Mara Boardman

Hometown: Nashville, TN

“I've been lucky enough to see the satellite I started on successfully pass through its reviews and prepare for launch in the next year or two.”
Mara Boardman
Aerospace Engineering

What is your fondest memory so far at UB?

Because I'm from the south, my first sledding experience happened at UB on the hill behind Flint Village. Some friends and I grabbed a couple of sleds and spent the night trying not to end up in the Audubon. I had no idea I'd get soaked!

What is your favorite thing about living in Buffalo?

The wings, and the city events in the summer. Between Music Is Art, the Elmwood Art Festival, and the cultural festivals, there is never a dull moment.

What was your involvement outside the classroom? 

I have been involved in the University at Buffalo Nanosatellite Lab since I took my first class at UB; it has been an extremely fulfilling experience that has shaped who I am as an engineer.

Did you have any internships?

I was fortunate enough to spend last summer interning at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which was an amazing experience. Not only did I get exposure to engineering outside of the classroom, but I made great friends from other universities and was able to explore the American southwest on the weekends.

What makes your UB story unique?

My story is unique because I decided to take an extra year going through classes to spend more time on research. I've been lucky enough to see the satellite I started on successfully pass through its reviews and prepare for launch in the next year or two. I feel very blessed to have been able to contribute to the MAE program in the capacity that has been available to me over my 5 years here, and I am proud that I will leave it with an established multi-mission satellite program that is growing larger and larger every semester.

Aside from engineering, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy reading fantasy and sci-fi, painting, and playing music in my free time. I'm also an advocate for women's rights and female involvement in STEM.

What is your advice to current and incoming MAE students?

My advice to MAE students is to take a break from studying every now and then and explore Buffalo!