2. Name the most interesting thing you’ve learned about North Dakota since accepting your new position.
North America’s geographical center is located in the State of North Dakota in a town called Rugby. It is an interesting place to visit.
3. What would be your piece of advice to students interested in pursuing a career in academia?
The most important piece of advice for finding a job in academia - believe in yourself and never give up. It is usually challenging in the early stage of your graduate research. You may spend one or two years finding a great research idea, designing a functional experimental system, have research progress, and publish your first paper. However, these valuable experiences build the foundation for you to be a successful researcher and you will benefit forever. You may also hesitate when friends and colleagues find jobs in the industry. It may take a long time to get your first phone interview and your first on-site interview. Rejection emails may fill out your inbox. However, always remember there is a dream academic job waiting for you. Never give up.
4. What did you enjoy most about the University at Buffalo or living in Buffalo, NY?
UB provides one of the most collaborative research environments in my past experience. Many professors supported me to conduct advanced water treatment research. I have used instruments in CBE, the Department of Geology, the Department of Chemistry, and many others. I cherish and value every moment at UB.
Buffalo is an energetic city. I enjoyed traveling to Niagara Falls and Broderick Park, watching games of Sabres and Bills, and having delicious Buffalo wings. There are too many to say. I loved living in Buffalo.
5. How do you feel the University at Buffalo prepared you for your future?
UB is not only the start but the most important step in my research career. I built up my fundamental skills at UB to conduct advanced water treatment research. Particularly, I learned state-of-the-art technologies to tackle global environmental issues. UB is the leading university in research and professors are always focusing on new technologies that can advance our society. Additionally, UB has an inclusive environment with students from diverse backgrounds. In the ENVE program, students were from the US, China, India, Bangladesh, Korea, Jamaica, and many other countries. Working in such an environment helped me to learn how to interact, work together, and collaborate with different people. Lastly, UB has many opportunities for research and other activities for students, which benefited me a lot. For example, the Mark Diamond Research Fund supported me on a project that established my skills in conducting independent research work. Also, I was a secretary of the graduate student chapter of the Environmental and Water Resource Institute Student club, from which I accumulated experience in how to manage and lead a team.
CSEE AT A GLANCE
Chair: Alan Rabideau
Full-time Faculty: 33
41 Nations represented
• 528 Undergraduate
• 80 Graduate
• 59,688 square feet of teaching and research labs across two buildings
Research areas in:
• Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials
• Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
• Transportation systems engineering
• Geosystems Engineering