STEM Professional Services Student Resource Events

Looking for a way to get your feet wet in a STEM career field? The College of STEM has you covered! There have been several events created for STEM students to meet employers, learn how to be successful while searching for jobs, and learn the specifics for various companies who hire a tremendous amount of YSU students. Every event is open to students who are interested in internship/co-op or full-time job opportunities. There is no registration to participate.

 

How to Be Successful at an Expo

  • There will be multiple information sessions that will provide you with the knowledge you will need to know about being successful at an expo. Below are the dates, locations, and times of each session:
Dates Time Presenter Company Location
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:00pm-2:00pm Kevin Hawkins Progressive Moser Hall, Room 2400
Monday, September 25. 2017 1:00pm-2:00pm Lisa Wise Eaton Corporation Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:30pm-3:30pm Chris Allen Vallourec USA Corp. Lincoln Building, Cafaro Suite, Room 510
Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:00pm-5:00pm Chris Allen Vallourec USA Corp. Moser Hall, Room 2400
Monday, October 2, 2017 1:00pm-2:00pm Chris Allen Vallourec USA Corp. Moser Hall, Room 2400

 

Fall 2017 Employer Information Sessions

  • There will be various companies from the area that will be discussing their companies (what they do) and what they look for in potential employees.
    • All Employers seeking to fill Internship/Co-op and full-time positions:

 

Date Time Company Information Session Location
Monday, October 2, 2017 6:00pm-7:00pm RoviSys Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 3:30pm-4:30pm Vallourec Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:45pm-2:15pm Nucor Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:15pm-3:15pm Nucor Interview Workshop Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 4:00pm-5:00pm Vallourec Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 6:00pm-7:00pm Honda Information Session Moser Hall, Room 2400

 

College of STEM Fall Expo 2017

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 12pm-4pm at Stambaugh Stadium
    • Companies Seeking Science Majors for Internship/Co-ops and Full-time Opportunities:
      • Component Repair Technologies Dominion Energy · Johnson Matthey · Mercy Health · Naval Nuclear Laboratory · Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District · Ohio Army National Guard · Ohio Environmental Protection Agency · The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company · TIMET · U.S. Air Force Reserve · USMC Officer Selection Office

For more information on any of these events, contact STEM Professional Services at stem.jobs@ysu.edu.

 

Student Spotlight: Rayann Atway

Rayann AtwayNo matter where you look at YSU, there are always STEM students making an impact on campus. Whether our students are taking part in organizations, sororities or fraternities, internships, or volunteer services, it is noticeable that each student is striving to be the best they can possibly be.

This year, Rayann Atway has stepped up to take on the role of YSU’s Student Government Association President. Rayann is a senior in the Biology, Pre-Med program and has accomplished several great things in her time at YSU. For the past two summers, she has interned at National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a part of many organizations on campus, like YSU’s American Medical Student Organization (AMSA), Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), and Student Government Association (SGA). She is also a member of the YSU Honors College where she actively participates in the Pen Pals Program.

Throughout the course of her years at YSU, Rayann has volunteered at several organizations like Akron Children’s Hospital and Northside Medical Center. She was also given the opportunity to work as a medical scribe at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where she charted various types of information given by the physicians at the hospital. After she graduates this year, Rayann wants to attend medical school.

When she started at YSU, her interests in SGA also began. In her first year, she served as a freshman representative, taking actions to promote change at YSU. During the following two years, Rayann became the STEM representative and served as a parliamentarian on the executive board.

“I fell in love with SGA,” she said. “I absolutely love the things SGA does for YSU students and our community.”

This year, SGA will be tackling several projects. Some of these projects include the expansion of the food pantry, assistance in the community, the gathering of supplies for hurricane victims, textbook affordability, and improving voter registration rates on campus.

Students who are interested in joining SGA can attend their meetings every other Monday at 4:00pm. To find out more about SGA’s projects or how to get involved, contact Rayann Atway at ratway@student.ysu.edu.

Faculty Faction: Jai Jung

20150921_103237_This semester YSU STEM welcomed Dr. Jai Jung as an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Dr. Jung joins our STEM faculty after finishing his time at Virginia Tech and the University of Waterloo, Canada, as a post-doctoral research fellow and associate where he researched trenchless technology and sustainable infrastructure management.

