Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence - Penn State Altoona

Student Showcase

Presented by the Donald and Nancy Devorris Entrepreneurship Program Endowment

This is an exciting event that will feature Penn State Altoona students from various disciplines who will showcase their work through presentations to the business community. It's an opportunity for the community to see firsthand the fine work and talent at Penn State Altoona, while building the students' communication and networking skills. This event brings students and community together to build lasting relationships.

Student Showcase
Friday, April 29, 2016

8:45 a.m. — 3:40 p.m.
Devorris Downtown Center, 1431 - 12th Avenue in Altoona, PA

4:00 — 6:00 p.m.
EMET Project Demonstrations
Force Advanced Technology Center, Ivyside Campus


Student Showcase Agenda
Time Event
8:45 – 8:55 a.m.Welcome
Ms. Donna Bon
Executive Director, Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Dr. Barbara Wiens-Tuers
Interim Associate Dean for Acadmic Affairs
9:00 – 10:20 a.m.Presentations
See room schedules
10:20 -10:40 a.m.Break
10:40 a.m. – NoonPresentations
11:30 a.m.Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society Induction
Devorris Classroom 3
Noon – 12:40 p.m.Networking Lunch at Heritage Discovery Center
A networking lunch provided for students, business leaders, community members, faculty, and guests in Altoona Heritage Discovery Center
12:40 p.m.Announcement of Pechter Business Plan Competition Results
Devorris Classroom 1
12:40 – 3:40 p.m.Presentations
1:00 p.m.Business Internship Poster Presentation
Dining Car in Aaron Lobby
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Project Demonstrations
Ralph and Helen Force Advanced Technology Center, Ivyside campus

Please feel free to move between presentations.

Senior Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Project Presentations

Devorris Auditorium

EMET Presentation Schedule for Student Showcase
Time Presentation
9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Jason Kanowitz and Brandon Murray*
CNC Wet Tile Saw - Engineered design, prototype, and marketing strategy for an automated method of plunge cutting tile.
Advisors – Mr. Richard Singer and Mr. Rick Paul
9:20 – 9:40 a.m. Eric Adamson, Brian Nebzydoski*, and Ryan Stuby
Automated Pitching Machine - Completely automated pitching machine capable of throwing various pitches as well as varying pitch speed and pitch location to enhance baseball training.
Advisors – Dr. Todd Batzel and Dr. Grant Risha
9:40 – 10:00 a.m. Zachary Burchfield, Kaleb Chronister, and Ryan Shell
Big Boy Feeder - An automated wildlife feeder that is transportable and has no laboring setup, with the ability to hold a large amount of feed of numerous types.
Advisors – Dr. Todd Batzel and Dr. Grant Risha
10:00 – 10:20 a.m. Nathan Jacobs, Anthony Lehman, and James Orr
The Trail Trekker (Personal Tracked Vehicle)—A tracked all-terrain vehicle that utilizes recycled tractor tires for tracks, is capable of zero-point turns, and is actuated by the use of a joystick.
Advisors – Dr. Todd Batzel and Dr. Grant Risha
10:20 – 10:40 a.m. BREAK
10:40 -11:00 a.m. Dan Crist and Jacob Frieko
Bike Assist - A system designed to assist recreational cyclists in enjoying scenery and providing peace of mind on those long rides far from home, while also catering to the commuter cyclist that requires a no sweat ride with the environment in mind.
Advisor – Mr. Alex Hilshey
11:00 – 11:20 a.m. Richard Hill and Zachary Muretic
Project Thumper - Project Thumper is a speed bump that generates electricity as vehicles pass over it and can supply energy to run any application.
Advisor – Mr. Alex Hilshey
11:20 – 11:40 a.m. Christian Batista and Gregory Kemerer
Automated Tortilla Cutter - A prototype for a local business owner who expressed the need for an inexpensive and effective tortilla cutting machine.
Advisor – Mr. Ed Sell
11:40 a.m. – Noon Seth Barrett, Louis Bettwy, Garry Hinton*
Chuck-A-Puck - This fully automated hockey puck distributor helps hockey players and goalies of all levels to practice independently in order to improve upon their specific skill set.
Advisor – Mr. Alex Hilshey
Noon – 12:40 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH
12:40 – 1:00 p.m. Curtis Eze and Vaughn Mariani
Underwater V-Eze Module (UVEM) - The UVEM is an electro-mechanical device with the primary function of recording, monitoring, and capturing events, creatures, or other desirable applications that take place underwater.
Advisor – Mr. Richard Singer
1:00 – 1:20 Jesse Baird, Kayla Boucher*, Mark Cassarly*, and Luke Hallman*
E-Liquid Mixer - This device is designed to mix the liquids for vaping to a higher precision than is currently standard in the industry. The device also allows for customization of percentages for user preference.
Advisors – Mr. Richard Singer and Mr. Rick Paul
1:20 – 1:40 Jacob Byers*, Christopher Ryba*, and Nicholas Sherlock
SolWind - A portable, green power generation system.
Advisors – Mr. Richard Singer and Mr. Rick Paul
1:40 – 2:00 Nathan Heurich and Stephen Mullen*
Project War Pig - Scale roller coaster modeling a linear synchronous motor launch system.
Advisors – Dr. Todd Batzel and Dr. Grant Risha
2:00 – 2:20 Alex Albright and Killian Steinbugl
Dino-saw-r - Refurbishing a Vertical Band Saw for a local company, Electric Motor and Supply. We are automating all of the controls to make the machine safer and more efficient.
Advisor – Mr. Richard Singer
2:20 - 2:40 Trevor Adriance, Tyler Billotte, and Joshua Krug*
Operation Sub-zero - Remote-controlled vehicle equipped with a snow plow for easy and effortless snow removal.
Advisor – Mr. John Girard
2:40 - 3:00 Nicholas Amspacker*, Matthew Hoover, and Brandon Pier*
The Splinter - Automated Mobile Log Processor
Advisor – Mr. Ed Sell
3:00 – 3:20 Dylan Johnson and Tyler Thompson
Smart Aquarium - The Smart Aquarium implements a programmable logic controller to control the essential tasks needed to maintain a healthy and safe aquarium.
Advisors – Dr. Todd Batzel and Dr. Grant Risha
3:20 – 3:40 Roger Hamer
AUTO-SPRAY 3500 - The auto-spray 3500 is an automated spray system that will be used to clean a rotary drum. The system will work based on the amount of hours the drum is in operation.
Advisors – Dr. Todd Batzel and Dr. Grant Risha
4:00 – 6:00 EMET Demonstrations
Ralph and Helen Force Advanced Technology Center, Ivyside campus

