Join us for the Return of the YSEA Summer Picnic!

July 31st at 12pm, Central Park, NYC

After a year of being away, we are happy to announce that the annual YSEA Summer Picnic is back! Come relax among fellow scientists, engineers, and friends while dining on desserts and snacks. This is a family-friendly event so feel free to bring your families. RSVP here.

We’ll meet at 12pm at the map location linked and pictured below (due west of the Great Lawn at 81st St.) on July 31st; rain date is August 1st. (If the forecast is for rain, we’ll email everyone who RSVP’d to let them know we’re implementing the rain plan.)

What should you bring?

  • Food / snacks to share
  • Frisbee, football, soccer ball, hacky sack, juggling balls, etc!
  • Yourself and Yale affiliated friends!

What will YSEA bring?

  • Drinks (soda & water)
  • Plates, napkins, and cutlery


Questions? Contact info@ysea.org.
In case of rain, we’ll meet Sunday, August 1st.  


Location is inside the park: Enter at 81st Street & between Central Park West.
Coordinates: 40°46’56.1″N 73°58’08.5″W
https://goo.gl/maps/6yDLEeJqXmGKwSbX9

YSEA Annual Dinner

Location TBD

April 28, 2022 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm ET

YSEA Summer Picnic @ Central Park

Join us for return of the YSEA Summer Picnic in Central Park, NYC!

The event starts at July 31st at 12pm, and the RSVP link is here.

Please view this post for directions and more information.

The YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University: A Conversation with Elie Track and Joseph Cerro

Branding photo for Joe and Elie talk


Webinar – July 29th, 2021 at 7 pm EDT

The Yale Science & Engineering Association (YSEA), in association with Yale Alumni Association, is delighted to present the YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University to Elie Track Ph.D ‘88 in Physics and Joe Cerro ‘89 in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and hold a conversation co-moderated by James Lockman ‘89 and Luna Aguilar ‘24. The award is conferred upon a distinguished scientist or engineer who has given outstanding service to Yale University, or a member of the broader community who has given outstanding service to science or engineering at Yale University. Previous award winners include leading educators, advisors to United States Presidents, noted philanthropists, university presidents, and alumni volunteers who have helped to create an outstanding community for science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Yale.


Elie K Track headshot
Elie Track Ph.D. ’88 received the 2020 YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University. Track came to Yale from the American University of Beirut. After earning his Ph.D. in Physics from Yale, he joined Hypres, Inc., a superconductor electronics firm, and became its President and CEO. Following Hypres, Track co-founded nVizix LLC, where he develops innovative high efficiency solar cells, and serves as its CEO. His superconductor work has applications in communications, high-performance computing, and quantum computing. Dr. Track served as a Professor of Physics at Fairfield University and at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Track joined the YSEA Executive Board in 1999 and has been a prominent volunteer in service to the Yale community. Elie introduced annual strategic planning retreats, transforming YSEA into a more proactive, disciplined, and forward-looking organization as well as helped develop a fund which today provides support for Yale STEM initiatives.


Joe Cerro's Headshot

Joseph Cerro ’89 received the 2020 YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University. After graduating from Yale with a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, he earned degrees in Cell Biology and Anatomy from Columbia University. At Bayer Healthcare, Joe was Head of Informatics, ran a genomics laboratory, and held leadership roles in several groundbreaking research collaborations. As a consultant, he helped to develop some of the healthcare industry’s first smartphone apps and wearable technology concepts. Volunteering for Yale, Joe presided over the launch of YSEA’s pioneering alliance with FIRST Robotics, helped to establish an endowed fund to support STEM at Yale and in the community, supported departmental accreditation efforts, and has been an enthusiastic supporter of 1stGenYale programs. Joe currently serves as Vice President of Information Technology at Mnemo Therapeutics, a Paris-based biotechnology startup.


Luna Aguilar headshot

Luna Aguilar ‘24 is a rising sophomore and a prospective biomedical engineering major at Yale. Born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey, she has always been fascinated by the world of STEM. She served as the vice president of her school’s engineering club and attended STEM college programs every summer. At Yale, Luna is a co-founder of a mentorship program for underrepresented groups in STEM, connecting Yale undergraduate and graduate students of similar identities. She also serves as the Mentor Director for New Haven REACH where she mentors local high school seniors with their college applications and attending La Casa Cultural events. Currently she is serving as a YSEA summer intern and hopes to keep supporting YSEA in her undergraduate years and beyond!


