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May 2009

Meet the Dean Reception, May 21, 4:00 p.m.

CSU engineering alumni are invited to attend a reception to meet Dr. Bahman Ghorashi who was named Fenn College’s Dean in January 2009. The event will include an update on Fenn College, Q & A with the Dean, and a presentation on CSU’s Campus Master Plan. It is on Thursday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m. at Parker Hannifin Hall (2258 Euclid Avenue). To RSVP, please call 216.687.5205 or email

State of the College Address & Steel Ring and Awards Ceremony

Dean Bahman GhorashiFenn College held its annual State of the College Address and Steel Ring and Awards Ceremony on March 13 in Drinko Hall. More than 60 upcoming graduates entered the Order of the Engineer by taking an ethical oath and receiving a steel ring. The event also featured Dean Bahman Ghorashi’s annual State of the College Address where he provided updates on enrollment, research, new programs, faculty and staff awards, and funding. Click here to watch a video of the evening’s program.

Steel Ring CeremonyHonorary Steel Ring recipients included Dr. Linda Abraham-Silver, President and CEO of the Great Lakes Science Center, Lori Simonelli (CSU ’82), Enterprise Project Leader at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and Kelly Zelesnik (CSU ’87), Dean of the Engineering Technologies Division at Lorain County Community College. Fenn College extends thanks to the event’s sponsors: Parker Hannifin, Osborn Engineering and Karpinski Engineering.

Unveiling of Dr. Rashidi’s Wind Turbine System

Wind TurbineThrough a Department of Energy grant, CSU Professor Majid Rashidi has developed a patented wind amplification turbine system that will be tested on the rooftop of its CSU’s Plant Services Building. Dr. Rashidi's prototype has been featured in The Plain Dealer and The New York Times. CSU is hosting an unveiling event on Thursday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Recreation Center. The event is open to CSU alumni. Call 216-687-5205 or email to RSVP.

Ronald R. Ledin, Class of 1968, Inducted into CES Hall of Fame

Ronald Ledin, Cleveland State University, EngineeringRonald Ledin, President and CEO of Middough, Inc, and CSU mechanical engineering graduate, was inducted into the Cleveland Engineering Society’s Design & Construction Hall of Fame in March 2009. CSU and Fenn College congratulate Mr. Ledin on this great accomplishment. To read the CES press release, click here.

Fenn’s Fellows

Fenn College of Engineering is proud to have nine faculty members to be named professional society fellows. The fellow is the highest honor for recognizing exceptional achievements and contributions to a professional society. Click here to see the list of Fenn’s fellows.

Ohio Board of Regents Funds Engineering Programs at CSU

Two programs at Fenn College that aim to increase the number of engineering students and professionals recently received grant funding from the Ohio Board of Regents. Fenn Academy received a $171,383 grant for its Pathway to Engineering Summer Camp, where 11th and 12th grade students learn about engineering and can earn college credits. A $474,700 grant was awarded to the new Engineering Across the Pipeline project that will provide an engineering career pathway to students through partnerships with Baldwin Wallace College and Ursuline College.

College Completes Strategic Plan

Starting at a two-day retreat in August 2008, faculty and staff participated in a comprehensive strategic planning process that outlined a vision for Fenn College for 2010 to 2015. Affinity groups were established to address specific topics and the College identified the following objectives to be achieved.

  • Enhancing research productivity and identifying research focus areas.
  • Increasing enrollment and support for students.
  • Enhancing curriculum.
  • Improve marketing and capital fundraising.
  • Extending the existing connections and establishing new relations with industry.
If you would like a copy of the Fenn College’s Strategic Plan 2010-2015, please email Todd Gagyi, Director of Alumni Relations, at

Earn P.E. Continuing Professional Development Credits at CSU

CSU offers many opportunities to fulfill Ohio’s requirement of 15 hours of continuing education to main a Professional Engineer license. These requirements can be earned through auditing courses in the College of Engineering or through CSU’s Division of Continuing Education. Alumni who are 60 or older and an Ohio resident can enroll in credit classes on a tuition-free, space-available basis through CSU’s Project 60 Program.

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