Ward Beecher Feature: The Electron Microscope Facility

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Dr. Virgil Solomon looking at the chemical composition of a sample.

From the outside, Ward Beecher Hall looks like a normal academic building. Sure, it houses a planetarium and a greenhouse, but there is more than that on the inside. Youngstown State University has the privilege of having an Electron Microscope (EM) Facility on its campus.

The first part of the facility was started in 2009 with the help of a grant from Ohio Third Frontier. The $2.1 million grant was used to redesign part of the fifth floor of Ward Beecher Hall to accommodate both a focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope and a scanning/transmission electron microscope. Continue reading

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.