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About YSU STEM

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, founded in July 2007, is committed to providing programs of excellence in engineering, technology, physical and biological sciences, computer and information sciences, and mathematics. The mission of the STEM College is to deliver integrated programs of excellence to an engaged learning community.

 

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From the Dean

November

Although we still enjoy the nice weather, Halloween is already gone, Homecoming 2016 is over, and we are going full steam ahead for Thanksgiving. Worth mentioning is the fact that the Dean’s office won 2nd place for decorating the office for homecoming. Congratulations to Laurie Wittkugle and the Dean’s office students!

On November 1st, Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Williamson College of Business Administration hosted the Believe in Ohio Commercialization and Entrepreneurship STEM Forum. Believe in Ohio is a program of the Ohio Academy of Science and Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio with the purpose of engaging middle and high school students in STEM entrepreneurship. I am proud to say that over 260 students participated, making it a perfect day!

In an effort to expose the STEM College, our best kept secret, to the community and especially to high school students, I previously reported that we started to invite high schools for a field trip to YSU and expose the students to STEM in an interactive way. On November 2nd, we hosted Howland high school students at the STEM College (photo).Howland High School students and Dean Steelant

The reason I am personally engaged with the students is because it is my mission to expose as many students to the “awesomeness” of what STEM can be. Throughout the coming academic year, with the help of faculty, we will be hosting many high schools and will dazzle them with the magic world of STEM and take them on a journey they will not easily forget.

Go Penguins and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wim F. Steelant

October 

Mid-semester is already here and homecoming is just around the corner! On Thursday, October 6, we held our first STEM Expo in Kilcawley Center. I am extremely proud of the fact that over 60 companies were in attendance, looking for internships, co-ops and full-time hires in all disciplines of STEM. In the Spring semester, we will be hosting another STEM Expo and hope to make this one even bigger than the one we just organized. I hope to see you there!

In an effort to expose the STEM College, our best kept secret, to the community and especially to high school students, I previously reported that we started to invite high schools for a field trip to YSU and expose the students to STEM in an interactive way.

Canfield Village Middle SchoolOn October 7, we hosted Canfield Village Middle School students at the STEM College (photo) and on October 19, we had Columbiana High School visiting us.

The reason I am personally engaged with the students is because it is my mission to expose as many students to the “awesomeness” of what STEM can be. Throughout the coming academic year, with the help of faculty, we will be hosting many high schools and will dazzle them with the magic world of STEM and take them on a journey they will not easily forget.

Go Penguins!

Wim F. Steelant

September

Although we still have that summer feeling due to the nice weather, the Fall semester is well on its way and the “census” numbers for enrollment are available. The College of STEM is proud to announce that its headcount is 200 students higher than last Fall semester, bringing the total number of students to almost 3400.

In an effort to expose the STEM College, our best kept secret, to the community and especially to high school students, I previously reported that we started to invite high schools for a field trip to YSU and expose the students to STEM in an interactive way.

On July 14th, the first high school we hosted at the STEM College was Warren G. Harding High School.  Last Friday, September 9th, we had the honor to host Champion high school (photo).

Champion HS students with Dean SteelantMany of the students that are in the picture will have completed 20 credit hours of YSU college credit through the College Credit Plus program that we offer at Champion High School. Very impressive!

The reason I am personally engaged with the students is because it is my mission to expose as many students to the “awesomeness” of what STEM can be. Throughout the coming academic year, with the help of faculty, we will be hosting many high schools and will bedazzle them with the magic world of STEM and take them on a journey they will not easily forget.

Go Penguins!

Wim F. Steelant

August

The summer is winding down and the academic year 2016-2017 is already knocking at the front door. My major goal for my first full academic year as Dean of STEM will be to further stimulate the quality of our programs. I will be focusing on more “hands-on” possibilities for our students through research, internships, and co-ops. I strongly believe that exposing our students early-on to be engaged in research makes a world of difference.

To give an example: a few engineering students recently achieved a major milestone with their capstone project. My administrative assistant, Laurie Wittkugle, and her 13-year old Border Collie, Shelby, and a handful of our students made the local news on WKBN recently. Shelby has deformed legs, but with the use of 3-D printing technology and determined engineering students and faculty, they were able to make a brace for one of Shelby’s legs to aid in her mobility. The brace went through many trial runs before the one with the perfect material was selected. The brace has really helped to highlight the quality of work that our STEM students can accomplish. You can read the full story on Shelby here.

