Last summer, Miss Oluwatumininu (Tumi) Adeeko, currently a junior in the Mechanical Engineering Program at YSU, served as a Wen H. Ko Intern with the Cleveland VA Medical Research and Education Foundation at the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center. Her two projects were the "Mechanical characterization of Nitinol wires used in orthodontics" and the "Incorporation of NanoJet aerosol printing for use in clinical devices." Although she was hired through the VA, she did most of her research at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), one of the VA's academic affiliates, under the supervision of Dr. Janet Gbur. Dr. Gbur, a Senior Research Associate at CWRU and Investigator with the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center is a YSU Mechanical Engineering Program alumna.
During her internship, Miss Adeeko specialized in mechanical testing and failure analysis of biomaterials. Her research focused on tensile and fatigue testing of shape memory alloy (Nitinol) wires used in orthodontic applications, and fracture analysis using optical and electron microscopy. The equipment she used for these tasks were the Instru-Met-1130 tensile tester, the Bell fatigue ductility flex tester, Keyence VHX-7000 for optical microscopy, and a Thermo Fisher Apreo scanning electron microscope (SEM). She also had the opportunity to use the NanoJet aerosol printer, the first of its kind on CWRU's campus.
Tumi attributes her success to the strong academic background received at YSU before the internship. She explained that classes like Engineering Materials (MECH 2606) and Engineering Communications with CAD (ENGR 1560) provided her with enough background in engineering materials and 3D modeling to execute her tasks. During her internship, Tumi presented her work on many occasions, one of which was at the SOURCE symposium hosted by Case Western Reserve University. You can watch her presentation for the symposium here.
Pictured from left to right are DEEP Program Participants: Adam Machi, Luke Franks, Christine Zheng, Joseph Sprague, and Tien Hoang
Two STEM Scholarship programs kicked off their first cohort of recipients this fall. Dr. Cory Brozina, Associate Director of the Rayen School of Engineering and Director of First-Year Engineering, oversees the applications and awarding of both the DEEP-C and ADMETE Scholarships for incoming STEM majors. The scholarships focus on recruiting and retaining engineering majors through financial support along with a structured program of meetings, mentoring, group activities, and professional skill-building workshops. You can read more by clicking these links for DEEP-C and ADMETE.
We are now accepting applications to BOTH programs for students entering in Fall 2022. The priority application deadline is December 1st.
This month, we feature 5 of the initial cohort members:
My name is Christine Zheng and I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I was born in New York but was raised in Boardman Ohio. I graduated from Boardman High School. I played basketball for three years and joined multiple clubs such as Key club, Emerging Leaders, Link Crew, and more. Through Key Club and Emerging Leaders, I got countless opportunities to volunteer at Angels for Animals, Spartan Invitational, Office Aid, and more. I investigated many colleges, but YSU caught my eyes. YSU has an amazing engineering program and scholarship opportunities. I have always had in interest in engineering and my goal is to graduate with a degree and find a job that suits me well. I look forward to meeting new mentors and peers. DEEP-C will give me the opportunities to grow and learn from other who are more knowledgeable and experienced. I wish to make an impact on this world and DEEP-C will undeniably help with my dream.
My name is Joseph Sprague, I am a first year Electrical Engineering major. I grew up in Alliance Ohio and attended West Branch School, where I was very involved and had the pleasure of being a captain on the Cross-Country team for 2 years. As I have begun my journey at YSU I am very excited to meet new people and work towards my goals both inside and outside of the classroom. I choose to be an engineering major because I have always had a passion for designing and building new things. I specifically chose the electrical path because of my love of technology and fascination with how new and old tech works. When I obtain my degree, I have hopes of entering either the automotive industry or the cell phone creation field. I am truly grateful that I was chosen to join the DEEP Program at YSU. I believe that being a part of this program will assist me greatly by giving me a community of people who think like me and are able to push me towards my goals.
My name is Tien Hoang, and I am a Mechanical Engineering major. I mostly worked at my family business while I attended Boardman High School. As I attend YSU, I look forward mostly to the growth I will experience as a person and the opportunities that will arise throughout my college career. I chose engineering because I thought that my skills aligned with this field well, however I do not quite know what I want to do with the degree just yet. I think that the DEEP Program will help me achieve my goals because it will help enhance skills that will help me excel in the field like leadership skills and communication skills.
My name is Adam Machi and I am majoring in Chemical Engineering. I am from Howland, Ohio and went to Howland High School. During high school, I was a member of the marching/symphonic band and played baseball. I look forward to meeting new people and growing as an individual at YSU. I chose engineering because I excelled in mathematics and science throughout all of my life. Once I achieve my degree, I plan to land myself a job where I am happy and making innovations. Finally, the DEEP Program will help me achieve my goals by creating connections with professors as well as classmates, thus setting me up what the future may hold.
