First-Year Engineering: An Introduction

The first year of engineering at Youngstown State University is a time for STEM students to experience, research, and test out engineering. The first semester combines a number of classes teaching the basics of engineering.puttputta

Students during the first semester take the mathematics and engineering courses that are the necessary building blocks to the next four years of their undergraduate degrees. In these courses they learn to do research, compile the data, and then put it to use.

First-year engineering students are introduced to the main concepts of engineering, and then they have to use those concepts in a major project with a written and oral report. Over the fall semester, the students have put their engineering concepts to work in two major projects: the edible cars and the putt-putt course.

The edible cars were a project in which the students had to create a car with all the components being edible. The three person teams were then judged on speed, distance, and creativity, in addition to their written and oral reports. Approximately fifty students participated in this event.


The second project the first-year engineers had to complete was a mini-golf course. The course had to have a change in elevation, bends, and some sort of obstacle. Using AutoCAD, the students had to develop their courses before they could golf a couple rounds. The students presented their projects to Dr. Kerry Meyers, their first-year engineering professor.

Meyers said that she loves the enthusiasm the students put into their projects. “They go above and beyond [in their projects] when they are excited,” she said.

Stay tuned next semester as the first-year engineering students start another project for the OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology.

YSU GECT team takes first in Las Vegas NECA competition

Fifteen Engineering students from Youngstown State University’s National Electrical Contractors Association chapter have won the fourth annual Green Energy Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada in September. It was the Youngstown State University Green Energy Challenge Team’s first victory.

NECA and ELECTRI International– The Foundation for Electrical Construction jointly sponsor the competition. In the past, the YSU team won third place in 2010 and second place in 2011.

“Once again, our students shone on the national stage against competitors from prestigious engineering schools around the country,” said Theodore R. Bosela, YSU professor of Engineering Technology and the team’s advisor. Continue reading

MathFest: Making Math and Music Fun

High school students around the Mahoning Valley geared up for the 10th Annual MathFest this October at Youngstown State University. For the special 10th year anniversary,

MathFest Students

A group of high school students at MathFest

“Calculus: The Musical,” provided by the College of STEM and the YSU Student Government, preformed for the students and faculty.

Dr. Angela Spalsbury, associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics, has organized YSU MathFest for the last ten years. The event requires a great amount of organization and preparation, consisting of a mixed competition, the Challenge of Champions, and different student- and faculty-led workshops.

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Incredible Edible Cars! The First Edible Car Competition At YSU!

While the future of cars keeps evolving, edible cars may not be the best road to travel down. But for STEM students, edible cars are a great way to learn and apply the different aspects of engineering. At the beginning of the month, almost 50 first-year engineering students participated in the First Edible Car Competition. The three-person groups were judged on speed, distance, and creativity.

Check out the video to see how some of the cars were created!