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Graduate Fellows

STEAM Fellows

Bill Young
For third-year integrated engineering doctoral candidate Bill Young, building soccer playing robots, optimizing NFL draft picks and researching jet engine components have all been a part of his journey in science. Young’s own career path is proof of his assertion that “science is everywhere” – an idea he intends to instill in his eighth grade students at Alexander Middle School. Young’s initial interest in engineering was within the field of electrical engineering, in which he earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees at Ohio University. The 28-year-old has a wide variety of experience in the “real world” of engineering, one of which he said completely changed his perspective about his future. While completing his master’s degree, Young was a part of a Russ College research team who developed cost estimation methods for General Electric jet engine components. It was involvement in this project that gave Young insight into the mind sets behind industrial and systems engineering, which convinced him to study integrated engineering. Since starting with the STEAM project in June, Young has been working on the “Stunt Park” module, as well as developing a game called “Career Exploration.” “I’m really passionate about getting people to realize that they can have a career in science and it doesn’t have to be a stereotypical career,” he said. “There are a lot of exciting careers in science that I think middle-schoolers have no clue that you can do.”
Steve Carroll
At the young age of 22, Steve Carroll is virtually a VITAL Lab veteran. He worked at the lab throughout his undergraduate days, developing and programming Second Life content. Now, in the first year of his graduate career in computer science, Carroll changes gears as he jumps headfirst into his new position as a STEAM GK-12 Fellow. Originally hailing from West Chester, Ohio, Carroll, like many of his peers, stumbled upon computer science by chance. He originally thought that perhaps he’d go into engineering when he grew up, he said. “My first experience with computer science was in high school when I took a computer science class,” Carroll said.“That showed me that computer science was the most interesting to me… It has the problem-solving aspect, and it also allows you to be creative with how you program because there are multiple ways to do anything in computer science.” These days, Carroll’s ambitions for the future reach above and beyond basic computer programming and into a managerial role, he said. He views the STEAM project as a “unique opportunity, a way to stand out among his peers,” not to mention means for furthering his leadership skills and experience working in a team. His main leadership task at hand, of course, will be educating the sixth grade students he teaches alongside Roseville Middle School teacher Tim Taylor.
NSF This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0538588. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.