Published April 20, 2018
Five students from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are among the fifteen UB students to receive the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The awards were presented by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson at a ceremony April 10 in Albany.
“I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” Johnson said. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognized. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement.
Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee that reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the chancellor to become recipients of the award.
SEAS’s honorees are Devashish Agarwal, majoring in computer science; Mary Canty, a biomedical engineering student; Walker Gosrich, a mechanical engineering major; Seamus Lombardo, an aerospace engineering student; and Philip Schneider, majoring in electrical engineering.
Devashish Agarwal of Agra, India, graduates with a BS in computer science and a minor in management. Agarwal is a University Honors College Scholar and has been president of the Honors Student Council for three years. He is chair of the Student Senate and organized the first TEDx talk in UB’s history. He has been an international orientation leader, senator for the Residence Hall Association and a teaching assistant. He also serves on the Future Alumni Leadership Council for the UB Alumni Association.
Mary Canty of Buffalo graduates with a PhD in biomedical engineering. A Western New York Prosperity Fellow, Canty received the Woman in Technology Award at InfoTech WNY’s 2017 Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards Showcase. She was a Presidential Fellow in the UB Department of Biomedical Engineering, where she conducted research on preventing orthopaedic implant infections as part of the Orthopaedics Research Laboratory.
Walker Gosrich of Plattsburgh, New York, graduates with a BS in mechanical engineering. A UB Presidential Scholar and University Honors College Scholar, Gosrich is an active member of the robotics research group led by Nils Napp, assistant professor of computer science and engineering. He is music director of The Enchords and a FAFSA completion intern serving the College Success Centers in the Buffalo Public Schools. He received the national Barry Goldwater Scholarship and the UB Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Humanitarian Award.
Seamus Lombardo of Nanuet, New York, graduates with a BS in aerospace engineering. Lombardo is program manager of the UB Nanosatellite Lab and also participated in research through the university’s NASA microgravity project and the UB biomechanics lab. He also has held internships at Millennium Space Systems, SpaceX, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Langley. He has consistently participated in STEM outreach and is vice president of UB College Democrats.
Philip Schneider of Williamsville, New York, graduates with a PhD in electrical engineering. Schneider is co-founder, president and chief technology officer of La Salle Concepts. A Western New York Prosperity Fellow, he focuses on research with entrepreneurial goals. His research includes health care wearable technologies, biometrics and test phantoms. Schneider’s work has resulted in three patents, $200,000 in funding and numerous scientific papers. He currently sits on the Western New York Invention Convention Board.