Third Annual STEM Honors Convocation

On Monday, April 24, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in STEM programs were recognized for their hard work in the classroom as well as in the community. Congratulations to all students who were honored with scholarships, memberships, and other awards to celebrate their success!

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University Awards

Clarence P. Gould Honor Society

Membership awarded to students on the basis of academic achievement and breadth of academic courses

Leah Bayer
Jonathon Burns
Andrew Morgan
Tyler Pabst
Dusti Pilkington
Elizabeth Rogenski
Amanda Seidler
Cassandra Shaffer
Andrew Whipkey

Theodore P. and Evelyn H. Chengelis Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student of Hellenic heritage who will matriculate to medical school

Ellianna Hoff

O’Horo Family Scholarship in Engineering

To an upper-division student enrolled in the engineering program and a resident of Mahoning, Trumbull, or Columbiana County

Joshua Robinson

Woodrow Wilson Legacy Scholarship

Awarded to Woodrow Wilson High School graduates or descendants pursuing an undergraduate degree

Zachary Jacobson

Shorty and Elba Navarro Scholarship

Awarded to a student of Hispanic descent, with a minimum 2.5 GPA, who is a resident of Columbiana, Lawrence, Mahoning, Mercer, and Trumbull counties

Adam DeMarco
Diego Antonio Mendel

Dr. Earnest and Doris Perry Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an African-American student with a minimum 2.4 GPA who has graduated from a high school in the Mahoning Valley

Janessa Rich

William H. Farnell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a worthy and financially needed student who is a graduate of Poland Seminary High School, Struthers High School or any high school from the Mahoning Valley

Montana Gessler

Shorty and Elba Navarro Scholarship for Students in Education, Nursing, Science, Technology, or Mathematics

This scholarship is awarded to a student of sophomore ranking or higher, who is majoring in Education, Nursing, Science, Technology or Mathematics, who has a minimum 2.5 GPA that is a resident of Columbiana, Mahoning, or Trumbull county.

Bruno Serrano

Undergraduate Awards

Douglas Faires Outstanding Student in Mathematics and Statistics Award

Awarded for outstanding academic achievement in the study of Mathematics and Statistics

Monica Busser
Kyle Gumble
Gabrielle Van Scoy

B.J. Yozwiak Mathematics Award

Awarded to a senior majoring in Mathematics who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance

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Dr. Crescimanno is Awarded a Materials Research Grant

Youngstown State University’s Dr. Michael Crescimanno, in conjunction with Dr. Kenneth Singer at Case Western Reserve University, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research.

The grant is to fund faculty and students from both universities on the project, “OP: Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Cavity Polaritons,” for three years.

Non-technical description:

The interaction of light with matter is of fundamental and long-standing scientific and technological interest. This interaction can be enhanced by using very small structures in which the light bounces back and forth multiple times, such as miniature optical cavities made of two mirrors between which is placed the light absorbing or emitting material. This structure is the basis of the laser and, at sub-wavelength thickness, the cavity polariton. The interaction between organic dyes in such a cavity and light is particularly interesting as the enhancement can be very strong, even at room temperature, leading, for example, to unusually large color changes for the dye. These same organic materials also exhibit pronounced reversible changes with light intensity.

This project is aimed at studying nonlinear optical effects in cavity polaritons in which the aforementioned enhancements in the interaction are very strong. The designed structures and special optical materials having these exceptionally strong light-matter interactions will also lead to useful changes in the temporal response, and provide the possibility of dynamically tuning the linear and nonlinear optical response. The phenomena addressed in this project have potential applications in photonic information processing and communication, and in such technologies as dynamic holographic displays.

The graduate and undergraduate students involved in this project are also involved in mentoring and outreach programs for students from underrepresented groups in the inner cities in northeast Ohio.

The official information for the award can be found on the NSF website.

Congratulations to our 2016 STEM Honors Convocation Award Recipients

On Monday, April 25, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in STEM programs will be recognized for their hard work in the classroom as well as in the community. Congratulations to all students who are being honored with scholarships, memberships, and other awards to celebrate their success!