“Because of our existing underground infrastructure, underground utility infrastructures, including drinking water, wastewater, oil and gas lines in the United States, are deteriorating very fast and became a major problem for the governments,” Dr. Jung said. “I would like to improve and renovate our underground infrastructure, and I see a lot of opportunities in this area. That’s why I’m in a Geotechnical Engineering field.”

Dr. Jung said that eventually he would be like to be known as one of the best underground infrastructurer researchers, and he is doing some impressive research projects even though he just began his time at YSU.

“I am working on the watertight non-metal manhole system, which is designed to eliminate unwanted flows at the manhole cover and chimney area to minimize pavement degradation and sinkage around the manhole,” Dr. Jung said. “The results of this study will be used to develop further understanding of pavement degradation due to cyclic loads around manholes, investigate the effect of soil in sanitary sewer systems, and carry out life-cycle cost analysis for manhole cover system and pavement.”

The second project he’s working on is nondestructive testing for structure.

“The main objective of this project is to improve the interpretation of nondestructive condition assessment techniques for pipelines using acoustic signal processing technology,” Dr. Jung said. “Current acoustic fiber optic (AFO) monitoring can supply a pipe owner with sufficient warning to avoid a pipeline failure only when the information supplied by AFO is used to initiate an emergency pipeline shutdown fairly quickly.”

Dr. Jung said that the purpose of this research is to further research acoustic signal processing to advance the practical use of the AFO technology for water and wastewater pipeline condition assessment.

“An ultimate objective of this research is to build a foundation for integrating wire break detection, leak detection, and wall thickness detection analyses into one single interpretation system,” he said. “Utilizing these three capabilities in one interpretation system is a promising approach for pipeline nondestructive condition assessment technology.”

When Dr. Jung isn’t working to become one of the best underground infrastructure researchers, he’s unwinding on the golf course. He particularly liked Mill Creek’s course.

“I searched the web and found that parks in Youngstown, including Mill Creek Park, are one of the best in northeast,” Dr. Jung said. “I learned golf two years ago, and I am still a beginner.”

Making a Difference: Ashley Martof named STEM Exemplar

Photo by Justin Wier/The Jambar.

Last year Ashley Martof was named STEM’s Intern of the Year. This year, she has been working hard and has been named a Believe in Ohio STEM Exemplar.

The Ohio Academy of Sciences named 58 students as STEM Exemplars this year. A STEM Exemplar is someone who serves as a role model for students to pursue STEM careers and innovative thinking.

She said she was excited and felt blessed when she found out she was named an exemplar.

It is such a great feeling to go around and promote STEM education.”

Students named as exemplars had to apply or be nominated for the title. Martof said that her professor Guha Manogharan encouraged her to apply.

Of course I applied because this is a wonderful opportunity to express my love of teaching children by educating kids in STEM,” Martof said.

When Martof was named STEM Intern of the Year, she had interned with America Makes, where she was able to show her passions for advanced manufacturing and education. One of her first projects at America Makes was develop an additive manufacturing curriculum for teachers.

Other projects Martof completed at America Makes include developing a 3D printing student camp, where she took children from 2D to 3D basics to designing and printing their own products in five days. All of these projects have led to her being named and exemplar.

I have hosted STEM camps, mostly related to additive manufacturing,” Martof said. “I am currently holding a 3D printing club two days a week at the Lewis School in Youngstown. I am also a part of the [Center for Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing] at YSU; this allows me to give tours and work on the 3D printing equipment at YSU. I also help out with any STEM related camps [or] sessions at YSU or in the community.”

Martof is working on her master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Martof still has a few years left in her degree, but she said she knows additive manufacturing will definitely be in her future.

My love for additive manufacturing continues to grow each day. I plan to look for a career in additive manufacturing,” she said. “I am not sure if I will pursue a career in the actual manufacturing companies or fall towards the educational side. Either way, I will be happy!”

Graduate profile: Josiah Banks

Josiah BanksJosiah Banks is an energetic and outgoing student with a passion for math.

A senior double majoring in theoretical mathematics and math education, Banks attributed his love of math to a very special person in his life, Michael Soroka, a calculus teacher at Campbell Memorial High School.

“He was a wonderful teacher,” Banks said. “He was very funny, down to earth, and knew how to explain things in a very effective way. He’s the one that really got me into math education. I wasn’t originally into math education.  I wasn’t even going to go straight into math; I was going to do architecture at first.”