James Lockman

James Lockman SY ’89 manages Adobe’s Enterprise Onboarding teams in the Americas, which builds and deploys integrations with core Adobe platform technology. James is an Adobe Founders’ Award winner, projecting the Adobe Core Values as a Scouts BSA leader, STEM Education advocate, and volunteer Game Announcer with FIRST Robotics. In 2019, he was named FRC Volunteer of the Year at the FIRST Detroit Championship. He lives in Maine, where he makes maple syrup each spring with his family.


Register for the webinar here.

This webinar has been brought to the Yale community by the Yale Science & Engineering Association, in partnership with the Yale Alumni Association Shared Interest Groups.

Attention Everyone: We Have New Logos!

After two months of hard work by our amazing intern Luna Aguilar, we now present to you our new YSEA logos!

Drumroll, please…

Here they are!


YSEA blue people logo

“The design of this logo focuses on the human element of YSEA and highlights the fact that most members are Yale alumni. Since the organization’s name does not highlight this alumni connection, this design puts that idea at the forefront. This is present by the various blues that fill out the people which features the Yale Blue on the right and various shades of blue for the other characters. The reasoning for the different shades of blue is to visually represent the uniqueness of the individuals in YSEA. Although all are Yale-affiliated STEM people, everyone majored in different areas of STEM, are in different stages with their Yale education, pursued unique careers, and have experienced different walks of life and this is highlighted and appreciated in the design. The center person has a graduate cap in order to indicate that they are an alumni. The two people in the back do not have the caps because having the elevated people wearing caps would give off the impression that older and more educated individuals are literally above other individuals. Additionally, not all YSEA members are alumni but rather current Yale students or have another distinction. 

The elements surrounding the people represent different areas of STEM. The gear is present in YSEA’s original seal and is a clear representation for engineering. In order to emphasize that the organization is for people who belong to all areas of STEM and not only to engineers, there are symbols that represent the “soft sciences” such as a flower. The flower also serves to bring a more feminine flair to the design to indicate that women are integral to the male-dominated STEM space. This is also why the flower is purple and pink, colors typically associated with femininity. The flower is imperfect in its design, with hand-drawn petals that have different divots. This shows the natural imperfections found in nature as well as the imperfections and mistakes that have defined the STEM world. The DNA is also included to represent the biological sciences and it is placed at the bottom of the overall logo to frame the people and make it seem like they are grounded rather than floating in space. 

The “YSEA” text is in white in order to stand out against the blue, and it is a simple font to both maintain the simpleness and even edges of the design and also not take too much attention away from the logo design itself. The other text included in the design is the year the organization was founded written as “EST 1914.” The text is thinner and below the YSEA text since that is typically how companies include the founding year in their logos.

As for overall color choices, some of the other colors represented (lighter blue and light grey) are also colors Yale uses alongside Yale Blue as noted on their website. There are additional colors not associated with Yale to clarify that YSEA is a legally separate organization from Yale. Therefore the logo cannot rely on Yale’s trademarked colors and symbols.


There are different uses for the various logos. This logo is meant for avatar purposes on social media and therefore is based within a gear in order to be circular. The three elements here are a gear, DNA, and a flower. They are the same in style as in the logo with people in order to maintain cohesion between the logos. The gear is the base of the logo since the YSEA began as the Yale Engineering Association (YEA) and visually provides the idea that it is the foundation of the organization which then grew to add more areas of STEM. The gear also serves well as a base to highlight the other elements in the design. The gear is a lighter shade of blue to contrast and compliment the flower as well as to create a link to Yale.

YSEA gear logo

The DNA is in a loop to go along with the circular style and it loops infinitely which represents the assumed lifelong affiliation to Yale and YSEA. The flower serves the same purposes noted in the previous logo. It is at the center because it works the best aesthetically. It also serves as an impactful point to put a historically feminine symbol at the center of a logo for a STEM organization.


