Information for UB Students

Students doing hands-on work

We provide students from the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with opportunities  to enhance their resumes with experiential learning.

We recruit students to work on engineering-based projects at companies in Western New York. Work experiences are a way to develop professionalism and technical competence, and prepare for a future career.

Student Projects

Retrofitting an 18-foot speedboat with a mechanical steering system. Writing code for a new software platform, testing it and fixing bugs. Creating work instructions and integrating process controls.

The above are a few examples of short-term engineering projects that students have undertaken. Opportunities – which range between 12 and 16 weeks – are announced through the student engineering listserv that most appropriately matches the needs of the company. The emails include a short description of the project and directions for applying.

If you are interested in serving on a student project, check your email regularly. Please note that emails are only sent when we need to match a student to a project. We do not keep resumes on file.

Student Black Belt Certification Program

The two-semester Student Black Belt Certification Program is a competitive program that places students at a company to apply the problem-solving approach of Lean Six Sigma. Students work on a project aimed at eliminating process variation and receive support from a Master Black Belt mentor.

FAQs

When is the program?

Fall semester continuing through the spring semester

What is the commitment for the program?

  • Approximately 12-16 hours per week dedicated to working on project(s), on site at the sponsoring company
  • Attending two four-hour workshops to help achieve a rapid start and early success in the program: a short-course introduction to the DMAIC methodology (Define/Measure/Analyze/Improve/Control) and a course about MinitabTM software. These courses are offered solely to students accepted into the program and  before the start of the fall semester.

Who is eligible to participate?

The program is open to students from all engineering departments, as well as the School of Management, at UB. The following are eligible:

  • Undergraduates entering their senior year in the upcoming fall semester
  • Graduates entering year one in the upcoming fall semester
  • Graduates entering year two in the upcoming fall semester

Please note that you cannot graduate during the program’s timeframe.

What is the application process?

An email is sent to all engineering listservs shortly after the spring semester begins, announcing that applications are being accepted for the next year’s program. Students apply to Mariah Glass (mariahgl@buffalo.edu). We conduct an application review and reference verification. Qualified candidates are invited for a mandatory interview. All students are notified of the status of their application.

What are the benefits?

  • Students gain industry experience
  • Students attain Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, if all requirements are met
  • Six Sigma certification helps candidates differentiate themselves in the job market

What is the cost of the program?

A non-refundable entrance fee of $1,999 is charged upon acceptance into the program. Payment in full and a signed commitment letter is required to secure a spot.

How do I obtain a sponsoring company?

We coordinate sponsor relationships and make appropriate introductions, providing mentoring to each student throughout the project cycle.

Are there prerequisites?

Students are required to complete the following courses (either prior to applying or during the program), or must have extensive statistical training:

IE 408/508 Quality Assurance

ISE Majors Non-ISE Majors
  • Typically offered in spring and summer semesters
  • Prerequisite for undergraduates is IE 306 (offered in spring) or equivalent
  • Prerequisite for graduates is IE 507 (offered in fall) or equivalent
  • Typically offered in spring and summer semesters
  • Prerequisite for undergraduates is IE 306 (offered in spring) or equivalent:
    • CIE 308 (offered in fall)
    • STA 119 (offered in fall or spring)
    • MTH 412 (offered in fall)
  • Prerequisite for graduates is IE 507 (offered in fall) or equivalent

IE 409/509 Six-Sigma Quality

ISE Majors Non-ISE Majors
  • Typically offered during summer and fall semesters
  • Senior standing
  • Typically offered during summer and fall semesters
  • Senior standing

What are the certification requirements?

  • Complete IE 408/508 and IE 409/509 with at least a “B” grade in each (student must provide a transcript at the completion of the courses) or show proof of statistical training
  • Complete a satisfactory Six Sigma Black Belt project
  • Complete weekly online progress reports documenting 12-16 hours of project work
  • Complete a Six Sigma Black Belt certification examination at the end of the spring semester with a passing grade of 70% or higher
  • Complete DMAIC tollgate progress presentations and a final project presentation
  • Satisfactorily complete a Six Sigma Black Belt project report