Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics proudly honored and celebrated alumni, community partners and educational partners at the Fifth Annual STEM awards dinner on February 21, 2013 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center.
The 2013 awardees were Theodore Burke, James Cossler, Daniel Martin, John Scott, and Dr. Thomas Stellers with guest speaker Matthew Mrakovich who presented the college with a $15,000 donation from General Electric. Mr. Mrakovich, a YSU grad with a Bachelors of Engineering, won The Edison Pioneer Award. Since joining GE in 2001, Matt has twenty-six issued patents and was given the award because of his technical contributions, which has made a significant impact on the current, and future, vitality of General Electric.
Two YSU grads were presented as Outstanding Alumnus. Mr. Ted Burke is a 1971 mechanical engineering graduate of Youngstown State University, and is currently the engineering manager at Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic. Mr. Jack Scott, a mechanical engineering YSU graduate, is currently the president and founder of Applied Systems and Technology Transfer.
The awardee for Outstanding Community Partner is Mr. James Cossler. While Mr. Cossler was unable to attend the dinner, associate Barb Ewing accepted the award for him. Mr. Cossler is currently the chief executive officer of the Youngstown Business Incubator and has been named, by both Crain’s Cleveland and Inside Business magazines, one of the most influential business people in Northeast Ohio.
Dan Martin, Department Manager of Blend Test Services, who oversees a technical staff of 125 employees at Lubrizol Corporation, was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Mr. Martin is a 2003 graduate of Youngstown State University with a bachelor degree in industrial and systems engineering.
Youngstown State University College of STEM’s Outstanding Education Partner award went to Dr. Thomas Stellers, who completed his post-graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, Southern Illinois University, and Youngstown State University. Dr. Stellers is currently a member of the Austintown Local School District’s Board of Education and the supervisor of student teachers for Beeghly College of Education at YSU and the University of Akron.