Jillian Quinn is a civil engineering freshman who has already secured an internship with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) in just her second semester at UB. A few of Quinn’s family members and role models are engineers, and she enrolled in SEAS because she is interested in math, science and problem-solving. Quinn also says the variety of specialty areas associated with civil engineering attracted her to that discipline, specifically.
“I didn’t want to be doing the same thing every day. Civil engineering allows me to pursue my interests with parallels to the environment, structures and construction.”
Quinn is already gaining hands-on experience in one of the many specialty areas in civil engineering. Quinn’s internship is with the Geotechnical Engineering Bureau of the DOT and allows her to learn and work with engineers dealing with soil, rock and other geotechnical factors essential in most construction projects. Moving forward, Quinn plans to take full advantage of the opportunities available to her in college.
“I want to become more involved and gain experiences. I learn by doing and believe opportunities outside of the classroom add a lot of value to my personal growth.”
CSEE AT A GLANCE
Chair: Joseph Atkinson
Full-time Faculty: 33
41 Nations represented
• 689 Undergraduate
• 168 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