Yash Desai

Hometown: Hicksville, NY

yash desai
“My fondest memory is of me standing by the emergency exit window, staring at this giant wing and wondering how everything worked. From that point on, all I wanted to do was learn about these magical creatures. ”
Yash Desai
Aerospace Engineering

Why did you decide to major in MAE?

I chose to major in aerospace engineering, because I love planes! As a kid, around the age of 5, I had the amazing experience of being on-board a Boeing 747-400. My fondest memory is of me standing by the emergency exit window, staring at this giant wing and wondering how everything worked. From that point on, all I wanted to do was learn about these magical creatures.

What was your involvement outside the classroom?

I currently serve as Vice President of Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society.

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

I spent two summers at Harris Corporation as an Engineering Intern mostly working on the manufacturing floor. The most important aspect of this experience was learning how to effectively employ the skills attained in the classroom.

Aside from engineering, what else are you passionate about?

Besides aerospace engineering, I am very passionate about the cello. In middle school, I actually got accepted into the Music Advancement Program at The Julliard School in Lincoln Center. The two years that I spent attending classes, being a part of ensembles, and meeting world-class musicians, I really started to develop into the person I am today. I truly believe that the music world has made me a better engineer. The two worlds actually have more overlap than most people think.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to attend graduate school for my master’s degree, as well as gain more industry experience.

What is your advice to current and incoming MAE students?

Get involved early! UB is a great place with many opportunities and after your four years here, it is crucial that you enter the real world as a well-rounded individual.