department of Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology



QUALITY PROGRAMS RECOGNIZED Indiana State University’s College of Technology Department of Human Resource Development and Performance Technologies has found itself among the rankings of many online platforms that recognize the best programs. has ranked Indiana State University #24 of 50 for the 2020 Top Human Resources Schools & Programs for the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Human Resource Development. Some of the factors in determining this ranking include small class sizes, the focus of the program on preparing students for certifications, as well as noteworthy recognition by the Society of Human Resource Management. is unique in that they emphasize accessibility, affordability, and quality of education. Indiana State University stands out being affiliated with the Wabash Valley Collegiate Society for Human Resource Management, which allows students to gain crucial networking opportunities. Apart from including internships in the curriculum, Indiana State University also provides important guidance through an intensive peer mentorship program. In addition to, ONLINEU ranked the Master’s program in Human Resource Development #21 of 25 for the 2020 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Human Resources. The HRDPT Department also offers a B.S. in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising and a B.S. in Adult Career Education. “I began to look at all kinds of majors within an office setting and I thought Human Resource professionals held big roles in companies, so I thought maybe I could do that. And then I started to like making training programs. I like the workplace balance and the organizational development. “Since I’ve been in my major, Human Resource Development, and have started to get involved, I feel it really fits me—helping employees.” — Toni Lumsey, Human Resource Development major





2019-2020 HIGHLIGHTS Air Force ROTC Detachment 218 has been commissioning officers in Terre Haute since the early 1980s. Currently the Detachment trains 50 cadets through agreements with four schools, proudly partnering with ISU’s College of Technology as the host institution. Cadets participate in leadership and team building activities as well physical training and academics, which serve to best prepare them for the Airmen and Space Professionals they hope to one day lead as tomorrow’s U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force Second Lieutenants. •T  he Detachment sent three cadets to Field Training at Maxwell AFB, Alabama; four others joined them as upperclassmen in the fall as they contracted into the USAF. • AFROTC commissioned eight officers in the spring of 2020 and 15 more are on track to join their ranks in 2021. The remaining cadets continued to hone their skills during base visits, field exercises, and training the most new cadets in three years. • Virtual learning welcomed multiple guest speakers over Zoom including alumni, career field experts, and even the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.

The Wabash Battalion Army ROTC program has been commissioning leaders of character for the Total Army since 1919, including five General Officers. The battalion is currently home to more than 100 cadets from seven universities across the Wabash Valley. Our cadets are leaders on their campuses and in their communities. They have a variety of opportunities and events to take advantage of beyond the classroom and field training. In the end, all of the training, education, and opportunities culminate in our cadets commissioning as officers in the U.S. Army. • In 2019, the Wabash Battalion celebrated 100 years of Leadership Excellence. The following year, in 2020, the battalion was proud to commission 21 officers into the Army. Five of those leaders graduated from ISU. • Despite environmental challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, 32 cadets from the Wabash Battalion completed an arduous summer training event at Fort Knox, KY. • Each year four or five cadets receive advanced training where they attend Airborne, Air Assault, or Army Sapper school. These offer highly qualified cadets unique experiences, such as jumping out of aircraft, practicing demolition techniques, and leading engineering operations.



BACKED BY INDUSTRY SUPPORT: ENDRESS+HAUSER PARTNERSHIP Endress+Hauser representatives visited the ENGR 409 “Senior Project” class taught by Dr. Affan Badar on Tuesday, January 21, to kick off the course and construction of a flow automation lab to be designed and built by College of Technology students. Students had access to Endress+Hauser representatives and products for the project design, implementation, and to answer any questions along the way. Specifications to the project included the design had to be transportable, height and width had to be able to fit through a classroom door, and the device had to be able to test multiple functions. Not only were students building the project from scratch, but this project was going to be used for testing in future courses, serving future Sycamores!

“The project meant a lot to us as a group and, when the pandemic began, it was very hard to find a way to continue and finish before the end of the semester. Luckily, we were able to finish all the welding of the frame before campus shut down. After campus shut down, a few team members moved the project and materials to Austin’s apartment. A few members of the group unfortunately did not live in Terre Haute, therefore reducing our team from six to three members. The three of us would meet at Austin’s apartment and spend 6 to 8 hours a day, 3 days a week, to finish the cutting of copper pipes, soldering, and installing the electrical wiring for the gauges. Although the pandemic did throw numerous obstacles at us, we were able to provide a fully functioning water system that allows you to measure temperature, flow, pressure, and many other properties with the given data.” — Austin Araiza and Will Buraconak, Engineering students



