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Hamlet Spencer

MS, Mechanical Engineering

“The faculty members are amazing. They really go that extra mile to make sure you understand and are comfortable with the material.”
Hamlet Spencer, MS Student
Mechanical Engineering

Where are you from?
Bronx, N.Y.

What made you choose UB?
It was kind of a family tradition. My uncles, cousins, brother and sister went here.

Tell me about the Delaware North Hackathon.
It was pretty interesting. I've never participated in a hackathon, but I helped organize it so I had to do a bit of research. We partnered with Delaware North and attempted to revolutionize the stadium experience. Students were asked to come up with ideas on how to do this and we got to see their ideas come to life with their presentations. I hosted and facilitated the event. I was nervous because we had over 100 students show up, but I think it was a good turnout and there were a lot of good ideas.

What do you like most about UB engineering?
The faculty members are amazing. They really go that extra mile to make sure you understand and are comfortable with the material. In addition, there are so many opportunities as far as research.

What is your favorite place on campus?
I like the area by Baird Point and Lake LaSalle. I go there sometimes. There's also a walkway with a pond by Ellicott Complex.

What are you working on?
Right now I'm doing research on energy harvesting. We're trying to utilize the motions of people and and transfer that into energy. Previously I worked on satellite technology.

What else do you do?
I work for UB Campus Living, and I'm a graduate assistant in the SEAS Dean's Office. I've also involved with the the National Society of Black Engineers, currently as an advisor and previously as president.

What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about learning. I like learning new things and I never hesitate to take on a new challenge. 

What are your future plans?
As far as what I want to do when I finish school, I'm still trying to figure out which area of mechanical engineering I want to pursue. Mechanical engineering is pretty broad and there are so many things you can do—work with electronics, circuits, car parts, airplane parts, project managment—nothing is off the table.