Engineering students hear hiring tips from SEAS engineering partners

Representatives from SEAS engineering partners gave students tips and techniques for finding a great job. Seated from left are: Ashok Jain, Patricia Hein, Nick Vandervoort, Cem Celik and Eric Barton.

By Jashonda Williams

"We’re looking for top talent, so we don’t rely on job postings; instead, we partner with universities such as UB to find that top talent,” said Patricia Hein of U&S Services.

“If I’m looking for an engineer, I need someone with strong subject knowledge, who has both good communication and technical skills, and is a good team player,” said Cem Celik of Praxair.

These are just some of the many words of wisdom shared by School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ engineering partners with students during the SEAS Sponsor Panel, a special event held during Engineers Week.

In a Q&A format between engineering students and panelists, about 70 students had the opportunity to ask about the skillsets most important to employers, the experiences employers value most, the balance between grades and experiential learning, and other topics on professional development during an hour-long program moderated by Andrew Olewnik, SEAS Director of Experiential Learning.

In addition to Hein and Celik, Ashok Jain of Zodiac Aerospace, Nick Vandervoort of Unifrax, and Eric Barton of Gemcor served on the panel.