Student Profile

Emmanuel Canales

BS, Chemical Engineering, May 2019

Emmanuel Canales.
“I believe it is important to get involved with the younger generation, and promote STEM to underrepresented groups. ”
Emmanuel Canales, Undergraduate student
Chemical engineering

Where are you from?

Brooklyn, N.Y.

What made you choose UB?

It was either go to UB or join the Marines, and I’m glad UB gave me a chance to pursue a college education.

What do you like most about UB engineering?

I like that the professors are so engaged with the students. During the past few years, I have gotten to know professors very well and the chemical engineering department in particular has been very friendly, and they help out whenever they can.

What is your favorite place on campus?

I wanted to do something that involved chemical processes and engineering. I wanted to get into research, while tackling current questions about pollution and renewable energy.

What are you working on?

My favorite place on campus would probably be the Student Union, specifically Tim Hortons. I never get tired of their iced coffees.

What else do you do?

I got involved with the AICHe chapter at UB and have also participated in a few outreach programs. This past summer, I volunteered in chemistry camps in Wisconsin during my REU, or Research Experience for Undergraduates. I believe it is important to get involved with the younger generation, and promote STEM to underrepresented groups. 

What are you passionate about?

I think I’m most proud of landing the Research Experience for Undergraduates, or REU, this past summer. The University of Wisconsin - Madison is one of the top ten chemical engineering programs in the country, and to be placed there is a great academic achievement. It's a very competitive program to get into, and it has some of the best research professors in the country working there right now. On top of that, there will be a publication coming out that I had the opportunity to contribute to during my summer at the university.

What are you passionate about?

I’m very passionate about research, which was something I wanted to get involved in when I first came to UB. I like knowing that I am contributing to science one way or another. Research is the reason why as a society we have so many technological advancements and cool things we can take advantage of.

What are your future plans?

I hope to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering. I also want to create my own start-up company someday.

What is your advice to prospective engineering students?

Take advantage of the vast amount of opportunities there are on campus. Do not hesitate to take opportunities, as they may only come once. Also, there are going to be days where it may seem hard to get through the coursework in engineering but pick yourself up, and don’t give up. If there is one thing you shouldn't do, it's give up. Maybe most importantly, try not to neglect your mental and physical health. Those two things are very important if you want to function properly. 

Emmanuel Canales received a Chuang Family Scholarship from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.