Inspired after talking with members of UB’s Society of
Automotive Engineers (SAE) at a recent event, Mike Sinicropi,
director of global market development for metal fabrication at
Praxair and a member of the School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences’ Dean’s Advisory Council, wanted to find a way
to help the club.
So in early December 2015, seven students visited Praxair
Technology Center’s metal fabrication laboratory for a
one-day training session on gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten
“The training gave us great insight into the industrial
side of welding as opposed to our ‘self-taught’ hobby
welding,” said Spencer Heyden, president of SAE. “The
techniques we learned will help us produce reliable and clean
welds, which are key elements for both our snowmobile and Baja
“We hope the skills they learned in this training will
help them do even better in next year’s competitions,”
Sinicropi coordinated the training session with Heyden and
Jeremy Neff, senior R&D manager for metal fabrication at
Praxair. Praxair technologists Tom Matecki and Ken Jozwiak
conducted the training.
Praxair was named the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Corporate Partner of the Year in 2015.