Student Profile

Katherine Czerniejewski

BS, Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2016

“I'm looking to help more women in engineering, even if I just change one girl's mind about their perception of engineering.”
Katherine Czerniejewski, Undergraduate Student
Biomedical Engineering

Where are you from?  Lancaster, NY

What made you choose UB?  When I was deciding between schools, I was looking at their biomedical engineering programs and UB has one of the best in the country. And also I’m still close to my family.

What do you like most about engineering? I think I like the creativity with engineering.  I’ve always been good at math and science but what people don’t realize it that there’s a level of artistry in it, particularly where I want to go, which is device development for clinicians. I like the fact that it shares the analytical side with the artistic side.

What is your favorite place on campus? The fourth floor of Bonner Hall, that's been the most effective place for meeting and getting things done.

What are you working on? I’m currently working on my senior design project for bio engineering. We’re redesigning a tool that's used for endoscopic surgery in the fluids based in the brain. Outside of classwork, myself and two other students are working on Tinker, which is a non-profit organization we’re starting. It’s focused on getting more women in STEM. We partnered with the Dean to run a summer camp at UB and we’re expanding it to SUNY New Paltz this year. We host 60 girls on campus and teach them about the different disciplines that UB has to offer, with hands on projects, presentations with female leaders, and off campus tours of different companies.

What else do you do?  I’m the president of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society on campus. Initiation is based solely on GPA but we’re working on planning events for the entire school of engineering to be more inclusive.

What are you passionate about? I want to do something that has an impact on at least one person. I don’t want to be in a job 10 years from now wondering why I’m doing something, I want to do new and exciting things. I’m looking to help more women in engineering, even if I just change one girl’s mind about their perception of engineering.

What are your future plans? Next year I’m attending John Hopkins University for their Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) graduate program. Its my short term plan since the program is only one year and then afterwards I’d like to get a job working directly with clinicians in a hospital setting making the operating rooms more effective for them to do their jobs.