Beach Buddies Founder Bill Dale Visits YSU!

Bill DaleBill Dale is the founder of the Beach Buddies organization that takes charge of cleaning up litter on beaches. He was awarded the British Empire Medal by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017 for “Services to the Marine Environment.”

Bill Dale started a career in journalism at the age of 18. He founded the Isle of Man Gazette in 1985 and The Manx Independent in 1987. He left to start a career in freelance writing, public relations and photography in 1990. He launched The Southern Chronicle in 2011 and the Northwestern Chronicle in 2014.

Bill then founded Beach Buddies in October 2006 where he first officially collected debris in January 2017. It started with two volunteers and five dogs, and it now has 8,000 volunteers and, sadly, only one dog remains. He was appointed assistant commentator to Ian Cannell for the official Tynwald Ceremony in 2006 and appointed Sole Commentator in 2016.

Bill has been a regular guest speaker (about his career and the Beach Buddies organization) since 2013. He is currently in the middle of developing a new education program in schools that is designed to raise awareness of how careless littering introduces severe problems to the environment and wildlife populations.

His various other career experiences include operating the rowing boat ferry across Peel Harbor to Peel Castle in the 1970s to joiner, bricklayer, electrician, plumber, golfer, footballer, skier, basking shark watcher, and so many more!

Bill Dale provided a free, open lecture for the Youngstown community on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. This date also happened to be Bill’s birthday so people that came to his lecture were able to wish him the best on his special day. Bill’s visit to the USA has brought a lot of attention to his efforts in the Isle of Man, which is his home station. You can click here to view the news story that was published about his trip. There is also a video interview that is available for you to watch here about his various efforts with Beach Buddies.

While Bill Dale was at YSU, he spoke on the marine environment and how littering affects the environment. He showed the audience pictures of animals that were caught up in various types of litter that a human just threw out their car window without a second thought. Some of the animals he showed us were birds, sea turtles, seals, fish, and even non-marine life such as hedgehogs. He urged that people must stop littering because of how much it is damaging the wildlife and environment around the world.

To find out more about the Beach Buddies, you can visit his Facebook Page here. You can also contact Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer for more information on his visit to YSU at rebeiersdorfer@ysu.edu.

Student Spotlight: Evan Harris

Evan HarrisYSU STEM loves to highlight student achievements and experiences! Please email us about students who have accomplished great things at STEMNews@ysu.edu so we can get the word out about our exceptional students!

Evan Harris is a junior Electrical Engineering student. He is a research assistant at YSU that helps collect data in groundbreaking experiments involving 3D printing and artificial intelligence.

Evan performs his research under Dr. Eric MacDonald, a professor and distinguished researcher in YSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has also worked with several of Dr. MacDonald’s co-workers, other distinguished professors and researchers on staff at YSU, as well as his classmates Andrea Beck and Chad Lynagh.

“Our group is currently handling projects dealing with Additive Manufacturing ranging from Commercial 3D printing to Industrial Sand Casting utilizing Computer Vision and Machine Learning, to recognize when a print is failing or about to fail,” said Evan. “We are also using the university’s S-Max 3D printer to gather experimental data on sand molds containing cavities of complex geometries to be used in metal casting, something that wasn’t previously possible. YSU is one of only two universities in the country with S-Max printers.”

“We hope to increase the efficiency, quality, and performance of both methods of 3D printing,” said Evan. “The commercial project aims to create a closed-loop system that recognizes common hazards, stops defective prints, and saves filament (feedstock) in the process. We’re comparing data we collect from our sand casting experiments to today’s models, looking for inconsistencies. Porosity is a very complex, yet important, property when it comes to casting metal, so the more data we can collect, the more we can learn about what causes defects and how that compares to current models.”

Through this research project, Evan hopes to learn more about Additive Manufacturing and have the opportunity to help advance the field in future.

“It’s an exciting area of study that could expand existing technologies and lead to new ones,” said Evan. “Large companies are beginning to take advantage of 3D printing metal parts that are currently out of production.”

When speaking about the 3D printing, “our YSU professors are also pioneering research into the way metal casting works. We’re one of only two universities in the country to have an S-Max 3D printer, and that gives us the ability to design our own experiments and try things that have never been explored, which to me is really exciting,” said Evan.

