Chris Vanek, a senior electronics engineering technology major, worked on sponsored research by the United States Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., on wireless power transfer (WPT) technology.  He designed and implemented a 4-MHz inductive-resonance WPT system that transferred 75 W of power wirelessly to a light bulb.
The WPT system, designed under the guidance of Biswajit Ray, professor of EET, worked up to a separation distance of 50 cm between the transmit and receive coils. The wireless power transfer technology is becoming increasingly popular for consumer electronics, electric vehicle charging, and implantable biomedical devices. 
The current engineering challenge is to design systems that maintain high power and high efficiency capability for dynamic loads with changing distance and orientation.

Chris Vanek, a senior electronics engineering technology major, worked on sponsored research by the United States Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., on wireless power transfer (WPT) technology.  He designed and implemented a 4-MHz inductive-resonance WPT system that transferred 75 W of power wirelessly to a light bulb.

The WPT system, designed under the guidance of Biswajit Ray, professor of EET, worked up to a separation distance of 50 cm between the transmit and receive coils. The wireless power transfer technology is becoming increasingly popular for consumer electronics, electric vehicle charging, and implantable biomedical devices. 

The current engineering challenge is to design systems that maintain high power and high efficiency capability for dynamic loads with changing distance and orientation.

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Mariam Sarkessian, a management major, recently completed a two-week job shadow with Comcast’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia through Bloomsburg University’s Sophomore Experiential Learning (SEL) Program.
The program, designed to give students an opportunity to see their potential career field first-hand, enabled Sarkessian to witness the daily activity of the country’s largest cable company and Internet service provider. Sarkessian described her experience as enlightening and richly memorable.
“Seeing daily activity at the headquarters has helped me confirm that I’d like to work at a large company that has a powerful role in the world,” Sarkessian says. “I’ve gained useful insight about how to level-handedly deal with problems and make decisions with customers and the company in mind.”
In addition to a possible internship opportunity, Sarkessian says her SEL experience provided her with many more business contacts. She also may have discovered a new career track.
“Being able to help out with (the Lab Week project) even though I was just shadowing was an exciting experience and opened my mind in looking for ways to make processes more efficient,” Sarkessian says. “Most importantly, … I had not known that project managing could be a career. Now I’m eager to pursue and get the right qualifications for it.”
Sarkessian shadowed Ted Hodgins, Class of 1989, senior director of technology and product: customer service.

Mariam Sarkessian, a management major, recently completed a two-week job shadow with Comcast’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia through Bloomsburg University’s Sophomore Experiential Learning (SEL) Program.

The program, designed to give students an opportunity to see their potential career field first-hand, enabled Sarkessian to witness the daily activity of the country’s largest cable company and Internet service provider. Sarkessian described her experience as enlightening and richly memorable.

“Seeing daily activity at the headquarters has helped me confirm that I’d like to work at a large company that has a powerful role in the world,” Sarkessian says. “I’ve gained useful insight about how to level-handedly deal with problems and make decisions with customers and the company in mind.”

In addition to a possible internship opportunity, Sarkessian says her SEL experience provided her with many more business contacts. She also may have discovered a new career track.

“Being able to help out with (the Lab Week project) even though I was just shadowing was an exciting experience and opened my mind in looking for ways to make processes more efficient,” Sarkessian says. “Most importantly, … I had not known that project managing could be a career. Now I’m eager to pursue and get the right qualifications for it.”

Sarkessian shadowed Ted Hodgins, Class of 1989, senior director of technology and product: customer service.

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Eight ParenteBeard summer accounting interns recently helped Habitat for Humanity of Berks County ReStore prepare for their grand re-opening slated for July.
In addition to the accounting work the summer interns are performing and observing, for the first time, the firm’s summer interns are demonstrating ParenteBeard’s mission to serve the communities where team members live and work by participating in charitable community service activities in central Pennsylvania.
Tara Boyd, of Bloomsburg University; Eric Hiser, of Bloomsburg University; Guy Lewis, of Penn State; Katelyn Macbeth, of Messiah College; April Maschke, of Albright College; Shaunna Nesmith, of York College; Jordan Sallavanti,. of Kutztown University; and Kayla Snyder, of West Chester University, assisted the store’s executive director, Tim Daley, by cleaning, painting, redecorating, reorganizing, rebuilding and moving furniture.

