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New Initiatives

Linking Engineering Education and Technology to Humanity

Home health and wellness is essential for reducing health care costs, creating lifestyle choices that improve individual health, and supporting independence for aging or functionally limited populations. Home Health and Well-Being through Adaptive Smart Environments (Home-BASE), is developing research and education programs in three areas:

  • Environments for health and well-being
  • Integrated assistive technologies
  • Home health informatics

Home-BASE is a joint initiative between the Schools of Engineering, Nursing, Architecture and Planning, and Public Health & Health Professions. 

Buffalo provides a unique environment to foster graduate students from diverse backgrounds into becoming future leaders in science and engineering. The Institute for the Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED), a UB-wide initiative, is building a community of students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff focused on excellence in education, engagement in research, mentoring and enhancement of professional development. 

New Graduate Programs

The Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) is educating new and mid-career individuals in emerging aspects of bridge engineering and conducting research that can advance the state-of-the-practice in the design and retrofit of bridges. The IBE aims to:

  • Develop technologies for low-impact (rapid construction and environmentally sensitive) bridges that are resistant to hazards
  • Disseminate educational material useful to engineers and DOTs
  • Increase the availability of a specialized master’s degree to distance learners
  • Deploy reliable decision-support systems

Over the last few years, hurricanes and tornadoes are being predicted with greater accuracy; complex simulations are being used to design and test cars, planes and space vehicles before fabrication; crowds with thousands of people are kept safe by active monitoring for bad actors – all made possible by revolutions in science/engineering driven by the use of big data and computation. A new interdisciplinary graduate degree and certificate program in Computational Data Science and Engineering (CDSE) is being developed to train scientists and engineers to lead in these disciplines. 

Transportation, logistics and supply-chain management represent a field of inquiry with tremendous potential impact on our economy and society. To develop a structure for research and education in this field, UB has created the Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics (ISTL). The ISTL unites faculty groups in transportation and logistics to address this growing new field, and to educate students in a holistic manner by integrating engineering and management skills into a signature master’s degree program. 

New Undergraduate Initiative

SEAS Experiential Learning Programs are focused on initiatives that enhance the academic experience for students by connecting the classroom to the real world. Young engineers are encouraged to develop the right balance of technical expertise, practical perspective and professional decorum. Upon graduation, students will receive a co-curricular record of their participation in these programs, along with their official university transcript.