YSU STEM has a new minor! Natural Gas and Water Resources!

YSU STEM students now have the opportunity to pursue a new and relevant academic minor in Natural Gas and Water Resources, a program that provides a focus on the emerging oil and gas industry. The STEM College’s Department of Geological and Environmental Science heads this minor.

With the rapid emergence of the regional natural gas industry, the Natural Gas and Water Resources Minor at YSU was first proposed in November 2011 and was quickly approved by the Board of Trustees in April 2012.

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Inside STEM Professional Practice

by Kara Miller

stemprofpracjan13In just over a year, the STEM Professional Practice Program has shown me, and many other students, all it has to offer. Students have the opportunity to meet with the program’s coordinator to discuss the opportunities offered to them, like constructing a resume and landing an internship. Students are also offered a variety of resources like career development and professional etiquette techniques. The opportunities for students are always growing with new grants and programs being added all the time.

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The 5th Annual STEM College Awards Dinner

    Make your reservations now for the 5th Annual STEM College Awards Dinners to be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center, Youngstown State University. The STEM College Awards are presented to STEM distinguished alumni, educators and community leaders as we celebrate both our past achievement and future challenges.

Award recipients this year are:

Outstanding Alumnus:  Jack Scott, AST2
Outstanding Alumnus:  Ted Burke, Ajax Tocco Magnethermic
Outstanding Young Alumnus:  Dan Martin, Lubrizol
Outstanding Community Partner:  Youngstown Business Incubator/Jim Cossler
Outstanding Education Partner:  Austintown Local Schools/Tom Stellers

We are also pleased to be able to recognize Mr. Matthew Mrakovich, General Electric Technology Manager, Outdoor Fixtures, who is a recipient of G E’s Edison Pioneer Award and will be making remarks during the ceremony.

The evening includes a reception beginning at 6:00 PM, followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00 PM, with awards will be presented at 8:00 PM. The event is open to the public. The cost is $30 per person or $300 for an event sponsorship and a reserved table for 8 guests. Advanced registration only. Please download the reservation form and RSVP by February 8, 2013 to Jenifer Miller, 330.941.4635 or jamiller10@ysu.edu.

Business Incubator Says You Can Come Home Again

By Dan O’Brien– The Business Journal

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Those who relocated from the Mahoning Valley years ago and returned for the holidays might not recognize the city they left.
Mike Hripko, YSU STEM Research and Technology--Based Economic Development

Mike Hripko, Director of YSU STEM Research and Technology–Based Economic Development

Today Youngstown is in the midst of an economic renaissance, officials boast, and the Youngstown Business Incubator, Youngstown State University and the OH WOW! Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology demonstrate why. Continue reading

Electrical Contractors Award 5 Scholarships to YSU Students

Mahoning Valley NECA Chapter recognizes local engineering scholars

YOUNGSTOWN (Dec. 18, 2012) – Five local Youngstown State University students were named recipients of the Mahoning Valley National Electrical Contractors Association’s annual scholarship.

Students from left to right: Michael Currao, David Wright, Jason Nutt, Ethan Parks and Kalen Wallace

Top row from left to right: Paul McFadden (YSU Foundation), Rex Ferry (VEC, Inc.), Bob Magni (RLM Electric), Bill Leone (Tri-Area Electric), Joe Dickey, Jr. (Joe Dickey Electric), Jalal Jalali (YSU Electrical Engineering), Tom Travers (Mahoning Valley NECA executive director), Ted Bosela (YSU, Electrical Engineering Technology), and Dean Martin Abraham. Students Awardees of the Mahoning Valley NECA Scholarship from left to right: Michael Currao, David Wright, Jason Nutt, Ethan Parks and Kalen Wallace.

The students were recognized at a luncheon in their honor hosted by the YSU Foundation at the Youngstown Club today.

“These young men are exemplary representatives of Mahoning Valley NECA, each having shown tremendous academic achievement, strong character and award-winning participation in extra-curricular activities, namely the student NECA chapter,” said Thomas J. Travers, Mahoning Valley NECA executive director. Continue reading

Y-town Tech Tour Set for Late December

Make your reservations now!