University Awards

Clarence P. Gould Honor Society

Membership awarded to students on the basis of academic achievement and breadth of academic courses

Michael Baker
Josiah Banks
Monica Busser
Abhijit Das
Mariah DeFuria
Erik DelBene
Robert Dixon
Erica Fox
Joseph Gantz
Emily Gianetti
Kyle Gumble
Coral Li
Jennifer Miller
Johnny Naples
Samuel Rakocy
Ashley Seybert
Eric Shehadi
Eric Stone
Elizabeth Urig
Gabrielle Van Scoy
Jenna Wise

Theodore P. and Evelyn H. Chengelis Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student of Hellenic heritage who will matriculate to medical school

John Savopoulos

Danielle M. Hodge Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to graduates from high schools throughout the tri-county area

Allison Guerrieri
Hannah Haynie
Alexander Huber
Alec Kalis

Karen R. Murphy Beatitude House Scholarship

Recognizes the achievement of a current YSU female student who is enrolled in or has completed a program of the Beatitude House

Christalee Figueroa

Nicholas Paraska Scholarship

Awarded to students pursuing an associate degree in Health and Human Services, STEM, or Business

Marlon Boatner
Jo-Lynn Campbell
Alan Slavik

O’Horo Family Scholarship in Engineering

To an upper-division student enrolled in the engineering program and a resident of Mahoning, Trumbull, or Columbiana County

Ann Bridge

Woodrow Wilson Legacy Scholarship

Awarded to Woodrow Wilson High School graduates or descendants pursuing an undergraduate degree

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STEM Faculty and Staff Receive Distinguished Service Awards

Congratulations to the STEM faculty and staff being honored!

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP AWARDS

For excellence in teaching: 

John Feldmeier, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Karen Larwin, Department of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology and Leadership
Cynthia Shields, Department of Nursing
Carla Simonini, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Linda Strom, Department of English
Mary Yacovone, Department of Health Professions

For excellence in scholarship:

Michael Butcher, Department of Biological Sciences
Joy Christiansen Erb, Department of Art
Michael Crescimanno, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Rebecca Curnalia, Department of Communication
Maria Delost, Department of Health Professions
Patrick Durrell, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Bonita Sharif, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

For excellence in service:

Jim Benedict, Department of Physical Therapy
Ewelina Boczkowska, Dana School of Music
Annette Burden, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Donna DeBlasio, Department of History
Kenneth Learman, Department of Physical Therapy
Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz, Department of Biological Sciences
Diana Palardy, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Ronald Shaklee, Department of Geography
C. Virgil Solomon, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
David E. Stout, Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance

Distinguished Professor designation:

Patrick Durell, Department of Physics and Astronomy
David E. Stout, Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance

WATSON MERIT AWARDS 

Adam C. Earnheardt, Department of Communication
Martha I. Pallante, Department of History

HERITAGE AWARD: 

Stephen Hanzely, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Louis Zona, Department of Art

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS

Classified Service Awards:

Mary Ann Bodnark, Marketing and Communications
Mari Ann Cann, Dean’s Office, CCAC
Renee Cannon, Marketing and Communications
Lisa Cutter, Parking Services
Lisa DeVore, Chemistry
Mary Dillingham, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Linda Frattaroli, Chief Technology Officer
Marilyn Handel, Geography
Cynthia Helton, Veterans Resource Center
Ruby Jones, Undergraduate Admissions
Jennifer Kurcon, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Thomas Lavender, Facilities Maintenance
Lisa Mudryk, Procurement Services
Mary Alice Noble, Computer Services
Grimilda Ocasio, History
Nina Quantance, Art
Kenny Reyes, Maag Library
Anna Marie Ruscitti, Performing Arts Series

Professional/Administrative Service Awards:

Emilie Eberth, Dean’s Office, STEM
Ryan McNicholas, Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Maureen Reardon, Social Work
Christine Shelton, Dean’s Office, WCBA
Theresa Swindler, Social Work
Edward Villone, Peace Officer Training Academy 

Professional/Administrative Exempt Service Awards:

Christine Hubert, Undergraduate Admissions
David Kitt, ITS Operations
Vincent Sacco, Facilities Maintenance
Marilyn Ward, Office of the Provost

YEARS OF SERVICE AWARDS: 

45 Years of Service:

Michael Repetski, Electronics Maintenance Services

40 Years of Service:

Barbara Krauss, WYSU-FM
Fred Owens, Communication

35 Years of Service:

Jodi Clowes, Office of the Provost
Salvatore Pansino, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Christine Yankle, Chief Technology Officer

30 Years of Service:

Brian Brennan, Maag Library
William Greenway, English
Cynthia Helton, Veterans Resource Center
Christine Perunko, Printing Services
Vincent Sacco, Facilities Maintenance
Maureen Wilson, Marketing & Communications

View the full list of the Years of Service Awards here.