YSEA decorated letters logo

This logo includes elements from different areas of STEM. The lettering for YSEA is in the Yale Blue that makes it easier to create a connection between YSEA and Yale. The objects included were chosen because of how they worked visually with their given letter. There are elements alluding to chemistry, biology, engineering, and architecture. Although not all of STEM is represented, there is an attempt to include both “science” and “engineering” at large in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

All the symbols incorporated with the letters intentionally go beyond the letter. The triangle ruler is not confined within the space in the “Y” but instead goes a lot higher above the letter. The DNA in the “S” sticks out from above and below the “S” curves. The test tubes in the “E” do in fact stay within the vertical space of the letter but the bubbles go outside the “E” region. The test tubes are three different colors (blue, pink, and green) simply to add more color to the design that would otherwise be overwhelmed by blue. The colors also make the design a bit livelier. The “A” serves as a compass and the circle drawn by the compass is included in order to add even more protrusion. This serves as an overall metaphor for STEM being an area where going beyond the boundaries is encouraged in order to make progress. As a result, YSEA also supports going beyond what’s needed to support STEM at Yale.”

Luna Aguilar's signature

Luna Aguilar YC ‘24, 
YSEA Summer Intern 2021


Luna Aguilar headshot

Luna Aguilar ‘24 is a rising sophomore and a prospective biomedical engineering major at Yale. Born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey, she has always been fascinated by the world of STEM. She served as the vice president of her school’s engineering club and attended STEM college programs every summer. At Yale, Luna is a co-founder of a mentorship program for underrepresented groups in STEM, connecting Yale undergraduate and graduate students of similar identities. She also serves as the Mentor Director for New Haven REACH where she mentors local high school seniors with their college applications and attending La Casa Cultural events. Currently she is serving as a YSEA summer intern and hopes to keep supporting YSEA in her undergraduate years and beyond!

Upcoming Event with Astronomer Gary Chanan ’70 and the Development of the Keck Telescopes – June 24 @ 7 PM EDT

Join us for an event with Yale alum and astronomer Gary Chanan ’70! He will be discussing the development of the Keck telescopes, which play a quintessential role in astronomy research. Register for the event at 7 PM EDT on June 24, 2021 using this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_q75VkKOxTeOi15j1J6euCA

The twin ten-meter Keck Telescopes, with their ground-breaking segmented-mirror technology, revolutionized optical and infrared astronomy, and have become the most scientifically productive telescopes in the world. Yale Science & Engineering Association awardee, Dr. Gary Chanan ’70, will discuss the development of the Keck telescopes, his collaboration with Jerry Nelson, the father of the Kecks, and a projected vision of future segmented telescopes. Dr. Aaron Barth ’90 will moderate this conversation.

This webinar has been produced in partnership with the Yale Science & Engineering Association, and the Yale Alumni Association Shared Interest Groups. By registering for this webinar, you are agreeing to share your email with these groups.

Yale Senior Showcase

Yale Undergraduate Research Association Logo

Yale Undergraduate Research Association

The Yale Undergraduate Research Association has announced its first Yale Senior Showcase, to be held online on April 24th and April 25th. The virtual symposium will showcase the work of Yale student researchers in projects from around the world in fields including science and engineering. A detailed agenda and registration link is available.

YSEA is a proud sponsor of the Yale Undergraduate Research Symposium.

For more information, please contact YURS@yale.edu.

YSEA Annual Meeting Slated for April 29, 2021

Due to the pandemic, YSEA will be holding its 2021 Annual Meeting and Networking Event online on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7 PM ET. At the meeting, we’ll:

  • announce the results of the election for 2021-2022 officers and board,
  • recognize the work of outstanding Yale students and YSEA grant winners,
  • meet the leaders of several very interesting student organizations supported by YSEA, and
  • reconnect with fellow alumni, students, faculty, and friends!

 

This will be a virtual event, but space is limited, so please RSVP soon! (For more details, you can download a PDF of the program.)

Call for Nominations: 2021 YSEA Awards

For more than seventy years, YSEA has recognized distinguished science and engineering alumni through the giving of the annual YSEA Awards. We’ve done pretty well predicting winners of Nobel Prizes and other major prizes via our awards! Our three major YSEA Awards are presented for:

 

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for one of our alumni awards? Nominate them now!

Please get your nomination in no later than March 31st for your nominee to be considered for the 2021 awards!

Dean Jeffrey Brock to Provide Yale STEM Update

Jeffrey Brock

Jeffrey Brock, Ph.D.

The Yale Club of Washington invites you to a virtual discussion via Zoom with Jeffrey Brock ’92, Dean of Yale’s School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Yale Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean of Science. Dean Brock will address the latest news related to science and engineering at Yale including campus planning, COVID-19 response projects, science and engineering priorities and strategies, and more. The event will be held on October 29, 2020.

For more information and to register for this virtual event, please visit the Yale Club of Washington’s website.