Sturrus Named Interim Dean

SturrusThe College of STEM would like to extend congratulations to Dr. W. Gregg Sturrus, who was named interim dean of the college on Wednesday! Dr. Sturrus is currently serving as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and will assume the position of interim dean on October 8. Everyone is excited to have Dr. Sturrus as the interim dean, including our STEM students, who have often referred to him as a funny and great professor.

Sturrus joined YSU in 1991 as an assistant professor and became the chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2004. During his time at YSU, Sturrus has received eight grants, totaling over $1.75 million.

“I am pleased that Interim Provost [Martin] Abraham asked me to step in as the interim dean of STEM. I am optimistic about the challenges facing the current leadership of the university and believe the new president and provost will make changes that will make YSU increasingly attractive to a broad student base and a stronger urban research university. I am happy to be called to lead the STEM College in these exciting times,” Sturrus said.

Dr. James Andrews will be serving as interim chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, replacing Sturrus.

The decision to appoint Sturrus as interim dean came after Dean Abraham was appointed as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for the university on September 17. The appointment is still pending official approval by the Board of Trustees, who will meet on October 7.

“I’m saddened to be leaving the day-to-day operations, but I won’t be far away and am looking forward to participating in their activities in my new role as provost,” Dean Abraham said.

Smith Receives Grant

Congratulations to Debbie Smith, a part-time faculty member in the YSU Physics & Astronomy Department, who was awarded an American Chemical Society Grant for $1,487. Ms. Smith, who is from Poland, was the sole principle investigator on the proposal. The grant is to purchase Vernier equipment for the Chemistry and Physics labs at Poland High School participating in the College-in-High-School Program at YSU in the STEM College. The equipment to be purchased includes Vernier interfaces, temperature probes, pH probes, conductivity probes, Colorimeter, Drop Counter, Light Sensors and Logger Pro3. With the new equipment, students will be able to perform experiments using extensive computer data collection techniques to help them interpret, analyze and draw conclusions in their laboratory classes.

New Addition to the STEMian Social Media Team

cassieHere at YSU STEM we have been providing you with the news and campus happenings for some time, but now it’s time to introduce our newest STEMian Social Media Team. This month, we’ll focus on the newsletter and social media side.

Cassandra Twoey is a senior professional and technical writing student, who has not only worked hard as the editor-in-chief for the Jambar, but has also worked as a co-editor for the Yo* Magazine. She has been accepted into graduate school, here at YSU, for the professional and technical writing track of the English master’s program.

Starting with the September Newsletter, Cassandra will be bringing a new and interesting vibe to our STEM News! We hope that you will all take the opportunity to welcome her to the STEMian community, but we also want to let you know what the STEMian Social Media Team can do for you.

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STEM Intern of the Year: Teresa McKinney!

TeresaweldingMany STEM students participate in internships during their college career. One STEM student, Teresa McKinney, has won the STEM Intern of the Year. The STEM Intern of the Year award is given to a student that has shown a high quality of work, has shown initiative, has completed presentations, and has had an impact on the company with whom they have worked.

Teresa McKinney, a senior Mechanical Engineering student, has accomplished a great deal in her college career. While she has held several internships, one of her most memorable ones was her internship at Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc. Continue reading

Scholarships: The wait is over!

finaidAll students should know that with the New Year comes a whole new scholarship search. Youngstown State University and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics offers many scholarships to a variety of students. Scholarships are awarded according to many different factors including different majors, class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.), financial need, and much more. Continue reading

The 6th Annual YSU STEM College Awards Dinner

Make your reservations now for the 6th Annual STEM College Awards Dinner to be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 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 achievements and future challenges.

The evening includes a reception beginning at 6:00 PM, followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00 PM, with awards being presented at 8:00 PM.  The event is open to the public.  The cost is $40 per person or $350 for event sponsorship and a reserved table for 8 attendees.  Advanced registration only.  Please download the reservation form and RSVP by February 8, 2020 to Jenifer Miller, 330.941.4635 or jamiller10@


The Fishbowl: A Dedication to Dr. Jack Bakos

bakosAnyone who has ever walked through the first floor of Moser Hall has noticed the study lounge that has been nicknamed the “FishBowl.” On Friday, October 18th, 2013, Mrs. Patsy Bakos, her son Dr. Jason Bakos, and her granddaughter Jade attended the unveiling ceremony that dedicated the “Fishbowl” as the “Dr. Jack D. Bakos Jr. Student Collaborative Lounge.”

The family of YSU alumni wanted to continue the dedication to YSU that was started by Dr. Bakos. Dr. Bakos was known for his passion for his students and always took pride in their accomplishments. Continue reading

Dr. Janet Del Bene Publishes 250th Paper!

