College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (CESTA)

Dr. Michelle Corley of Central State University

Dr. Michelle Corley
Dean, College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture
Director, Land-Grant Programs

The College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (CESTA) at Central State University (CSU) offers degree programs in 10 critical areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). CESTA offers minors in many of these same programs as well as in interdisciplinary fields such as Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Computational Science and Nuclear Engineering. CESTA is the critical hub for computer literacy, mathematics, and science requirements in the General Education component of all CSU programs.  Unique to Ohio, and the Nation, CESTA offers an interdisciplinary degree programs in Water Resources Management.

College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture comprises four departments: the Department of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, the Department of Math and Computer Science and the Department of Water Resources Management. The College also contains the International Center for Water Resources Management (ICWRM), the Center of Excellence of STEM Education (STEM-X-ED) and the Center of Excellence in Emerging Technologies (CEET) - a Center designated by the State of Ohio.

The CESTA has excellent laboratories for instruction and research and trains students in the hands-on usage of advanced equipment.  Many CESTA faculty are engaged in cutting edge and unique research for Federal agencies such as Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DoE), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Institute of Health (NIH), among other agencies.  CESTA is well connected with larger universities in Ohio as well as federal laboratories throughout the Nation. CESTA works closely with the National Environmental Technology (NET) Incubator at CSU and engages in technological development and commercialization.

Central State University students engage in research at major universities, federal laboratories and on-campus CSU laboratories throughout the academic year and summer months.   Student industrial internships are also available.  CESTA works closely with the Center for Student Opportunities (CSO) in identifying scholarships, internships, and graduate school preparation courses as well as offering assistance with graduate school visits and placement.

The College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture at CSU offers a unique place for students, combining second to none learning experiences within a small classroom atmosphere where students receive personal attention from experienced teaching-oriented faculty.   Join us for the CESTA experience.

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