In addition to his research, Evan is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society, and a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Evan is also a huge Steelers fan.

To find out more about the research Evan participates in, visit the Google Scholar page for Dr. Eric MacDonald. You can also email Evan at emharris@student.ysu.edu.

Tau Beta Pi Welcomes Fall Initiates!

Tau Beta Pi InitiatesTau Beta Pi has initiated their new members this fall! The Tau Beta Pi Association is the oldest engineering honor society in the United States and the second oldest collegiate honor society in America. It is made of honors engineering students who have shown a history of academic achievement as well as a commitment to personal and professional integrity.

“Our purpose is to uphold to qualities of excellence and integrity of engineering,” said Tayah Turocy, current president of Tau Beta Pi. “We strive to be role models, achieve academic success, and hold leadership positions while being connected to a large network of engineers.”

Tau Beta Pi is one of the multiple Ohio Lambda Chapters at YSU. They have a similar process of initiation to the other chapters on campus. They truly celebrate the hard work of students. The group supports dedicated, hardworking, and successful engineers.

“After our initiation this week of 41 initiates, we now have almost 60 active members in our Ohio Lambda chapter. Tau Beta Pi is a society that one must be invited to join. A student must be of junior status or above to be considered,” said Tayah. “A student is eligible if they are pursuing an engineering degree and are in the top 1/8th of their junior class, top 1/5th of their senior class, or top 1/5th of their graduate class.”

Tau Beta Pi hosts several events each year. Their two main events are their fall and spring initiation. Their initiation process is very involved.

“Candidates go through an interview process with the current members, and they are elected by vote,” said Tayah. “After being elected to join, candidates go through an initiation ceremony, take a group photo in front of our symbol, the “bent,” and are invited to celebrate with their guests at a banquet.”

Additionally, Tau Beta Pi hosts Engineer’s Week. This is a weeklong competition in spring between civil engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and mathematics students. The events of the week range from paper airplanes to duct tape a team member to a wall to penny wars.

Throughout the year, Tau Beta Pi also holds a Pi day event, futures for engineers’ sessions. If you’ve seen people walking around campus with laptop stickers that look like Ohio and have a “Y” for Youngstown, that’s also Tau Beta Pi!

“Many people do not know anything about Tau Beta Pi when they are asked to join, but it is the largest engineering society in the world with over 580,000 members,” said Tayah. “Also, we just had our largest initiate class in 17 years!”

For more information about the organization, visit www.tbp.org. To keep up with Tau Beta Pi’s events on campus, you can also follow them on their Facebook page: YSU Tau Beta Pi Ohio Lambda Chapter.

Although a student must be invited to join, it is never too early or too late to think about joining. Freshman and sophomore students can look forward to being invited in the future by keeping their grades up, and juniors and seniors can improve their grades to be asked in a future semester. If thinking about attending grad school, students can look into how that school’s chapter operates. For more detailed questions, contact Tayah Turocy at tdturocy@student.ysu.edu.

Several Pennsylvania Schools Visit STEM This Month!

We encourage school groups to visit the STEM College and learn more about the opportunities available to students who choose to attend YSU! This month, we were excited to host several schools from Pennsylvania.

Check out some of the pictures from their visits below! Students met President Jim Tressel, Dean Steelant and several amazing STEM faculty members.

 

Aliquippa High School visited YSU STEM on November 7, 2017. They traveled about an hour to explore the variety of options STEM provides to its students!

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Farrell High School visited YSU STEM on October 17, 2017, and October 24, 2017. They really enjoyed the tour and activities that were set up for them on their visit! 

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Sharon High School visited YSU STEM on October 25, 2017. They sure loved their visit to STEM!

 

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If you are interested in bringing a group to visit the STEM College, please contact Emilie Eberth at 330.941.2884 or egeberth@ysu.edu.

Ward Beecher is Being Renovated!

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There have been many great renovations to Ward Beecher this year!

The north end of three floors was painted. The construction crew also put in new ceilings and updated the light fixtures. They also replaced the flooring tiles and installed benches with outlets for students to use at their disposal. The mechanical systems were also improved in the north end of the building.

Next summer the south end of the building will be renovated, completing the project. This was the first time any renovations have happened in Ward Beecher since the early 1980’s.