Three-quarters through Banks’ senior year, Soroka passed away.

“The teacher that came in, she never taught calculus [before] … and we all still wanted to learn more about [math] in memory of him,” Banks said. “We knew [Soroka] would still want us to learn. I got my friend’s notes from the year before and actually ended up learning the material…and basically helped the [new] teacher teach the class. That started my mathematics journey.”

Originally wanting to teach math at the high school level, Banks took a theoretical math class from Dr. Jacek Fabrykowski as part of the regular curriculum for integrated mathematics education majors.

“[Dr. Fabrykowski] really pushed me, and it was probably the hardest math course I ever had,” Banks said. “He made me understand that theoretical mathematics is so beautiful.”

Banks plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in math so he can teach theoretical mathematics at the college level. His main interests are in number theory and abstract algebra. This past summer, Banks studied number theory at Texas A&M at a Research Experience for Undergraduates.

“[Number theory focuses on integers] — no fractions, no decimals,” Banks explained. “It’s the study of all the properties of those numbers, [such as] divisibility.”

A form of number theory that interests Banks is modular arithmetic.

“[Modular arithmetic is] actually in a lot of things nowadays, and it’s very interesting,” Josiah said. “It’s like a section out of mathematics called discrete mathematics. In this world we live in — we live in a very continuous world — we’re used to seeing things constantly flowing. Well, with integers there are spaces between 0 and 1. You’re not looking at 0.1 or 0.2; you’re looking at just 0 or 1 or 2  with nothing in between. You’re not looking at fractions; nothing like that. So, some people find discrete mathematics and number theory very challenging, because…we are used to the things that are continuous.”

During his time at Texas A&M, Banks studied number theory. Parts of number theory he studied included the smallest parts function, the partition function and asymptotic formulas.

“It’s just amazing how number theory can relate to so many different aspects of mathematics without [people] even knowing it,” Banks said.

But Banks did more than just study numbers during his time in Texas.

“It was wonderful. I met a lot of wonderful people; I learned a lot of interesting things. I networked a lot, and I visited a lot of cool places in Texas,” Banks said. “Pretty sure I had the best BBQ of my life.”

After his summer in Texas, Banks came back to YSU and participated and presented research at the annual MathFest competition in DC, as well as competing in the competition.

He has also competed in the prestigious Putnam exam twice, the Integration Bee, the Calculus Competition, and has been a Presidential Mentor for the past two years, all on top of being active in over 10 student organization on campus.

“There are so many things our students need to know about, because there are so many opportunities in our math department,” Banks said. “I’m very proud of this math department. It’s great.”

18th Annual Edward W. Powers Women in Science Engineering Career Workshop

The Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics makes it a mission to encourage young students — especially young women — to explore what STEM can do for them. This year, the 18th annual Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Career Workshop offered a full day of workshops and experiences to young women.

On February 21, young women from all around the Youngstown area explored several career options from forensic dentistry to dieticians to environmental engineers. The day started out with opening remarks from Dr. Diana Fagan, director of the WISE Career Workshop and a professor of biological sciences, and a welcome from YSU President James Tressel. Interim Provost Martin Abraham introduced this year’s keynote speaker, Ms. Rhonda Franklin.

Following the keynote speaker, the girls were able to attend two sessions where they were introduced to many kinds of careers, including engineering, biochemistry, technology development, and clinical pharmacist.

After lunch — where STEM Interim Dean Gregg Sturrus welcomed the crowd — the girls were then able to participate in a couple hands-on activities and labs. The hands-on activities are really what make the day for the students. They got to have experiences with programming, DNA fingerprinting, and bioengineering, to name a few.

On behalf of the STEM College, thank you to all of the speakers, presenters, and volunteers that come out to WISE. We couldn’t continue to encourage diversity in STEM without you!

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Register for this year’s STEM Showcase!

Each year, STEMians come together to highlight our students and the projects that they’ve worked on throughout the year. This year’s STEM Showcase will be Saturday, April 25, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Moser Hall. Come out to support our students and to see what great things they’ve been putting together this year! Along with seeing all the projects, you’ll have the opportunity to tour YSU STEM facilities, including our new Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing!