STEM College Awards Dinner

In “An Evening of Celebration and Recognition” the Fourth Annual College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at Youngstown State University (YSU).

The event began as a way to provide … “an opportunity to recognize alumni who demonstrate the success that can be achieved after receiving a degree from the College, and friends who have been instrumental in promoting the success of our students” said Martin Abraham, dean of STEM.

This year, seven awardees were honored. In the Outstanding Alumni categories were Harry Bircher, professor of geological and environmental sciences at YSU; Dr. Peyman Givi, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering professor at the University of Pittsburgh; Matt Ragan, Senior Controls Engineer at Lockheed Martin, in Akron, Ohio; and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Babcock & Wilcox Co., Mary Pat Salomone.

 

For the past seven years, Harry Bircher has been the co -owner of Buckeye Civil Design LLC, a civil engineering design firm, in North Lima, Ohio, and a YSU professor for ten years. Upon hearing of his award, Bircher said it was a “total surprise.” Bircher received his Bachelor of Science from YSU in 1988 in geology, and a Master of Science of Geology from Wright State University with attention to geophysics. Bircher returned to YSU to obtain a Master of Science in Engineering, concentrating on civil and environmental engineering in 1995.

Deemed a “modern rocket scientist” Dr. Peymen Givi said YSU is “100 percent responsible” in contributing to his career. Dr. Givi, who received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984, is internationally recognized for his research, and has over 200 publications. In 1992, Dr. Givi was amongst one of 15 engineering faculty nationwide who were honored at the White House to receive the Presidential Faculty Fellowship from President George H. W. Bush.

Outstanding Young Alumnus, Matt Ragan, has advanced substantially in his career since leaving YSU in 2005 with a BE in electrical engineering and BS in physics with a minor in mathematics. Ragan was recommended to the Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership and Development Program (ELDP) shortly after joining the company. Ragan graduated from the two-year program, which only takes the top one percent of entry-level engineers, in order to prepare them to be future leaders with the company.

Mary Pat Salomone, resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated in 1982 with her bachelors’ degree in civil engineering, She had not been back in the area for five years and said that that her education at YSU gave her a “good foundation” to where she is today. Salomone has been in various management positions since joining B&W in 1982. Some of Salomone’s current roles include directing the operations of the company’s five business units, holding responsibility for commercial and government contracts, health and safety, in addition to day-to-day operations.

Roger and Gloria Jones of Youngstown, Ohio, based Fireline Inc., and the OH, Wow! Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology, in downtown Youngstown, were presented with the Outstanding Community Partners award for their dedication to the Mahoning Valley and YSU. Roger Jones conveyed how Fireline has been “enriched” by a “42 year partnership” with YSU, and many employees at Fireline are YSU alumni.

In the Outstanding Community Leader category was Dr. Connie Hathorn, superintendent of the Youngstown City Schools District (YCSD). Under Dr. Hathorn’s leadership, the YCSD was able to provide visual arts and STEM programs; a first for YCSD. With a generous grant by the AT&T Foundation, the YCSD is collaborating with YSU’s STEM in order to gain outreach with high school students in pursuing STEM disciplines. Dean Abraham also shared how the YCSD will have a high school internship program. The purpose, Dean Abraham said is so the students are “engaged in work because that’s how you learn.”

The STEM awards dinner has grown tremendously since its inception. Over 200 guests were in attendance, and Dean Abraham shared “We (STEM) are truly grateful for the support shown to us by the community, who continues to turn out each year, in increasing number, to recognize the achievements of our alumni and friends. “