Dr. Sharif Gets Additional Funding Through NSF Grant

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Dr. Bonita Sharif, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Youngstown State University, has recently been awarded a Community Research Infrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation.

This project grant, totaling $527,806 over three years ($237,196 to YSU and $290,610 to KSU), began in June 2017 and is expected to finish in June 2020. This project relates closely to Dr. Sharif’s CAREER award research on eye-tracking from last year and is in collaboration with a team at Kent State University.

“The purpose of the award is to build infrastructure to help support incorporating eye tracking within the developer’s work environment,” said Dr. Sharif.

Basically, Dr. Sharif and her team are creating an extension for integrated development environments (the platforms developers use for coding) that will allow developers to track their eye movement within the platform. They will be able to replay the eye tracking data to learn from how they look at code.

Dr. Sharif says that this software and research is important because it will help developers’ self-awareness (to learn from their own work and become more efficient) and because it will help educators teach students better. It will also help researchers to conduct large-scale studies in the industry with minimal effort.

“We can show novices how experts fix bugs by what they look at first,” said Dr. Sharif.

It is her goal to release a beta version of the software by the end of the first year and to involve other researchers in beta testing and technical briefing sessions.

“At this point, many researchers have seen a demo of our system,” she said, “but really it’s still just a prototype. We want to make it to a point where it is production ready and people can just download it, install it, and use it. I believe the joint effort with Kent State will be great in moving this forward.”

The full project title is “CI-New: Collaborative Research: An Infrastructure that Combines Eye Tracking into Integrated Development Environments to Study Software Development and Program Comprehension.”

The students involved are undergraduates Ashwin Mishra, Alexander Bonnette, Nicholas Iovino, Chris Hardaway, and graduate student Sahaj Bhattarai.

View the abstract for the project and the full details of the award here.

Biomedical Research Series: Dr. Chet Cooper

Dr. Chet Cooper

Within the Department of Biological Sciences at Youngstown State University, there are many areas of research being explored by faculty and students alike. In a monthly series, we will highlight faculty research that covers various aspects of biomedical efforts from DNA to bacteria, fungi, and more.

 

Dr. Chet Cooper is a Professor of Biological Sciences at YSU. He holds a BS degree in Biology from Pitt-Johnstown. He earned his Master and PhD in Microbiology from the University of Texas.

Dr. Cooper researches a fungus that effects AIDS patients in Southeast Asia. The fungus cannot be found in soil or vegetation but it is known that it affects bamboo rats and humans. The only way a human can be infected by this fungus is by traveling to Southeast Asia and being HIV positive. The fungus is breathed in and can live in the body for several years before symptoms are observed.

The fungus, Talaromyces marneffei, was first discovered in the 1950s and brought to greater attention in the 1970s and 1980s when the AIDS epidemic occurred in Thailand. In some places in this country, up to 30% of AIDS patients contracted the fungal disease.

The fungi start attacking a person with AIDS by first giving the patient pneumonia. The infection then will spread to the skin, giving the patient skin lesions. After that, the infection will spread to the organs of the body and can be 100% fatal if it is not treated.

Dr. Cooper started researching fungi in graduate school. His first position out of graduate school was in a state health department in New York. He became familiar with different types of fungi through that position. Soon after, Dr. Cooper was asked to study how this fungus that attacks AIDS patients reacts to anti-fungal agents. His colleague from Thailand worked with him, and his research has progressed since.

“There are only 4-5 labs that study this around the entire world,” said Dr. Cooper. “People come from different countries to earn their PhD at YSU and work in the lab with this fungus.”

“There are several anti-fungal drugs that can be used to treat people who contract the fungus,” said Dr. Cooper. “But we are seeing more and more people experience side-effects and resistance to the drugs.”

At room temperature, the fungi grow filamentously. When the fungi are in the body, it is a single-celled organism that takes the form of a yeast. Dr. Cooper has recently been focusing on genes that could potentially be linked to the yeast phase of the fungus.

“A great co-worker of mine, Dr. Min, developed a software package for the entire genome of fungus,” said Dr. Cooper. “It will tell you the gene products that are pushed out of the cell.”

This software found 538 tentative genes that could potentially be connected to the fungi.

