Where are you from?
Why did you choose UB?
I chose UB because it had the opportunities of a "big school" in terms of clubs, research, and school events, but with the personalized attention and close-knit community atmosphere of a "small school" within SEAS.
What do you like most about engineering at UB?
I love our engineering clubs! Every new student should give one of our many student-run engineering organizations a visit. These clubs give students a chance to lead their peers and work on teams, and use their coursework to do everything from building rockets, planes, and cars to volunteering in the community.
I also love the shared pride we have in UB engineering. From professors to students, we have high standards and high achievement!
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
I grew up watching "How It's Made" on TV with my grandfather, and I never lost my fascination with manufacturing processes. I study industrial engineering, which is a great fit for manufacturing, since we learn all about streamlining processes, and how to make them safer, faster and cheaper.
What is your favorite place on campus?
Steven's Center! This engineering-only study lounge is full of natural light, great collaborative workspaces, and awesome dry erase boards. It makes group projects and homework so much more fun since it opens up the opportunity to work with friends.
What are you working on now?
I just started my senior capstone, which is an internship at a local manufacturing facility. I've worked in facilities that make printers, cookie dough, and now, vehicle parts.
What else do you do on campus?
I am in my second term as the president of UB's chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). I also work as a teaching assistant for the EAS 199 seminar, which all freshman engineering students take. I am a student assistant in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education, which provides academic advisement. I love helping students navigate their time in SEAS and, all three of these activities, in their own way, contribute to the student experience, from the first year until graduation!
What have you done that you are most proud of?
I am most proud of being president of IISE. I love creating an atmosphere where freshmen through senior students can meet, bond over coursework, help each other grow professionally, and have fun. We do everything from volunteer with local non-profits, to travel to other universities to attend conferences, to host our annual "Meat and Greet BBQ" at the beginning of the semester. We are a small academic department, but we have such a close bond and awesome pride in what we do that it makes my job extremely rewarding!
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about supporting women in their pursuit of engineering degrees. I volunteer at Tinker, Inc. which is a summer camp for high school girls looking to explore engineering fields before college. In SEAS, I am proud to hold leadership positions with such high visibility, which are a testament to the support provided by our dean, professors and students.
What are your future plans?
I am starting a position with General Mills in Albuquerque, N.M. after I graduate. Food production is such an awesome area of manufacturing and I can't wait to taste- I mean, see, it all.
What is your advice to prospective engineering students?
Say yes to opportunities that come your way! You may not feel ready or qualified, but the best way to learn is to jump right in. Don't wait to try something you are curious about. You are here to learn!
Kate Lukasiewicz received a 2018 Leaders in Excellence Scholarship from the UB Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Association (UBEAA).