STEM Awards Dinner set for Feb. 21

Three alumni, a business and a school district will be honored at the 5th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics College Awards Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 8 p.m.

STEM College Awards are presented to STEM distinguished alumni, educators and community leaders as the College celebrates both past achievements and future challenges. The event is open to the public. The cost is $30 per person and $300 for a reserved table of eight. Advance registration only.  RSVP by Feb. 8 to Jenifer Miller, 330-941-4635 or

This year’s STEM Award winners are:

  • Outstanding Alumnus:  Jack Scott, founder and president of Applied Systems and Technology Transfer, AST2. AST2 provides technology solutions and professional services to government and commercial clients. Scott concluded a successful career with Parsons, an international engineering, design, technical services and construction firm with over $4 billion in revenue and 14,000 employees as president and chief operating officer. He is currently chair of Teng, a leading design, engineering and program management firm. He received a bachelor’s of engineering in mechanical engineering from YSU and a master’s in engineering in industrial engineering from Texas A&M.
  • Outstanding Alumnus:  Ted Burke, director of Research and Development at Ajax Tocco Magnethermic. Burke is the consummate “hands-on” engineer, responsible for designing and building furnace equipment for the metals heating and melting industry worldwide.  Burke graduated from YSU in 1971 with a bachelor’s in engineering in Mechanical Engineering and has been an adjunct faculty member with both YSU and Kent State since 1977.
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus:  Dan Martin, an established leader at The Lubrizol Corp., a $6.1 billion global leader of specialty chemicals located in Wickliffe, Ohio. Martin currently holds the position of Blend Test Services Department Manager and oversees a technical staff of 125 employees. He graduated from YSU in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.
  • Outstanding Community Partner:  Youngstown Business Incubator/Jim Cossler. Cossler, officially, is the chief executive officer of YBI but is better known throughout the country as the organization’s chief evangelist. YBI currently operates from a four-building campus in downtown Youngstown, focused on the development of B2B (business to business) software application companies in the Mahoning Valley. Cossler is an alumnus of YSU.
  • Outstanding Education Partner:  Austintown Local Schools/Tom Stellers. Stellers is a member of the Board of Education of the Austintown Local School District and serves as a supervisor of student teachers for YSU’s Beeghly College of Education and for the University of Akron. During his service to Mahoning County Schools, he worked with the Industrial Information Institute, the Ohio Academy of Science and YSU to establish and nurture the Lake-to-River Science Day.