CANTON -- Stark State College has named petroleum engineer S. Kathleen Steere to the position of coordinator of its oil and gas programs to address the educational and partnership needs of the emerging industry.
In the newly-created post, Steere will lead the College's recently-formed Oil and Gas Advisory Committee and will spearhead the development of new oil and gas curriculum. She will assist with plans for Stark State's newly-announced $10 million Downtown Campus/Energy Center, which will serve the education and training needs of the oil and gas industry and serve students in Stark and surrounding counties. Steere also will be the College's liaison with local and national oil and gas programs while developing partnerships within the industry and other higher education institutions.
Steere is transitioning to the new position from working as a chemistry lab technician at the college for the past seven years, where she also has presented fuel cell seminars to area educators. She worked as a geologic consultant to the Belden and Blake Corporation, as a petroleum engineering consultant, in Illinois, and a geologist in both Ohio and Texas. Steere also was an instructor at Frontier Community College, in Illinois.
She received Bachelor's Degrees in petroleum engineering and petroleum geology from Marietta College. Her professional memberships include the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the National Associate of Scientific Materials Managers, and the Mid America Paleontology Society.