Tyler Foster

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

“The lessons and skills that I have learned while studying engineering at UB have made me even more passionate; and although I am eager to get out into the field, I am excited about the possibility of continuing my education. ”
Tyler Foster
Mechanical Engineering

What is your fondest memory so far at UB?

My fondest memory at UB has been working as an IT Lab Consultant in Jacobs Computer Lab because it has given me the opportunity to meet people outside of my major. This job has allowed me to learn more about the technical systems in use at UB as well as providing me with time to study during down times.

What was your involvement outside the classroom?

I have been a member of ASME since sophomore year where I participated in the Solar Boat competition, which was a great way to meet new people as well as become engaged in team building tasks. I also learned a lot about the proper preparation, communication, and execution that is required to complete a successful project. On the athletic side of things, since freshman year, I have been playing intramural hockey with many of the friends that I've made here.

Did you have any internships? What was that like?

I have had two internships since being a student at UB, one of which was as a drafting intern, and the other as a Research and Development intern. Both of these positions were great learning experiences not only with regards to the field of engineering, but also as an introduction to how companies communicate between their various departments. Through the R & D position, I was able to use many of the concepts that I have gained in my engineering classes and apply them through several hands-on tasks. I believe that this experience was one of the major catalysts for my growing passion for mechanical design.

What makes your UB story unique or noteworthy?

I believe that the tools that UB has provided me with have escalated my desire to continue to pursue mechanical engineering through graduate school. The lessons and skills that I have learned while studying engineering at UB have made me even more passionate; and although I am eager to get out into the field, I am excited about the possibility of continuing my education.

Aside from engineering, what else are you passionate about?

Aside from engineering, I find that a lot of my passion stems from sports and other extracurricular athletics. I am a huge hockey fan and love nothing more than being able to hit the ice in my free time! I also enjoy going for runs from time to time as well as participating in outdoor activities with my friends.

What are your plans after graduation?

My current plan after graduation is to pursue my Masters in Mechanical Engineering here at the University at Buffalo.

What will you miss most about being a UB undergrad?

I think most of all, I will miss the connections that this university has to offer. Since being at UB, I have built a network of personal and professional relationships with whom I will continue to keep in touch with.

What is your advice to current and incoming MAE students?

My advice to current and incoming MAE students is to develop a good study habit and to not be afraid to get out and take a break every so often to relieve some stress; it goes a long way. Staying happy is the key to engineering, so as long as you like what you do and can manage your stress, you will be successful.