Where are you from?
I am from Brooklyn, New York.
Why did you choose UB?
I chose UB because it was one of the few accredited schools in New York state to offer aerospace engineering.
What do you like most about engineering at UB?
I appreciate that engineering at UB is very structured, which helps students pursue their path. Rather than having a list of classes that students should take for a major, UB engineering offers flowsheets for every major, allowing each student to know what to expect. So far, it has been an extremely useful tool, and I’ve found that this approach optimizes the curriculum to better fit students’ interests.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
I chose to go into engineering because I have a whole family of influence. My maternal grandparents were both aerospace engineers, my paternal grandmother was a chemical engineer, my mother is a math teacher, and my father is a safety technician. I grew up hearing stories about the space race and the cosmos, which pushed my interest towards aerospace engineering. Coming from an immigrant family, my family didn’t have the best tools to help me in my English and social studies classes, but I received a lot of help in my math and physics classes which gave me a strong foundation for engineering.
What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus varies: When I have projects that I need to work on by myself, I go to various classrooms at UB to utilize the black/whiteboards. When I need to have strong focus to study for a test, I go to silent study areas. When I want to casually do work, I sit near computers in either Furnas, Bell, or Silverman/Lockwood library.
What else do you do on campus?
I joined oSTEM (out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) during my freshman year, served as the vice president my junior year, and am currently the organization’s president. It is a recognized club under the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and recently became an established Student Association club. Since my freshman year there have been about 15-20 active members, but since being approved to be part of the Student Association, we have over 120 new registered members – it’s a really exciting time for the organization.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
I’m most proud of my involvement in two laboratories: the UB Nanosatellite Laboratory and the Combustion and Energy Transport (CET) Laboratory.
I joined UB’s Nanosatellite Laboratory my freshman year, and I have been serving as the LinkSat satellite mission’s testing lead since my sophomore year. As a testing lead, it is my job to help create various tests based on the needs of the subsystems throughout UBNL. Along with creating tests, I have also been involved in recruiting and training new members for UBNL. I have spoken at several UBNL orientations about the testing operations, which occur at the beginning of every semester. As a testing lead, I also conduct training for all new members of my subsystem. This training consists of test procedure writing, wire harnessing, through-hole soldering, surface mount soldering, and crimping.
I joined Dr. Paul E. DesJardin’s Combustion and Energy Transport laboratory my junior year. This lab is dedicated to understanding and analyzing the combustion occurring for hybrid rocket fuels. I came to the lab with an interest in optics, and I have been able to help the lab achieve its goal by using spectroscopy to collect various data from the fuel combustion.
What are you passionate about?
I am extremely passionate about space systems. Ever since I was young, I wanted to explore the universe and learn as much as I can. I am also very passionate about giving back to my community through involvement in activities; whether it is my school community, the LGBTQ community, or my local community, I think it is the best contribution to society that an individual can offer.
What are your future plans?
I want to continue to study aerospace engineering in graduate school, pursuing my Master’s Degree and eventually my PhD. I have a strong interest in satellite and space systems, with an emphasis on optics as part of the space systems. I hope to work for companies that have positive impacts on the world and challenge me to become a better engineer. Ideally, I would love to work in a space company that directly directly partakes in space exploration, learning about the universe beyond our planet.
Do you have any advice for prospective students?
Find motivation in your work. As long as you have motivation and a willingness to learn, you will be successful in every path you take.
Anton Buynovskiy received a 2019 Leaders in Excellence Scholarship from the UB Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Association (UBEAA).