Pictured: Erin Garrett poses next to her winning research poster!
On Thursday, December 2, Westminster College hosted the 2021 Student Symposium on the Environment. Five Environmental Science majors presented their senior research projects at the symposium. The presenters were Garrett Snyder, Tyler Black, Erin Garrett, Brian Hiner, and Paul Mendik. The students did an outstanding job with many discussions and positive feedback. Erin Garrett was awarded the Best Research Presentation for her senior research titled The use of benthic macroinvertebrates to access water quality in tributaries of the Mahoning River.
Congratulations to all the students that presented at the event! They represented YSU and the Environmental Science program with excellence!
Youngstown State's chapter of Tau Beta Pi, also known as the Ohio Lambda Chapter, is an honor society for engineering students who choose to go above and beyond in their academics and extra-curricular activities. Congratulations to those who were initiated in Fall 2021!
Ty L. Barzak
Leah J. Bookser
Charlotte R. Button
Dominic L. Clutter
Jose Angel Diosdada De la Pena
John W. Donges
Charles M. Dwyer
Matthew C. Hull
Jenna J. Jacobson
Jillian L. Jakse
Khalid W. Khamis
Nathanial A. Lischak
James A. Litwin
Sean F. Livingston
Victoria N. Messuri
Mitchell A. Moffett
Jonah M. Montgomery
Anthony A. Pacifico
Alexander W. Ramirez
James R. Reed
Thomas J. Saunders
Cole A. Sexton
Brendan P. Thoreson
Tyler J. Young
Nomiki S. Zembillas
Additionally, Tau Beta Pi welcomes a new team of officers:
Nathanial Lischak, VP
Victoria Messuri, recording secretary
Marik Rogenski, corresponding secretary
Jade Kane, treasurer
The team is looking forward to planning events to celebrate Engineers Weeks in February 2022- stay tuned and check out the TBP website for details on upcoming events, which are typically open to members as well as non-members.
After a 4th place finish in the regional competition last spring, the YSU Chem-E-Car team recently traveled to Boston to participate in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Conference and Chem-E-Car Competition.
The competition challenges student teams to “design and construct a chemically powered vehicle within certain size constraints.” At the event, the cars must carry a specified cargo for a certain distance and winners are determined from those traveling the correct distance, in combination with creativity.
The YSU team constructed their vehicle to use a phenolphthalein stopping mechanism and Zinc-Air Batteries. They placed 15th in the National competition and learned many lessons to take into next year’s event.
Any student interested in learning more about Chem-E-Car may contact Captain Jonathan Hronek
Pictured: A 3D-printer and plaque from a past HackYSU event
The YSU Computer Club is a home for anyone with a vested interest in the world of computing, including gaming, coding, hardware, and amateur robotics. We are best known for HackYSU hosted every spring, but we also host other educational and recreational computing events such as Local Hack Day and gaming competitions. Next semester we'll be hosting some amateur gaming tournaments at the Cove in Kilcawley Center:
Wednesday, January 26th - Smash
Wednesday, February 16th - Mario Kart
Wednesday, March 16th - Smash
Wednesday, April 13th - Mario Kart
April 8-10 we will be hosting the 8th annual HackYSU 2022 at the DeBartolo Stadium Club! This is a hack-a-thon/make-a-thon where students are allowed to create any project using technology in 36 hours for a shot at winning cash prizes! There will be video game tournaments, free food, presentations, and mentors to help you with your projects!
We have a Discord server for all members to discuss and collaborate on projects, as well as weekly meetings, Thursdays at 7PM in the server to discuss organization events and anything school or tech related. If you are interested in joining or getting more information, feel free to email us at email@example.com or check out our websites: ysucomputerclub.com & hackysu.com!
Daniel Day graduated from YSU with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in December 2017. Currently, he works as a Software Engineer/Consultant at Salesforce, Inc. Daniel’s primary role includes working with the company’s clients, doing contracting work, and performing customizations to their Salesforce environment using a programming language like Java called Apex. He specializes in integrating software systems to share data between to make the transition to remote work easier for end-users.
Prior to entering the workforce, Daniel felt learning code and technology were the most important things he could learn to gain traction in his role. He soon found out that while this knowledge is important, it pales in comparison to learning how to work with others, having good communication skills and being a team player!
During his time in undergrad, Daniel spent a lot of time getting to know his professors. He feels that professors are a gold mine of knowledge and information and with their mentorship, a student can go far in the field. Professors love sharing their knowledge and research to others! He also felt that extracurricular and social activities were a good way to improve soft skills and communication skills.
