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Timothy Van Oss

MS, Structural and Earthquake Engineering, Class of 2016

"I chose UB for its top-tier civil engineering program and excellent scholarship opportunities."
Timothy Van Oss, Graduate Student,
Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Tim is one of UB's 2015-2016 Prosperity Scholars. He is an active teaching assistant, and was honored as Tau Beta Pi’s TA of the year and accompanying the UB study abroad class to Troyes, France.

After serving a term as president of the Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he has continued his involvement in the parent chapter of the society as chair of the Student Affairs Committee, which advises and mentors civil engineering students in the Buffalo area.

Additionally, he is active in educational outreach to increase STEM exposure to grade school children, and is working to make Buffalo a better place for people of every economic background.

Tim has represented UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at conferences around the globe from Istanbul to San Diego, in the hopes of bringing a global perspective to solve local issues.

Where are you from? Buffalo, NY

What made you choose UB? I chose UB for its top-tier Civil Engineering program and excellent scholarship opportunities. I stayed for the Graduate Structural program because I knew the professors would push me intellectually to [the best I could be]

What do you like most about engineering at UB? Each department is a community of high-level thinkers who also like to have fun together. The CSEE department hosts hiking trips to places like Letchworth, and intramural soccer tournaments along with academic guest speakers.

What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place in the warmer months is Grace Plaza. I love sitting on one of the concrete 'star' benches smelling the lavender in the wind on a break from studying. When the snow is blowing, I love watching the weather from the lounge on the second floor of Davis with a warm cup of Starbucks coffee.

What are you working on? I am working with a team of undergraduate students to design and build a floating classroom for Lake LaSalle to be used starting in summer 2016. In the spring I will also be conducting research relating to structures that were damaged in the Kathmandu Earthquake in Nepal.

What else do you do? Outside of school, I love to run, bike, and row on Western New York's paths and waterways with my friends. It's been great seeing more and more people use our natural resources every year. 

What are you passionate about? I'm passionate about using my knowledge to improve the built environment of my community. I'm excited that I am able to do this before entering the workforce; providing a solution to get more people to interact with Lake LaSalle. 

What are your future plans? When I graduate in May, I plan on finding employment with a firm where I can continue finding solutions for groups of people through structural engineering; hopefully in Western New York.