Matthew Buczkowski

Hometown: Lockport, NY

“Apply for every internship you can, you never know if you will get accepted! When I applied for an internship with the Navy I didn't think I had a chance. I actually forgot that I applied, until one night I got an acceptance letter to work at an air station in Maryland. ”
Matthew Buczkowski
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Why did you choose to attend UB?

It was close to home, and was a nationally ranked university for my major.

Why did you decide to major in MAE?

My dad is a Mechanical Engineer, so I grew up constantly building things and solving problems with him. It only seemed natural that I would go into Mechanical Engineering then, and after visiting UB it seemed like the dual degree made a lot of sense.

What is your fondest memory so far at UB?

Spending time with my friends either working on projects or relaxing after a particularly stressful series of exams or projects.

What is your favorite thing about living in Buffalo?

The food and the fact that we have four distinct seasons.

What was your involvement outside the classroom?

As a freshman and sophomore I was involved with the UB Nanosatellite Lab, where I worked with the Thermal Team to control the temperature of satellites while in orbit. Last year I joined SEDS and began working on building high power rockets. This year I became the dynamics lead for SEDS competition rocket team, where I am working on determining how high our 10 foot tall rocket will fly.

Were you involved in internships and/or undergraduate research? What was that like?

Yes, I had two internships, one working for a civilian contractor for the Navy, and the other with Calpsan Corporation's Flight Research Group in Niagara Falls. Both were amazing experiences. My internship for the Navy involved moving to Maryland for the summer to work at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, where I worked on extending the life of several aircraft in the Navy fleet. While working for Calspan I designed a piece of equipment to be used with one of their aircraft. I was also a member of the UB Nanosatellite Lab, where I was able to work on satellites that will eventually be launched into space, which was very exciting.

Aside from engineering, what else are you passionate about?

Woodworking, Baseball (Go Red Sox!), and Nature.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be coming back to UB to work on my Masters in Aerospace Engineering, with a focus on dynamics and controls.

What is your advice to current and incoming MAE students?

Apply for every internship you can, you never know if you will get accepted! When I applied for an internship with the Navy I didn't think I had a chance. I actually forgot that I applied, until one night I got an acceptance letter to work at an air station in Maryland.