STEM dean at YSU earns Regional Chamber honor

Youngstown State University's Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Science recently was honored by the Regional Chamber.

Martin Abraham

Martin Abraham, dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Youngstown State University, will be among those honored at the Regional Chamber’s Salute to Business breakfast 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.

Abraham will be recognized as Business Advocate of the Year. He came to YSU in 2007 as the founding dean of the STEM college. He previously was dean of the College of Graduate Studies and associate dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Toledo. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.

Timothy J.  Wilmott, president and chief operating officer of Penn National Gaming Inc., will be the guest speaker at the breakfast. Penn National hopes to break ground this year on a $125 million thoroughbred racetrack and video lottery terminal facility in Austintown that will create about 1,000 direct and indirect jobs as well as about 1,000 construction jobs.

Also receiving awards at the event are: Business Professional of the Year, Tom Zidian, president/CEO, John Zidian Group Companies, Boardman; Entrepreneur of the Year, Robert Berk, president, Berk Enterprises, Warren; Small Business Person of the Year, Steve Sava, president, PTNE Telecom, Youngstown; Non-Profit Professional of the Year, Janice E. Strasfeld, executive director, Youngstown Foundation; Salute to Labor Achievement, Roland “Butch” Taylor, Jr., business manager, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396.