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Technology Conference has green theme

November 12, 2011 12:00AM

Green was the theme at the 67th annual Four State Regional Technology Conference at Pittsburg State University's Kansas Technology Center on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 -13. Nearly 500 persons registered for the conference, which has the theme "Sustainability through lean and green technology.

Dr. John Iley, chairman of Technology and Workforce Learning and the director of this year's conference, said presentation topics highlighted the latest sustainability techniques and products in everything from automobiles to construction.

Between conference presentations, participants visited a wide variety of exhibits and demonstrations including the popular "Tool Time" presentation by PSU Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA) students.

As part of the conference, student TECA teams from as far away as Wisconsin and Wyoming participated in competitions staged over the two-day period. Competitions were held in problem solving, manufacturing, communication and transportation.

Iley said at least 50 different presentation topics were covered by experts in their respective fields. Representatives from Ford and Toyota talked about hybrid technology, for example. Other topics included wind farms and energy efficiency, green building materials, biofuel technology, green homes for the future, and green jobs and regional economic development.

"This conference is a wonderful opportunity not only for regional companies and businesses," Iley said, "but also for technology educators and especially our students. The conference is an opportunity to see the latest technology in a wide variety of fields and disciplines."

For more on the Four State Regional Technology Conference at Pittsburg State University, visit their Web site at www.pittstate.edu/fsrtc.

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