Youngstown State University, The Youngstown Business Incubator, and OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology will host the Second Annual Y-Town Tech Tour on December 27, 2012.

This event, designed to introduce Youngstown’s rapidly growing technology career opportunities and emerging research focus to visitors who are home for the holidays, is free and open to the public.

Guests can take a one-hour tour of YBI at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., where they can learn about the more than 400 jobs created in the computer science and information systems fields in Youngstown. Representatives from YBI Portfolio companies will be on hand to present information on their technologies and businesses.

Dr. Martin Abraham, dean of Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics will be available to discuss YSU’s research initiatives, the college’s new Ph.D. program in materials science and engineering, Youngstown’s new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and the YSU Natural Gas and Water Resources Institute.

OH WOW! will be open for exploration and experimentation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tour participants should stop in to discover interactive exhibits and experience the Center’s STEM EDUtainment.  OH WOW! will also be offering a special program as part of the Tech Tour called “Reverse Engineering – Toy Deconstruction.”

Several Downtown restaurants plan to offer lunch specials and discounts to Y-town Tech Tour guests.

For reservations, contact Rose Shaffer at rshaffer@ybi.org.

The Fifth Annual STEM Awards Dinner

Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is hosting its Fifth Annual STEM Awards Dinner on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6pm-10pm. The event showcases past achievements and the future potential of alumni, educators, and community leaders.

The event will be held in the Chestnut Room in Kilcawley Center. the cost is $30 per person or a corporate table for eight at $300 per table. The Fifth Annual STEM Awards Dinner is open to the public

For reservations and further information, please contact Jenifer A. Miller at 330.941.4635 or jamiller10@ysu.edu.

YSU Featured at ASEE Meeting in Texas

The YSU College of STEM was featured at the recent American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) www.asee.org meeting in San Antonio, TX.   Selected as one of only 25 universities to be featured, ASEE included a video presentation of college highlights that was shown during the meeting, and currently resides on the ASEE website.  This video highlights YSU’s unique relationships with area businesses, including Fireline, Inc. www.firelineinc.com and General Motors www.gm.com and the importance of these relationships in enhancing the students’ experience.

ASM Materials Teachers’ Camp held at YSU

The ASM Teachers’ Camp was held on Campus from Monday, July 9 – 13, 2012 in Moser Hall introducing high school and middle school teachers to the engineering professions through Materials Science.  ASM www.asminternational.org/, a professional organization since 1913, is operating approximately 50 “Materials Camps” throughout the United States and Canada this summer.

Under the guidance of master teachers Thomas Glasgow and Georgia Peet, fifteen teachers took this opportunity to re-visit science principles, and perform experiments with the intention of being able to bring new lessons into their classrooms.  The camp is free for teacher attendees.  For their participation, they received 4 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) and had the opportunity for 2 graduate level courses. They were also provided curricular tools in both digital (CD ROM) format and print; supplies needed to replicate some of the classroom activities at their school; a one year membership in ASM International; and access to the time and talents of numerous local engineers and scientists.

Featured speakers at the Camp were Eric Schmidt, Ph.D., V & M Star https://www.vmstar.com/, Youngstown, Ohio and Mr. Chuck Fryman,  Ellwood Quality Steel www.ellwoodqualitysteels.com/, New Castle, Pennsylvania.  Because Materials are also a very important and integral part of the manufacturing process, the teachers were given a tour of Brilex Industries www.brilex.com/, Youngstown, Ohio, by Mr. Brian Benyo, Co-Founder.  Virgil Solomon, Ph.D., YSU Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, presented a demonstration of the electron microscope in the Electron Microscope Facility at YSU.

The week long workshop ended with a formal luncheon with guests Dr. Martin Abraham, Dean of the STEM College and Mr. Thomas Frazier, Chairperson of the Warren ASM Chapter in attendance.

