Student Profile

Andrea Sacco

MS, Structural and Earthquake Engineering, Expected December 2016

BS, Civil Engineering, 2015

"The thing I like most about engineering at UB is the variety of engineering clubs that exist, as well as the support each club receives from its department."
Andrea Sacco, Graduate Student
Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Where are you from? Lockport, NY

What made you choose UB? I studied architecture at UB for my first 2.5 years, so I chose UB for its architecture school as well as its proximity to my home.

What do you like most about engineering at UB? The thing I like most engineering at UB is the variety of engineering clubs that exist, as well as the support each club receives from its department. As an undergraduate student, I was heavily involved in the UB Student Chapter of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers). I believe I benefited immensely from this involvement in terms of the development of my engineering, professional and leadership skills. In addition, this involvement aided in the expansion of my engineering network.

What is your favorite place on campus? The courtyard outside Davis Hall, that is, when it is warm out of course. Now that the area has been fully developed and the plants have grown in, it creates a nice escape from Ketter Hall, where I spend most of my time.

What are you working on? I am getting myself settled into graduate school and taking on all of the responsibilities that come with it. This semester, I am a Teaching Assistant for Civil Engineering Lab I, which I enjoy very much, although I find that I have to learn how to balance my time between my studies and my position as a TA.

What else do you do? I am the Vice President of the CSEE-GSA and I also volunteer at a local middle school as an engineer mentor for the Future City Competition of Western New York.  

What are you passionate about? I began my undergraduate studies in architecture at UB. Though I chose to switch to civil engineering, I am still quite passionate about architecture. In fact, I am currently looking into the possibility of earning a Certificate of Historic Preservation through the School of Architecture and Planning here at UB. I think it would be fascinating to be able to work on retrofits or preservation projects in my future career.

What are your future plans? After earning my Master's Degree in civil engineering, I hope to move into the private sector of structural design at an architectural and engineering firm in the Western New York area.