Student Spotlight: Estee George

Estee GeorgeYoungstown State University College of STEM has a reputation for excellence, and students like junior Estee George propel that excellence forward. Estee is a double major in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and is minoring in Chemistry.

Estee keeps herself busy at YSU. She is the treasurer of Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Fraternity and is a member of both the STEM Leadership Society and Women in Mathematics. Also on campus, she is a member of the College Democrats.

While she is very busy on campus, Estee still takes time to do volunteer work with the Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and Friends of the Mahoning River.

Growing up in Boardman, Estee graduated from Ursuline High School. Like any high school senior, Estee looked around for great colleges.

“I chose YSU because I was so impressed with its strong STEM College, especially its excellent engineering program,” Estee says.

Estee is currently working with the chemical engineering, mathematics, and biology departments researching potential biofuels. She and her team research and study the fermentation of sugar and xylose into butanol. They hope that butanol will prove to be a more efficient fuel for the automotive industry.

Since Estee finds research in biofuels so interesting, she plans on continuing her research in graduate school and even when earning her doctorate. Estee hopes to continue work in alternative energy in her professional career.

Estee has already proven herself as an effective leader with the STEM Leadership Society, and she hopes other students will follow in her footsteps.

“I hope to influence other students in the STEM College to be excited about scientific research and breakthroughs in the areas of clean energy and green technology,” Estee says.

She attributes much of her success to Dr. Yates and Dr. Walker. Estee says that Dr. Yates and Dr. Walker have been her greatest influences.

“[They] have given me the tools to take my research so far and [they] have instilled within me an excitement for mathematical modeling and mathematical biology,” Estee says about the two.

At the end of April, Estee will be attending the 35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals in Portland, Oregon. She will be presenting her research and learning about other projects with similar research topics.