Where are you from?
I'm originally from Buffalo. I moved away to Delaware for my undergrad, worked for several years in New Jersey, and returned to Buffalo for my PhD.
What do you like most about engineering at UB?
I really appreciate the faculty and staff that make up the engineering school. I've worked closely with SEAS administration with event planning, I’ve been helped with research by great faculty in my department, and I’ve met engaging professors in other departments who I’ve assisted as a TA. Overwhelmingly, the school has a great collaborative spirit and it’s fun to work in that environment.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
My father helped direct my focus to engineering. I loved chemistry and math in high school, and grew to really enjoying problem solving, so engineering was a perfect fit.
What is your favorite place on campus?
I really love the Center for the Arts. It's a beautiful building, and I've seen great shows there, and attended and presented at many research symposiums there.
What are you working on right now?
Finishing up my final set of experiments in the lab, modeling my data, and writing, of course.
What else have you done?
During my time as a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, I have taken every opportunity to be a leader within the school and an advocate for fellow students. I became president of our department’s graduate student organization (GSA) in my first year, a position that I held for three consecutive years. I have been a student ambassador for our department for the past three years, helping prospective students navigate the admissions process. I have been a committee member for the Mark Diamond Research Fund (MDRF) grant program for the past four years, having been awarded the grant last year. And lastly, I have been chair of the SEAS Career Perspectives and Networking Conference (CPNC) for the past three years. This conference is organized to help students gain valuable soft skills as they prepare to begin their careers in engineering. I feel strongly that successes are shared, and that by helping my school and classmates I am significantly better off as a result.
What are your future plans?
I am planning to resume my career in the pharmaceutical industry, and to contribute my knowledge and expertise to fighting against diseases.
Do you have any advice for prospective students?
Try and make your experience at UB your own and try and have fun! It’s a wonderfully fun time if you are passionate about what you're doing.
Andrew Kroetsch received a 2018 Leaders in Excellence Scholarship from the UB Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Association (UBEAA).