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June 2010

Engineering Alumnus Donates $6 Million to CSU for Scholarships

Anand "Bill" Julka, president and founder of Smart Solutions Inc., has gifted $6 million to Cleveland State University to support scholarships for local students pursuing degrees in teaching, nursing, engineering and computer science. Mr. Julka earned his master's degree in industrial engineering from the University’s Fenn College of Engineering in 1974 and credits his success to the high-quality, accessible education he received. Click here to read more about Mr. Julka’s gift.

Fenn International Programs

CSU's College of Engineering recently established the Fenn International Programs that will provide engineering students and faculty the opportunity to study and work abroad. Along with standard study abroad offerings, the Fenn International Programs aims to place CSU students in co-op or internship positions in international engineering facilities. This experience will give students insight on how global companies operate and make them attractive employees after they graduate.

Students from foreign schools will participate in the Fenn International Programs through an exchange program where they will study at CSU for a semester. Recently established partnerships with Bachceshir University in Turkey and Heidenheim University in Germany will help facilitate such exchanges.

Engineering faculty are also encouraged to participate in the Fenn International Programs by serving as visiting scholars abroad, as many have done in the past, and help to promote collaboration between CSU and international universities. For more information on the Fenn International Programs, please call 216-687-6899.

State of the College Address and Order of the Engineer Ceremony

Fenn College held its 2010 State of the College Address and The Order of the Engineer event on April 16th in Waetjen Auditorium. More than 50 seniors were inducted into The Order of the Engineer by taking an ethical oath and receiving a steel ring. Four honorary members were also inducted into The Order.

  • Ted Beltavski, VP and Secretary/Treasurer, R.E. Warner & Associates (CSU ‘82, ‘86)
  • Robert Graf, Corporate Vice President, Research and Development, Lubrizol Corporation
  • Joni Ledinsky Fehlner, Department Manger, Joint Treatment and Tape, U.S.G. (CSU ‘00, ‘06)
  • Celena Roebuck, Assistant Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (CSU ‘92)
The event also featured Dean Bahman Ghorashi's annual State of the College Address. Dean Ghorashi updated students, parents and alumni on the recent accomplishments of the Fenn College of Engineering. Dr. Ghorashi's speech, which can be viewed online, included the following highlights of Fenn.
  • 17.3% increase in student headcount - the highest percentage gain among all CSU colleges
  • 110% increase in new freshman enrollment since the establishment of Fenn Academy
  • Rise in the entering freshman mean GPA to 3.55
  • Establishment of seven new academic programs including a MS in Biomedical Engineering and four accelerated BS/MS programs
  • Fenn Academy has grown to include 34 schools in five counties and 14 branch offices
  • Five-year increase of 29% in donations from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations

Fenn's Co-op Program Receives Accreditation

The Fenn College of Engineering became the first U.S. college to receive accreditation for its Co-op Program by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE). CAFCE recognizes institutions with high-quality co-op programs that emphasize student’s educational experience during their work assignment.

The accreditation strengthens Fenn's well-respected Co-op Program, which since 1923 has given students the opportunity to gain valuable experience that serves as a springboard for their careers. Click here to learn more about Fenn's CAFCE accreditation.

Fenn Honored by NorTech

CSU’s Fenn College of Engineering was a recipient of 2010 NorTech Innovation Award in the Advanced Energy, Power & Propulsion category for its experimental Wind Amplification Turbine System. The system, designed by CSU professor Majid Rashidi, is capable of harnessing wind energy in low speed regions where the use of traditional wind turbine systems is not feasible. Click here to watch an interview with Dr. Rashidi.

NorTech is a nonprofit technology-based economic development organization that champions growth in Northeast Ohio. As a result of this recognition, the College has received many accolades including a certificate of commendation from the Secretary of State of Ohio.

Alumni Share Experiences with Students through Speakers Series

A great way to motivate and inspire college students is to introduce them to successful alumni who have walked in their shoes. Fenn College's newly created Engineering Alumni Speaker Series aims to do just that by having graduates speak to students on their careers and engineering projects they have managed. Sponsored by the Engineering Chapter of the CSU Alumni Association, the lunchtime series proved to be very successful and popular among students.

The inaugural season of the Engineering Alumni Speaker Series kicked off last November with Ted Beltavski ('86), who spoke on the vast opportunities an engineering degree brings and the work he performs as VP of R.E. Warner & Associates. In February, Joe Williams ('70), VP & Director of Engineering of URS Cleveland, discussed the engineering challenges his firm faced in their project of a 1.5 million square-foot hospital in New Orleans. The final lecture in May featured Ronald Czaplicki ('80, '89) and Michael Mazzocco ('01, '03), VP and Senior Engineer, respectively, of Barber & Hoffman, Inc., who presented on their firm's five-year project of Cleveland’s historic Terminal Tower.

Based on the positive response from students and alumni, the Engineering Alumni Speaker Series will be expanded in the 2010-2011 academic year with additional lectures. If you are interested in presenting to students or have recommendations for other speakers or topics, please contact Todd Gagyi, Director of Alumni Relations, at

Engineering Alumni Profiles

For decades, CSU's Fenn College of Engineering has produced graduates who have gone onto exciting and successful careers. They can be found working in Fortune 500 companies, global engineering firms and public agencies. Fenn alumni are CEOs, senior engineers, researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, professors and authors.

The College has begun profiling successful alumni on its website to serve as role models for current and future Fenn students. The following alumni were profiled this year and exemplify the diversity of Fenn graduates. Click on their names to view their profile.

Carmen R. Adams
BSCE '86, JD '92
Senior IP Counsel,
Hewlett-Packard Company
Marty Ignasiak
BSIE '78
Connectors Unlimited, Inc.
Suresh C. Patel
MSIE '75
Senior Vice President,
Limited Logistics Services
Thomas J. Stueber
BSEE '87, MSEE '90, PhD EE '98
Engineer, Controls and Dynamics Branch,
NASA Glenn Research Center

CSU's Society of Women Engineers Chapter Hosts Event for High School Girls

On April 10, CSU's chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted the "WOW! That's Engineering!" event that aimed to encourage young women to explore engineering and technology careers. More than 50 high school girls participated in exciting, hands-on engineering activities and learned more about the achievements of prominent female engineers.

CSU was one of only three universities chosen by national chapter of SWE to host this event. Thanks are extended to Cindy Murphy and Maria Marez Baker, SWE's alumna advisors, for making this event a great success.

Give to Fenn College

What better way to show your pride as a Fenn College graduate than by making a charitable donation to your alma mater? Support from our alumni, faculty and friends benefits current and future students by increasing the College's capacity to award scholarships and enhance its programs and facilities.

Click here to make your contribution today.

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