May 27, 2023

Penn College students weld flag for congressional display

U.S. Rep Dan Meuser (R-9th) gives a thumbs-up with a welded aluminum U.S. flag created by Penn College students and faculty. The artwork is on display in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. — A group of Penn College students have created a welded aluminum flag by fitting the American flag's stars and stripes within the outline of Pennsylvania's shape.

The flag, representing the people of the 9th Congressional District, has been moved to Washington, D.C. to adorn the office of U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser.

The art piece was delivered to the congressional office by Patrick Marty, Penn College's chief government and international relations officer, while he was in the nation's capital for the 75th annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference and expo in late May.

Marty explained to the congressman and his staff that it was fashioned from material similar to that used for The Living Chapel – designed by Penn State, built by Penn College students and faculty, and installed in the Botanical Garden of Rome.

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The flag was designed in a Basic CNC Programming class taught by Michael R. Allen, instructor/department head of welding.

"This flag was made from ⅛-inch and ⅜ -inch 3000-series aluminum. The students then cut it out on the (computerized numerical control) machine and polished it with a sanding disk on a drill and a grinder," Allen said. "Once the pieces were polished, the students used the (gas tungsten arc) process to weld the ⅛-inch and ⅜ -inch materials together. Students from our machining department laser-engraved the nameplate, and we fastened it to the border/frame."

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