Way to go and keep up the excellent work! Go Penguins!

Wim F. Steelant

July

The summer already brought us to the middle of July. As the hot summer is hitting us, so is the notion that the new academic year is around the corner! In an effort to expose the STEM College, our best kept secret, to the community and especially to high school students, I decided to start inviting high schools for a field trip to YSU.

On the 14th of July, we hosted students of the Academic Achievers program from Warren G. Harding High School at the STEM College (Photo), which is the only high school in the Warren City schools district. I exposed the students to “material density” and “material phase transitions” in an interactive hands-on demonstration. At the end of each session we go outside of Moser hall and blow-up a plastic bottle using dry ice (carbon dioxide).

Dean and studentsThe reason I am personally engaged with the students is because it is my mission to expose as many students to the “awesomeness” of what STEM can be. Throughout the coming academic year, with the help of faculty, I will be hosting many high schools and will bedazzle them with the magic world of STEM and take them on a journey they will not easily forget.

Go Penguins!

Wim F. Steelant

June

The summer is well under way and the University is coming back to life with students involved in undergraduate and graduate research and taking summer courses. Speaking of the latter, I decided to teach voluntarily CHEM 1501, Introduction to Chemistry, during the fall semester of 2016.

I have three main reasons to do this: 1) Providing opportunities and leading by example: the students that are taking this class usually never had chemistry in high school or are not far enough along in mathematics. It is my goal to give these students the opportunity to come up to speed; 2) Getting to know the STEM students: by teaching an introductory class, I get in contact with incoming freshman and I have the opportunity to get to know them; 3) Collegiality: it is a pleasure for me to join the faculty on the classroom floor.

As a dean, this will be my sixth year teaching introductory courses to incoming students and by doing so, I am able to mingle and stay in touch with the students. By breaking this student-dean barrier, the students no longer hesitate to enjoy my open-door policy and share good and bad things with me.

Just my opinion …

Go penguins!

Wim F. Steelant

May

On May 7th I had the honor to be on the podium during my first YSU Commencement Ceremony. A little over 60 students received a master’s degree and about 320 students received a bachelor’s degree. I am very proud of all our graduates and particularly of Kyle Myers, who is the first student to receive a YSU PhD (Materials and Science Engineering) and Ashley Orr (BS Mathematics and Economics) who is YSU’s first Rhodes Scholar.

Meanwhile, I completed my first 100 days as Dean of STEM at YSU. During this time, I have been very busy meeting with students, staff, departments, and department chairs; listening to their passions, dreams, and suggestions.

Together with faculty and chairs, we will develop a 5-year plan for the college of STEM, focusing on three very important priorities: recruitment, retention, and job placement/continued education. Recruiting students, their retention, and eventually job placement or continued education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are a growing concern for colleges and universities.

Does spending millions of dollars on marketing guarantee the recruitment and success of quality students? How do we retain the students by offering a quality education without lowering the standards or inflating GPAs? How do we warrant an in-field job placement or continued education in STEM? These are three questions every Dean wishes he or she had the correct answers for.

To be continued….

Go Penguins!

Wim F. Steelant

April

Being one month into the job as Dean of STEM, I would like to express my gratitude for the warm welcoming and for my opportunity to be part of the excitement at the College of STEM. I assure you that filling in the position of the former Dean of STEM, Dr. Martin Abraham, now provost, and Interim Dean Gregg Sturrus will not be an easy task.

As the academic year comes to an end, I would like to use this opportunity to wish all our STEM students the best of luck during their final exams. I also would like to congratulate the students that will graduate, begin a new career, or continue on their path of education.

Two students in particular need to be congratulated: Maggie Wansack, student office assistant in the Dean’s office for five years, graduating with a master’s degree in counseling; and Cassy Twoey, STEM Social Media & Newsletter Editor for two years, graduating with a master’s degree in English.

I am looking forward to being at your service, and please do not hesitate to swing by the Dean’s office.

Go Penguins!

Wim F. Steelant

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