Sixth Annual STEM Awards Dinner

The 6th Annual STEM College Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 20, in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center, at Youngstown State University.  The STEM College Awards are presented to distinguished STEM alumni, educators and community leaders as we celebrate both our past achievements and future challenges.

The evening includes a reception beginning at 6:00 PM, followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00 PM, with awards being presented at 8:00 PM.  The event is open to the public.  The cost is $40 per person or $350 for event sponsorship on the program and a reserved table for 8 attendees.

Advanced registration only. Please RSVP by February 7, 2014 to Jenifer Miller, 330-941-4635 or Click here for the Reservation Form 

The winners are:

Outstanding Community Partner: Siemens

Intern Employer of the Year: Nucor

Outstanding Young Alumna: Andrea Arnio. Arnio.A

Andrea is a 2007 graduate of YSU, majoring in mechanical engineering, now working for Novelis Corp. in Warren. In her current position, Andrea manages a team of 22 across North America at seven different locations. While at YSU, she was president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers student chapter and the engineering sorority, Phi Sigma Chi, among other activities.

Born and raised in the Youngstown area, Andrea is a 2002 Cardinal Mooney graduate. She currently resides in Girard, with her husband, Mark, a 2007 YSU mechanical engineering grad.

Rob Cicchillo photoOutstanding Young Alumnus: Robert Cicchillo

Robert is a Biochemist and R&D Manager at Dow AgroSciences. He has made significant contributions to the discovery and characterization of enzymes.

Rob was raised in Youngstown and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School.  After receiving both a BS in biology and MS in organic chemistry from YSU, he obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University.

In 2006 Rob joined the University of Illinois for his post-doctoral work. He has authored many research publications, most recently in the journals Science and Nature. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Bridget, and son, Dominic.

Outstanding Alumnus: Thomas J. SerenkoT. Serenko photo

Thomas is the Chief of Ohio’s Geological Survey and a State Geologist. He is an Austintown native and graduated from Ursuline High School.

He graduated from YSU with a BA in geology in 1985 and earned his MA from the Colorado School of Mines. He then worked in the gold exploration industry before moving to London to earn his Ph.D. from Imperial College. Tom subsequently worked as a mining and exploration geologist around the world and taught at various institutions, including YSU.

Tom presently lives in Westerville with his wife, Yelena and four children.


Outstanding Alumnus: William C. Kennedy Jr.Bill Kennedy photo

Bill graduated from Poland Seminary High School, and is a 1985 YSU graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He is the President of Redex Industries Inc. Redex Industries is a family-owned business that produces Udderly Smooth skin care products. Redex was founded by Bill’s parents and siblings.

Bill is a member of the Association of Ohio Commodores and a board member on the CASTLO Community Improvement Corporation. Bill has raised two sons, Mike and Eric, both graduates of YSU as engineers and 3 stepchildren, Stephanie, Jason and Josh. Bill and his wife, Diana, live in Poland.

Outstanding Education Partner: Tom ReardonTomReardon

Tom is a 1970 Chaney High School graduate and a 1974 YSU grad with a BS in mathematics, a minor in computer science and a teaching certificate. In 1977, he earned his MA in mathematics education, beginning as an adjunct instructor at YSU in 1980.

Now working for Texas Instruments, Tom taught mathematics at Austintown Fitch High School for 35 years. Tom also provides independent consulting services to school districts around the world.

He has received many awards for his excellence in teaching mathematics, founded the Mahoning Valley Mathematics Forum wrote Preparing for the Math OGT.

Tom resides in Poland with his wife, Paula. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Teresa McKinneyStem Intern of the Year: Teresa McKinney

Teresa is a senior ME student and will graduate in May 2014. She has a 3.96 GPA and has participated in organizations like ASME, ASCE, Phi Kappa Phi honors society and student government.

She is currently the president of the Ohio Lambda Tau Beta Pi engineering honors society.

Teresa completed internships at Treemen Industries and Nucor Steel. She also worked in the engineering computer lab and worked as a teaching assistant on campus.

Teresa has applied to graduate schools and plans to continue her education with a desire to work in the industry and then teach at the university level.