Eight ParenteBeard summer accounting interns recently helped Habitat for Humanity of Berks County ReStore prepare for their grand re-opening slated for July.

In addition to the accounting work the summer interns are performing and observing, for the first time, the firm’s summer interns are demonstrating ParenteBeard’s mission to serve the communities where team members live and work by participating in charitable community service activities in central Pennsylvania.

Tara Boyd, of Bloomsburg University; Eric Hiser, of Bloomsburg University; Guy Lewis, of Penn State; Katelyn Macbeth, of Messiah College; April Maschke, of Albright College; Shaunna Nesmith, of York College; Jordan Sallavanti,. of Kutztown University; and Kayla Snyder, of West Chester University, assisted the store’s executive director, Tim Daley, by cleaning, painting, redecorating, reorganizing, rebuilding and moving furniture.

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Students in Thomas Starmack’s graduate class on education leadership were recently given a first-person perspective on leadership dynamics within the public school system from two Bloomsburg University alumni who happen to also be top administrators of their respective school districts.

Alan Lonoconus ’79, superintendent of the Great Valley School District, and Larry Mussoline ’79, superintendent of the Downingtown Area School District, discussed their individual professional tracks and offered advice on how to land a job in education, as well as advance through the ranks. Both administrators also talked about the changing dynamic of the classroom, which includes socioeconomic issues and increased curriculum needs, before ending their class visit with an interactive question and answer session.

Starmack’s class consisted of education graduates from the principal and supervisory certification programs along with students pursuing graduate studies in school counseling and student affairs.

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After graduation, I will … explore job opportunities in the Lehigh Valley? Why not get a jump-start this week by meeting Beverly Donchez Bradley, Class of 1971, who is one of the co-hosts for a Second City Reception in the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, March 25, 6 p.m. at the Hotel Bethlehem.

At the reception students will learn more about professional opportunities in the Lehigh Valley and network with Bloomsburg University alumni from the region.

After a 30-year career as a business educator, Bradley, of Bethlehem, helped establish and currently serves as president of the Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program in the Lehigh Valley, a non-profit with the mission of “connecting kids and community through literacy.”

Future Second City Receptions

  • Thursday, April 3, Danville, Pine Barn Inn, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 8, Philadelphia, Comcast Building, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 16, Harrisburg, National Civil War Museum, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 23, NEPA, Mohegan Sun, 6 p.m.

Bus transportation to and from the reception from campus will be provided for students, or students may travel on their own. Business attire required. Free of charge. Register today!

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Bloomsburg University senior Leah Cover has been selected to work as part of the public relations staff at Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. She will serve as a “Runner” at the game working both in the press box and on the field.

Cover, from Hummelstown and a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, secured the coveted position after job shadowing for Nicole Fountain, senior manager public relations and communications at MetLife Stadium back in 2012. Fountain, a Bloomsburg University graduate, then directed Cover to Peter John-Baptiste, vice president of communications at New York Giants, who chose Cover for one of the jobs during the biggest sporting event to hit the Metro New York area.

“This is a great opportunity, and I am looking forward to being part of this event,” said Cover, a public relations major with a minor in marketing who works in BU’s Sports Information Office.

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A group of exercise science and marketing students got an up-close look at the sports performance and personal training industry on Nov. 13 with the help of several Bloomsburg University alumni at TEST Sports Clubs in Martinsville, N.J. Their on-site visit, which was the latest Career Road Trip arranged by the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement, was coordinated through the exercise science, management and marketing departments.

At the TEST facilities, marketing students got an overview of the company as well as a sneak peak at its business model and sales and marketing strategies, while the exercise science students spent the afternoon with TEST CEO Kevin Dunn and his football training staff. The students were able to see some of TEST’s state-of-the art equipment in action and even conducted a few professional training exercises themselves. TEST was founded by alumnus Brian Martin ’92, who currently serves as CEO of TEST Football Academy - is the No. 1 Football Training Company in the country, with locations in New Jersey, South Florida, and youth and high school camps nationwide.

The day concluded with a mini networking session where students heard from two more alums, Mike Baker ’11 and Brian Fetterman ’12, about internship and job shadowing opportunities with TEST.

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