SEAS Editorial Style Guide

Writers and editors should adhere to Associated Press (AP) Stylebook standards for virtually all writing, except when a UB style standard differs. UB style generally supersedes all other style standards. Below are guidelines for common science and engineering terms.

In the rare instances when adhering to UB or SEAS styles is impossible (due to technical restraints), writers and editors should consistently apply those style adaptations across all content. 

SEAS Style Guide

Name of the School and our Departments

The official name of the school is the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Do not use UB Engineering, or an ampersand (&) in place of the word "and" between Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The official abbreviation for the school is SEAS.

The official names of our departments are as follows. Do not use the ampersand (&) in place of the word "and":

  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Engineering Education
  • Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Department of Materials Design and Innovation
  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Phone number format

Phone numbers should be formatted according the AP style:

XXX-XXX-XXXX

URL format

Do not include "www" in front of any University at Buffalo website. The proper format is "unit.buffalo.edu" or "buffalo.edu/unit", with the "www" prefix no longer part of the formal URL.

UB Print Services and the Trademarks and Licensing group will apply these standards to official business cards, stationery, and similar institutional collateral, as well as to commercial and promotional items.

Commonly used terms

3-D

There should always be a hyphen between "3" and "D" and "D" should always be capitalized. A study published in the journal Small describes how the team used a modified 3-D printer and frozen water to create lattice-shaped cubes and a three-dimensional truss with overhangs using graphene oxide. 

blockchain

All one word. Do not use a space between "block" and "chain." Thirteen massive open online courses (MOOCs) will launch on Coursera between spring and summer. Subjects include blockchain technology, energy, collaborative robot safety and computer vision.

big data

The "b" and the "d" are lowercase. We aim to become leaders in the transportation informatics field by harnessing the power of big data and informatics to address society's critical transportation problems.

cleanroom

Do not use a space between "clean" and "room" when referring to facilities at UB. UB offers a multidisciplinary cleanroom with class 1000 space and class 100 working areas.

data set

Two words. Multisource information fusion is a sophisticated estimation process that allows users to assess complex situations more accurately by effectively combining core evidence in massive, diverse and sometimes conflicting data sets.

health care

Two words. Since 2000, faculty members have worked on research in analysis and design of health care information technology in hospitals.

massive open online courses (MOOCs)

Should be spelled out with all lower-case letters on the first instance. Can be abbreviated as "MOOCs" in all subsequent instances. Thirteen massive open online courses (MOOCs) will launch on Coursera between spring and summer. The new courses join the school’s first MOOCs developed for Coursera: the Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology Specialization.