STEM Expo & Meet the Employers

STEM Expo

Every spring and fall semester, STEM Professional Services organizes a career fair of sorts for all STEM students. In the past only internships and co-ops for current students were the focus of the expo, but this semester debuted the new Expo. Beginning fall 2016, the STEM Expo is now available to STEM students and alumni for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions.

Because of this expansion, the Expo has become bigger than ever. The Fall 2016 STEM Expo saw more than 600 students meet with 65 companies to discuss employment options. With so much interest and involvement, the Expo is expected to grow even more in the future and possibly require a larger venue.

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Meet the Employers

STEM Leadership Society coordinated with STEM Professional Services to host the Meet the Employers event. Mike Hripko, Associate Vice President for Research, moderated a panel consisting of representatives from Goodyear, Vallourec, Pearne & Gordon LLP, and the Cafaro Company. The panel members were invited to discuss their companies and explain what they look for in an applicant, and questions from the audience followed.

Representatives from other companies joined in a round table discussion where students could ask about the companies and the employers could get a sense of what the students were looking for as well. Companies involved were Tech Corps, MS Consultants, Progressive, Simmers Crane Design & Services, and Mercy Health.

Around 30 students attended this first-ever Meet the Employers, but STEM Leadership Society is eager to host more of them as a regular event in the future with more involvement from both students and employers.

Fall 2016 STEM Expo

The STEM Professional Services office in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics hosts the semi-annual Fall 2016 STEM Expo on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 12 to 4 p.m. in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University.

Employers fromprivate, non-profit, and government sectors are invited to participate in the event to recruit and fill available internship/co-op and full-time/entry-level science, technology, engineering and mathematic positions. Employers can register here until Friday, September 30, 2016, or until registration is filled to participate in the event. Currently there are more than 60 employers registered for the event

The Expo is open to all current STEM students and STEM alumni who are either seeking an internship/co-op for the upcoming year or a full-time/entry level position.  The Expo is a great opportunity to build awareness about your organization, to learn more about student dynamics, and to potentially connect with faculty in various academic departments.

For more information, call the STEM Professional Services office at 330-941-2151.

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Fall Internship/Co-Op Expo 2015

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On Oct. 8, more than 500 students filled Kilcawley Center’s Chestnut Room for the fall Internship/Co-Op Expo in order to make connections with employers. Notable employers that attended the expo include Goodyear, Nucor and Timken Steel. Forty-two employers participated in this semester’s expo.

The expo serves as a way for employers to connect with qualified students from the YSU College of STEM. Students are able to connect with employers and land internship and co-op opportunities.

Kayla Theisler is one student who was able to nail down an internship for the upcoming semester. She will begin working with Parker Hannifin in January. This is the second year she’s attended the expo.

“I was drawn to the expo initially last year as part of my first year engineering orientation class,” Theisler said. “Before going to it, I did my research on the companies and ended up getting one last summer, which is what brought me back.”

Theisler noted that even if she hadn’t secured an internship from the expo she would still be able to get her name out to potential employers.

“I thought the expo would help me to network with potential companies. Even if I didn’t secure a co-op or internship, it would still be nice to have my name out there with the company representatives,” she said. “Going to the expo also helped me to expand my LinkedIn network!”

She said the process of getting her internship was fast-paced. She handed her resume to the representative from Parker Hannifin. The following week Theisler had a phone interview scheduled with the company and had the internship secured by the end of the week.

Theisler said she has really enjoyed each expo she’s attended, and encourages other to go.

“Both times I attended while looking for an internship, I was able to secure one,” she said.

She also had a few words of advice for those who have never attended the expo before.

“Don’t be intimidated by it,” she said. “It may be very overwhelming to initially go in there and see so many people and so many companies. Knowing that you are all fighting for the same thing can be intimidating, too. … Don’t be upset if a company turns you down. I was turned down a lot my freshman year, but I ended up getting an internship, and one that I really enjoyed. Getting an internship can be a great opportunity to expand your network and learn valuable skills for your field.”

Inside STEM Professional Practice

by Kara Miller

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Stacks of STEM Professional Practice pamphlets.

In just over a year, the STEM Professional Practice Program has shown me, and many other students, all it has to offer. Students have the opportunity to meet with the program’s coordinator to discuss the opportunities offered to them, like constructing a resume and landing an internship. Students are also offered a variety of resources like career development and professional etiquette techniques. The opportunities for students are always growing with new grants and programs being added all the time.

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The entryway to Williamson, where you can see students gathering inside.

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STEM Showcase

In Moser Hall, engineering projects such as the concrete canoe, steel bridge, and moon rover, competed for space with posters including one which described research that developed a mathematical modeling of fracking, for example, as approximately  30 student projects were on display at the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Showcase held on Sunday, April 22. The three-hour event provided an opportunity for STEM students to present their projects to peers, faculty, and the community.

In addition, Dr. Nathan Ritchey, chair of the Mathematics department, welcomed roughly 40 outstanding high school seniors into the STEM Leadership Society (SLS). These incoming fall 2012 students, among the best graduates from their high schools, were selected based on their written application and in-person interview. These outstanding student leaders will have the chance to be engaged in community service, research, and internships through their four year program as STEM majors at YSU.

Upcoming member Matt Pelch, senior at Howland High school will be majoring in computer engineering, and said that computer courses and interest in video games lead to his decision to enroll at YSU. Pelch added that he looks forward to be a part of SLS and YSU.

STEM students spent months, or longer on projects, typically in teams. A part of NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race, Mike Uhaus and his team were on hand to show their moonbuggy rover, which was a part of a national competition. The event is held in Huntsville Alabama, and high school and college students may participate. Two riders, one male and one female, face away from each other to pedal this human-powered vehicle. Uhaus noted that “last year the team experienced a suspension failure” so for this year’s competition the team focused primarily on suspension design.

Senior mechanical engineering student Chris Fenstermaker and his team worked with Canfield, Ohio, Linde Hydraulics, on the hydraulic system for wind turbine. The team, found, researched, and purchased a small- scale wind turbine then “designed a hydraulic system to fit the turbine size that we purchased.”

Junior Mechanical Engineering student Ken Minteer worked with art student Chris Kamykowski on a Collaborative Learning (CoLab) project. CoLab is an effort from the College of Fine and Performing Arts and STEM to bring art and engineering together.

Minteer described how Kamykowski wanted to make a barrel of monkeys cast out of bronze. With Kamykowski’s design, Minteer made templates on SolidWorks, a 3D program. “From there” Minteer said “we printed them out on our thermal jet printer.” In Bliss Hall, Kamykowski was able to finish the process by baking the molds and pouring the bronze from the two-coil induction furnace located in the art department.

The 2012 Showcase marked a hike in attendance. STEM students were able to present their hard work to families, media, and the community, who were able to see first-hand the capabilities of STEM College students. Also, high school students from area schools were in attendance to learn more about the YSU STEM program, and opportunities for research and project activities.