How do you cure tapeworm

Just ask 25 middle school students from 8 area schools and they will definitely let you know how they created “medicine” to cure tapeworm from a recipe dating back to the ‘80’s, that’s the 1880’s to be more correct!  The students were part of the YSU STEM Explore Program which met for 2 weeks on the YSU campus.

Ten days were filled with activities in all STEM areas which included:  building pasta bridges, designing and building solar cars, building weather instruments (anemometer, thermometer, barometer, cloud in a jar), building rockets, conducting forensic activities, collecting and analyzing bacteria,  and designing podcasts just to name a few.  In addition, the students toured the Melnik Medical Museum (where they made the “medicine”), YSU Planetarium, YSU Mineral Museum, OH WOW! The Gloria and Rogers Jones Children’s Center and many other places around campus.

This program is a collaboration between YSU’s College of STEM  and Beeghly College of Education and was motivated by the undersized numbers, nationally and regionally, of capable high school students entering into STEM majors at the college level.

A Great Finish for the Concrete Canoe in Reno

A team of Youngstown State University students finished in the top 10 at the 25th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition in Reno, Nev.

The YSU team finished ninth, ahead of schools such as University of California Berkeley, Clemson University, Oregon State and Rutgers. California Polytechnic State University finished first.

The YSU team consisted of students Nathan Knapp (project manager) of Warren, Joe Reedy of Austintown, Samantha Rovnak of Austintown, Allison McMillen of East Palestine, Mike Kaldy of Brookfield, Kim Klonowski of Canton, Mich., Justin Ambrosio of Cortland and Sentel Rodgers of Youngstown. The team’s advisor was Adam DePizzo.

“We were very happy and proud to compete with the best engineering schools in the nation and finish in the top 10,” Knapp said. “With this accomplishment, YSU is clearly one of the top engineering schools in the nation.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers sponsors the three-day competition. Throughout the year, teams of civil engineering students from across the country and Canada research design and construct canoes made out of concrete. After coming out on top in regional competitions throughout the spring, the best and brightest from 22 top engineering schools matched wits and skills in the national finals.

The competition is comprised of both academic and athletic events. Students write a paper detailing the design and construction of their canoe and then give an oral presentation. They are also judged on their final product, the canoe, and their accompanying display, which further explains their design process. Finally, they put their canoe through the paces in a series of five race events—men’s and women’s slalom/endurance races and men’s, women’s and co-ed sprint races.

For more information on the competition, including photos, race results and event details, visit http://www.asce.org/concretecanoe.

Youngstown Urban Agriculture Roundtable

If you have taken a look around the city of Youngstown lately, there have been some noticeable changes. With revitalization as a main focus, various nonprofits, residents, and businesses are increasing their efforts to bring green initiatives to the city.
Panelists addressed these changes occurring in the area at the Youngstown Urban Agricultural Roundtable panel for the 2012 Sustainable Energy Forum, held at Youngstown State University on June 4 and 5.

Hailing from Southern California, Walker Wells, director for the green urbanism program at Global Green USA, noted how a partnership began here in the valley, when Wells was invited to the Forum three years ago.  Wells assisted with needs such as agriculture, redevelopment codes, and zoning issues.

Wells, who moderated the discussion, introduced other speakers including Youngstown City Council President Tito Brown, who noted that.  “Youngstown is embracing being a greener community.”  His sentiment appears to be true. Community gardens, as he pointed out the location on Glenwood Avenue in the Idora Park neighborhood as an example of what is becoming more of a norm as citizens are utilizing empty land for green space.

Another organization bringing the issues of sustainability to the forefront is Goodness Grows of North Lima, Ohio. Steve Fortenberry, president and founder, said that his group has worked with GM Lordstown by operating gardens in empty land around the plant. Fortenberry said GM has incorporated these gardens into their employee wellness program.

Attendees also heard from Joy Johnson, grants management director at Burten, Bell, Carr, Development Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. Johnson shared how Cleveland is becoming an agricultural hub as citizens continue to create partnerships as well as innovate new gardens and farms in urban areas.

