Where are you from?
I am originally from New York City.
Why did you choose UB?
I chose UB for the affordable living and tuition, as well as its good research and reputation.
What do you like most about engineering at UB?
Hanging out with nerds is awesome. Also, there are maybe 70 kids in my major so everyone helps each other out.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
Engineering is more of a way of thinking and problem solving. It fits my personality and thought process.
What is your favorite place on campus?
Starbucks. I'm there every day.
What are you working on right now?
Currently, I am helping build a company called Innosek. It is a completely bootstrapped, minority-owned contract manufacturing company focusing on advanced manufacturing, additive technology and new materials. We work with companies like ACV Auctions, Athenex, Harris Corporation, Panasonic and Tesla, and have partnerships with UB, Cornell, LaunchNY, Fuzehub and WNY Invention Convention, just to name a few.
What else do you do on campus and in the community?
Innosek participates, volunteers at, and sponsors various events throughout Buffalo including the WNY Invention Convention, which helps increase STEM interest in local public school, and Buffalo Open Coffee Club, which supports entrepreneurship in Buffalo. We also employ current UB students for part-time work and summer internships.
I also help out UB's Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) chemical propulsion team, which manufactures the fuel grains for the rockets, including the rocket that competes in annual Spaceport America Cup competition.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
I am most proud of having been able to collaborate with the US Air Force, MIT, and Penn State on various space materials and chemical propulsion projects.
What are you passionate about?
I love cars, science, and seeing the economic growth and development of Buffalo.
What are your future plans?
I am deciding between whether to go to grad school, pursue Innosek full-time, or work in the aerospace and defense industry.
What is your advice to prospective engineering students?
Follow your passion, keep trying new things. Opportunities won’t find you, you will need to go out and look for them.
Oscar Lee received a 2019 Leaders in Excellence Scholarship from the UB Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Association (UBEAA).