Javier Yu

Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY

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“In the summer of 2016 I interned at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I worked on the Mars 2020 rover project. ”
Javier Yu
Mechanical Engineering

Why did you decide to major in MAE?

I chose mechanical engineering because the degree offered a high degree of versatility which comes in handy on multi-disciplinary projects.

What is your favorite thing about living in Buffalo?

The city's vibrant community, and Lloyd's Taco Factory.

What was your involvement outside the classroom?

I am the treasurer for the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, and I also work as a volunteer mentor for students in the Buffalo Public Schools running STEM education programs that teach the basic principles of robotics.

Were you involved in internships and/or undergraduate research?

I have been involved with undergraduate research during all of my semesters at UB working in a wide variety of labs in both the MAE and CSE departments. In the summer of 2016 I interned at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I worked on the Mars 2020 rover project. I had a lot of fun during these experiences working on some really incredible projects, and it was a great way to complement my academic education with real world experience.

Aside from engineering, what else are you passionate about?

Outside of engineering, I love to travel and go backpacking/camping.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduating I am planning on going to graduate school for a Ph.D. in robotics.

What is your advice to current and incoming MAE students?

Try and get involved with undergraduate research as early as possible, it’s a great way to develop as an engineer even if you don't plan on pursuing a career in research.