Undergraduate Student Ambassadors

About the Ambassadors

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

When visiting campus, you may see our ambassadors volunteering at Open House, Discovery Day, Friday Engineering Tours, and other events. If you see them, say hello and feel free to ask them your questions about UB!

Meet the Ambassadors

Sabrina Harrison

Major: Civil Engineering

Where are you from?

Hempstead, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

National Society of Black Engineers, Community Assistant in Hadley Village 

What's a fun fact about you?

I love traveling! I enjoy meeting new people and learning about different cultures.

What advice do you have for new students?

Do not be afraid to ask for help! College can be challenging but you are not going through it alone. UB has amazing professors dedicated to helping their students succeed. There are countless academic resources such as free tutoring available to students. Getting involved with clubs can also connect you to students within your major and with similar interests. 

Patrick Biver

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Where are you from?

Skaneateles, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

I'm involved in Science is Elementary, tutoring, student leading, UB Academies, and a few clubs.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

My favorite part about UB and SEAS is the simple fact that many opportunities are available to you. Whether you are interested in simulations or machining projects, a group or club exists. The ability to craft your education that way you want is a powerful tool. 

Shreya Nyayapathi

Major: Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Computer Science

Where are you from?

India

What are you involved in here at UB?

Research Assistant in the Photonics lab; WiSE (Women in Science & Engineering) outreach member

What is a fun fact about you?

I come from a very culturally diverse background and I am fluent in four languages!

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

Engineering at UB gives you the opportunity to be involved in interdisciplinary research and at the same time focus on your specific area of interest. Amazing faculty and staff members are always willing to help students make the right career choice!

Matthew Chow

Major: Chemical Engineering and Mathematics

Where are you from?

New York, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Undergraduate Research (CBE)

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

I love how many opportunities there are here and how easy it is to get involved on campus and explore my engineering and personal passions. I have taken advantage of the many opportunities here and have had the chance to engage in academic and social clubs as well as undergraduate research.

Jonathan Przybyla

Major: Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Where are you from?

Phoenix, AZ/Clarence, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

Tau Beta Pi Honors Society, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), Student Leader for EAS 199: Engineering Principles and EAS 202: Engineering Impact on Society

What's a fun fact about you?

I love learning other languages and I'm fluent in Spanish. I love traveling and I studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain while at UB.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

SEAS is an amazing community here at UB with a ton of opportunities to get involved. Clubs, diverse classes, research opportunities have allowed me to follow my interest and place in engineering. Also, the professors are extremely approachable and always willing to help out. Not to mention, the connections and friendships I have made with my fellow classmates. All of this has helped me to prepare for my future in the field of engineering.

UB also offers diverse opportunities for everyone from studying abroad (which I recommend whole-heartedly), resources to start a business, find an internship or job, or getting involved on campus. There is a ton offered by SEAS and UB. I love all of the opportunities and the ability to pick what I want to do with my time here at UB.

Bryan Chansamut

Major: Electrical Engineering

Where are you from?

Scarsdale, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

Student Leader for EAS 199/202, Power Lead University at Buffalo Nanosatellite Laboratory

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

I love the amount of clubs and research made available to undergraduate students. I also enjoy the vast amount of diversity UB offers.

Harshita Girase

Major: Computer Science

Where are you from?

Pune, India

What are you involved in here at UB?

CS Ed Week 2016 (Lead Student Organizer), UB Scientista (Events Co-chair), Teaching Assistant, UB Hacking (Organizer), Association for Computing Machinery (Member), Undergraduate Student Advisory Board (Member)

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

I think the support system is great! The faculty members are pretty friendly and always open to suggestions from students. Professors take time off their busy schedules to talk to students about their career goals and provide assistance with internship and job search which I think is wonderful! There are also a lot of opportunities for students to get involved in the CSE department be it volunteering for alumni events, organizing competitions and events or just attending club meetings!

Zach Vacek

Major: Civil Engineering

Where are you from?

Rochester, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

American Society of Civil Engineers, UB Concrete Canoe Team, EAS 199/202 Student Leader

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is such a supportive environment. Everyone here—students, faculty and staff—all want to see each other succeed. Nothing here is ever “survival of the fittest.” We all work as a team and help bring each other up day after day. It discourages the mindset of “I cannot” and encourages you to think “I can.” It was really an aspect that drew me to UB and has been everything I could have hoped for and more.

Madison Cook

Major: Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering

Where are you from?

Syracuse, NY area

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

My favorite thing about going to UB is that the school is so big that there are so many opportunities available to students, while at the same time, my majors feel small enough that I feel comfortable talking to my professors.

Aniruddha Nandi

Major: Computer Science

Where are you from?

New Delhi, India

What are you involved in here at UB?

I am currently involved in research at PhoneLab as well as actively engaged with several engineering clubs such as Robotics, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Association of Computing Machinery. I also undertake volunteering during departmental and/or engineering events and promote community development in the department.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

SEAS is very inclusive towards students across the globe, has state-of-the-art resources, and keeps updating the curriculum to integrate modern industrial practices. There is a lot of focus on hands-on learning and several opportunities to leverage knowledge gained outside the classroom in real-world settings. Also, instructors and advisors are very approachable and helpful, thereby making UB feel much more individual-oriented than otherwise possible in a university of this scale.

Benjamin Carlson

Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering

Where are you from?