*Denotes scholarship recipient

Rail Transportation Engineering Presentations

Devorris Classroom 3

Rail Transportation Engineering Presentation Schedule for Student Showcase
Time Presentation
9:00 a.m.David Clapper*, Alex Ricci*, Roel Gregorio, Alex Reinsmith*
Design of an Altoona to State College railroad
Advisor - Mr. Steve Dillen

*Denotes scholarship recipient

Business Internship Poster Presentations

The Dining Car in Aaron Building Lobby
1:00 p.m.

Karly Bish*
Altoona Community Theatre

Darren Boyd
The Apartment Store

Matthew Cifolelli
Altoona Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Flick
FWF Insurance Agency

Aaron Kennedy
Penn State Altoona - Office of Student Life

Macey Lucas*
Sickler, Tarpey & Associates

James Martinez
The Tax Shelter

Ryan Robinette
Blair Companies

Kayla Shriver*
Department of Revenue, Bureau of Audits

Megan Shugarts
Huntingdon County Business and Industry

Michael Wigfield*
Sickler, Tarpey & Associates

*Denotes scholarship recipient

Pechter Business Plan Competition Presentations

Devorris Classroom 1

Pechter Business Plan Presentation Schedule for Student Showcase
Time Presentation
9:00 – 9:40 a.m.Luke Hallman*, Kayla Boucher*, Mark Cassarly*, and Jesse Baird
9:40 – 10:20 a.m.Jacob Byers*, Christopher Ryba*, and Nick Sherlock
10:20 – 10:40 a.m.BREAK
10:40 – 11:20 a.m.Brandon Murray* and Jason Kanowitz
Tile Curver
11:20 a.m. – NoonJustin Merrell
Noon – 12:40 p.m.NETWORKING LUNCH

*Denotes scholarship recipient

Sigma Beta Delta Induction

Devorris Classroom 3
11:30 a.m.

Sigma Beta Delta is a Business Honor Society. Eligibility for Sigma Beta Delta is offered to those students in the top 20% of the undergraduate business program and who reflect the society's high standards of academic excellence. Please join us as we recognize our student's academic achievement.


  • Kelly L. Bennett
  • James William Edwards Jr.
  • Kylee Korin Flaugh
  • Jesse J. Ickes
  • Brennan Joseph Luciano
  • Chelsea Renee Rice

President: Dr. William Englebret
Vice-President: Dr. Xuebing Yang
Secretary/Treasurer: Ms. Deborah Hommer

Security and Risk Analysis Internship/Course Project Presentations

Aaron Classroom 6

Security and Risk Analysis Presentation Schedule for Student Showcase
Time Presentation
9:00 – 9:20 a.m.John Mitchell*, Jesse Braughler, and Timothy Rimbey
Capstone Presentation: WPS
Advisor - Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo
9:20 – 9:40 a.m.Brittany Salyards, Nathaniel Sell, and Michael Dively*
Capstone Presentation: L.R. Webber
Advisor - Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo
9:40 – 10:00 a.m.Katie Cover, Kelsey Karpinski*, and Joseph Compton*
Capstone Presentation: Sheetz
Advisor - Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo
10:00 – 10:20 a.m.Taryn Walker*, Eric Fry, Solomon Kassahun*, and Alexus Mellott
Capstone Presentation: Altoona Family Services
Advisor - Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo
10:20 – 10:40 a.m.BREAK
10:40 -11:00 a.m.Jonathan Shuffler
Internship Presentation: Hillis Adjustment Agency
Advisor - Mr. David Barnes
11:00 – 11:20 a.m.Joshua Clark*, Cooper Graham, and Jonathan Shuffler
Capstone Presentation: IBM
Advisor - Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo
11:20 – 11:40 a.m.Whitney Hernandez, Joshua Clark*, and Jessica Seifer
Research Presentation: IBM Smarter Planet Project
Advisor - Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo
11:40 a.m. – NoonWhitney Hernandez, Ryan Bury, and Taryn Walker*
Research Presentation: NSF Big Data Project
Advisor - Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo
Noon – 12:40 p.m.NETWORKING LUNCH

*Denotes scholarship recipient