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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Student Spotlight: Ashley Bowers

AshleyBowersMuch of what YSU STEM stands for can be shown through students like Ashley Bowers, a junior Industrial and Systems Engineering student with a minor in Mathematics. Ashley, who will become the new President of the STEM Leadership Society next fall, displays the top characteristics that STEM works hard to instill in its students.

Ashley, an Austintown Fitch graduate and valedictorian, has worked her way through the last three years of college like many other students. What is different about Ashley is how she has also worked her way up in the STEM Leadership Society (SLS). Starting with a basic position she moved to being the Vice President this year. Next year, Ashley will be the new President. SLS isn’t the only organization that Ashley is a part of; she is also a part of Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society and the YSU Honors Society. Continue reading

SWE Annual Dinner with Industry

Recently, the Youngstown State University section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) held their Third Annual Dinner with Industry in Kilcawley Center. The event promoted social networking in a low-pressure environment for engineering students with representatives from local area engineering companies. The YSU SWE section would like to thank the following companies for participating in and supporting the evening’s events: Ellwood Group, Inc., Ergon-West Virginia, Inc., General Motors, Michael Baker Corporation, ms consultants, inc., Parker Hannifin, R.G. Steel Warren, RTI International Metals, Inc., and V&M Star.

A welcome address, given by Dr. Martin Abraham, Dean of the YSU College of STEM, was followed by dinner and keynote speaker for the evening, Laurie Moore, a Staff Environmental Engineer working for Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC. Ms. Moore, with over thirty-five years’ experience in the engineering and manufacturing industries, delivered guidelines for young engineers who are about to enter the workforce. Her tips included having a mentor within the company as a go-to person who can assist with questions about company policies, and also completing Six Sigma training, an educational asset that can enhance any engineer’s understanding of increasing efficiency in the workplace. The organization looks forward to another successful Dinner with Industry next spring!

Pictured above, from left to right are: Melissa Workoff, section treasurer; Laurie Moore, keynote speaker; Jennifer Moy, section president; Professor Carol Lamb, YSU SWE Advisor; Kathleen Smith, section secretary; and Kayla Herron, section vice president.

This year marks the thirty year anniversary of the establishment of the Society of Women Engineers section here at Youngstown State University. This organization is open to all male and female engineering and engineering technology students, and it is a great way to enhance professional development. Biweekly meetings throughout the semester are held to promote professional development with various speakers and networking opportunities available. Professor Carol Lamb, the section advisor, has been influential in keeping this student association together! For more information about the YSU SWE section, please email ysuswe@gmail.com.