“Working with the students at Indiana State was an amazing experience for me. Even though I just graduated back in 2017, I did not think I would be able to have an opportunity to work with my alma mater as quickly as I did with this project. “The students in this group blew me away with their final project. We loved getting to meet them at Indiana State and see what type of questions they had. They all seemed very interested and ready to get started on the project as soon as they could. When they came to Endress+Hauser about a month later, they had a great start on the project, something I never would have expected. All the students were great to work with, and they were not hesitant to reach out for help or ask questions on the build of their project. “Overall, it was great to see what Indiana State is doing, and seeing the College of Technology growing is something that I will cherish for a long time. To see the students who went through the same classes as me and working on new projects is a great feeling.” — Zach McKibben, ’17 Technical Support Engineer | Technical Support Group Endress+Hauser USA




Thank you to the College of Technology faculty, staff, and students for your dedication and hard work this year! Excellence in Faculty Teaching Bo McNabb (BE) Excellence in Faculty Research Philip Lee (ECET) Excellence in Faculty Service Alina Waite (HRDPT) Staff of the Year Marti Mix (PhD Program & Dean’s Office) Excellence in Advising Karen Dakic (Student Services) Community Engagement Engineers Week: Children’s Museum Student Organization of the Year Women in STEM Professions (WISP) Faculty Council Service Charmaine Mullins-Jaime (BE) Alumni of the Year Steve Bailey, ’70, Automotive Technology Retiring Faculty and Staff Marion Schafer (AETM) Tad Foster (HRDPT) Promotion to Full Professor Amanda Muhammad (HRDPT) Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor Szufang Chuang (HRDPT)

Department Chairs Randy Peters (AETM) Troy Allen (AVT) Farman Moayed (BE) Xiaolong Li (ECET) Szufang Chuang (HRDPT, Interim) Faculty Council Alina Waite (HRDPT), Chair Farman Moayed (BE), Vice Chair (Fall ’19) Ernie Sheldon (BE), Vice Chair (Spring ’20) Kristina Lawyer (AETM), Secretary Dave Malooley (ECET), Vice Secretary Randy Peters (AETM), Parliamentarian Jim McKirahan (AETM), Department Representative Troy Allen (AVT), Department Representative Jamie Metzinger (BE), Department Representative Edie Wittenmyer (ECET), Department Representative Amanda Muhammad (HRDPT), Department Representative Dean Nesli Alp, Administrative Representative Seth Whitman, Student Representative



UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Adult & Career Education* Architectural Engineering Technology Automation & Control Engineering Technology Automotive Engineering Technology Aviation Management Civil Engineering Technology Computer Engineering Technology Construction Management* Electronics Engineering Technology* Engineering Engineering Technology Engineering Technology Management* Human Resource Development* Information Technology Interior Architecture Design Manufacturing Engineering Technology Mechanical Engineering Technology* Packaging Engineering Technology Professional Aviation Flight Technology Safety Management Technology* (B.A.S.) Technology & Engineering Education Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising Unmanned Systems UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATES Emerging Energy Technology* Lean Six Sigma* MASTER’S PROGRAMS Career and Technical Education* Electronics and Computer Technology* Human Resource Development* Occupational Safety Management* Technology Management* GRADUATE CERTIFICATES Human Resource Development* Safety Management* Ph.D. PROGRAM Technology Management* *Online program available


“Dr. Alister McLeod ‘is a great inspiration for me the way he challenges students with different engineering aspects.’ ” — Technology student “Mr. Bo McNabb ‘is approachable and very understanding ... appreciated his teaching style and his patience when reviewing topics.’” — Construction Management student

“The quality of programs in the College of Technology continue to improve thanks to the hard work of faculty and staff. A lot of effort goes into preparing a program for accreditation or external program review. Over the past year, three programs received initial accreditation from ABET, three received successful reviews from ATMAE and two received successful external program reviews. During the next year, thirteen programs will seek accreditation from ABET and three other programs are preparing for an external program review. The quality of our programs helps COT students prepare for their future.” — Jim Smallwood, Ph.D., CMfgT, Associate Dean 31

“Dr. Jared Wuerzburger ‘challenged me intellectually.’” — Information Technology student “Mrs. Edie Wittenmyer and Dr. Maria Javaid ‘are very kind, courteous, and professional women who were excellent instructors and very attentive to my needs as an adult returning student.’” — Computer Engineering Technology student 32

Despite a vexing spring 2020 semester and now a strange fall 2020 semester, because of COVID-19, the College of Technology is pursuing our mission and the focus provided by the six priorities of our strategic plan. Our departments and programs are nimble and strong. We are off to a splendid start with implementing the plan! Thank you to all the faculty, staff, and student “doers� who are making this achievement happen.

With appreciation,

Nesli Alp, Ph.D., P.E. Dean


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