Staff Spotlight: Jay Wargacki

Jay WargackiJay Wargacki manages the Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing, which is primarily a 3D printing research lab in Moser Hall (room 1470).

He earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies and his associate degree in industrial trades technology, both from Kent State University. He also earned his tool and die maker journeyman’s card after completing his apprenticeship.

Jay started working at YSU in the fall of 2015 after working in the industry for a while, primarily with Delphi Automotive as a toolmaker, process engineer and tool engineer. He said that he wanted to combine his areas of interest in this new position.

“Being a tool and die maker, I like to build; I like to create,” said Jay. “I minored in psychology and studio art, so I have a little bit of a diverse background. My whole career has been the industrial side of things, but I like bringing it all together.”

He said that the manufacturing lab, as he calls it, is a great resource for research and student projects—but many students don’t know what kind of technology is available.

“A lot of students don’t even know it exists,” said Jay. “It’s slowly growing—we’re getting more and more machines as we get more student involvement and interest.”

Whether for research or out of interest, check out the lab and talk to the lab assistants to learn what kinds of things STEM offers. Stop in to talk to Jay about his great collection of action figures too.

“I am one hundred percent geek through and through,” said Jay. “I’m the guy who doesn’t know anything about sports.”

When he’s not on the job, he breaks out the action figures with his kids and works with local historical societies.