Engineering grads honor prof with scholarship

More than three decades ago, YSU engineering professor Jack D. Bakos Jr. made a lasting impression on one of his civil engineering students. That student, now a top executive in a major corporation, has created a scholarship endowment to honor his favorite professor.

Raymond Napolitan Jr. and his wife, Jody, both YSU alumni, have established the Dr. Jack D. Bakos Scholarship in Civil (Structural) Engineering. Their $25,000 endowment will fund scholarships every year in Bakos’ name – the first awarded this summer to Marco Fox, a junior civil engineering student from Volant, Pa.

Bakos, now a professor emeritus of civil, environmental and chemical engineering living in Boardman, retired in 2000 after 35 years at YSU. During his tenure as a professor he also served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and was advisor to the YSU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers from 1972 through 1987.

Napolitan, who earned his baccalaureate in civil engineering in 1979, is president of Vulcraft/Verco Group, a leading maker of steel joists, girders and steel decking, and vice president of its parent company, Nucor Corp. based in Charlotte, N.C. His wife, the former Jody Baker, earned her bachelor’s degree in education from YSU in 1978.

The scholarships will be awarded to students in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, with preference given to civil engineering majors. For more information, contact Heather Chunn in University Development, or 330-941-1363.