Faculty Faction: Dr. Kevin Disotell

Dr. Kevin Disotell

Dr. Kevin Disotell is an assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at YSU. He holds a BS and PhD in Aeronautical & Astronautical l Engineering from The Ohio State University, with the primary focus of aerodynamics.

“While I was a doctoral candidate at Ohio State, I served as an instructor for a technical elective—helicopter aerodynamics—which was my first teaching experience in the classroom,” said Disotell. “It was also a good experience to balance teaching and research duties.”

After his experiences at OSU, Dr. Disotell began his career in the aerospace industry. He was able to contribute to programs and research efforts at NASA.

“I came to YSU from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Langley was established as our nation’s first civilian aeronautics laboratory, and it was an honor to be part of the 100th anniversary of the center’s opening this year,” said Disotell. “So many amazing achievements in aerospace history have roots at Langley. Having also worked in product development at Ford Motor Company in Michigan, I feel quite fortunate to have been part of such iconic organizations with tremendous histories.”

Dr. Disotell knew that giving college-level students the backgrounds for an aerospace degree would allow them to also experience what he had. Dr. Disotell’s interests in teaching at YSU arose because he could contribute to quality degree programs while also helping YSU to be a national model for public education value. Having been raised in Boardman, Disotell knew how important the university was to the area, so he wanted to be part of the university’s momentum.

“I look forward to creating an integrated teaching and research space in the fluid mechanics laboratory of Moser Hall,” said Disotell. “A key piece of this transformation is a new research-grade wind tunnel that we will build alongside our instructional tunnels. Being in a state of aviation pioneers and in the middle of our country’s Fluid Power Belt, it is important that we offer excellent training in fluid mechanics.”

This semester you can see Dr. Disotell if you are part of the mechanical engineering program or if you are taking Thermodynamics I or Fluid Dynamics.

In his short time here, Dr. Disotell has already started to make an impact at YSU. He has been involved in the effort to create a new student branch for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) on campus. This new student organization will open new doors for students with career interests in the aerospace field. The organization will work to provide its members professional connections. You can read more about the AIAA branch here.

Dr. Disotell has also expressed an urge to improve several components on campus for YSU engineering students.

“One of my goals is to help expand quality research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students with our work in the laboratory,” said Disotell. “Getting hands-on experience helps drive innovation and will prepare our students to enter the workforce in the aerospace sector, which continues to see global growth in economic value and manufacturing output. Ohio is a leading supplier to the aerospace industry.”

It is great to know that Dr. Disotell is aiming for the stars here at YSU.

“My favorite pastime is baseball. An ancestor of mine, Gene Desautels, played professional baseball as a catcher around the time of WWII,” said Disotell. “He was teammates with the famous hitter Ted Williams in Boston, and also played for Cleveland among other teams.”

Doesn’t Dr. Disotell sound like an amazing professor? For more information about AIAA or to contact Dr. Disotell for any reason, you can email him at kjdisotell@ysu.edu. Due to renovations, Dr. Disotell has a temporary office in Moser Hall 1460. His office will change after the second-floor updates are completed.

Recent Publications: John Martin

John Martin, an assistant professor of engineering technology at Youngstown State University, has recently presented for the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Martin holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering and his research area is in engineering education.

Work in Progress: The Effects of Concurrent Presentation of Engineering Concepts and FEA Applications”, Martin, J., Martin, A., Proceedings of the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Expo, New Orleans, LA, June, 2016.

“CFD Analysis Comparing Steady Flow and Pulsatile Flow through the Aorta and its Main Branches”, Martin, J., Proceedings for the 2016 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, AZ, November, 2016.

Alumni Spotlight: Janet Gbur

Janet GburJanet Gbur, a Youngstown State University alumna and a current Case Western Reserve University doctoral candidate, is certainly making waves in the STEM community.

Though still pursuing a degree, she is very active in research and real-world experience.

“As an active member of ASTM International, I participated in the development of a test standard that relates to my dissertation work and I sit on several committees that create and maintain standards for metallurgy, fatigue and fracture, mechanical testing, and medical devices,” said Janet.

Her dissertation focuses on the effects of material purity on the fatigue and fracture of wires used in biomedical applications.

“Perhaps the most exciting and rewarding work is related to a project under PI Dustin Tyler in Biomedical Engineering,” said Janet. “His group is working on restoring the sense of touch to amputees through a unique neural interface system.”

Janet’s role in this project is to develop tests and evaluate the materials and mechanics to ensure quality and functionality for implantation. This requires knowledge of several disciplines, including materials science and mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering.

She has been published twice this year, once with Daniela Solomon and once with John J. Lewandowski, her doctoral advisor. You can read about the publications here.

