School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Engineering a Better Future

We are New York State’s biggest public engineering school, and its best. At UB, our engineering and applied sciences education is not just outstanding—it’s also accessible. To make UB even stronger, we’re launching major initiatives and aiming higher than ever before. Why? To better prepare our graduates to engineer a future of hope and prosperity.

We are seeking a $100 million investment in solving society’s critical challenges

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Our Priorities

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Here Is How We Train Students to Make Contributions All Over the World

At UB, our can-do, solutions-oriented approach prepares our graduates to address real-world needs for robust, resilient bridges and buildings that can withstand powerful earthquakes; clean, affordable drinking water for remote rural areas; sophisticated navigation and safety systems for self-driving cars; cardiac pacemakers that don’t require batteries; better ways of getting medicine and food to remote, underserved areas. In the spirit of practicing what we preach, we’re re-engineering our own facilities to create a collaborative and inspiring environment for learning and research.

Here Is How We Turn Cutting-Edge Research Into Real-World Solutions

Every year we invest $74 million in leading engineering research and innovation. Our research expenditures put us in the top 10 percent of U.S. engineering schools. But it's our can-do attitude and commitment to solving problems that puts us in a league all our own. For example, our SMART initiative—Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies—finds new ways to minimize environmental impacts, reduce life-cycle costs, and improve human and robotic performance so industries can go green—affordably. 

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Here Is How We Tackle Global Engineering Challenges in Our Own Backyard

We think globally, but start locally. We’re committed to field-testing and sharing our expertise and breakthroughs here where we’re rooted and then taking them farther afield. We’re bringing resilience and innovation to New York’s manufacturing sector, and investing in a new generation of future leaders. The bottom line? UB is supporting Buffalo’s Big Comeback, boosting productivity and efficiency throughout New York, and offering expertise to national and international companies. The ripple effect from these discoveries is felt all over the world.

The Power of Your Investment

We are powerfully positioned to help solve humanity’s greatest global problems and to strengthen the economy and the manufacturing sector in Buffalo and Western New York. By making world-class engineering and applied sciences education affordable and accessible to all exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, we have the power to transform lives, careers and the world in remarkable ways. Please partner with us as we raise $100 million to take the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to a new level—and as we engineer a better, brighter future around the world.

UB Fund: Immediate Support for Students

When you give to the UB Fund, your gift today is made available to help support students today. It’s that immediate. Giving to the UB Fund helps ensure our students have everything they need to become thoughtful global citizens, with 100 percent of gifts used to enhance the student experience, including crucial support for research, study abroad, student emergencies and community service opportunities.

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