Where are you from?
What made you choose UB?
As a NYS STEM Scholar recipient, I knew that I had to attend a SUNY. UB had the type of engineering that I wanted and many family members have graduated from here so it was a perfect fit!
What do you like most about engineering at UB?
My favorite thing about UB engineering is the tight-knit community of students.
What is your favorite place on campus?
The deli next to Bert’s because they have the best French fries —the perfect study break snack.
What are you working on right now?
This year, I have been working with my senior design team on designing and building an eight-wire braided scaffold for bioabsorbable endovascular stents to prevent brain aneurysms. We are working with Dr. Ionita at the Gates Vascular Institute. Our goal is to create a bioabsorbable stent that is porous, yet durable with a high enough hoop stress to keep the artery open. To do this, we are hand-braiding eight polyethylene strands using a Japanese crafting technique. The scaffolds are then placed in a machine called an electrospinner which deposits polylactic acid onto the braid to create the stent. Next semester our team will be conducting several experiments to test the efficacy of our product.
What else do you do on campus?
On campus, I am a teaching assistant for EAS 199, the freshman engineering seminar. I think that the 199 professors, teaching assistants and student leaders are the best support systems for freshman engineers! Outside of academics, I am a sister of UB’s engineering sorority, Phi Sigma Rho, which is also an amazing support system and has given me some of my best friends at UB.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
My biggest accomplishment is founding and being president of Phi Sigma Rho my sophomore and junior year of college. Starting this sorority was challenging, but taught me many valuable lessons about communication, teamwork and time management. I’m excited for the sorority to grow and continue helping women engineers find a place to call home.
What are you passionate about?
I’m not sure that I’ve found my passion yet but I do know that I love dancing and chocolate.
What are your future plans?
After graduation, I hope to get a job in New York City working on developing and inventing surgical products. Once I work for a few years, I plan to get my masters at NYU, Columbia or Cornell Tech.
What is your advice to prospective engineering students?
Realize that engineering is challenging and there will be days when you wonder if you are smart enough. You’re not alone though! Be sure to find a good group of friends to study with and before you know it you’ll be a second semester senior.
Samantha Ring received a 2018 Leaders in Excellence Scholarship from the UB Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Association (UBEAA).