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University of Akron CAST students build hope for Canton Neighborhood

CAST students in the college's Construction Engineering Technology program took part in a volunteer service learning project with StarkFresh, a non-profit organization that tackles the causes of hunger by creating realistic pathways out of poverty.

The service learning project involves transforming a former Head Start preschool facility to a bustling grocery store that offers quality, nutrient-rich food in an area that needs better access to it.

The event was covered by Spectrum News on Time-Warner Cable. Read more about this event and see the Spectrum News video.

Montana receives a security update from a UA/CAST student

This summer, University of Akron student Sam Sottosanti of Brunswick, Ohio, has been making Montana safer. For his internship with NorthWestern Energy, Sottosanti has been traveling across the Montana mountains updating security for a number of hydro-dams and gas transmission plants. Read more.

CAST participates in annual Schaeffler Kids' Day

October 18, 2019

Schaeffler, a corporate partner with The University of Akron and the College of Applied Science and Technology, held its annual kids' day event this month. Every year, children of Schaeffler employees join in on a day of activity and learning with an emphasis is on engineering and project management.

2019 schaeffler family day photoPictured are the participants of the project management activity with their completed LEGO structures and awards.

The College of Applied Science and Technology hosted a morning hands-on activity for the event. Participants, tasked with creating a structure under a set of conditions, actively walked through the four stages of the project management life cycle. The students were introduced to the project. They then acquired the LEGOs through a buying process and planned out their structures. Under limited time conditions, the groups produced the structures, and the activity ended with a closing analysis.

Construction Engineering Technology students and faculty participate in Food Justice Campus Workday

September 7, 2019

On Saturday, September 7, eight construction engineering technology students and two faculty spent the day volunteering with the Stark County-based non-profit organization "StarkFresh." The mission of StarkFresh centers around tackling the causes of hunger by creating realistic pathways out of poverty. In this case, the work was on their Food Justice Campus located on Cherry Street in Canton, Ohio.

The campus building is a multi-functional space that includes a community use area with computers and internet, a grocery store, housing for staff interns, and more. It is used by staff and community members in unison to address barriers to quality food in low-income areas. The September 7 construction work included interior carpentry, window repair, painting, exterior repair, and various other tasks.

The project was the first of two planned volunteer service learning construction events. The next event--all are invited--will be held on Saturday, October 26: a former Head Start preschool facility will be transformed into a bustling grocery store offering quality, nutrient-rich food. For details, contact Craig Wise at


Dr. Stacy Willett answers questions about states' responses to coronavirus

April 7, 2020

Dr. Stacy Willett, Acting Chair, Department of Disaster Science and Emergency Services, Professor & Program Director, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, answers questions from

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Dr. Stacy Willett describes Flight 93 investigation during WAKR interview

September 11, 2019

Dr. Stacy Willett, Professor of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, is interviewed on Akron's WAKR Radio regarding the Flight 93 investigation.

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Norton resident is helping monarchs thrive

August 15, 2019

Norton native, resident, and University of Akron employee Ruth Nine Duff is helping the monarch population thrive in our community and beyond.

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Additional links about the College of Applied Science and Technology in the news.

Apply now for a scholarship in several careers, including Construction Engineering Technology, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Surveying and Mapping, Business Management Technology, and more. Scholarship opportunities are available for military veterans.
Get connected with other students by joining one of our many student organizations and clubs, including Robotics, Fire Protection, Emergency Management, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Kappa Beta Delota, Phi Theta Kappa, and many others.
The College of Applied Science and Technology offers its own seamless associate to bachelor's degree pathways so you can start here and finish here. No need to transfer credits from one institution to another. Contact Academic Advising for more information.
With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Corrosion Engineering Technology, you can find employment in any industry that is impacted by material degradation. Find out more about our new AAS Degree in Corrosion Engineering Technology.

Career outcomes for the College of Applied Science and Technology (graphic)

Based on a survey knowledge rate of 95% of our Spring 2015 graduates. See story about University-wide results: More UA grads report career success.

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Introducing the 2019-2020 CAST Dean's Team

September 6, 2019

The College of Applied Science and Technology inducted its second Dean's Team members on Friday, September 6, in a special induction ceremony held in the Polsky Building.

dean s team 2019-2020 group photo

From left to right: Dean Elizabeth Kennedy, John Crynick, Ethan Brinley, Derek Durbin, Casey Crawford, John Krochka, Megan Vocatura, Logan O'Neil, Sylwester Robakowski, Jake Pavia, and Assistant Dean of Student Success Dee Dee Pitts.

The Dean's Team is comprised of a select group of CAST students with excellent academic backgrounds and leadership potential. Five members of the Dean's Team returned from last year's inaugural team: Tommy Alvarado (Mechanical Engineering Technology), Casey Crawford (Emergency Management and Homeland Security), Emma Harrison (Emergency Medical Services: Fire/Medic), Sylwester Robakowski (Mechanical Engineering Technology), and Megan Vocatura (Emergency Management and Homeland Security).

Eight new members were inducted as well: Ethan Brinley (CIS Cybersecurity), Justin Crislip (CIS Programming), John Crynick (CIS Cybersecurity), Derek Durbin (CIS Cybersecurity), John Krochka (CIS Digital Forensics), Logan O'Neil (Construction Engineering Technology), Jake Pavia (Mechanical Engineering Technology), and Connor Stark (CIS Cybersecurity).

Members of the 2019-2020 Dean's Team will participate in a variety of events and activities designed to enrich their undergraduate experience. They also will have opportunities to share their personal, professional, and career experiences at the College of Applied Science and Technology by participating in college and community events, as well as serving as CAST Ambassadors.

Surveying and Mapping Program again receives national recognition

The University of Akron's Surveying and Mapping team captured 1st place in the NSPS Surveying Student Competition in Alexandria, VA. The topic was "Remote Sensing in a Modern Surveying Practice," and the team of CAST students opted to use laser scanning to map the inside and outside of the Quaker Residence Hall silos and lobby area.

Laser scanning uses Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to capture reflected pulses of light as a 3-Dimensional "point cloud" of data. The fly-through is constructed of the point cloud data combined with digital images which provide colorization. The point clouds, which are partially visible as the video progresses, allow for surveying measurements of and between features to be accomplished within the software. The project consisted of 27 individual scans and 100’s of millions of data points. The scans were registered and quality-checked using Leica Cyclone software.

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