Student Profile

Megan Cassidy

BS, Environmental Engineering, May 2021 (Expected)

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Megan Cassidy.
“Being a part of a sorority of women in engineering has been an empowering experience. ”
Megan Cassidy, undergraduate student
Environmental engineering

Cassidy and other Phi Sigma Rho members at Bid Day event in February 2020.

Where are you from?

Eden, NY

Why did you choose UB?

My initial motivation to pursue an engineering career was driven by a desire to work in renewable energy. I began my academic career at UB as an undecided engineering major as I determined what field of engineering would best get me there, and I landed on environmental engineering. Although electrical or chemical may have aligned better with my initial goal, I decided on environmental because it is where I found I was most interested, and I felt it offered me more ways to have a positive impact of the environment and environmental practices.

What do you like most about engineering at UB?

UB engineering provides students with so many opportunities outside of the classroom to learn and grow, such as research, engineering clubs, and workshops.  As long as you are willing to look, you will find great opportunities.

Tell us about your involvement in Phi Sigma Rho.

I am Phi Rho’s VP of Internal Affairs which means I plan events within the sorority, and I serve as our primary communication between other sororities at UB and the School of Engineering.

What's your favorite part of being in Phi Sigma Rho?

Being a part of a sorority of women in engineering has been an empowering experience. By joining Phi Rho, I have met some of my best friends, gained a support system of women in engineering, and made professional connections I hope will benefit me moving forward. 

Is there anything new or particularly exciting going on with Phi Sigma Rho?

We have recently been approved to accept more majors, and are so excited to welcome more women in STEM!

What are you working on right now?

I am currently working to find a job after graduation and preparing to take my Fundamentals of Engineering Exam in May, so I may begin my career on the path to becoming a Professional Engineer.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about making effective sustainable changes both in my life and on a larger scale.  I hope my future career will allow me to be a part of implementing renewable energy infrastructure or better recycling and waste management practices.

What are your future plans?

As I begin my career, I hope to work in site remediation or air quality engineering.

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is to find clubs or organizations on campus to get involved in. By joining engineering clubs you can connect with other people that understand the stresses of engineering courses, and older students are a great resource for support and advice.

To learn more about Phi Sigma Rho, send an email.