Daniel’s advice to students is to pay attention, study and focus on getting the work done. He says to participate in extracurricular activities and get involved with the local community. Networking can help you find a job once you get out of school, so don’t be afraid to reach out to people!
Aim Development Team Taps STEM Program for Local Talent
Aim Transportation Solutions has always been on the leading edge of new technologies revolutionizing the transportation industry, whether as early adopters or innovators. Thankfully, in order to keep pace, Aim doesn’t need to turn to Silicon Valley for talent. We simply need to look in our own backyard.
Aim, headquartered in the Youngstown, OH, area, has partnered with Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) since Spring 2019. This is Ohio’s first and only college dedicated to these four principles which shape nearly every aspect of the world around us—including trucking.
YSU’s STEM internship program has been an invaluable resource in supporting Aim’s customized commercial transportation software development. Through it, Aim has gained access to a growing pool of bright, young minds while providing them with vital real-world experience.
To stay ahead of the ever-evolving transportation industry curve, Aim employs a staff of highly specialized web and mobile developers, database administrators, project managers, security specialists, and quality assurance teams. These specialties all work together to develop cutting-edge web and mobile software for our industry that benefit Aim and our valued customers. Having such a diverse, dedicated team also means we don’t have to manage technology at scale. This allows us to cater to the individual needs of our large and varied customer base. This ability is one of the fundamental qualities that gives Aim a distinct advantage over competitors who may be using “off-the-shelf” solutions. It also allows Aim to give employees greater access to company resources using modern and familiar interfaces.
“Technology has completely transformed the way we think about, manage and execute moving goods and services across the country,” said Dan Kellgren, Aim’s Director of Software Development. “In fact, the emphasis is becoming more and more on the technology side of the industry, which makes having a resource like YSU’s STEM program a unique advantage to Aim’s long-term success.”
YSU student and Aim intern, Alexander Smith, exemplifies how advantageous Aim’s partnership with YSU is. Alexander has been interning with Aim’s team of talented programmers since March of 2020. Over the last year and a half, he has maximized his internship by fully applying the quality education provided by the YSU STEM program to benefit Aim and its customers. Combined with his overall dedication and diligence, he has risen to become a highly valued team member and has already received an offer for a full-time position at Aim when he graduates in the Spring.
Alexander isn’t the first YSU intern to contribute to Aim’s development team. Over the last few years, Aim has worked with YSU to bring on Quality Assurance interns, as well as other software developer interns. Joining the team in January will be another STEM intern, who also has an opportunity to learn and grow in Aim’s dynamic software environment.
Aim has benefited from YSU’s STEM program in other ways. We have hired qualified graduating seniors (for both full- and part-time positions) directly out of the program’s biannual job fairs. Jon Brown, who holds a bachelor’s degree in both computer science and economics, is a shining example. He started as a part-time employee while he finished his second degree and is now a vital full-time team member working toward his next career goal of becoming a database admin leader.
The YSU STEM program has excellent leadership who actively engage with local businesses. Aim is privileged to have the opportunity to take advantage of this invaluable resource and plans to do so well into the future.
For more than 50 years, Aim has been adding jobs with great pay and benefits to the Mahoning Valley, and for those five-plus decades, we have relied on local talent to fill those positions. For anyone looking for a rewarding, long-lasting career, Aim, family owned and operated, is continuously growing and adding new positions in the Youngstown area as well as throughout the nation.
Our daily lives have become inundated with computers and networks. It is pretty much impossible to think of anything we do that does not incorporate some type of computer or computer program. From driving our cars to how the power grid is being managed is done with computers.
Earning a degree in computer science or information technology will open multiple employment doors. Graduates with a degree in computer science become computer programmers, software and web developers, database managers and security analysts. With a degree in information technology graduates work as network administrators, systems / infrastructure analysts, and IT architects.
Every aspect of our lives is touched by computers. Graduates of our programs work in the banking industry, as retail space developers, and for technology companies, government entities, the gaming industry, automobile industry (autonomous and electric vehicles), and energy (solar and wind) to name a few.
Read about how one local company uses CS and IT majors in their workforce HERE.
YSU computer science grad, Daniel Day, talks about his experience HERE.