My name is Luke Franks and I am planning on majoring in Electrical Engineering here at YSU. I grew up in Glenshaw and attended Shaler Area High School. while there, I was the Trumpet Section Leader for 2 years, I ran Cross Country, I wrestled Varsity, and was a State Band Musician. Here at YSU I am looking forward to learning more about my field of interest as well as taking advantage of the many opportunities such as the STEM Expo and the different clubs. I chose Engineering because I really enjoy coming up with solutions to unique problems and being able to create things that never existed before. I think the DEEP Program will give me more support and guidance throughout my journey to becoming an engineer through getting to connect with more of my peers and having more support and help from the more experienced folk involved with the program.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Vamsi Borra as a new Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering!
Dr. Borra earned his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University before coming to YSU for his master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He then went on to the University of Toledo, where he earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.
Before coming to YSU, Dr. Borra worked as an assistant professor and program coordinator (Computer Engineering Technology) in the Department of Computer Science, Information Systems, and Engineering Technology at California University of Pennsylvania (CALU). Also, prior to CALU, Vamsi was a visiting assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department at the University of Toledo. He also worked as an electrical engineer for Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc. (Girard, OH) before starting his Ph.D. studies.
Dr. Borra was excited by the opportunity to return to his Alma Mater to teach and pursue his interest in microelectronics research, particularly connecting the additive manufacturing and flexible electronics research aspects. He looks forward to using his experience to develop undergraduate and graduate courses and to develop a degree program in Computer Engineering at YSU. Hi hopes to create a collaborative research group focused on chip design, microelectronics, and flexible electronics.
If you’d like to get to know Dr. Borra, feel free to reach out to him via email and check out his webpage (in progress- stay tuned!)
This Fall, the STEM Expo returns on Thursday, October 7th from 12-4pm in the Stambaugh Stadium with a new hybrid model, offering in-person and virtual options for meeting with registered employers. Read on for important details!
How will a hybrid STEM Expo work?
Most companies/organizations will either be attending face-to-face OR virtual and not both, so it is very important to pay attention to what modality the company you are interested in is offering.
Things to get ready now:
Business casual/professional outfit
Request off work/ask professors if you can miss class! You do not need to be present the full 4 hours. Come and go as you please. Can’t miss a full day of work or class? Ask to leave early or come in later!
Practice your elevator speech
Virtual Expo Information (15+ employers registered)
How do you know if a major in forensic science might be for you? For one, you find yourself fascinated by crime and have at least a basic interest in science. And two, you shadow and do an internship to really get hands-on in the field! That’s what Caelan Fisher and Shannon DeMatteis had the opportunity to do this past summer.
Caelan, of Andover, OH, had the opportunity to intern at The Central Ohio Regional Crime Lab in Newark. As an intern, Caelan basically functioned as a part of the team, getting a true in-depth look into the field. She assisted on approximately 50 cases, inputting evidence into the database, sampling and cataloguing over 130 fentanyl samples, and performing evidence management by organizing evidence submission by county and lab number.
This experience was invaluable to Caelan and she looks forward to using the skills she learned upon graduation, when she hopes to work in the Biology/DNA area of forensics. Caelan recommends students interested in forensic science get out of their comfort zone and keep their minds open to endless possibilities!
Shannon’s internship experience also gave her the final confirmation she needed that she was in the field she wanted to be in. Shannon, originally from Johnstown, PA, was always intrigued by criminals and their crimes and enjoyed watching crime shows on TV. She started college as a criminal justice major but realized it wasn’t the field for her and changed to forensic science.
This past summer, Shannon completed an internship at the Cambria County Coroner’s Office in her hometown. She accompanied the team to assist when any death occurred. She took pictures at the scene, helped to remove the body, and helped to fill out field reports by obtaining information from police, EMS, and the people who discovered the deceased. She also had the opportunity to observe a number of autopsies.
These experiences confirmed for Shannon that she had chosen the right path and she is excited to graduate and get into the field. She recommends any students interested in forensic science start off by shadowing to gain valuable insight and start making connections!
Our alumni spotlight this month reminds us of the importance of having an open mind, and how being open and flexible can lead you to the dream career that you didn’t even know you wanted!
