YSU Receives First Patent

Pict-Oder2014Dr. Tom Oder, a professor of Physics and Astronomy, has received a patent for a silicon carbine barrier diode. While this isn’t Oder’s first patent, it is the first for YSU.

A silicon carbine barrier diode is an electronic device made using silicon carbide semiconductor material that Oder said has been an idea of his since he was a graduate student, but it wasn’t until he was hired at YSU in 2003 that he began his research.

“What you have in your cell phone and most of your electronics is made of silicon. The problem of silicon is that it cannot withstand high temperature. So if your device is working at a high temperature, it has got to be cooled otherwise it is going to fail,” Oder said. Silicon carbide, however, is a great alternative material. Continue reading

Spring Training: Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

sixsigmaWhen you first hear Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, you may be thinking about dojos and karate chopping, but the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program, which was held on January 24-26, 2013 at the YSU Metro Campus, chopped something a little different: numbers. This event was the first time YSU has participated with this program, which is offered by the Institute of Industrial Engineering.

Ted Mullan, a senior Industrial Engineering student and member of the Student Chapter of IIE, was appointed by Dr. Martin Cala as the Program Certification Liaison. His efforts, along with the teaching efforts of IIE instructor Doug Long, brought this new certification to campus to make our students and University more distinguished.

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On the right track: Engineering Management


There are a lot of things going on in Youngstown today. There is new industry developing all around us, but there is even more going on to revitalize the City. An important part of the process is having flexibility in education that forms to what the industry needs. A master of science degree in Engineering Management helps, not only, a student to become more marketable, but it also helps the companies that hire them to be more efficient.

The engineering management track was started approximately thirteen years ago. The program has had quite a few students over the years, but this year the program has made a change. Now that industry has moved back to Youngstown and the economy is on the rise, the program has been revamped to meet the industries’ and students’ needs. The program is now being offered online, rather than in the classroom, which has allowed more students to pursue this track.

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Looking Deeper with the X-Ray Diffraction Lab

Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics has always prided itself on being the first and only STEM College in the state of Ohio. Now the STEM College can excitedly declare that and our technological advancements make us one of the top colleges in the STEM field. Dr. Allen Hunter, with the help of other university professors, including our own Dr. Matt Zeller, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for new equipment in the X-ray Diffraction Lab.

The new equipment, the cyber-enabled, single-crystal X-ray Diffractometer, will produce data 700 times better than that from the 11-year-old system (also NSF funded) that was previously the mainstay on campus. Continue reading

New Research Lab for Geology and Environmental Science!

If you have been walking through the first floor of Moser Hall, you may have noticed that there has been construction going on each way you turn. First the Dr. Jack D. Bakos Jr. Student Collaborative Lounge, more commonly know as the “Fishbowl,” was updated. Then the walls on the first floor were painted. While all this construction was going on, you may have missed what was going on in room 1020. 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

Professor Kin P. Moy Serves as Chairman at USA Delegation for ISO EMC Meeting

STEM Professor Chaired USA Delegation for International Standards Organization (ISO) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Working Group Meeting in Germany

Kin P. Moy, associate professor of Electrical Engineering Technology served as the chairman of the USA delegation to the International Standards Organization (ISO) EMC test standards development working group meeting at BMW Engineering Center in Munich, Germany in May, 2013. The working group included representatives from major global automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and universities.

The working group is responsible for the development of global automotive EMC test standards to ensure automobiles’ electrical/electronic systems are immune to electromagnetic interference.

Kin P. Moy ISO EMC DelegationIn this meeting, the scope of the working group has been expanded to include electromagnetic radiations from the high voltage electrical system from electric 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

Science on the Half Sphere Releases New Fisheye Images!

CFHT_ext2_1KScience on the Half Sphere, a planetarium media initiative in collaboration with CosmoQuest, has just released a series of fisheye images and video to be used in full dome productions. SotHS is a collaboration of efforts from the staff, faculty, and students at the YSU Ward Beecher Planetarium to bring free, full-dome media to other facilities. The initial product of this partnership, called Cosmic Castaways, was a 22-minute full-dome production featured at the Ward Beecher Planetarium this past fall.

Dr. Patrick Durrell and Dr. John Feldmeier, both from YSU, have taken on this project with the help of National Science Foundation research grants. Also included in this initiative are fisheye images taken from the Mauna Kea Observatories, a prime location for astronomical research in Hawaii, with some of the largest telescopes in the world, including the Gemini North Telescope.

To see the full set of fisheye images, click here.

To see the full set of fisheye time-lapse videos, click here.

To learn more about Cosmic Castaways and the Mauna Kea images, please visit the CosmoQuest Blog: Science on the Half Sphere.



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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STEM Recognizes Donors from 2011

The YSU College of STEM is pleased to recognize those alumni, friends and companies who help make our work possible. We’ve received great support over the past year and are very grateful to those who see value in supporting our efforts to educating tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

You can view our updated list of 2011 donors by clicking here, or visiting the “Our Donors” page from our blog.

If you would like to contribute to our work, please consider making a donation. You can donate through the YSU Development site. Please be sure to designate the STEM College as your recipient, so your contribution can be correctly directed and recognized.

Thank you to all of our past, present and future supporters!

CTME Advisory Board Meeting

YSU’s Center for Transportation and Materials Engineering held an Advisory Board Meeting in Moser Hall, Friday, January 6, 2020 with 16 members present including Ms. Cynthia Gerst, Research Program Manager at the Ohio Department of Transportation. The Advisory Board sets policies and procedures for the CTME which are the guidelines Joann Esenwein, as Director, uses to make decisions throughout the year. The Board also has input on the selection of research, outreach and workforce development projects selected for funding. Ms. Gerst presented an overview of the ODOT Strategic Research Plan. Ms. Esenwein went over the highlights of 2011 which included the submission of a proposal for new funding through the University Transportation Centers program, submitted in collaboration with the University of Pittsburg and University of Akron. Additional highlights included YSU’s Transportation Career Day, an ODOT visit, and funding received from ODOT District 4. Esenwein also informed the Board that the call for white papers for new research activities within the current funding cycle went out January 3, 2020 and are due January 18, 2020.

STEM College Implements New Ph.D. Program

The new Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering focuses on industrial collaboration where students will participate in research projects relevant to current industry innovations. Dr. Hazel Marie, the program’s director, said, “The program is unique in its emphasis to produce Ph.D. students that will use their talents in local and regional industries.” The program received final approval this summer and is now accepting students.


The new program and related research will become a vital hub for regional economic development and position YSU as an urban research university. Faculty from multiple science and engineering disciplines will work together with industry partners to champion scientific, engineering and commercial development throughout the region and beyond. Program graduates will have significant internship and outreach opportunities that will have a major impact in the region. For more information on the program, visit the Ph.D. program website.