Along with the other presentations, an important part of the agriculture panel was the group discussions. Creating dialogue is a vital way to encourage and educate others on the significance of sustainability and community.

Sustainable Energy Forum, Delphi

In today’s society, companies are finding new ways to bring energy efficient products to consumers.

Attendees at the June 4 and 5 Sustainable Energy Forum at Youngstown State University were able to see first-hand some of the new technologies that are driving sustainability efforts in the automotive sector. Presenters from the hydraulics division of Delphi, in Champion, Ohio, hosted a panel to discuss how the company is introducing innovative technologies into the hybrid market.

Delphi is a global manufacturer that develops parts for the growing demand of greener vehicles. Randy Sumner, director of global hybrid electric vehicle business and technology development, said that in a standard car, there is more computing than a space shuttle.

In one innovation critical to the success of the electric vehicle, Delphi is developing a wireless charging system. The system would be placed on a garage floor, or paved parking spot, and consumers would not have to worry about plugs or cords.
Currently, the company has 12,400 customers, and 120,000 employees. Sumner noted that Delphi has a 95 percent flawless launch rate, and invests substantially in research and development.

Dominion Transmission

Ask David Mordan, director of natural gas operations at Dominion Transmission about the company, and he’ll tell you where it all began and where it’s heading. In 1913 in Hastings, Ohio, Dominion was the first company to have an oil absorption processing plant in the United States. Today, Dominion is the nation’s leading energy supplier.

Marcellus shale, which runs through Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio, is one of the driving forces for Dominion’s growth and expansion. As part of the 2012 Sustainable Energy Forum held at Youngstown State University on June 4 and 5, Mordan spoke to a crowd of over 200 about the Dominion’s gas processing facilities, specifically the development of the Hasting’s location the new $500 million plant being built in Natrium, West Virginia.

Texas based Chicago Bridge and Iron was hired to build the plant, which is expected to be completed by December 2012. This isn’t the first time Dominion has made such large investments. In 2002, the Hastings location saw a $90 million renovation to modernize and expand, Mordan said.

Fourth Annual Sustainable Energy Forum

It has been said that creating a sustainable energy supply is the number one challenge for society today. On June 4th and 5th, the fourth annual Sustainable Energy Forum was held in Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University to describe opportunities to meet that challenge. The event served as an opportunity for industry leaders, academicians, students, and members of the community to learn more about ideas and innovations in this growing field.

Honorable Bill Johnsn

Over 200 attendees heard from a variety of guest speakers, including the Honorable Bill Johnson, Congressman of the 6th District Ohio, and Jason Walsh, senior advisor for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, at the U.S. Department of Energy. Attendees also had the opportunity to attend an exhibition of companies engaged in the sustainable energy supply chain, and participate in multiple panel discussions on an array of topics. Representatives from Delphi, Dominion Transmission, General Motors, Global Green USA, and V&M Star, were all present to describe their role in this emerging industry.

Marc Gerken

Marc Gerken, president of American Municipal Power (AMP) in Columbus, Ohio, delivered the keynote address. AMP is a major force in wholesale supply for municipal electrical systems, serving areas from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and a joint action agency in Delaware.

The focus of Gerken’s talk was on transformational technologies. He said for AMP, sustainability means to focus on maximizing opportunities and minimizing risks for their members. This involves “a balance between economic, environmental, and social considerations.” Since 2000, the nonprofit has seen membership grow from 82 in 2000 to now 129. Gerken assigns the reason for the growth to a business model that incorporates flexibility, financial growth, and future projects.

Jason Walsh

With sustainability being a world-wide concern, new technologies and research opportunities are emerging and Jason Walsh, Department of Energy, noted that government has invested $260 billion in global clean energy. This has provided opportunities for job growth, energy security, and an increase in the use of domestic oil sources, Walsh added.

The Government, corporations, and other populations are taking notice that sustainability in our nation is not an issue to take lightly; it’s a necessity. As Congressman Bill Johnson said, “Energy is the next great frontier for America.”