UB Engineering School Recognizes Students

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: May 31, 2006

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Students attending the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo have been recognized with numerous honors.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York system. UB's more than 27,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. The university offers the only degrees in law, pharmacy and architecture in the SUNY system, and is the home of the only comprehensive public school of engineering in New York State.

William G Stubler of Webster, a junior electrical engineering major, has won the prestigious Tau Beta Pi Scholarship from the national engineering honor society. The scholarships are awarded based on the applicant's high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. Stubler is treasurer of the New York Nu chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

Ten students recently were inducted into the New York Nu Chapter. They are Yuen Cheng of Brooklyn, junior, industrial engineering; Eric Thomas Fischer of East Amherst, junior, electrical engineering; Abhijeet Kohli of Niagara Falls, senior, chemical engineering; Renee Grace Manez of Nanuet, junior, chemical engineering; Kelly Renee Miller of Pittsford, junior, civil engineering; Frank Mufalli of Amherst, senior, industrial engineering; Christopher Kyle Nebelecky of Tonawanda, senior, mechanical engineering; Sanjay Rajan of Buffalo, senior, computer engineering, Jeremy Daniel Tarrien of Colden, junior, industrial engineering; and Andrew Widjaja of Jakarta, Indonesia, junior, industrial engineering.

John E. VanBenschoten of Lockport, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering and associate dean for undergraduate education, was inducted into Tau Beta Pi as an "eminent engineer."

Two graduate students -- Erik Bardy of Buffalo, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, and Michael Pfetsch of Grand Island, a master's-degree student in electrical engineering -- were named Teaching Assistants of the Year.

Wayne F. Bialas of Amherst, professor of industrial and systems engineering, was named Professor of the Year.

Danelle C. Schrader of Cobleskill, who received bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering, received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Daniel A. Gajewski of Syracuse delivered the student address at the engineering school's commencement ceremony on May 13.

Twenty-one students graduated with engineering "distinction" for achieving a 3.5 grade-point average or higher in engineering coursework. They are Brian Bradford of East Amherst, engineering distinction and summa cum laude, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Tsz Fung Chan of Brooklyn, engineering distinction and summa cum laude, electrical engineering; Anthony J. Chirico III of Elma, engineering distinction and summa cum laude, mechanical engineering and mathematics; Thomas M. Connell of North Tonawanda, cum laude, civil engineering; David S. Dewolf of Depew, magna cum laude, mechanical engineering; Peter J. Gruenthaner of Clarence, engineering distinction and cum laude, mechanical engineering; Sara M. Haydanek of Springwater, engineering distinction and summa cum laude, computer science and engineering.

Also, Mark Hood of Buffalo, cum laude, electrical engineering; Sowmya Jayaraman of Houston, Texas, cum laude, computer science and engineering; Keith D. Kamholz of Elma, engineering distinction and magna cum laude, computer science and engineering and media study; Sangwoo Kim of North Tonawanda, engineering distinction and summa cum laude, computer science and engineering and mathematics; Jason R. Kondrk of Cicero, cum laude, mechanical engineering; Lye Theng Lock of Amherst, engineering distinction, chemical and biological engineering; Theresa J. Moehle of Rochester, engineering distinction and summa cum laude, industrial engineering.

Also, Matthew J. Moynihan of Rochester, cum laude, chemical and biological engineering and mathematics; Benjamin D. Nieman of Orchard Park, magna cum laude, mechanical engineering; John C. Schubmehl of Penfield, cum laude, mechanical engineering; Matthew L. Vossler of Wellsville, magna cum laude, aerospace and mechanical engineering; Yao Liang Wong of Williamsville, cum laude, mechanical engineering; Evert Woo of Woodside, summa cum laude, computer science and engineering; and Jong Pil Yoon of Flushing, engineering distinction and cum laude, computer science and engineering.