Press Release
Posted October 28, 201

“Be curious!”

That was one of the main messages Ed Yenni, president and CEO of LogiSync, gave to 50 high school students from Brookside, Clearview, Elyria Catholic, Lorain County JVS and North Ridgeville’s Ranger High-Tech Academy at Tuesday’s “IT in Action” career exploration workshop at Lorain County Community College.

If you have a question, keep looking for the answer. Follow up on things,” Yenni told the students during his keynote address.

Yenni, a 1978 Lorain High School graduate, told the students that we are living in an exciting time where IT and manufacturing are being combined like never before. As president of LogiSync – an Avon company – he leads a multi-disciplined engineering team that develops innovative Internet of Things (IoT) products for leading companies in multiple industries.

Ed Yenni, founder and president of LogiSync.

“We are in what has been called the third wave of the internet,” Yenni said. He explained that the first wave included people getting computers and sending emails to each other and the second wave included things like Facebook, Amazon, eBay, YouTube and mobile devices.

“The third wave of the internet is about things talking to things. Everything around us is being wired and we are able to remotely control and monitor it all. This third wave is going to be bigger than the first two and you are in the perfect time to capitalize on that for a career,” Yenni said.

With Lorain County’s history of manufacturing stretching from steel that built America to equipment that helped win world wars, we are uniquely positioned for the third wave he noted.

“Most of the companies that made Lorain’s name known throughout the world are gone. However, what isn’t gone is our entrepreneurial spirt that the region is known for. We’re a region of manufacturers and inventors and new companies are springing up in this new technology-based environment,” Yenni said.

He told them how a Silicon Valley company that makes electric scooters came to LogiSync to help them develop a product to detect where their scooters are being ridden.

“In this time of micro mobility there is a real problem to solve in the market: getting the scooters available for people to use without anyone getting hurt,” he said.
LogiSync developed a product for the scooters that uses a camera to detect where the scooters are driven and how fast. It can slow the scooter down if it isn’t being operated safely.

“All of this requires a new set of skills,” he said. These include mechanical, electronics, sensors, firmware, cloud software, mobile apps, cellular communications, manufacturing and maintenance and repair. “And all of this is happening right here in the Midwest because we’re the people that make things. So, we’re lucky to be in this position.”

Due to these rapid changes, current and future careers in IT and manufacturing may be a lot different than what some students envisioned, and the day’s speakers sought to shine a light on the many options available.

“Our goal for today was to give the students a view into how IT and manufacturing intersect and the rapid changes happening in both areas that can lead to some exciting careers,” said Deanna Strauss Hersko, LCCC manager of career technical pathways and programs.

The students participated in breakout sessions on mobile applications, flexible hybrid electronics, mentored by LCCC faculty and Choose Ohio First scholars and cyber-security and microelectronics.

They also heard from a panel that included employers – Yenni, Kane Hogan, a 2010 LCCC graduate and an engineering and innovation manager at Agronomix, Scott Reig, senior sales and tooling engineer at A.J. Rose Manufacturing Company; Cody Wooten, a member of the LogiSync engineering team and currently enrolled in LCCC’s bachelor’s degree in microelectronic manufacturing; and Aidan Bundy, who earned his associate of applied business in computer information systems software development at LCCC and is currently an LCCC laboratory instructional assistant and enrolled in LCCC’s University Partnership with The University of Akron.

Ed Yenni, founder and president of LogiSync, (right) and Scott Rieg, senior sales and tooling engineer at A.J. Rose Manufacturing, participate in a panel discussion with 50 high school students about career opportunities in IT and manufacturing.

E.J. Torres, a sophomore at Brookside High School said it was fun hearing how the presenters chose their career paths. “It was inspiring to learn what they had to do. I enjoyed learning about the computers and micro applications they used in their career. Now that I see the availabilities for job opportunities for engineers I think there’s a good chance that’s what I’ll go into,” Torres said.

Gabriella Shepard, a science teacher at Ranger High-Tech Academy, said it was an amazing opportunity for the students. “It’s important that students get exposed to real world career possibilities in information technologies. I think it piqued their interests for the future,” Shepard said.

All panel members agreed that learning the technical skills are important, but developing soft skills like communication and team work are crucial to succeeding in IT and manufacturing.

“When you communicate well internally and with your customers you build trust and that’s very important to reaching your goals,” Rieg said.

“Today’s employers are looking for problem solvers,” Yenni said. “Communication is the key to solving problems.”

For more information on LCCC’s IT programs visit Engineering, Business and Information Technologies.

If you are a teacher interested in bringing a class to LCCC to explore IT and manufacturing careers, contact Deanna Strauss Hersko at dstrauss@lorainccc.edu.