“It is also very important to know that fungi get their nutrition by sending enzymes out of the cell, digesting the substance, and absorbing,” said Dr. Cooper.

Undergraduate students that work with Dr. Cooper are developing a method using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to identify genes and see a particular gene is on the list of 538 tentative genes. They have used a different form of PCR to see if the genes were specifically expressed in the yeast phase or both the yeast and room temperature phases. The purpose of this was to find solely the corresponding yeast phase genes. It turns out that they found genes that were like this.

This gives evidence that those types of genes are being expressed.  In a future study, Dr. Cooper and his undergraduate students will grow the fungus in the yeast phase and examine it for the proteins produced. If they find the same types of protein in the fungi it will prove the gene is associated with it.

Ultimately, Dr. Cooper wants to determine the genes and proteins that are produced by the pathogenic form, which can lead to treatments and potential cures for this fungus and many others.

Some people who contract the fungus go into remission following initial treatment. However, they must take an antifungal drug for the rest of their lives because the fungi take hold in their immune system. If the drug is not taken, the person will become sick again because the body will not attack its own immune system.

 

To contact Dr. Cooper about his research, you can email him at crcooper01@ysu.edu.

Faculty Faction: Dr. Christopher Arntsen

Dr. ArntsenDr. Christopher Arntsen is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at YSU. He holds a BS degree in both Math and Chemistry from the University of Connecticut. He continued to graduate school at UCLA where he obtained a PhD in Chemistry.

At his time at UCLA, Dr. Arntsen was a TA in the Chemistry department. Following the completion of his PhD, Dr. Arntsen taught at the UCLA extension for one semester.

“I loved the idea of being able to teach and do research,” said Dr. Arntsen. “I really felt that YSU had a great mix of both.”

Dr. Arntsen is currently teaching General Chemistry I and the Physical Chemistry Lab. As a researcher, Dr. Arntsen is a theoretical chemist, meaning he deals with computation and theoretical calculations. Once he gets more settled at YSU, he would love to investigate the bandgap modulation of solar cell perovskites. He wants to study what makes them efficient solar cells and find ways to apply his findings to future research.

“I think science education is on the verge of changing to a more project and discovery-based learning,” said Dr. Arntsen. “It’s important for students to learn hands-on skills. I really want to implement more project-based learning in my classes. It would be beneficial for students in higher level classes to have more open-ended projects.”

“I have noticed that the atmosphere at YSU is very friendly, vibrant, and energetic,” said Dr. Arntsen. “I have really enjoyed it in the short time that I’ve been here.”

In the future, Dr. Arntsen wants to get involved with the YSU Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

“I am an enthusiastic Celtics fan,” said Dr. Arntsen. “I will be enthusiastically rooting against the Cavs this year!”

To contact Dr. Arntsen, you can find him at office location in Ward Beecher 5034 on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 and Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30. You can also email Dr. Arntsen at carntsen@ysu.edu.

Silly Science Sunday 2017

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Silly Science Sunday was such a great way to kick off the 7 Days of STEM! The event was held on September 17, 2017 in the streets around OhWOW Children’s Center in downtown Youngstown. Various events happened throughout the day from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Children could watch the Ronald McDonald Magic Show, Bear Hunt, Dry Ice Pringles Can Blow Up, Minute to Win It, Elephant Toothpaste, Robot Demonstration, and Watermelon Blow Up.

The biggest event of the day was the Beach Ball Drop and T-Shirt Cannon at 1:00. The Beach Ball Drop was organized to beat the world record for the most amount of beach balls in the air at one time. The balls were dumped from the second floor of OhWOW into the street below.

YSU STEM had a tent on the street in front of OhWOW. There were various set ups that children could interact with. They could look at the sun with solar glasses or try on kaleidoscope glasses. In the rest of the tent children could see fat in the human body and learn about its formations, information about the planetarium as well as puzzles, spin a wheel to win a prize, and make their own “substance” from dish soap and corn syrup.

For more information on Silly Science Sunday, contact OhWOW Children’s Center at info@OHWOWKids.org or email us at STEMNews@ysu.edu.

Recent Publication: Dr. Jack Min

Dr. Xiangjia “Jack” Min, Associate Professor in Biological Science, published a research article in Computational Molecular Biology in September 2017.

