2018 Dean's Holiday Card Contest

Congratulations to our 2018 holiday card contest winners and thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest!

1st Place

Yichen Wang

Yichen Wang
Computer Science Major

Card Design:

Robot cooking with a grandmother

This artwork is about a robot cooking with a grandmother. Many people are working very far from home. Sometimes students may be homesick or worry about their older parents at home. In the future, Wang hopes there will be robots that can help seniors around the house and keep them safe, just like they did for their children.

After taking CSE468 (Robotics Algorithms) and CSE473 (Computer Vision) Wang is confident that this kind of robot can be developed in the future.

In the artwork, the robot's energy comes from lemonade, just for fun.

2nd Place

Cecilia Rapp

Cecilia Rapp
Biomedical Engineering Major

Card Design:

Prosthetic arm holding an ornament

As a biomedical engineer, Cecilia Rapp is interested in medical devices and how they can improve human lives. Prosthetics are medical devices that can allow people to live and achieve goals more easily. Rapp is engineering change through redesigning and improving prosthetic limbs to allow users to carry out a plethora of tasks that can range from grasping cutlery to holding an object as delicate as an ornament, like the prosthetic arm holding the ornament in this image.

3rd Place

Payam Ghassemi

Payam Ghassemi
Mechanical Engineering PhD

Card Design:

Artwork depicting swarms of robots gathering data from a lake

Payam Ghassemi is a PhD student working on developing algorithms for swarm robot systems. The artwork demonstrates a swarm of robots (blue-green dots) that are connected together (white lines) and they gather huge amounts of information to provide environmental monitoring.

Contest Theme: Engineering Change

Engineers and applied scientists have the ability to make a positive impact on the world. Whether it's bringing clean water to communities in need, creating safer vaccines, or building structures that can withstand the wrath of mother nature, we are engineering change. 

We want to know how you are using the skills you learn in SEAS to make a positive impact on the world. Show us how you are engineering change by entering your image or artwork and we might just use it on our next holiday card!

All students, faculty and staff in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are encouraged to enter.

Submission Specifications

  • It is recommended that artwork/images be 5.5" by 4.5", landscape or portrait orientation at a high quality resolution
  • If you are using graphic design tools such as the Adobe Creative Suite, artwork should be designed in CMYK at 300dpi 
  • Artwork should not include UB logos or marks
  • Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp, tif, psd, pdf
  • Paintings, sculptures or hand-illustrated entries should be submitted as a high-quality image with the option of being photographed, if needed.

Contest Rules

  1. All current students, faculty and staff in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences can enter.
  2. One entry per person.
  3. Entries must be original concept and constitute an original work and must not infringe on the protected rights of other artists or violate any applicable copyright laws.
  4. Digital artwork that does not meet the resolution and quality requirements will not be considered.
  5. Artwork cannot contain profanity, trademarks, logos or copyrighted works of any kind.
  6. The University at Buffalo will retain all reproduction rights to submitted artwork with credit given to the artist. UB agrees not to sell any of the artwork or any reproduction.
  7. The University at Buffalo reserves the right to post any and all entries on official university social media channels, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Snapchat.


All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the Office of Communications in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Entries will be judged on creativity, artistic merit and application of the contest theme. The winners will be notified by email or phone and/or via social media after Thanksgiving break.

Vector of an electrical circuit in the shape of a tree

The deadline to enter has passed. Thank you to all those who entered!


Winners will be awarded a check for the following:

  • 1st Place = $150
  • 2nd Place = $75
  • 3rd Place = $25

Winners are required to complete a W-9 tax form.