Advising in the ACE Department

The Applied Computing and Electronics Department will be trying something new for Fall Semester 2010. In order to help students, we will offer group advising. One faculty member and Jenny Gorsegner will be available twice a week to assist you with your schedule for Spring Semester 2011. Registration for Spring Semester 2011 starts October 20, 2010. Get the classes you want by registering as soon as you are able. If you would like to participate in this, bring your advising checklist (available here), an unofficial transcript (available on Cyberbear), and show up at one of the following times:
  1. Mondays 10am-11am in HB06
  2. Thursdays 12pm-1pm in HB06

For Energy Students

Dear Energy Students,

I encourage those of you who are interested in "seeing what's out there" to consider applying or an internship through the Community College Institute program through the Office of Science of the US Department of Energy. To do so, please do the following:

Visit the URL: Here you will find information on:
  1. Eligibility. In most cases, you must be a US citizen.
  2. Choosing a lab. Some of these labs are relatively local, like the NREL in Colorado and Los Alamos in New Mexico. Working at some of the other labs will give you the opportunity to travel to other locations in the US.
  3. Financial Info. The pay is actually not bad at $425 per week for your ten-week visit. This is a rate of $22,500 per year. Travel to and from the lab is reimbursed.
  4. Key Dates. Online applications open on October 1, 2010 and close February 1, 2011.
  5. How to Apply. As you can see, a good academic standing and a good recommendation letter are key to acceptance.

If you would like to work together with me to put together a strong application, please let me know by the end of Fall 2010 semester. However, I would recommend that you begin to work on this with the goal of a mid-October submission. I would also be happy to contact personnel at the lab of your choice on your behalf.

Good luck!

Brad Layton

Energy Technology Program Director

Welcome Back for Autumn Term 2010!

As we begin this new academic term, I'd like to welcome back all students pursuing certificates, degrees, and professional development through our department. I commend all of you on making the choice to educate yourselves. Welcome aboard to our new students and a warm welcome back to all returning students.

It's been a busy summer with lots of new developments to report. First off, I'm pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Bradley Layton as our Energy Technology Program Director and newest tenure-track faculty member. Dr. Layton is a professional engineer formerly of Drexel University (Philadelphia) with stops at The University of Michigan and M.I.T. He brings a diverse background with strengths in both research and applied undergraduate teaching. His interests include renewable energy generation and human-powered vehicles. Welcome aboard Brad! We're excited to have you join us!

Another new face on our staff this year is Krisztian Varsa. Krisztian has a background in planning and design with a specialization in geographical information systems. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a Masters in Regional Planning and an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Delaware. Krisztian joins Pete Costello and Creg Diezinger in leading our Computer Aided Design program.

Dianne Burke is returning to teach courses in our Information Technology programs. Dianne is one of the top consultants in the area with specializations in network administration, security, and forensics. Wally Higgins is back leading courses in electronics and computer applications. Wally has a wealth of background from both the electronics and information technology fields.

Troy Savage, Bill Gillespie, and Leif Schneider will be leading online Energy Technology related courses for our Department. An interesting twist on distance learning is that it not only connects students from other regions, but also instructors! Troy will be delivering Power Systems Technology from Pasco, WA; Bill will lead the Project Management course from Spokane, WA; and Leif teaches Alternative Fuels from Portland, OR. It's not exactly Friedman's "Flat World,” but rather a phenomena we'll describe as the "Flat Northwest.”

On behalf of our Department's veteran team of faculty and staff: Steve Rice, Penny Jakes, Rhonda Tabish, Steve Stiff, and Jenny Gorsegner, we welcome you back to school whether you are in Missoula or Miami (yes we have a student here!). Here's to a productive semester!

Tom Gallagher
Department Chairman

Montana Energy Workforce Report Released

The report Opportunities for Energy Technology Program Graduates in Montana's Energy Industry has been released! It identifies six broad categories of job opportunities for graduates: (1) renewable installers, (2) wind farm developers/operators, (3) renewable component manufacturers/suppliers; (4) energy efficiency companies; (5) utilities/co-ops/power wholesalers, and (6) power plants/generators.

The report commissioned by The College of Technology through workforce development grant funding is a compilation of research and interviews of 36 employers in Western Montana, Northern Idaho, and Eastern Washington completed by Diana Maneta on special assignment as the Industry Liaison for the College. Research from these interviews estimate 150-250 job openings in the region over the next two years. Complete details can be found in the report available at