This year, $1000 in scholarship money will be awarded at the STEM Showcase. Prospective students are eligible if they attend the showcase and complete a short survey at the event. The award will be applied when the student enrolls in the STEM College at YSU.

Previous projects have included the Baja Car, the Concrete Canoe, and some nanoflowers.

STEM students who want to register their project should visit stemshowcase.ysustem.com.

STEMians: Scholarship Information! Read how to get assistance for next academic year

Welcome back, STEMians! Now is the perfect time to begin filling out applications for scholarships for next academic year. Below is a list of scholarships available to STEM majors (check out the financial aid website for additional scholarship opportunities), as well as links to applications. All of this information can also be found here.

Applications are due by February 15. Many of the scholarships listed require FAFSA to be completed, so please complete your FAFSA prior to February 15.

Be sure to like STEM Scholarships on Facebook so you can stay up to date on the latest scholarships!

 

Current Students

STEM Common Application

Over 30 scholarships are available for current STEM students through the STEM Scholarship Application. By completing this one application, you will be considered for all available STEM College Scholarships for which you qualify for that academic year. Completed applications must be submitted by 5pm on February 15th every year to be considered for the following academic year. Most scholarships require that a FAFSA also be completed.

For a full list of scholarships awarded through the STEM Scholarship Application, Click Here

APPLY ON-LINE HERE. You can also find scholarship applications, along with additional information, on the scholarship board outside of the Dean’s Office in Moser Hall, Room 2200.

 

Myron Wick Scholarship in Science and Engineering: CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

  • Available to full-time Junior and Senior Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Environmental Science, and Engineering Majors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Deadline: February 15

Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania Scholarship: CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

Carol Lamb 330-941-4625

  • Available for majors in Civil And Construction Engineering Technology
  • Deadline: July 1

Alan Jacobs Achievement in Environmental Studies: CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

Geology and Environmental Science Department, Moser Hall 2120

  • Refund for the cost of the textbook for students who receive an A in ENST 1500
  • Deadline: 5 days before the end of the term

Ann Harris Scholarship: Geology and Environmental Science Department, Moser Hall 2120

  • For Junior and Senior Geology majors with at least a 3.5 toward the cost of a summer field camp
  • Deadline: March 1

Donald Marcy Scholarship: Biological Sciences Department, Ward Beecher Hall 4037

  • For sophomore, junior, and senior Biology majors with at least a 2.5
  • Deadline: February 15

John and Lina Moteff Scholarship: Physics Department, Ward Beecher Hall 2023 CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

  • Available to science majors with first preference to incoming physics majors
  • Deadline: February 15

Dr. Ronald A. Parise Scholarship: Physics Department, Ward Beecher Hall 2023

  • Awarded to physics majors with at least a 3.0 GPA, preference to Mahoning and Trumbull residents
  • Deadline: February 15

Help A Sister Out: Sherri Lovelace-Cameron, Ward Beecher Hall 5016 CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

  • Awarded to full-time graduate and undergraduate female African American students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics with minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Deadline: March 15

Additional Resources for current students

 

Incoming Students

First-time STEM students are encouraged to apply for one of our several scholarships available to incoming students. See details below for deadlines and application information.

 

STEM Scholarship Common Application

Although most of these scholarships require at least sophomore level status, by completing this one application, you will be considered for all available STEM College Scholarships for which you qualify for that academic year, in the event that a new scholarship becomes available. Completed applications must be submitted by 5pm on February 15th every year to be considered for the following academic year. Most scholarships require that a FAFSA also be completed.

For a full list of scholarships awarded through the STEM Scholarship Application, Click Here

APPLY ON-LINE HERE. You can also find scholarship applications, along with additional information, on the scholarship board outside of the Dean’s Office in Moser Hall, Room 2200.

 

Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program

Available to incoming students who place into the minimum math required for their major (Pre-Calculus or Calculus) and have at least a 2.5 high school GPA. Preference is given to students from our partner schools (Austintown Fitch, Boardman, Campbell Memorial, Chaney, East, Girard, Hubbard, Liberty, Lowellville, McDonald, Niles McKinley, Struthers, Warren Harding, Youngstown Early College), but all applications are accepted. Only 20-25 scholarship are awarded per year.

More info and application

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1st

FIRST Robotics Scholarship

Available to an incoming student who has participated for at least one year on a FIRST Robotics Team.