Janet holds a BS in Biology from Kent State University, a BS in Materials Engineering and MSE in Mechanical Engineering from YSU. After she completes her doctorate at CWRU, she plans to continue her research and eventually teach at the university level.

“The most important part of my YSU STEM education was the early introduction to lab coursework and emphasis on fundamentals across all core engineering disciplines,” said Janet. “Strong mentorship from faculty Bob McCoy, Dan Suchora, and Hazel Marie helped to keep me focused and provide a solid academic foundation from which I could confidently pursue a doctoral degree and chart a career in research and academia.”

New STEM Program: Manufacturing Engineering

The Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics will now offer a new program in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Manufacturing Engineering will be YSU’s newest program and major, one of only about twenty programs of its kind in the nation.

“Here in Youngstown with our history in manufacturing it’s very relevant,” said Dr. Darrell Wallace, an associate professor in the department. “Manufacturing continues to be the largest single source of payroll in the region.”

Dr. Wallace explained that the curriculum for this new program will look similar to both mechanical and industrial engineering because they are so closely related.

“Manufacturing engineering is a discipline of engineering that shares common roots with industrial engineering and mechanical engineering in that it grew out of manufacturing, but it is specifically focused on the analysis of manufacturing processes and the design of processes and products for production by manufacturers,” said Dr. Wallace.

He says that about a third of the coursework is shared among the three programs before they each start to branch out and become more specialized to their own areas.

Since much of the beginning coursework is the same, students in any of the three programs can really take a year or two of courses before they decide which they enjoy the most; all of the new courses for manufacturing engineering are upper level courses.

Students who complete this program will be uniquely qualified for the job title of manufacturing engineer, which in the past has largely been occupied by mechanical and industrial engineers.

“This discipline is explicitly focused on understanding process choices, design choices, and economic impacts to assist companies in making good decisions about how to integrate new technologies like additive manufacturing and make best use of existing, mature technology,” said Dr. Wallace.

Students interested in the new manufacturing engineering program can contact Dr. Wallace by email at drwallace01@ysu.edu.

Recent Publication: John Martin

John D. Martin, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at YSU, co-authored a paper with Anna M. Martin for the 2016 ASEE North Central Section Conference in Mt. Pleasant, MI, March, 2016.

The paper, “Interleaved Practice for Engineering Concepts,” outlines the main points of a proposed study that aims to enhance the educational approaches used in engineering classrooms. Martin’s main area of research is in engineering education.

From the ASEE website:

Founded in 1893, the American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. It accomplishes this mission by

  • promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice;
  • exercising worldwide leadership;
  • fostering the technological education of society; and
  • providing quality products and services to members.

In pursuit of academic excellence, ASEE develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members, and promotes activities that support increased student enrollments in engineering and engineering technology colleges and universities. Strong communication and collaboration with national and international organizations further advances ASEE’s mission.

ASEE also fulfills its mission by providing a valuable communication link among corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions. ASEE’s 12,000+ members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students, and government and industry representatives who hail from all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology. ASEE’s organizational membership is composed of 400 engineering and engineering technology colleges and affiliates, more than 50 corporations, and numerous government agencies and professional associations. ASEE directs many of its efforts at providing for open and ongoing dialogues among these groups.

Student Organization Spotlight: Phi Sigma Rho & SAE

Each month, we try to highlight at least one student organization in STEM. This month, we found two student organizations that are really encouraging students to join: Phi Sigma Rho and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Phi Sigma Rho

Orchid Ball groupThough Phi Sigma Rho is not a part of YSU’s Greek Life, it’s a STEM sorority. President and industrial engineering major Sydney Negro explains that they welcome all STEM majors.

“The university doesn’t consider us a sorority, but we follow all national guidelines of Phi Sigma Rho,” said Sydney.

From coordinating t-shirt sales to joining the Society of Women Engineers for events, Phi Sigma Rho is pretty active throughout the semester.

“We always participate in Relay for Life and we go to Light the Night because our national philanthropy is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” said Sydney.

Most recently, Phi Sigma Rho held their Orchid Ball. At this formal, members danced, received awards, and socialized with alumnae.Phi Sigma Rho

“Our flower is the orchid, so instead of calling it our formal, we call it the Orchid Ball,” said Sydney.

STEMians interested in finding out more about joining Phi Sigma Rho can contact Sydney Negro at phirhoaa.president@gmail.com.

The Society of Automotive Engineers

The Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE, is a relatively small group at YSU. President and mechanical engineering major Kyle Hogan encourages students from any major to check it out if they’re interested.

