Annual SEAS awards night honors students, alumni, corporate partners and donors

Scott and Coleen Stevens (center) received the Delta Award. Also shown, from left, are: Tim Siderakis, Liesl Folks, Bethany Mazur and Kurt Bessel.


Giving back to the UB community was the theme of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Annual Awards Night.

About 60 people filled Davis Hall to celebrate the achievements of the school’s students and the volunteers who support them in an evening event featuring an award ceremony, networking opportunities, student poster presentations, and dinner.

Kurt Bessel (BS '07 MS '08), President of the UB Engineering and Applied Sciences Alumni Association, served as emcee during the award presentations, which included five awards to exceptional members of the school’s community, as well as scholarships awarded on behalf of the Engineering Alumni Association.

“Our mission is complex—we educate, do research, and serve our community—and the support we receive from our generous donors and volunteers enhances our ability to serve not only UB, but also the Western New York region, New York State, and beyond. We offer deep and profound thanks to our supporter for all they do for us,” said Liesl Folks, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Other awards included: Corporate Partner of the Year, National Grid; Volunteer Recognition Award, Gina B. Hammond, MS ’73; Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Dan Magnuszewski, BS ’05; and Mentor of the Year, Jason Havens, BS ’05.

The SEAS Annual Awards Night was held during the fall semester for the 2016-2017 academic year. Awards went to:

  • Bird Technologies, Corporate Partner of the Year
  • Frank (BS’79) and Mary Puskar, Delta Award
  • Lawrence Mathews (BS’69), Mentor of the Year
  • Stephen Buechi (ME’95, BS’93), Volunteer Recognition Award
  • Jorge Cueto (MS’13, PhD’16), Outstanding Young Alumnus Award