 

Title: Comprehensive Cataloging and Analysis of Alternative Splicing in Maize

Author: Dr. Xiangjia “Jack” Min

 

Abstract:

Gene expression is a key step in developmental regulation and responses in changing environments in plants. Alternative splicing (AS) is a process generating multiple RNA isoforms from a single gene pre-mRNA transcript that increases the diversity of functional proteins and RNAs. Identification and analysis of alternatively splicing events are critical for crop improvement and understanding regulatory mechanisms. In maize large numbers of transcripts generated by RNA-seq technology are available, we incorporated these data with data assembled with ESTs and mRNAs to comprehensively catalog all genes undergoing AS. A total of 192,624 AS events were detected and classified, including 103,566 (53.8%) basic events and 89,058 (46.2%) complex events which were formed by combination of various types of basic events. Intron retention was the dominant type of basic AS event, accounting for 24.1%. These AS events were identified from 91,128 transcripts which were generated from 26,669 genomic loci, of which consisted of 20,860 gene models. It was estimated that 55.3% maize genes may be subjected to AS. The transcripts mapping information can be used to improve the predicted gene models in maize. The data can be accessed at Plant Alternative Splicing Database (http://proteomics.ysu.edu/altsplice/).

 

Full article link:

http://biopublisher.ca/index.php/cmb/article/view/3258

Recent Publication: Biology Team

Dr. Michael Butcher, Associate Professor in Biological Science, in collaboration with Dr. Gary Walker, Chairperson and Professor of Biological Sciences, Mr. Julio “Ed” Budde, and student Dylan Thomas published a research article in Journal of Applied Physiology in September 2017.

 

Title: Ontogeny of myosin isoform expression and prehensile function in the tail of the gray short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica)

Authors: Dylan R. Thomas, Brad A. Chadwell, Gary R. Walker, Julio E. Budde, John L. VandeBerg, Michael T. Butcher

 

Abstract:

Terrestrial opossums use their semiprehensile tail for grasping nesting materials as opposed to arboreal maneuvering. We relate the development of this adaptive behavior with ontogenetic changes in myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform expression from 21 days to adulthood. Monodelphis domestica is expected to demonstrate a progressive ability to flex the distal tail up to age 7 mo, when it should exhibit routine nest construction. We hypothesize that juvenile stages (3–7 mo) will be characterized by retention of the neonatal isoform (MHC-Neo), along with predominant expression of fast MHC-2X and -2B, which will transition into greater MHC-1β and -2A isoform content as development progresses. This hypothesis was tested using Q-PCR to quantify and compare gene expression of each isoform with its protein content determined by gel electrophoresis and densitometry. These data were correlated with nesting activity in an age-matched sample of each age group studied. Shifts in regulation of MHC gene transcripts matched well with isoform expression. Notably, mRNA for MHC-Neo and -2B decrease, resulting in little-to-no isoform translation after age 7 mo, whereas mRNA for MHC-1β and -2A increase, and this corresponds with subtle increases in content for these isoforms into late adulthood. Despite the tail remaining intrinsically fast-contracting, a critical growth period for isoform transition is observed between 7 and 13 mo, correlating primarily with use of the tail during nesting activities. Functional transitions in MHC isoforms and fiber type properties may be associated with muscle “tuning” repetitive nest remodeling tasks requiring sustained contractions of the caudal flexors.

 

Full article link:

http://jap.physiology.org/content/123/3/513

Recent Publication: Dr. Michael Butcher & Zachary Glenn

Dr. Michael Butcher, Associate Professor in Biological Science, in collaboration with biology student Zachary Glenn, published a research article in Journal of Mammalian Evolution in September 2017.