“We’re trying to grow and get some more recognition for the program and basically let people know there’s an option for any of the motor heads that might be out there,” said Kyle.

SAE Baja groupThe main event that SAE participates in is the Baja competition. The team must design and build a vehicle that can perform well in different tests, like maneuverability and acceleration.

“So it’s really balancing a lot of different aspects of your car and maybe having things that are variable that you can change between events,” said Kyle.

Anyone interested in learning more about SAE or the Baja competition can check out the group’s Youngstown State SAE Baja page on Facebook or @YSUBajaSAE on Twitter.

“We’re very welcoming of anyone wanting to come in and check it out,” said Kyle. “Even if you decide you’re not interested, that’s fine. If you want to learn, it’s an excellent place to do it. We’re not going to turn you away because you know nothing.”

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.

Exploring the Unknown: YSU Students Create 3D Printed Dog Brace

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There’s a new face in the STEM College, brought here through an exciting new research project which could have far-reaching impact on current and future directions for YSU.

A team of six mechanical engineering students is taking advantage of advanced digital manufacturing technologies to develop a reverse-engineered 3D model and to custom fabricate prosthetics for mobility assistance and improved quality of life for Shelby, a 12-year-old small border collie.

Although Shelby became crippled when she was 6-years-old due to dehydrated spinal discs, compressed nerves, and progressive rheumatoid arthritis, she has been a trooper!

The ultimate goal of this project is to custom 3D print a brace of suitable material to offer support and increased mobility of her most deformed leg.

YSU’s mechanical engineering undergraduates Abdullah Alsairafi, Jared Clark, Jason Doll, Craig Householder, Jennifer McAnallen and Karen Schilling are working under the guidance of Guha Manogharan and in consultation with Luke Lukasko, DVM, and Shelby’s owner Laurie Wittkugle throughout this project.

“We began with getting a form fit of Shelby’s leg through a non-exothermal casting process, which we used to get a digital model through scanning methods. This enabled our students to work with computational modeling tools to design and develop a custom-fit brace specifically designed for Shelby,” Guha said.

The team is currently evaluating different combinations of both materials and 3D printing methods to develop a brace that is both soft and flexible on the inside, like memory-foam, and hard-texture to give Shelby traction in the Ohio winter.

This project is a perfect example of YSU’s College of STEM students collaborating and employing all they have learned prior to Senior Design to take on a challenge that would solve a real problem.

The talent and passion of this team may only be surpassed by their dedication and concern for Shelby, who is taking all the fuss in stride.

Interim Dean Gregg Sturrus anticipates many new opportunities for YSU STEM students as these fields of research expand.

Faculty Faction: John Martin

John Martin, assiJohn Martinstant professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, is a lifelong penguin. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Youngstown State University.

He has worked in the industry for companies such as WCI Steel, Webco Industries, Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic, PMC Colinet, and RMS/Steelastic.

Martin said that if he ever got the chance to teach at YSU that he would, and that opportunity came to him last fall semester.

“It was something that I had in the back of my mind,” He said. “I came from industry, so that was kind of what I had always planned on doing, and if the opportunity ever arose that I could teach [at YSU], I wanted to; I just didn’t know if that was going to be a possibility.”

Martin said he hopes to be a big influence on his students so that one day they will look back and remember that he helped them to really understand the fundamentals of engineering and use it to their full potential.

Besides using his expertise to teach students about mechanical engineering technology, he has also been researching classroom instruction techniques.

“Right now, I’m doing research in engineering education,” Martin said. “I am currently evaluating different instructional methods in the classroom; for instance, the effectiveness of simultaneously presenting a software program while teaching a new mathematical concept versus sequentially presenting the software program and the concept.  My goal is to better understand how these methods effect learners in an engineering classroom to ultimately improve student learning.”

He also thinks that STEM is the perfect place to be if you want to be a part of the large diversity of both students and faculty on campus.

“I like the interaction with the students. I like meeting all the different people and personalities. There’s a lot more human contact teaching in STEM than there is in most industry jobs,” he said.

Student Spotlight: Massey Fowler

Massey Fowler
Massey Fowler

Any student at YSU will tell you that a full schedule of classes is a lot to handle. Massey Fowler, however, just keeps adding more to his already busy schedule. The junior Mechanical Engineering and Math major likes keeping busy all the time.

Massey is currently the president of the YSU STEM Leadership Society. As if being the president wasn’t an accomplishment enough, he is one of the founding members that brought SLS to YSU’s campus.

“SLS’s mission is to develop students into better leaders and therein greater successes beyond their years at YSU,” Massey says.

STEM Leadership Society is a student organization where students are provided excellent opportunities for networking, mentoring, and interaction with area businesses.

Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Massey Fowler”

2012 Business Advocate of the Year: Dean Martin Abraham

This October, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber named Martin Abraham, STEM dean, the 2012 Business Advocate of the Year. Abraham is responsible for increasing the number of students in the STEM College, as well as promoting research initiatives. He also serves on the Board of the TechBelt Energy Innovation Center, which promotes public and private investment, research, and manufacturing.

Watch below as Dean Abraham accepts his award!

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.

Dr. Daniel Suchora

Dr. Suchora lectures his students.

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering will have a faculty change this June 30.

Dr. Daniel Suchora, chair of the department for the past seven years, will be retiring after a 32-year career on the campus of Youngstown State University (YSU). Before examining his time at YSU, it’s valuable to look back on how it all began.

Dr. Suchora poses with YSU President Cynthia Anderson.

“When I was growing up, I liked to tinker with things, and take things apart” Dr. Suchora said. Following that desire, he worked at a bowling alley as a teenager, working on the machinery, and enjoyed it. When it was time to go to college, Dr. Suchora said he knew “…mechanical engineering was a good idea.”

Dr. Suchora went on to obtain his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from YSU, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. During his master’s program, Dr. Suchora found his passion for teaching. Although he did consulting work with other companies, Dr. Suchora conveyed that he “liked the connection of teaching and practicing in the field.” That way, he could bring real world experience to the classroom.

When asked what has been the greatest accomplishment of the department, Dr. Suchora simply said “the students: their successes are our successes.”

And for YSU students, they feel the same sentiment. Aubrey Garland, junior in mechanical engineering, and student employee of the department, relayed how she has enjoyed working with Dr. Suchora as well as being a student of his. Garland said “There is no question he wants the students to really learn the material so we are not just successful students but successful and effective engineers.”  She added “To this day I am still more nervous about taking a Dr. Suchora test than anything else; not because I am afraid I won’t do well, but because I don’t want to disappoint him.”

Another junior mechanical engineering student, Amanda Cox, furthered this, saying how Dr. Suchora …” genuinely cares about his students and did his best to prepare us to be the best engineers we could be. I appreciate Dr. Suchora so much for all he has done for me, and I am so thankful I got to experience having him for class.”

Dr. Suchora talking to a group of fellow teachers.

Students are not the only members of YSU who will miss Dr. Suchora’s leadership. Faculty members also emphasized the impact he has made. Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Hazel Marie, said how Dr. Suchora always “puts the good of program, department, and university first.” Dr. Martin Cala, professor and coordinator of industrial and systems engineering said that he and Dr. Suchora worked together on projects such as hiring a new Industrial Engineering faculty member, and …” coordinated the reconfiguration of laboratory space together, and made some progress in improving shared resources not only between the two programs in our department but with other STEM programs and other colleges.”

Though Dr. Suchora will be missed, he will not be entirely gone. He will continue to teach in fall 2012 part time. Reflecting on his experiences overall, Dr. Suchora added: “I’ve been lucky to get into a career that I really enjoy.”

Intern’s at Butech Bliss

Interns posing on the shop floor by some equipment.

Internships are an important part of gaining real work experience. At Youngstown State University (YSU), student internship opportunities prepare STEM majors for future careers.

This spring semester, three mechanical engineering majors, Joseph Myers, German Natal, and Brandon Strahin, are working at Butech Bliss, in Salem, Ohio. With a 125 year history, Butech Bliss builds coil processing equipment, rolling mills, custom applications and extrusion/ forging machinery. Many YSU alumni work for the company, such as mechanical engineer Robert Kerr. A 1983 graduate, Kerr joined Butech Bliss in 2005. Kerr said that working for the organization has been a …”rewarding experience.” Furthermore, he conveyed how the intern’s have been beneficial: “It immediately became obvious to me that their education at YSU had prepared them well for becoming potential assets to the company.”

All of the intern’s tasks vary. Strahin noted “The intern program cycles job duties so we can get experience in all of the different departments in the company. I think that all of the different job responsibilities really help in learning how the company works and how all of the different departments tie together.”

Myers furthered this saying how being involved in other areas permits…” to see how each part of a project comes together from the initial sale through production which helps my understanding of the business side of things.”Additionally, he has been prepared for the future by Butech Bliss …” allowing me to work on an actual project and being given the trust to do things on my own then receive feedback on the work I’ve done…”

German Natal said his experience has been beneficial because “At Butech, the managers place the interns in a position which allows them to work with engineers and shadow the job processes, along with participating in the job where applicable.”

More information about internships with the College of STEM is available on the Office of Professional Practice site 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. “