Faculty Faction: Stefan Moldovan

Dr. Stefan MoldovanDr. Moldovan has been teaching mechanical engineering at Youngstown State University for about two years.

Originally from Romania, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, both in aerospace engineering. He then earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from Akron.

“They offered me a scholarship for a PhD, and I didn’t know what Ohio was all about with all this crazy weather,” said Dr. Moldovan.

Despite the foreign environment, he decided to stay in Ohio—after graduating, he taught in Akron and then came to Youngstown to continue teaching.

Dr. Moldovan certainly didn’t plan to teach while he was pursuing his engineering degrees.

“It was funny because actually I wasn’t thinking to teach,” he said. “I wanted to go into research and industry, but as a professor you get to do research anyway. I kind of like it now that I’m doing it. It surprised me; I didn’t think I was going to like it as much.”

Coming from an engineering background Dr. Moldovan hopes to continue to improve teaching and to grow into a strong professor here at YSU.

When he’s not teaching classes or working on research, you can find him out rock climbing or mountain biking if the weather is nice.