Rochester, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

American Institute of Chemical Engineers, undergraduate research, intramural sports.

What's a fun fact about you?

My favorite place is the Adirondack mountains.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

The EAS program for first year engineering students and the fact that the faculty and staff here are working on real world, tangible problems that you can help with.

Sravanika Doddi

Major: Computer Science

Where are you from?

Syracuse, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

UB Scientista: Co-President; Women in Science and Engineering: Undergraduate Student Advisory Board: Member; Tech Savvy (for CSE) workshop: Organizer; Association of Computing Machinery (ACM): Member

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

What I love most about SEAS is the people in it. The main reason I choose to attend UB is because of the excellent community of people here. The professors, students, advisors, and staff here are very friendly, and are always looking to help you out. In addition, SEAS and UB always provide students with a quality education and most of all offer several research and extra-curricular opportunities.

Brett Bosinski

Major: Electrical Engineering

Where are you from?

Buffalo, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

Undergraduate Research Scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering under Dr. Kwang Oh, Science is Elementary at Westminster Charter Volunteer, Blackstone LaunchPad Ambassador, EAS 199 Student Leader, Acker Scholar, Intramural hockey all-star.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

A large university may seem overwhelming, but the electrical engineering department makes it easy to find your niche. General engineering courses are geared to help you find what type of engineering you might be interested in, and as I got into the electrical department, it made it easy to choose what path I want to take with my major. Professors are always open for questions, and having that niche of classes with people in the same major makes it easy to get to know colleagues and teachers.

Angel Yam

Major: Electrical Engineering

Where are you from?

Queens, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

UB Nanosatellite Laboratory, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

What's a fun fact about you?

I come from a large family and I have five siblings!

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

The friends that support you and the people that you meet within the community.

Jessica Arora

Major: Industrial Engineering, with a minor in math

Where are you from?

Buffalo, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Undergraduate Research Assistant

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

My favorite part about UB's SEAS is the opportunities that come with it. Being at a research institution gave me the opportunity to work with faculty and graduate students that I wouldn't have had at other schools. 

Conor McDermott

Major: Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Where are you from?

Hamburg, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

National Society of Black Engineers, Community Assistant in Hadley Village

What's a fun fact about you?

One day, I plan to rebuild my own aircraft, and fly around the world during my retirement.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

From the first day of freshman year, you are given a sense of belonging. Whether it be freshman introductory classes, or major specific courses, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does an immaculate job providing students with exactly what they need. On top of all of this, SEAS offers students countless opportunities to apply for internships and coops, helping to ensure our future success.

Lawreen Latif

Major: Computer Science, with a minor in Mathematics

Where are you from?

Dhaka, Bangladesh (Currently living in Abu Dhabi, UAE)

What are you involved in here at UB?

President of Design Club, Association of Computing Machinery, Women in Science and Engineering, Scientista

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

I love how SEAS plays an active role in student life. Whether it's clubs, engineering week, advising or workshops, SEAS is always present as a support and an extracurricular learning opportunity.

My favorite aspect of UB is that it's a large campus but at the same time, it's easy to find your niche here. I never feel like just a number and there is always a lot to get involved in.

Olutobi Laguda

Major: Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Computer Science

Where are you from?

Bronx, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

I am on the current Eboard of National Society of Black Engineers.

What is a fun fact about you?

I am a first generation American, of Nigerian descent.

Daniel Giraldo

Major: Industrial Engineering

Where are you from?

I was born in Colombia, raised in Rochester.

What are you involved in here at UB?

Undergraduate research, tutor

What is a fun fact about you?

I like to play soccer and sports in general. 

Naval Avasthi

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Where are you from?

I was born in America but raised in India.

What are you involved in here at UB?

UB Aces tennis club, Biomedical Engineering Society, Association of Pre-Medical Students, undergraduate research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering with Dr. Yun Wu.

What's a fun fact about you?

I am a major comic book nerd and love to play tennis day and night.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

The SEAS freshman seminar classes introduce students to real life problems that are tackled by engineers. Our engineering skills are honed and challenged and we are expected to perform our best in solving an engineering project. Teamwork on the class project and generating engineering alternatives provide us with the experience to be understanding of group members while remaining resolute to our own ideas. Every idea is taken into consideration.

Likhith Reddy Doddi

Major: Computer Science

Where are you from?

Liverpool, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

Honors College, UB Robotics, ACM, Circle K

What's a fun fact about you?

I attended seven different schools before graduating high school.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

What I like most about UB and SEAS is the significant amount of resources/opportunities provided to students. There are simply so many ways to get involved both inside and outside of engineering.

Scott Maloney

Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics

Where are you from?

Buffalo, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

I am currently the Treasurer for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Chapter 849. I am also a Student Assistant for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at UB. 

What's a fun fact about you?

An interesting fact about myself is that I broke my leg doing a flip on a giant inflatable bouncy pillow…when I was 19.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

What I like the most about UB/SEAS is the mass amount of people I have gotten to befriend and work with. Engineering is as much about teamwork and coordination as it is about problem solving, and as such I have gotten to know some great people.

Tommy Valerio

Major: Electrical Engineering

Where are you from?

Bronx, NY

What are you involved in here at UB?

I am the current president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. 

What's a fun fact about you?

I have been in the New York Yankees dugout.

What do you like most about UB/SEAS?

I enjoy the countless opportunities that are available to students. Also, the support that students receive in order to take advantage of them.