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Olivia Licata

BS, Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2017

“I like how the scheduling works because I moved along with the same group of people and it was easier to make friends.”
Olivia Licata, Undergraduate Student
Biomedical Engineering

Where are you from?   Lockport, NY

What made you choose UB? Of all the schools where I was accepted, UB allowed me to stay home and commute. I liked that it had a lot of different majors, in case I wanted to change my mind or take other classes.

What do you like most about engineering at UB? It’s really great, I love my classes. The exposure to real engineering problems is great, and it’s almost like a mentoring program. I’ve become a student leader and teaching assistant. I also like how the scheduling works because I moved along with the same group of people and it was easier to make friends.

What is your favorite place on campus? I spend a lot of time in Bonner Hall because of the free printing and in the Stevens Center on the 4th floor. I also spend a lot of time in the new Bonner lab. But I think Davis is one of the prettiest buildings.

What are you working on right now?  I’m a research assistant for Dr. Amin Karami in the mechanical engineering department, this project branches over into medical and dental. I’ve also been researching with Dr. Robert Baier on South campus. It’s a lot of microscopes and observing lung tissue.

What else do you do? I am the treasurer of ESW, the junior class rep for biomedical engineering society, and the secretary of engineering world health. Recently I’ve been working with a student-run STEM publication called Emerge as the advertising manager.

What are you passionate about? I’m very passionate about music, it gets me through doing homework and my commute. I’m also passionate about books and just learning new things.

What are your future plans? Currently as a junior, I’m looking into more research, industry and clinical experience. I’m  on track to go to dental school but I’ve been looking at graduate programs at UB. I feel that by doing research and working alongside professionals I’ll find where I feel most comfortable.

What was your experience working with children from the Westminster Community Charter School? I volunteered freshman year, and have participated each year ever since. The projects are so fun and creative and it’s a group effort for different people around the school pooling together. Depending on the age group of the children, some projects are demonstrations and others are more like games. The most exciting project was the gac (cornstarch mixed with water); they put it on an amplifier and we got to see it jump around on different frequencies. And there's always an egg drop, it’s the messy ones that you remember!