Jonathan Watts, vice president at Watts Architecture & Engineering, came to the University at Buffalo as a transfer student in 1996. He left his previous college because he felt that UB offered a more comprehensive engineering education, and went on to earn his BS in industrial engineering in 2000 and a BS in civil engineering in 2003.
Like many transfer students, Watts found it a bit challenging to adjust to a new school, which, he explains, is why he became involved with the university – and with helping students – after graduation. He has served as the philanthropy chair on the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Young Alumni Board, and today, he is a member of its Dean’s Advisory Council, offering advice on classroom enrichment through experiential learning, the long-term vision for the school and other topics.
He’s also on the board of Buffalo-Area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM), and works with Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) and other student organizations, offering guidance on resume preparation, professional practice, ethical considerations and his thoughts on what life is like “on the other side,” after graduation.