UB shares Buffalo with Tongji University students

Assistant professor Anthony Tessari (center) stands with Tongji University graduate students in front of UB's laminar box.

By Peter Murphy

Published September 6, 2019

Students from UB and Tongji University shared research, toured UB’s lab facilities and experienced Buffalo during the Geotechnical Graduate Student Forum, last month.

Universities working together

“We have collaborated with one another on research, but this was an opportunity to get students to work together. ”
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Anthony Tessari, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering organized the event with some of his graduate students.

Graduate students from Tongji University spent four days in Buffalo, including two at UB. Students and alumni from the Department shared some recent projects with their counterparts at Tongji University, learned more about Tongji and the research those students conduct.

When the visitors from Tongji were not on campus, they were exploring some parts of Western New York, including a trip to Niagara Falls, NY. For many of them, it was the first time seeing the falls.

“There are so many ways our universities complement each other,” Tessari says, “we have collaborated with one another on research, but this was an opportunity to get students to work together. I think it was a valuable experience.”

Tessari is currently working with researchers at Tongji University on a project exploring liquefaction in transitional soils. The Student Forum gave the universities a chance to expand their relationship outside of the lab.

Students arrived in Buffalo on Sunday, August 11 and left on Friday, August 16.