Faculty Faction: Dr. Holly Martin

2013-08-20 15.39.09
Dr. Holly Martin

Over the last semester you may have seen a new face in the Chemical Engineering Department. This year, the department added Dr. Holly Martin as an assistant professor to research and teach at all levels of YSU STEM students.

Dr. Martin, who is originally from Mobile, Alabama, earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering, with a minor in microbiology, from Mississippi State University. She also earned her Ph.D. at Mississippi State University, where her teaching career began as a graduate student.  She then completed two years of post-doctoral studies with the Chemical Engineering department, before joining the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS).

Her time at CAVS involved both a post-doctoral appointment and an appointment as an assistant research professor.  She continued to teach while at CAVS, which solidified her desire to both teach and perform research.  While the majority of her time was focused on research, she did work to develop methods for supervising undergraduate and graduate students in a lab setting, which is something that she hopes to be able to continue at YSU STEM.

Dr. Martin likes to interact with the students and really enjoys the opportunity to teach. The opportunity to come to YSU STEM, however, was no small feat! After deciding to move her home, she then had to figure out how to get her horse, Friday, from Mississippi to Youngstown. Without too much stress, both Friday and Dr. Martin made it across the country in August.

Over the course of the semester, Dr. Martin taught a senior level design class, Unit Operations 2. When she isn’t teaching, preparing her lab, or with Friday, Dr. Martin can normally be caught in Kilcawley Center grabbing a bite to eat or checking out YSU merchandise in the Bookstore.

This year, Dr. Martin will expand her research in corrosion at YSU. While at CAVS, Dr. Martin focused on saltwater corrosion of magnesium for use in the automotive industry.  Here, she will be focusing on microbial induced corrosion and salt induced corrosion, as it applies to mainly oil and gas pipelines, which are usually steel. In addition to her research, this spring semester, Dr. Martin will be teaching two courses: a sophomore level chemical engineering class, Energy Balances, and an elective course for sophomores and above, Materials and Corrosion.

Teaching these courses and doing her research may lead to what Dr. Martin hopes: a materials heavy background for students. Since YSU is in a materials rich area, the ability to have a materials rich background will help students in their future careers.