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Dana Voll

BS, Electrical Engineering, Class of 2016

“I studied in France during the spring semester of my junior year. The curriculum lines up with the regular courses offered by electrical engineering here at UB and are taught in English."
Dana Voll, Undergraduate Student
Electrical Engineering

Where are you from? Clarence, NY

What made you choose UB? UB has a really good engineering school and I got a scholarship through the honors college.

What do you like most about engineering? I like the capacity that engineering has to help people and solve problems, and make the world a better place to live in.

What is your favorite place on campus? I really like Davis Hall, and it’s my department so I usually know people.

What are you working on? Right now I’m working on the non-profit Tinker, a camp for high school girls that aims to help to diversify engineering by getting more women interested.

What else do you do? I’m in two engineering clubs, the Society of Women Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and I’m also in the honor society Tau Beta Pi. I volunteer for these clubs and the department.

What are you passionate about? My non-profit Tinker. I’m really passionate about engineering outreach and increasing diversity, especially for women. I really like volunteering and having an impact on someone’s life.

What are your future plans?  I’m planning to work on Tinker for the entire summer, we’re running the camp again at UB. The goal of the camp is to introduce the girls to all types of engineering while disproving some misconceptions they might have about engineering like there are no girls or its too hard. In January, we took the Entrepreneurship class E-Lab. We competed in a pitch competition on the last day of class and were awarded one of the fellowships. We are now working on turning TINKER into a non-profit organization with the goal of bringing TINKER to other engineering schools. In the fall, I start work at Northrop Grumman full-time in Baltimore as an electrical engineer.

What was your semester abroad like? I went to France in the spring of my junior year. The school I attended was ENSEA (École Nationale Supérieure de l'Électronique et de ses Applications) - an electrical engineering school in Cergy, France, outside of Paris. I took the regular junior year spring semester classes for electrical engineering: Electronic Circuits II, Microelectronics, Communication Systems and then I also took a basic French language and culture class. I got a scholarship from the electrical engineering department and I got the chance to travel around Europe a little bit. I learned how to adapt to other cultures and learning environments. The program I went on is called FAME  (French-American Exchange). It was started by UB, ENSEA and a few other US engineering schools. The classes are based off of the UB curriculum, so they line up exactly with what you should be taking back at UB. They are taught in English by professors at ENSEA.