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Trumbull's Ken McElravy named Vision 21 Award Winner

Posted Apr. 27, 2010

Kent State University at Trumbull's own Kenneth McElravy is one of 15 recipients that will be honored at the 12th annual Vision 21 Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 1, 2010 by The College of Technology at Kent State University.

Ken in tech buildingMcElravy, a manufacturing lab tech, joins the rest of the Class of 2010 in being recognized as College of Technology graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional lives and careers. 

McElravy began his educational journey as a nontraditional student at the Trumbull Campus, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and graduating with Distinction, courtesy of a 3.75 grade point average, in 2002.

He then added a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology as well as a Master of Technology degree (2006) from Kent's College of Technology, graduating with an impressive 3.909 grade point average.

That stellar performance was mirrored in his work as a manufacturing laboratory technician at the Trumbull Technology Building.  With an Associate degree under his belt, McElravy began working at the Trumbull Campus maintaining all labs and equipment housed in the Technology Building 2002.  Upon earning his Bachelor degree, McElravy became an adjunct faculty in the College of Technology, teaching Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology classes.

Although his duties are numerous and varied, McElravy never hesitates to make time for anyone that seeks a moment of his time. Whether to give a building tour, demonstrate various pieces of equipment or to explain the various technology programs to prospective or current students or members of the general public, McElravy answers the call. In addition, he lends a hand with Kent Tech Prep Engineering and CAD instructors and students as well as serving on their advisory board.

In the midst of all this, and during the pursuit of his Master's degree, McElravy found the time to add the title of inventor to his resume. 

It was 2006 when he crafted and manufactured a device to aid persons with disabilities in powering up a desktop computer.  The device, the KSU ON/OFF SWITCH BY-PASS HARNESS, permits the user to both power up or power down a PC with limited or no use of their hands. The device is available through Kent State University and is used by a number of veterans, among other users and thereby enhancing the cutting-edge reputation of the College of Technology.

To top it off, McElravy also lists the titles of husband, father, grandfather, ordained minister and scuba diver to his credit.