Matthew Falcone, a junior double majoring in environmental engineering and civil engineering, originally choose UB because it promised an excellent education at an affordable price. Now he says he couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
“The opportunities for students here are astounding: if you have an idea that you want to pursue, someone will be willing to help you make it a reality,” said Falcone.
Under the mentorship of CSEE Professor James Jensen, Falcone participated in undergraduate research that aimed to develop the most efficient parabolic solar trough design that can disinfect water in developing countries and during emergency conditions. Last February, he was invited to present his research at the biannual SUNY Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Activities Forum.
After graduation, Falcone plans to earn a Master’s degree in public health and a PhD in water resources engineering. He would like to continue conducting research in sustainable water treatment for low-resource areas as a university faculty member, and eventually start a non-profit to distribute low-cost water treatment technology.
CSEE AT A GLANCE
Chair: Joseph Atkinson
Full-time Faculty: 33
• 788 Undergraduate
• 215 Graduate
• 35,000 square feet of teaching and research labs
• $5.5 million in annual research expenditures
Research areas in:
• bridge engineering
• computational engineering mechanics
• geomechanics, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering
• environmental and water resources engineering
• structural and earthquake engineering
• transportation systems engineering