 

Title: Architectural Properties of Sloth Forelimb Muscles (Pilosa: Bradypodidae)

Authors: Rachel A. Olson, Zachary D. Glenn, Rebecca N. Cliffe, Michael T. Butcher

 

Abstract:

Tree sloths have reduced skeletal muscle mass, and yet they are able to perform suspensory behaviors that require both strength and fatigue resistance to suspend their body mass for extended periods of time. The muscle architecture of sloths is hypothesized to be modified in ways that will enhance force production to compensate for this reduction in limb muscle mass. Our objective is to test this hypothesis by quantifying architecture properties in the forelimb musculature of the brown-throated three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus: N = 4). We evaluated architecture from 52 forelimb muscles by measuring muscle moment arm (rm), muscle mass (MM), belly length (ML), fascicle length (LF), pennation angle (θ), and physiological cross-sectional area (PCSA), and these metrics were used to estimate isometric force, joint torque, and power. Overall, the musculature becomes progressively more pennate from the extrinsic to intrinsic regions of the forelimb, and the flexors are more well developed than the extensors as predicted. However, most muscles are indicative of a mechanical design for fast joint rotational velocity instead of large joint torque (i.e., strength), although certain large, parallel-fibered shoulder (e.g., m. latissimus dorsi) and elbow (e.g., m. brachioradialis) flexors are capable of producing appreciable torques by having elongated moment arms. This type of functional tradeoff between joint rotational velocity and mechanical advantage is further exemplified by muscle gearing in Bradypus that pairs synergistic muscles with opposing LF/rm ratios in each functional group. These properties are suggested to facilitate the slow, controlled movements in sloths. In addition, the carpal/digital flexors have variable architectural properties, but their collective PCSA and joint torque indicates the capability for maintaining grip force and carpal stability while distributing load from the manus to the shoulder. The observed specializations provide a basis for understanding sustained suspension in sloths.

Full article link:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10914-017-9411-z

STEM Students Explored Career Opportunities This Month!

Constructor for a Day – 2017

Robert J. Korenic, Youngstown State University Associate Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering Technology, in collaboration with the Ohio Contractors Association (OCA) hosted the 25th annual “Constructor for A Day” program.  The event is a proven way to strengthen ties between contractors and students attending YSU who are majoring in Civil and Construction Engineering Technology as well as Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Students met at the A.P. O’Horo Company on Belmont Avenue and then toured local job sites (such as bridges on Interstate 80, the Niles Wastewater Treatment Plant, Mahoning Valley Sanitary District facility and more).  The program allows students to see firsthand practical applications of their education.  It also provides students the opportunity to network with area contractors and to see the various areas of the field that are available to work in with a degree in Civil and Construction Engineering Technology or Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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STEM Expo – Fall 2017

The STEM Expo was a tremendous success this fall. There was a total of 78 employers who participated in the expo. Students in all STEM majors could meet with employers to discuss available positions and job requirements. The expo event was created to provide students with internships, co-ops, full-time jobs, and part-time jobs. In total, there were 833 students that came to the expo in hopes of finding an opportunity in their designated career field.

If you were unable to attend the fall expo, don’t panic! There will be another expo this spring! For more information, contact STEM Professional Services at stem.jobs@ysu.edu.

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Join Handshake!

If you haven’t already joined Handshake, now is the time to do it! The Career and Professional Services at YSU switched to Handshake and they will use the database for all future communications and job postings. Handshake is home to over 200,000 employers from a wide variety of career fields. Every current student at YSU already has an account on Handshake. All you will need to do is go to the login page and enter your YSU credentials. If you are an alumnus who would wish to join Handshake, contact STEM Professional Services at stem.jobs@ysu.edu. For all the mobile users out there, Handshake also has a free app available to both Android and Apple users. Handshake offers you the ability to upload a resume for employers to view when they see your profile. Handshake also provides all students with various job openings that they can apply for right on the site that correspond to their chosen career field.

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National Manufacturing Day and Design Competition– 2017

On October 6, 2017, YSU celebrated National Manufacturing Day. There were various events held across campus from 11-3.

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There were 5 events that took place in the WCBA:

Industry Showcase A talk with industry professionals about their profession and the various technologies of manufacturing.
The Wonder of 3D Printing Ashley Martof, a recent YSU graduate and former intern at America Makes, shared her engaging insights about how 3D printing attracted her to a manufacturing career.
Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing Joseph Angelo, Director of the WCBA Entrepreneurship Center, shared how many of the best (and worst) entrepreneurial aspirations are tied to manufacturing.
LaunchLab LaunchLab provides a multidisciplinary learning environment and maker space that supports education, learning, and innovation.

