Before Michael Egnoto started his PhD in the Department of Communication at University at Buffalo, he never realized an opportunity to do so many interesting projects existed this close to his Western New York home.
“I have had the chance to be involved in a diverse collection of scholarship which has helped me formulate a research plan I’m proud of,” Egnoto says.
Egnoto was drawn to his mentor, Dr. Arun Vishwanath, MBA, because of the latter’s passion about technology’s influence on the reception and dissemination of information. Through hard work and close supervision by Vishwanath and Dr. Michael Stefanone, Egnoto has been able to author or co-author five conference papers and has another four manuscripts under review by scholarly journals.
Egnoto says, “Research here is contagious, you can’t help but get excited when so many of your peers and professors are producing quality work.”
Egnoto takes a unique view in his technology research. He focuses on how new forms of communication are used to influence how new products are received and what types of emotional benefit comes from grieving online.
“The core of my research interest lies in how new methods of communication enable people to interact with each other in interesting ways – often with unexpected levels of richness and intensity,” says Egnoto. “The faculty here provided me with the tools I need to better do the things I love.”
When asked about the department’s culture Egnoto had much to say about how professors and students interact.
“Doors are open here. I know if I need help with a new methodology, investigating a new body of literature, or finding help in editing manuscripts I can stop in and ask any fellow student or faculty member. There is an amazing culture of selflessness here where the focus is on good scholarship, not personal authorship.”