Shaena Taylor is a Forensic Scientist in the Drug Chemistry Division of the Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory. Although Shaena majored in Forensic Science at YSU, her focus at the time was on DNA/serology. Thus, when a full-time position opened up in Toxicology, she took it a bit hesitantly with the hopes of using it as a stepping stone into a crime lab. However, in her position, she was asked to help start up the Drug Chemistry Department and, even though chemistry was not her strong suit in college, she loved it! Now, Shaena has been in the Drug Chemistry Department for 12 years and wouldn’t change a thing about the path that got her there.
In her position. Shaena serves as the senior chemist in the lab. She is in charge of training all new chemists and interns, analyzing evidence to determine the presence or absence of a controlled substance, performs any needed maintenance on lab equipment, and provides testimony for county and federal court. She also has her ANAB certification which allows her to assess other labs for compliance to international standards.
While in undergrad, Shaena did her internship at her place of current employment (which was then called the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office). She was able to apply hands-on the things she had learned in class, as well as observe autopsies and learn about the various divisions of the office. The Coroner’s Office was able to keep her on as summer help after she graduated and then she applied for and received a full-time position.
Shaena advises all students with an interest in Forensic Science to stay open-minded and flexible. Be willing to take a position that might not be exactly what you wanted- it may lead you to something you love! Understand that you may find a job close to home but you may also need to relocate. And try to get an internship that will expose you to many different areas of forensic science so that you can have a wide array of background knowledge since that job you get might end up being different than what you thought you wanted!
Five Youngstown State University mathematics students presented research at the annual MathFest meeting, which occurred virtually this year. The students took home four awards for excellence in speaking.
The students gave outstanding presentations and serve as examples at this national meeting of the exceptional students in the STEM College and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at YSU.
MathFest is the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America and Pi Mu Epsilon.
The YSU students giving presentations were:
*Nicholas Adduci of Hubbard, Ohio, “Visual and Geometric Representation of Primes.”
*Luke Hetzel of Boardman, Ohio, “Prisoner’s Dilemma and Cooperation.”
*Johnathan Koch of Greenville, Pennsylvania, “Defining the Cycle.”
Alyssa Leone of Hubbard, Ohio, “Rittenhouse’s Sum of Sines.”
*Chase Reiter of Lisbon, Ohio, “Trigonometry and Spirographs.”
*Students receiving the Pi Mu Epsilon Best Talk Award
Attending MathFest with the students was Thomas Wakefield, Professor Alicia Prieto and Associate Professor Thomas Madsen. Faculty who advised students included Wakefield, Madsen, Professor Thomas Smotzer, and Associate Professor Paddy Taylor.
YSU’s results at the National Concrete Canoe Competition continue to soar as the team placed second among 23 universities at this year’s contest. It is the highest the YSU team has placed since finishing fifth in 2018. The University of Florida scored first place, with YSU in second and the University of Washington, Tongii University and UCLA rounding out the top five. Other notable schools that YSU bested include Virginia Tech, New York University, Drexel and the Colorado School of Mines. YSU qualified for the national competition by placing first at the Ohio Valley Student Conference’s event. The national competition, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, requires teams to design and construct a seaworthy canoe made entirely of concrete. It was held virtually at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. YSU team members are seniors Jillian Penman, Taylor Greathouse, Brooke Valley and Emma Minamyer and sophomore Jersey Gorby, the first all-female Concrete Canoe team at YSU. Anwarul Islam, YSU professor of Civil Engineering, is the team’s faculty advisor.
The ADMETE team has continued to engage K-12 learners in the Valley. During the month of July they increased their footprint in the community by adding the following community organizations to their ecosystem:
Organizacion Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana Inc. (OCCHA)
The students supported by the partners listed above are phenomenal. Our Valley has incredible young minds who are being nurtured by intentional leaders. We are deeply grateful for our growing list of partners. Please feel free to contact Shawntae Burton ADMETE Outreach Coordinator via email email@example.com with questions, comments or concerns.
Carol Lamb is Chair of the School of Computer Science, Information, and Engineering Technology at Youngstown State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology and a master’s in engineering management. Carol earned her Ph.D. in engineering management from Northcentral University. Before being named Chair, she taught civil and construction engineering technology, structural analysis and design, and construction and project management as well as serving as the faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers. Lamb currently serves on ASEE’s Board of Directors as chair of the Engineering Technology Council.
The James H. McGraw Award is presented for outstanding contributions to engineering technology education. Established by the McGraw-Hill Book Company in 1950, the award is now co-sponsored by McGraw-Hill Higher Education, the ASEE Engineering Technology Council, and the ASEE Engineering Technology Division. McGraw, considered the dean of industrial publishers, entered the business as a teacher-turned-subscription-salesman. Over the next 40 years, he laid the foundation of one of the largest industrial publishing organizations in the world.