STEM Happenings Weeks Ending 13th and 20th

STEM Happenings Weekending April 20th …

Tyler Vitullo, Kevin Marstellar, Christopher Smaldino, Kurt Shambaugh, and Nathan Jones, a group of students in our Electrical Engineering Capstone course, represented YSU at the IEEE Student Activities Conference in Morgantown, WV. The project’s design was to take a remote controlled model aircraft based off a model that the U.S. Military uses for their overseas operations and increase the flight time through the use of solar cells. The plane flies for about 30 minutes without solar cells, and approximately 50-55 minutes with the additional solar energy, representing more than a 50% improvement. To enhance the plane, the group also added a mounted rotating camera, a GPS to track the plane, and a wireless module to transmit flight characteristics to a computer midflight. At the competition, the group displayed the project in the First Energy Project Showcase, and was selected as the second place project presented at the conference. This conference is made up of students from universities located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Congratulations to our amazing STEM RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM! Organized by our STEM Leadership Society, STEM student organizations raised $1,782!!! This was the first year for this effort. In addition to raising significant funds to benefit the American Cancer Society, the STEM team swept the competition and took home 5 awards, including Third Place for Most Luminaries, Rising Star Award, Second Place for Most Money Raised by a College Team, First Place for Best Banner, First Place for Most Money Raised by a New Team!!!

The College hosted the annual STEM Showcase, a celebration of student efforts through research and design projects. Over 50 groups displayed their efforts, including the concrete canoe that recently won first place in their regional competition, an Android control system for 3D printer, a magnetic levitation system, and a solar unmanned aerial vehicle. Projects completed through our Choose Ohio First Scholars program were also on display, including the Design of a conveyer belt system for bolt removal completed with the support of GM-Lordstown, evaluation of a quality testing procedure with Altronic, Inc., ballistic testing of composites with Fireline, and ranking the 2012 NFL teams. Tours of STEM facilities were also part of the day. Approximately 500 people attended the event, including many community members.

The annual Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony was held on Wednesday evening, recognizing approximately 20 graduating engineers for their achievements. This event emphasizes pride and responsibility in the engineering profession. Members are given a stainless steel ring called the Engineer’s Ring. The ring is worn on the little finger so that it will drag across any surface on which the wearer writes, providing a constant reminder of the engineer’s oath. YSU has been participating in the Order of the Engineer since 1978.

STEM Happenings Week Ending April 13th…

Saturday, April 13th, 2013, Youngstown State University College of STEM held the 16thAnnual Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Career workshop. The workshop, coordinated by Dr. Diana Fagan, professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, exposes young women to different careers within STEM. This year, there were approximately ninety young women and around fifty volunteers that attended WISE. These girls ranged in age from middle school to high school and were from all over northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. These young women are introduced to science and engineering through speakers and panelists, as well as tours of the labs within the STEM College.

The YSU student charter of The Society of Women Engineers hosted the 4th Annual Dinner With Industry event on Tuesday, April 9th in the Ohio Room in Kilcawley Center. The event was support by five companies: Babcock & Wilcox, General Motors, Delphi, Ellwood Castings, and V&M Star. President Anderson welcomed the professional company representatives and the students to the evening’s events. The speaker for the evening was Dr. Sunniva Collins from Swagelock Co. in Cleveland. Dr. Collins discussed the need for diversity in the workforce and the lack of female representation in the engineering and science fields.

The Sonia Kovalevsky Day was a day for high school girls to learn about mathematics. Days like this one happen yearly in universities all around the United States with the purpose of encouraging females to pursue careers in the STEM field. Fifty-four girls form eight different high schools attended the YSU SK day. The girls were presented with a wide variety of topics in the mathematical sciences so they can see math goes beyond what they are though in high school. After the inaugural ceremony, they played an icebreaker so all the girls would get to meet each other. Then, the girls attended two workshops, one in pure math and one in applied math, led by female YSU faculty and students. After lunch, the keynote speaker talked to the girls about euclidean and non euclidean solids and, as a last event, a panel of female alumni in different career in mathematics talk to the students about their experiences as students and in their current jobs.

First-year honors students at Youngstown State University STEM College got a chance to flex their engineering muscles for Hynes Industries Inc. Thursday, as they presented innovative designs and projects manufactured from one of the long-standing products of the steel service center. “This project with YSU is one component of a broader project that Hynes is engaged in with our Flex Angle product line,” said Hynes Industries’ President and CEO, D.R. Golding. “Over the last year, we’ve developed and ramped up a whole new marketing push.” Eight students split into pairs, and each team had to come up with two designs and prototypes that use Hynes’ Flex Angle product.

On Saturday, April 13th, 2013, Youngstown State University hosted more than 250 students from YSU, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, and University of Akron at the Northeast Ohio Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program Consortium Research Poster Conference. Students presented their research posters (on topics in Basic/Medical Science, Engineering/Technology, Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science, STEM Education/Outreach) to faculty from the consortium universities, as well as industry partners. Teams were evaluated on the quality of their poster, their oral presentation, and their overall project concept. During lunch, students enjoyed a panel discussion with representatives from various areas in STEM, including representatives from ODOT, NAMII, the Cleveland Clinic, and an Environmental Engineering firm. The event concluded with an award ceremony, where the top teams were awarded cash prizes, made possible by generous donations from FirstEnery and ms consultants.

Eighteen members of YSU’s Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) attended the ASCE Ohio Valley Regional Conference at Cleveland State University on April 4-6. YSU finished first in the concrete canoe competition and qualified to compete in the National Concrete Canoe Competition to be held at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on June 20-22. Other schools competing in the concrete canoe competition were: Ohio State, Akron, Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, and Pitt.