New Plasma Etching System Installed in Moser

For the third year in a row, YSU has received funding by the National Science Foundation. This year, YSU received $307,422 in order to purchase a plasma etching system.

The etching system is about the size of a desk, and its purpose is to remove unwanted materials; these materials can be as hard as ceramics and metals or as soft as polymers.

“That kind of equipment is a very important piece of equipment in a research institution that focuses on materials research. It is a very important addition to our suite of research instruments because it allows us to fabricate intricate devices and to conduct investigations into the structures of materials by digging inside the materials,” said Dr. Tom Oder, who is the lead investigator of the grant.

Co-investigators of the grant include Dr. Pedro Cortes, Dr. Ruigang Wang, Dr. Virgil Solomon, and Klaus-Markus Peters, who is the General Manager at Fireline, Inc.

The plasma etching system can be utilized in research projects at all levels, from large size materials to structures that are in the micrometer or nanometer scale. Oder said that the plasma that performs the etching can  be produced by various gases —such as chlorine, ammonia or oxygen — and comes down like rain, so it’s able to handle various kinds of materials.

To remove unwanted material, the plasma chemically reacts with the material, turning it into a gaseous product that is then evacuated using special vacuum pumps. The system has a robotic arm that moves samples into the etching chamber, so whoever is working does not get exposed to the dangerous gases, a feature that Oder said was unique.

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.

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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NASA and MAGNET land on campus

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) arrived on campus Thursday, December 5, 2020 for the NASA Roadshow.  NASA and MAGNET combined forces to help four Northeast Ohio companies brainstorm their projects and advance local industry.

“[This] is a good opportunity to get some outside help,” said Mark Fetchel of Delta Systems. Continue reading

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

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.

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The Summer Manufacturing Institute!

Mr. Harris helping the students build a pizza box circuit. More pictures below.

The Youngstown area is busy with both new and old industry. These industries work together to form our economy, but it is the job of educators and the community to bridge the gap between our children and industry. The Summer Manufacturing Institute, a collaborative effort between OH WOW!, The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, Senator Sherrod Brown’s Office, Youngstown City Schools, and the YWCA of Youngstown, did just that; it bridged the gap between students and future careers in manufacturing.

The Summer Manufacturing Institute is a pilot program this year that introduced children, from grades four through six, to the wonders and possibilities of careers in manufacturing. While most programs of its kind focus on children in grades six and above, the collaborators believed it would be more beneficial to focus on children a little bit younger. 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.



Printing a New Direction at the McDonough Museum

With the Additive Manufacturing industry blossoming around the Youngstown area, the McDonough Museum of Art has featured a new exhibition exploring the wonders and advances of 3D printing.

3D printing uses different materials, ranging from paper to ceramic and gold to edible materials, to build objects layer by layer, rather than remove material to carve out an object. Part of the 3D printing exhibition details how 3D printing has advanced in the last thirty years.

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$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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