There were 3 events held in Moser Hall:

Center For Innovation in Additive Manufacturing, CIAM As one of the only universities in the country to have all 7 Additive Manufacturing Processes, visitors were able to learn how YSU is at the cutting edge of the next revolution in manufacturing.
CNC/AMBIT Lab Visitors could see how YSU students and faculty use computer-controlled additive and subtractive processes to create complex components.
Automation and Robotics Lab They assemble cars, sort products and do increasingly complex tasks in ever closer cooperation with humans. Visitors saw how robotics and automation can be used to support safe, efficient manufacturing processes.

There were two additional events:

Bliss Hall Foundry (Located in Bliss Hall) Where molten metal is transformed into functional and artistic castings, the Bliss Hall Foundry provides support metal casting activities across multiple disciplines at YSU.
Historical Center of Industry and Labor Visitors learned about the steel industry that dominated Youngstown in the 20th century and got to check out the “last hearts” (the final batches of steel produced at each of the mills before they closed).

 

National Manufacturing Day Design Competition – 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 3D Design Competition winners, Larry and Mariah, from Austintown! The 3D Printing Design Competition allowed students, 13 years of age and older, to test original designs for useful products that can ordinarily be purchased commercially, but that might be 3D printed at a competitive cost or with improvements to function or value. Winners, Larry and Mariah, will receive a New FlashForge Finder 3D Printer.

Student Spotlight: Efrain Velez

Efrain Velez

YSU STEM loves to highlight student achievements and experiences! Please email us about students who have accomplished great things at STEMNews@ysu.edu so we can get the word out about our exceptional students!

Efrain Velez is a junior at YSU who is studying Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. This past summer, Efrain had the opportunity to intern at Exal Corporation.

The company is a leading producer in the can and bottle industry. Exal makes bottles for various companies like Monster, Bud Light, Budweiser, Dove, and Loreal Paris. All products made at the company are packaged in-house and shipped out directly from the plant to the producing companies. Exal’s headquarters are located right here in Youngstown and they also have multiple subdivisions in places like Argentina and Brazil.

There are two types of certification offered at YSU that pertain to Efrain’s career, Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma. Lean Six Sigma deals primarily with non-numerical issues like efficiency, getting rid of wastes by eliminating what you can, and improving the workplace. Six Sigma is number-based ideology.

During his freshman year at YSU, Efrain decided to take the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification course that is offered to any majors on campus.

“I highly recommend the course to anyone,” said Efrain. “This was so helpful to me because many companies want their employees to have this type of certification.”

Efrain, who was only a sophomore at the time he was hired at Exal, outshone many junior and senior applicants because of his Lean Six Sigma certification.

“Getting this certificate really advances you and makes you stand out to companies,” said Efrain. “It tells these companies that you really want more and that you are willing to go above and beyond in your job.”

Efrain plans to take the Six Sigma Group Belt Certification course at YSU this spring. It is a great opportunity offered at YSU because it is a lot less expensive here than at other public universities.

At Exal, Efrain is classified as an Operational Excellence Intern. He is directly under the head director for Operation Intelligence, Mr. Oscar Mayet. At the time he was hired, he was one of two industrial engineers working for the Youngstown Exal location. His daily tasks consisted of recreating work standards, analyzing statistical data, and quality control. He was also able to provide translating services for documents that came from other Exal subdivisions in Spanish and even some Portuguese.

“It is very rewarding to work at Exal under the director,” said Efrain. “Mr. Mayet has such a wealth of knowledge and he has shown that YSU students are welcome at Exal.”

Efrain continues to work at Exal this semester and hopes to work there for as long as he can.

“Exal is like a very close-knit family and I love that about my job,” said Efrain.

By working at Exal, Efrain has realized that he wants to specialize his career in industrial and systems management.

Outside of his internship, Efrain is a member of the STEM Leadership Society, the Honors College, the YSU Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), and the Choose Ohio First program. He has also been a member in the Honors College’s Big and Little program, iPals, and English Conversation Partners. He hopes to get more involved on campus before his time is up at YSU.

“A little fun fact about me is that I love to sing,” said Efrain. “I was part of the choirs and drama club throughout high school, so if all else fails, I’m trying out for American Idol.”

To find out more about Exal Corporation and what Efrain does, visit their website at www.exal.com.