“SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build” by Jonathan Waldman explains how Nate Podkaminer and his son-in-law, Scott Peters, developed a brick-laying robot. They call it a semi-automated mason, or SAM, for short.
Construction Robotics was the first company to work with FLCC to get status under the Start-Up New York business development program. Under the partnership, the company agreed to give FLCC’s IC Tech students internships, and if all went well, jobs.
IC Tech was launched in 2010 as an interdisciplinary technology program, coordinated by Sam Samanta, professor of physics. Sam assists each student in finding a co-op, or paid internship, with a local company that often turns into a full-time job.
Kerry Lipp ’13 enrolled in IC Tech after injuries ended his construction career. In the book he is credited with helping develop some of the custom equipment necessary for this first-of-its-kind machine. “Essentially, he put together all the crazy things Scott dreamed up,” the author writes.
Mike Oklevitch, a former Eastman Kodak chemical engineer, also enrolled in IC Tech for a career change and landed a co-op at Construction Robotics. The title of chapter 10 bears his nickname, Mortar Mike, for his work in developing a way to keep the mortar the robot uses at the right consistency to stick to the bricks.
To read a New York Times review of the book, click here.
Finger Lakes Community College announces the dean’s list for the fall 2019 semester. A total of 445 students earned this honor.
To be eligible for the FLCC fall dean’s list, full-time students enrolled in a degree or certificate program must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have completed 12 or more credit hours. Part-time students are included in the spring dean’s list.
Below are the students listed by county and town:
Angelica: Cassidy Mountain
Belfast: Morgan Hamer
Belmont: David Holmes, Christian Stuck
Friendship: Rylea Comstock, Calum Ruxton
Wellsville: Samantha Bailey, Lacey Shuttleworth, Ashley Taylor
Emily O’Neill of Canandaigua, a Finger Lakes Community College student, has received a New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute award.
The Sheriffs’ Association grants a $250 award to one student at each New York community college who demonstrates academic excellence in the pursuit of a career in criminal justice.
O’Neill, a 2016 graduate of Canandaigua Academy, is in her second year and expects to graduate in the spring of 2020. She hopes to transfer to a four-year college, possibly SUNY Oneonta. She remains interested in criminal justice, but is considering expanding her studies to include nutrition and dietetics.
“After high school, I took two years off because I didn’t want to go to school not knowing what I wanted to do,” she said. “Receiving this award is very encouraging. I’m proud of it, and honored that my professors chose me. It’s going to be very helpful with school supplies and such.”
O’Neill was nominated for the award by her advisor, James Valenti, an attorney and associate professor of criminal justice. Valenti and FLCC President Robert K. Nye congratulated her during a visit to the main campus by Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson, a 1984 FLCC graduate, on Dec. 17. Also on hand were Joseph Mariconda, associate professor of criminal justice, and Jason Maitland, chief of campus police.
Emily O’Neill’s success is a result of perseverance, a value at the core of FLCC’s Strategic Plan.
Students who left Finger Lakes Community College before graduating and have unpaid bills to the college can now return and get up to $1,200 of those charges canceled upon graduation.
The new program, called Return to Finish, is meant to help students who may have been unable to register for classes due to previous debt. The deadline to enroll in Return to Finish is Jan. 8, 2020.
“We know that many of our students face multiple challenges, from medical and family issues to emergency expenses. Sometimes these issues become overwhelming and lead them to withdraw from college,” said Matthew Stever, FLCC director of admissions. “This program allows students to come back with a way to manage their past debt.”
Data show that financial problems can cause students to withdraw from school. This new policy is one way to level the playing field for underrepresented students, a key element of the FLCC strategic plan.
Demetrice Garcia is a mom to seven
children, ranging in age from 20 to just seven months and she works part-time
in the emergency department of a local hospital.
That’s plenty to juggle. For Garcia,
there’s more: She’s also enrolled full-time as a biotechnology major at Finger
Lakes Community College.
Garcia says she wouldn’t be able to pursue
her dream of earning a degree if it weren’t for the support she has received
from her employer, family and friends. Her perseverance has been recognized at
FLCC with another measure of relief: she was recently awarded the Fred and Mary
Jennejahn Memorial Scholarship.
The $1,000 award was created by FLCC
mathematics professor Bryan Ingham and his wife, Christine, in honor of his
grandparents. Fred was a WWII veteran, Rotarian and volunteer firefighter,
while his wife was a longtime middle school math teacher.
FLCC scholarships advance Objective 1 by fostering self-advocacy and improving retention by removing financial barriers.
Finger Lakes Community College student Khadija Muhammadi of
Rochester has received the 2019 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award, an honor that
recognizes excellence among participants in the State University of New York
Educational Opportunity Program.
SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson congratulated Muhammadi and
other students from across New York at a ceremony on Oct. 17 at the SUNY Global
Center in Manhattan.
The award bears the name of the late Norman McConney, one of
the architects of the statewide Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which
provides financial assistance and support to those who face obstacles in
achieving their educational and personal goals.
Muhammadi immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in 2015 to
live with two sisters while finishing high school in Irondequoit. Her parents
and brother remain in her home country; she keeps in touch via Skype.
The Educational Opportunity Program supports Objective 2 by providing support to students from underserved populations.