Where are you from?
Taishan shi, China
Why did you choose UB?
For its amazing engineering program and scholarship opportunities.
What do you like most about engineering at UB?
The faculty! Amazing professors like Dr. Brad Darrall and Dr. Gary Dargush have given me great support and opportunities as teachers and as friends during my time here. They’ve guided me on a great path toward graduate school study, and I recently received my first acceptance, with hopefully more to come soon! I hope to one day be able to build a scholarship at UB in their honor to return the favor.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
I was trying to learn some science that I wasn't good at in high school, then I ended up doing very well at it!
What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite spot is the math building.
What are you working on right now?
Currently I am working on research with my advisors on applying finite element methods to study the microscopic behavior of fluid mechanics. We are wrapping up a paper for my honors thesis with the aim to publish it in a scientific journal. I will be presenting on this work at the 20th International Conference on Finite Elements in Fluids this spring in Chicago.
I recently participated in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) with my math advisor Dr. John Ringland, and modeled the hypothetical impact of dragons on mankind.
What else do you do on campus?
I am currently an adjunct instructor at the math department where I love to share my knowledge with students. I’m also an undergraduate researcher in computational science, an Honors College scholar, and a College of Arts and Sciences ambassador. I’ve been a student assistant in SEAS and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a tutor for UB athletes and a student club photographer.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
I’m proud of presenting my research on fluid mechanics at international conferences, as well as my undergraduate teaching. It’s also been a huge honor to be nominated for the SUNY Chancellor's Award, and awarded numerous scholarships at UB.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about learning more about computational science, in hopes of sharing my knowledge as a professor one day. Computation is a very recent and rapidly growing field, with a great appreciation of computing power. It is just fascinating to me how much we could do with math formulas and computer codes.
What are your future plans?
Many amazing professors at UB have inspired me to pursue a PhD and teaching career at a university. Although my current research focuses on computational mechanics, I am aiming to learn more different branches of computational science in grad school, including network science, computational neurology, high performance computing, data science, and many more! I am hoping one day I could fill in the gap in the studies in neural disease with computation and help advance the medical field.
What is your advice to prospective engineering students?
Don't hesitate to learn something completely new to you or something you weren't good at. UB is the place to gain amazing knowledge, with access to a hub of opportunities, for you to be amazing.
Jingye Tan is a recipient of the Gustav and Grete Zimmer Memorial Scholarship.