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, 1890 Land-Grant Programs

Mission: The mission of CESTA/1890 Land-Grant Programs is to enhance the socioeconomic status of our stakeholders (underrepresented students, farmers, families, and communities) we serve through the 1890 Land-Grant tripartite mission of integrated Teaching, Research, and Extension initiatives.

Vision: The vision of CESTA/1890 Land-Grant Programs is to build capacity, in Academic Excellence, Cutting Edge Research Innovation, and Local, State, and Global Extension Engagement. Our overarching goal is to engage, train and equip our stakeholders (underrepresented students, farmers, families, and communities) with the knowledge and skill sets to be competitive in a 21st century Global market of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture. Our vision is to accomplish our mission through implementation of five strategic priorities.

The College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (CESTA) at Central State University (CSU) is comprised of four departments: the Department of Agricultural and Life Sciences , the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and the Department of Water Resources Management. Academic programs in CESTA offers minors in Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Computational Science and Nuclear Engineering. An OER Online Certificate program in Cybersecurity is our newest offering in the Math and Computer Science Department of CESTA. The College also houses the International Center for Water Resources Management (ICWRM), the Center of Excellence for STEM Education (STEM-X-ED) and the Center of Excellence in Emerging Technologies (CEET) - a Center designated by the State of Ohio, and the Military Science (ROTC-Army) Program. The CESTA has excellent laboratories for student instruction, experiential learning, and research.
With its recent CSU 1890 Land-Grant designation, the CESTA/1890 Land-Grant Program Research Unit is advancing the frontiers of knowledge in transdisciplinary emerging technology fields of Agriculture, Engineering, Math and Computer Sciences centered around the needs of our stakeholders.

The Agricultural Experimental Station in the College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA)/1890 Land-Grant Programs at CSU facilitates an Agricultural Research Development Program (ARDP) centered on Animal and Plant, Food Nutrition and Health, Natural Resources and Environmental, Social and Allied, Advanced Technologies and Commercialization Systems.

Research projects span across all systems for trans disciplinary integrative research outcomes. The CESTA faculty are engaged in cutting edge and unique research for Federal agencies such as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 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.
Advanced Agricultural and Environmental Technologies
  • Cybersecurity and Sensor Development
  • Robotics and Drones
  • System Modeling and Simulation
  • 3-D Additive Manufacturing processes
  • Wastewater Management
  • Geospatial Applications
  • Precision Agriculture
Agro/Bio-Economy Technologies
  • Natural Products (Animals and Plants)
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Heatlh and Excercise Sciences
  • Foods and Nutrition Sciences
  • Advanced bio-based Materials
  • Specialty Crops
  • Aquaponics
Agro-Sustainable Clean Energy
  • Renewable Energy: Bioenergy, solar, wind, hydro
  • Improved Fossil Energy Technology
  • Energy Conservation and Efficiency
  • Alternative Energy
Water Resources and the Environment
  • Water Quality
  • Natural Resource Mangagement
  • Eco Systems Conservation
  • Environmental Pollution Remediation and Mitigation
  • Smart Water Technologies
The Extension Unit in the College of Engineering Science Technology and Agriculture (CESTA)/1890 Land-Grant Programs provides Cooperative Extension programming in four key areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), Community and Economic Development (CED), Family and Consumer Science (FCS), and 4-H and Youth Development (4-H).

All four key Extension areas serve to deliver quality and sustainable agriculture training to our stakeholders and provide science-based educational programs and resources to underrepresented farmers and socially disadvantaged populations in Ohio.

The ANR key area goals are to support limited resource underrepresented farmers in development of Next Generation 21st farming, value added technologies (Mechanized Integrated systems, Environmental Sensor and Modeling Technologies), innovative farming practices for designated Food Desert areas in Ohio, agriculture commodities production, marketing, and natural resource management.

The CED area goals are to implement training programs for agribusiness development, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, health education, and agricultural education.

The FCS area goals are to provide training programs for socially disadvantaged populations in human nutrition education, mental health/anxiety management/suicide prevention education, family financial management training, and family viability training.

The 4-H area provides training programs in Ohio for youth workforce development, summer enrichment programs, activities in Youth organizations and Youth hands on training experiences in AGRI STEM disciplines.

The Extension Unit communicates stakeholder needs with the Research Unit for synergistic delivery of outcomes for CESTA/1890 Land-Grant Programs.

The potential success of the Integrative model approach in CESTA/1890 Land-Grant Programs will stem from the synergistic activities of Research and Extension to indirectly support and impact Academic Program Learning Student Level Outcomes.

CESTA/1890 Global Education Program leaders and participants at Central State University's Xenia Location.

To build and foster a relationship that will promote intellectual exchanges with an international focus between academic, research, extension, and administrators of Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs) and Central State University.

The CESTA/1890 GEP is in strategic alignment with the priorities at both the College and University levels, and with USDA/NIFA programming for International Engagement and Research Cooperation (CIP):

• Enhances the effectiveness of NIFA and the U.S. institutions it supports in research, education, and extension to engage globally and advance U.S. agriculture.

• Provides information on NIFA opportunities for global engagement to land-grant universities and colleges

• Promotes partnerships between NIFA-supported researchers and international collaborators, and facilitates NIFA’s partnerships with other federal organizations, international organizations, and foreign governments.

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