SEAS Student Ambassadors

In a university as large as UB, it's important that new students have the opportunity to make connections and build professional relationships from the moment they step on campus. With this in mind, every year the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences assembles a group of exceptional undergraduate students to serve as SEAS Student Ambassadors.

3 student ambassedors shoulder to shoulder outside Davis Hall in winter.

The SEAS Undergraduate Student Ambassadors are a diverse group of students from a variety of departments who are enthusiastic about SEAS and UB and want to share their experiences and all that the university has to offer.

When visiting campus, you may see them at recruitment events like our Open House, Discovery Day, Accepted Student Days and Friday Engineering Tours, or catch them on our social media channels. Be sure to say hello and feel free to ask them your questions about SEAS and UB!

Ask an Ambassador

Meet our Ambassadors

  • Ashley Sanders

    Major: Chemical Engineering Major

    Hometown: East Meadow/Long Island, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: I'm in the professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau and I am involved with the club WaterPolo team.

    Fun Fact: I've traveled to 8 different countries and all across the U.S.

    What advice do you have for future UB students?
    As hard as the work may seem it's never that bad because you always know that there are people here to help and you make amazing friends by struggling over the same work.

    Ashley.
  • Daniel Chpolianski

    Major: Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering Major

    Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: I am a member of the robotics club where I was able to contribute to the construction of a VTOL(Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft.

    Fun Fact: In my free time, I love plane spotting at airports with my dad.

    What advice do you have for future UB students? 
    One thing that has helped me succeed as an engineering student is being a part of a successful study group. Frequently, there are times where you read a problem and feel completely lost with no clue on how to approach it. Having a group of peers where everyone could share their ideas will allow you to take someone’s thoughts and refine it into your own. If you are wondering how to find an efficient study group, the SEAS offers a variety of clubs and activities that will undoubtedly allow you to find others within your major who also want to work together and better their understanding of the material. Keep in mind that team collaboration is a huge part of being an engineer and these experiences will greatly benefit you in the future.

    Daniel.
  • Hazel Kettelkamp

    Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Major

    Hometown: Clifton Springs, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: I am a student leader for EAS 199 and EAS 202 classes and am a part of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars - UB chapter.

    Fun Fact: I love hiking and spending time in the Adirondacks. 

    What do you enjoy most about UB?
    I really enjoy UB and SEAS because they’ve provided such a warm and welcoming environment for students. At UB there is a feeling of acceptance and accomplishment that you don’t really find in many places. It pushes students to rise to the challenges presented by their majors and if they struggle or need help, there are so many resources available to ensure they thrive. The professors, specifically in SEAS, are always willing to hear students and help them succeed where they can. The opportunities provided by the school are phenomenal and they recognize students who put their heart into their school and work. 

    Hazel.
  • Henriette Zombori

    Major: Civil Engineering Major

    Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: I am a student leader for the EAS 199 and EAS 202 courses. I am also a member of the Seismic Design team within our UB ASCE student chapter, as well as the Solar District Cup team within our UB ESW student chapter.

    Fun Fact: I love nature photography, astronomy, and sci-fi movies. I hope to one day be able to travel to some of the world's most unique landscapes and take breathtaking photos to share with people.

    What do you most enjoy about UB?
    UB and SEAS have provided me with countless resources and opportunities to not only get me through college but to also help pave my future. The professors and staff truly care about their students and help as much as they can to ensure their success. My favorite part about UB and SEAS is that students are able to branch out and find things that they are passionate about because of the variety of clubs and events that are available. It is also because of this that students are able to make new friends and connections that will last a lifetime.

    Henriette.
  • Jasleen Alexis

    Major: Computer Engineering

    Hometown: Spring Valley, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation), UBStep Troupe and Steminism.

    Fun Fact: I played the violin for over 10 years!

    What advice do you have for future UB students? 
    Get involved in clubs/organizations early because that's when your academic schedule is most flexible. Also get involved in academic research by seeing what areas of interest various UB professors study and see if they align with your own. It's a great way to build up your resume, develop your skills, network and it can take you to places you never expected you'll be. Whether into pursuing grad school or presenting at conference in another state, it's an invaluable experience.

    Jasleen.
  • Jessica Curtin

    Major: Mechanical Engineering Major

    Hometown: Buffalo, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: I’m a student leader for EAS 199: Engineering Principles and EAS 202: Engineering Impact on Society, which are the introductory engineering courses held here at UB. I’m also a teacher for STEM Outreach where we go into the Westminister Charter School in Buffalo to teach the students about science and engineering.

    Fun Fact: When I’m not busy doing schoolwork or being involved at UB I try to keep active and get outdoors as much as I can. Some of my favorite outdoor activities are hiking, rollerblading and kayaking.

    What do you enjoy most about UB?
    I always knew I was going to go to UB, but as most probably feel, entering a big college like this sounded scary and impossible. But after coming into the school of engineering it helped put these fears at ease. All the students come together as a community and we’re always reaching out to help each other even if we’ve never met before. I’ve met some of my closest friends in this school and it’s thanks to the community that I’ve always felt I can stick through engineering, even through the toughest times. Another bonus is the professors are right there with us. Once getting into my major's actual classes it gave me hope seeing these professors who had a passion for their jobs and wanted to see us excel and grow. Bill Wild is also a big bonus to the community but I think after meeting him you all would agree without explanation. So in short what I enjoy most about SEAS is the feeling of family and constant support we all bring each other.

    Jessica.
  • Madison Clarke

    Major: Environmental Engineering Major

    Hometown: Albany, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: I am a member of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW).

    Fun Fact: I love hiking and the outdoors!

    What advice do you have for future UB students? 
    Always try to get involved in different activities because it is a great way to experience new things and meet new people.

    Madison.
  • Nicholas Percello

    Major: Electrical Engineering Major

    Hometown: Armonk, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: I am involved with the Taekwondo Club and Tinkering Lab.

    Fun Fact: I play 3 different instruments, I love to cook food, and I love riding my bike outdoors.

    What do you enjoy most about UB?
    I personally enjoy the people inside SEAS. They all have a diverse background and large array of interests. Most are driven by passion or a goal to achieve, and it is always fun and interesting to learn about the applications of the material taught in class.

    Nicholas.
  • Ryan Wilson

    Major: Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering Major

    Hometown: Mayville, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: I do various things with the first year Engineering program. I TA for the first-year programs and tutor the basics such as calculus, chemistry and physics. I play intramural basketball as well.

    Fun Fact: I restore vintage motorcycles as a hobby!

    What makes UB SEAS unique?
    UB SEAS is a very large program and the size of the school oftentimes appears intimidating for incoming freshman. What makes our school unique is its ability to have the personal feel of a small school while still being relatively large. The number of opportunities are endless and as long as you put yourself out there. It is very easy to get involved and have the same feel that one would at a smaller school.

    Ryan.
  • Timur Masalimov

    Major: Electrical Engineering Major

    Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

    Campus/Commununity Involvement: UBNL (UB nanosatellite laboratory)- power management section, micro-G section of the AIAA organization and UB boxing club.

    Fun Fact: Trained several martial arts including Tae Kwon Do and kickboxing and aspire to become a combat sports athlete.

    What do you enjoy most about UB?
    The youth of the city comes from the university and the multitude of companies who are recruiting in the area make it the perfect place for undergrads to search for a future in engineering or other scientific fields.

    Timur.
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