Delbene-JanetYoungstown State University has been lucky to have some great professors in the past, but few have been as active as Dr. Janet Del Bene. The Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics would like to congratulate Dr. Del Bene on recently publishing her 250th paper.

For her 250th paper, Dr. Del Bene arranged her publications so that her only paper that didn’t tell of her research in theoretical chemistry would be about her mentor, Dr. John Pople, whom she worked with during her second postdoctoral fellowship, and also during her first sabbatical from YSU. Dr. John Pople was Continue reading

Publications: Dr. Butcher and Students

Michael T. Butcher, assistant professor, in the Department of Biological Sciences, published the article “Correlation of muscle function and bone strain in the hindlimb of the river cooter turtle (Pseudemys concinna)” in the September issue of the Journal of Morphology. This work was the Graduate Thesis of his student Brett R. Aiello. He also published the article “Forelimb muscle architecture and force production potential in the eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus).” The primary author of this paper is his graduate student, Jacob Rose, whom helped complete this study as an undergraduate at YSU. This article will be published in the November issue of the Journal of Morphology. To learn more about the research projects being conducted in his lab, visit his laboratory website:

New Faculty Help Expand YSU STEM Capabilities

Now that the first few weeks of school are over, many have met the new faculty that are roaming the halls of the STEM College. We may not know them by name just yet, but we recognize that they are new faces. Some of the new faculty were brought in to help expand several areas of the STEM College, including the Ph.D. program in Materials Science and the new natural gas minor.

Let us now introduce the newest members of the faculty!

Dr. Snjezana Balaz

snjezana_balazDr. Snjezana Balaz earned her bachelor’s degree in Physics from Northland College in Ashland, WI in 2001, her Master of Science degree in Physics, as well as her PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005 and 2007, respectively. She has since worked at the University of California at Riverside and The Ohio State University. Dr. Balaz has extensive experience and publications in the field of surface science. Her research has focused on the structure of surfaces of thin films, Continue reading

Science on the Half Sphere

CFHT_ext2_1KRecently, Science on the Half Sphere, a planetarium media initiative in collaboration with CosmoQuest, has released a series of fisheye images and video to be used in full dome productions. This collaboration of efforts from the staff, faculty, and students at the YSU Ward Beecher Planetarium will bring free, full dome media to other facilities that have the ability to project fisheye images.

The initial product, called Cosmic Castaways, was a 22-minute production featured at the Ward Beecher Planetarium with the help of a Continue reading

Internships: The Experience You Need

Each semester, students from the STEM College go out into the community, the nation, and the world to get the experience they need in their areas of study. This summer, over 100 students from YSU STEM registered for various internships and co-ops.

An internship is an elective that is worth one to four credits. The time on-site is about half time. A co-op is a full-time position within a company and the student still is considered a full-time student. Both internships and co-ops are academically advanced and give the student the real world experience they will need in the future job market.

There are many benefits of participating in an internship or a co-op. A student can meet new people and use the experience as a networking tool. Internships and co-ops are also a good way to get used to the day-to-day experiences of working in a full-time position. Continue reading

The Summer Manufacturing Institute!

Summer Manufacturing Institute

Join us for the Summer Manufacturing Institute, July 22-26, 2013

It is never too early to start planning your Career!

Participants will enjoy a fun, interactive summer experience. They will be introduced to career opportunities in the manufacturing industry.

Daily schedule to include:

 Team Building

 Debrief/Journaling

 Daily field trips to include visits to the Museum of Labor & Industry, YBI, NAMII, AST2, VEC, Brilex and more….

 Exploration and Design Challenges at OH WOW!

 Breakfast & Lunch Included

 Final showcase of the week’s design projects at an open house event for family and friends

Requirements to enroll in the Program:

 Participants must be entering 4th to 6th Grades

 A $15 enrollment fee will apply for all participants

 Participants must attend all 5 days of the Camp

Registration Closes: July 15, 2020

For more information or to register contact Jennie Andrews at 330-746-6361.

This is a collaborative project between Mahoning Valley Manufacturer’s Coalition, OH WOW!, Senator Sherrod Brown’s Office, Youngstown City Schools and the YWCA of Youngstown

$440 Million In-kind Grant Brings State-of-the-art Software and Training to YSU STEM

On May 30th, 2013, Siemens Corporation announced a donation of a $440 million in-kind grant to YSU and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This grant goes to further the advancement of YSU STEM and the community in the additive manufacturing world.

“It’s really a great day to be a dean of a STEM College. It is a really great day to be here at YSU, but this is really a great day for YSU students,” says Dean Martin Abraham of the STEM College, “because really it’s the students that ultimately are going to gain the greatest benefit from this.”

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