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IDEAS Advisory Council 

The IDEAs Advisory Council is to provide a variety of opportunities to participate in the realization of the objective of the IDEAs program and thus to develop a close working relationship between engineering leaders in the greater Akron community, the state of Ohio and the nation, and the administration of the IDEAs program at the College of Engineering.  Activities and goals to be realized as a result of this relationship shall include, but are not limited to:

  • Philanthropy: To assist in the cultivation and solicitation of philanthropic resources and establish a multi-faceted fund raising program that will continue into the future. 
  • Achievement: To provide financial and professional support to increase the number of students of color in the engineering professions, to design academic, professional and personal development plans, and to expand opportunities for students to find employment. 
  • Enrollment and Retention: To set up scholarships in order to assist the IDEAs program to recruit outstanding students from the historically underrepresented students of color and retain a diverse pool of students. 
  • Assessment: To assist the IDEAs program to assess learning outcomes related to inclusive excellence and the climate of diversity.  

Chairperson: Ms. Halle Jones Capers, P.E.

Senior Vice President of Operations and 

Manager of Transportation

G. Stephens, Inc.

133 N. Summit Street

Akron, OH  44304

Secretary: Mr. Michael Ciammaichella P.E. 

Vice President, Civil Division Manager

The Ruhlin Company                     

6931 Ridge Road, PO Box 190

Sharon Center, OH  44274

Mr. Noah Klinksiek

Supervisor Gas Operations, 

Dominion East Ohio

320 Springside

Fairlawn, OH 44333

Mrs. Jane Lacy

Advanced New Product Introduction Engineer

Oatey Co.

20600 Emerald Parkway

Cleveland, OH 44135

Mrs. Tanya Miracle

Systems Engineer/OE Liaison

Commercial TBR Product Development Group


America's Technical Center

10 East Firestone Parkway

Akron, OH 44317

Mr. Jesse Mathis

Construction Technician

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

3900 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115