Where are you from?
I was born in Kissimmee, Florida, but moved around a lot as a kid. I’ve lived in Buffalo for the last 10 years or so, though, so I really consider it home.
Why did you choose UB?
I loved that UB was so close to home, and had a great school of engineering.
What do you like most about engineering at UB?
The community at UB has been so supportive and encouraging. From faculty to my fellow peers, my experiences here at SEAS have been consistently positive.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
I’ve always loved math and hands-on building, but I also really enjoyed biology and medicine. Biomedical engineering really represented the best of both worlds for me and I love getting to be involved with both realms.
What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is Bonner Hall. Whether studying at the Stevens Center, using the computer labs, or meeting up with my peers, it’s a great place to be.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on two manuscripts for my research projects at the UB Clinical Research Institute on Addictions that I hope to publish soon! I’m also so excited to be working on a senior design project that involves my passion for 3D printing.
What else do you do on campus?
I’m currently the vice president of the Society of Women Engineers, which is an organization that encourages, supports, and promotes women in the engineering fields. As a part of SWE, I’ve participated in a variety of outreach programs targeted at young girls in middle and high school, encouraging them to check out potential careers in STEM. It’s been such a rewarding experience to have mentored and played a role in promoting the next generation of women engineers!
What have you done that you are most proud of?
I’m most proud of my work at the UB Clinical Research Institute on Addictions, where I’ve gotten to conduct medical imaging research over the last year and a half. I’ve gotten to present my research at various conferences, and now getting to the publishing stage is really exciting!
What are you passionate about?
I’m very passionate about empowering and encouraging women to join and stay in STEM fields with my work with SWE.
What are your future plans?
I plan to get involved in the medical device industry after graduation, and potentially create my own medical device startup company one day.
Do you have any advice for prospective students?
Don’t be afraid to reach out and start making connections; it’s honestly never too early. Talk to your professors and your peers about your passions and pursue them! It’s also okay to not know what you’re doing or what you want to do – everyone feels like that at some point. You will figure it out and make it through.
Marsha Maredia received a 2019 Leaders in Excellence Scholarship from the UB Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Association (UBEAA).