More info and application

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1st

John and Lina Moteff Scholarship

Preferably given to incoming students majoring in Physics. Those majoring in any science will be given secondary consideration.

Click here for application

More info

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15th

Teachers Experience The Flipped Classroom

On December 16, area high school chemistry teachers and several faculty of the STEM College were introduced to the concept of The Flipped Classroom as a part of Professional Day, which was jointly hosted by the Department of Chemistry and the Beeghly College of Education. The Flipped Classroom, pioneered by Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann, provides a way for students to have a more hands-on learning experience.

“The basic idea of flipped learning is to present lecture material outside of the classroom. This is usually done through the preparation of videos that are then posted to sites like YouTube. Students are expected to view the videos before class,” said Dr. Mike Serra, an Associate Professor of Chemistry, and the principle organizer of the event . “Some teachers present students with an outline of the notes that students fill in during each presentation. During class the students can focus on other things such as problem solving or performing more experiments. It can be beneficial for the STEM disciplines that are more problem based.”

This year, there were 45 participants from local high schools, as well as some participants from the Department of Chemistry. Sams gave a presentation introducing all of the participants to flipped learning.

Faculty Faction: Doug Genna

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Dr. Genna

For Doug Genna, a new assistant professor of organic chemistry, the love of chemistry didn’t come early on.

“When I went to college, I actually didn’t want to be a chemist. I did not like chemistry in high school, and I did not like general chemistry,” he said.

Doug started out as a biology major, but quickly realized that that wasn’t where he wanted to be. In order to fulfill the requirements for his major, he had to take a year of general chemistry and a year of organic chemistry before entering his biology classes.

“When I was taking organic [chemistry], I really started to enjoy it,” Doug said. “When you actually get into [organic chemistry], it’s actually a lot of reasoning and logic problems, and once you understand a certain set of rules you can reason through anything, even if you haven’t seen it before, and that’s really what I like about the most: the problem solving.”

­One of the things he said he loves about YSU the most is the mixture of teaching and research.

“It’s not like a big research university where there’s so much stress on doing research — although I love doing it — the pressure to produce is so ridiculous. Here, it’s much more low pressure and [you get to] research what you want and engage the students,” Doug said.

For his research, Doug is working on making metal organic frameworks, which he described as a hybrid of an inorganic metal and organic materials that polymerize to make three-dimensional, cage-like structures. The focus point of his research is to figure out how those structures are made, since the structure’s synthesis is not understood. Along with the creation of the structures, Doug is also attempting to do different chemical reactions inside the cages.

Another thing Doug said he loved about YSU is that the chemistry program is comparable to larger research institutions.

“We have a very good chemistry program. Not even just for a small school. We have really state-of-the-art instrumentation. For students who are doing student research they get a lot of hands-on experience with using state-of-the-art equipment that some big schools don’t even have,” he said.

Doug said he has good relationships with his students, which is something that was difficult to achieve when he was at larger institutions.

“That’s been the fun thing about teaching this semester. I have scheduled office hours, but students come in all the time, and working with students has really been fun,” he said.

Scholarships: The wait is over!

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All students should know that with the New Year comes a whole new scholarship search. Youngstown State University and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics offers many scholarships to a variety of students. Scholarships are awarded according to many different factors including different majors, class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.), financial need, and much more. Continue reading “Scholarships: The wait is over!”

STEM Leadership Society: Making You a Success

By: Teresa McKinney

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A group of SLS members take a break from working on a house to take a picture.

“Making you a success.” Youngstown State University STEM Leadership Society, known on campus as SLS, is working to do just that for its members—the top students in YSU’s STEM college. SLS was created to provide outstanding students with the tools to grow and develop into leaders in their respective STEM fields. The organization is working to become a presence both on campus and in the community. It offers members the opportunity to have a supportive network of peers and faculty that will help pave the way for a successful, undergraduate experience at YSU.

STEM Leadership Society is a student organization that gives students the tools to succeed. One of its main goals is to convince top high school seniors of that YSU is the university for them. Continue reading “STEM Leadership Society: Making You a Success”

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.

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.

Physics Olympics

Eighteen (18) Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania high schools participated in the 34th Annual Physics Olympics held Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Beeghly Center.  Students “put theories to practice” in twelve events which were coordinated by Mr. Roy McCullough, part-time professor at YSU.