Where are you from?
Why did you choose UB?
I chose to attend UB because of the reputation of the engineering school. I had family in the area, and I had been visiting Buffalo for many years before I graduated from high school. When the time came to look for colleges, UB presented an excellent education at a great value, and I fell in love with the school.
What do you like most about engineering at UB?
I enjoy all of the opportunities that UB has to offer. There are opportunities for research, internship, and club activities that help add to your resume past your coursework and GPA.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
I decided to major in MAE to follow my interests and satisfy my desire to tinker. My father got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, so he advised me on the possible career paths for an ME. I had a fascination with aircraft and spacecraft as a child (and still do…). The dual degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering gave me an opportunity to pursue both degrees!
What is your favorite place on campus?
I love the Salvadore Lounge on the Second Floor of Davis Hall.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am developing my company, Tresca Design. Tresca is a mechanical design firm that focuses in product development and prototyping for consumer, mechanical, and electronic products. Our office is currently located at the UB Technology Incubator at Baird Research Park.
What else do you do?
I am heavily involved on campus and in the community. On campus, I am a Teaching Assistant for EAS 199. I also serve as a design consultant for Blackstone Launchpad. My community involvement has greatly increased because of the opportunities afforded to me by the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship. The program has given me exposure to the region, and educated me on local economic development and how I can play a part. I am currently a board member of a local STEM education oriented non-profit organization, the Western New York Invention Convention.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
I am most proud of my business that I started the summer after my junior year. I spent my senior year building the business, and have continued to do so since.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about problem solving, helping others, and getting involved with startups and other entrepreneurs. I really enjoy working on teams and trying to integrate my skillset in with others.
What are your future plans?
I hope to grow my company such that I am directing a team of talented engineers that conquer the industry's toughest challenges or most pressing demands. I want to grow my business in Buffalo and hopefully expand into other regions.
What is your advice to prospective engineering students?
Use the resources available to you to achieve your goal. Get as many different experiences as possible while you are here. Don’t follow the narrative that you are not a true engineer until you graduate. As an undergrad student, you can still do some really cool and technical things. Also, always push yourself to what your limit is. Each semester you will get busier, and you will realize that you had a lot of free time in past semesters that you could have filled with other things. Take advantage of that time!
Dan Buckmaster is a 2018-2019 Western New York Prosperity Scholar.