The People Reaching Intuition in Mathematics for Empowerment Program (PRIME) is an after-school program that gives interested high school students from Youngstown City Schools the opportunity to participate in mathematical activities and experiment with mathematical research. PRIME’s main goal is to inspire scholars to pursue education after high school in STEM areas and to give them the confidence, enjoyment, and tools to be able to fulfill their mathematics requirements to get that degree. The program is run by Dr. Alexis Byers, Dr. Alicia Prieto Langarica, Mr. Charles Stark of East High School, and Ms. Brenda Scott in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Dr. Prieto and Dr. Byers oversee mathematical research projects with the PRIME scholars over the course of the academic year in twice-monthly sessions on YSU's campus. Additionally, the scholars participate in active mathematics seminars to introduce new mathematics to PRIME scholars as well as show different career options for mathematicians. Ms. Scott helps provide further support for the scholars by pairing them with AIM mentors, first generation undergraduate students of color at YSU, to give PRIME scholars on-going college readiness support to improve high school students' knowledge of college options and chances of college success.
This past spring, PRIME was awarded a Tensor-SUMMA grant from the Mathematical Association of America that has provided the resources to finally get the program off the ground. PRIME had its first session on October 6, and 12 interested East High School students were in attendance. Not only are all 12 students expected to return for the next 12 sessions over the course of the academic year, but they have inspired even more of their classmates to sign up for upcoming sessions. Overall, 15-20 PRIME Scholars in this inaugural cohort!
Pictured: Members of the Association for Women in Math volunteer at OhWOW Silly Science Sunday
The math department boasts several student organizations, serving multiple interests in math.
Actuarial Science Club
The Actuarial Science Club is open to any student with an interest in actuarial science, with the goal of promoting the career of actuarial science while providing students the opportunity to speak with actuaries, obtain internships, and study together for the Actuarial Exams.
In addition to study sessions and speakers, the group also holds some social events and seminars. President Nikitas Missos encouraged interested students to join for great networking opportunities as well as helpful exam prep.
Interested students can sign up through Simplicity or email Nikitas for more information.
Association for Women in Math
The goal of the Association for Women in Math is to encourage women and girls to study and have active careers in the mathematical sciences and to promote equal opportunity and equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences. The organization is open to any students- you don’t have to be a woman OR a math major!
The group hosts a wide variety of social and educational events throughout the year, such as movie and trivia nights, study sessions, workshops, and speakers. They also actively participate in community outreach opportunities.
President Alyssa Leone states that the organization “ allows you to meet different people with similar values and gives you a strong support system, as well as providing opportunities to give back to the community and develop new skills.”
This semester the group meets every other Wednesday at 6:00pm. You can find out more by following them on Instagram (@ysuawm) or emailing Alyssa.
Pi Mu Epsilon
Pi Mu Epsilon is an Honor Society, dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding. To do this, among other things, PME gives members opportunities to present their research and other work at PME conferences.
As an honor society, membership is restricted to those who meet eligibility requirements. Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of calculus and two additional courses in mathematics at or above the calculus level. Additionally, they must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Graduate students are also invited to join, along with members of the math faculty.
PME occasionally hosts speakers to present on interesting mathematical topics or research. They also help to organize the annual YSU MathFest for high school students and an annual PME Regional Conference. Members also actively participate in other conferences and competitions, such as COMAP.
Kristi Yazvac graduated from YSU with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Spanish in May 2015. She also received a Master of Arts in Economics in May 2016. Currently, she works as the Associate Manager of Data Analysis for Property Damage Analytics in Claims Control at Progressive Insurance. Kristi’s primary role involves supporting and developing her team of 6 analysts. Although she works for an insurance company, Kristi does not work with customers! Her team analyzes data to look at overall Property Damage Trends. They look at things behind the scenes from a big picture perspective and work to keep Progressive efficient and profitable.
Over the past 5 years, Kristi has been in several departments and had many roles. She has been an analyst to an event coordinator to a CRM supervisor to a Claims Manager. Her favorite thing about Progressive is their support of her trying many roles (since she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up). In addition, Kristi notes that the company has a very supportive culture in general and works to keep their employees engaged and having fun. Many employees tend to stay and have very long careers with Progressive!
During her time at YSU, Kristi was heavily involved which she credits with helping to prepare her for the workforce. She notes that having good communication skills set you apart when working in math and the presentations she was able to do at Pi Mu Epsilon allowed her to learn how to do an analysis and explain it clearly to a large group of people. Her roles as President of YSU Dance Club and being a math tutor helped her learn work-life balance as she is still involved in Employee Resource Groups, similar to college organizations, even though she has a career. In terms of what mathematics skills she still uses today, Kristi notes that statistics and forecasting methods still come up a lot and would be good topics to try and remember!
Kristi’s best piece of advice for current students is to always maintain a positive attitude and to apply for jobs even if you don’t feel totally qualified. She notes that she was probably underqualified for each new department she joined at progressive, but people took a chance on her because she interviewed with confidence! Kristi also encourages exploring new opportunities and working to find a role that makes you happy.