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Kent State Precision Flight Team

 The team is a registered student organization at Kent State and is open to all students with an interest in aviation. Membership is required and attendance at practices, meetings etc. is also required. The team is part of a national organization known as the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) which has 11 regions situated geographically around the nation. Kent State is in Region III with OU, OSU, Univ. of Cincinnati, and Western Michigan University. Region III perennially has Kent, OSU, and WMU ranked in the top ten nationally and OU occasionally makes it as well. It is considered the toughest region in NIFA.

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Richard Mangrum, ATP Asst. Professor Aeronautics

The Kent State Construction Management

The Kent State Construction Management program began in 2007 and has grown exponentially since then.  There are now over 100 students in the major and over 50 members of the Construction Management Student Organization.  The Organization participates in CMAA as well as MCAA, NAHB, CSI, and Habitat for Humanity.  During April, May, October, and November 2009-2010 our CM organization students and faculty adviser have logged over 1000 hours working for Habitat for Humanity of Canton/Stark County and New Orleans.  The organization also participates in Relay for Life and Adopt-A-Highway where students clean up a two-mile stretch of highway at least twice a year. 

Faculty Advisor:

Joe Karpinski Assistant Professor & Lead Faculty Construction Management 330-672-3080

Epsilon Pi Tau

Epsilon Pi Tau is a scholastic honorary for individuals in the professions related to technology including teachers of technology education and practitioners of technology.  EPT was established in 1929 at The Ohio State University under the leadership of Dr William E. Warner.  Today there are approximately 16, 000 active members.  The Journal of Technology Studies is the refereed publication of Epsilon Pi Tau. The headquarters of the international office of EPT is at Bowling Green State University. Kent State University’s College of Technology houses the Alpha Theta Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau with Dr. Lowell S. Zurbuch serving as Chapter Trustee.  Membership to EPT is by invitation to technology students with high academic standing and practitioners of technology.  The initiation ceremony is held each spring prior to the College of Technology’s Vision 21 ceremony.

Faculty Advisor:

Associate Professor 330-672-2040

 The Society of Manufacturing Engineers

 The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the world's leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually. It promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and keeps manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. The KSU student chapter has projects, field trips and related activities that further their understanding of manufacturing in an industrial setting.  The chapter has an ongoing project in which they modify microwave ovens so they can be used to melt metals.  This project provides real world examples of continual improvement, teamwork, leadership, and manufacturing techniques.  In addition, it is a source of revenue that is used to fund the chapter.  Finally, there is an annual scholarship that is given to a KSU technology student that is also an active member of the Kent chapter of the SME.

Faculty Advisor:

Assistant Professor 330-672-9388

American Foundry Society, (KSU-AFS) The purpose of the student chapter of the American Foundry Society, KSU-AFS, is to educate students about the metal casting industry; provide networking opportunities with practitioners in the field; gain experience through in- house foundry activities and to assist students in finding co-op opportunities in the industry.  

Students involved in the chapter manufacture castings and sell them to a variety of different customers.  The income derived from these sales help finance student trips to various trade shows and conferences held throughout the U.S.

Membership in the student chapter also qualifies those students for scholarships offered through the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) as well as those offered by the professional chapters of AFS. Each year, over twelve thousand dollars in scholarships are awarded to members in the organization. The American Foundry Society exists to promote knowledge and services that strengthen the Metal Casting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers

Faculty Advisor:

Tom Cobett Instructor,Industrial Technology 260-341-2258 Email:


Robotics Club


1.   To promote student participation in activities, such as the annual ATMAE student robotics contest, in the areas of robotics and mechatronics and enhance their marketability in job search.

2.   To develop a robotics laboratory facility in the CAEST and accumulate the knowledge and experience in robotics and mechatronics for future research and development of projects related to these areas.  

3.   To support teaching in robotics and mechatronics areas.  

4.   To attract industry support for our activities and lab development  

Implementation Plan: 

1.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to help recruit students for the Robotics Club. Faculty members who are interested in this effort are welcome to work together.  

2.  Faculty Advisors will work with students to form two groups to work on the following tasks:   a.    2014 ATMAE robotics contest: This group of students will design and build a robot to attend the 2014 ATMAE student robotics contest in St. Louis in November 2014. b. Robotics and mechatronics lab development: Students will learn how to operate the robots and Rockwell Automation's motor controllers in CAEST. They will also develop new automation labs and/or improve the existing lab. 

3. Resources: The College will provide lab space to support the development of the Robotics Club. The funding for the activities will be provided by a combination of the following two ways:              a. External funding sources: Faculty adviser(s) will work with students to write proposals to apply for funding.           b. College funds 

4. Upon formation of the Robotics Club in the college, the students will elect officers and apply to KSU for a student organization status.  

5. Students will meet once a week with the advisor(s) to work on the projects. During summer, students may register for a "Special Topic" course to continue to work on the projects.


Students who are interested in participating in activities of the Robotics Club should contact

Professor Simon Song in person (VDN Room107) or by email: