Faculty and Staff Leadership

Faculty Director

Dr. Marina Blanton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and WiSE Faculty Director. She holds a BS degree on Computer Science from Tyumen State Oil and Gas University, Russia, a master's degree in Electrical Engineering with Computer Science concentration from Ohio University, a master's degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University.

In her role of a CSE faculty member, Dr. Blanton teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research. Her research is in information security, privacy, and applied cryptography with over 70 peer-reviewed research publications. Dr. Blanton has won several awards for her research and is an active member of her research community.

In her role of WiSE Faculty Director, Dr. Blanton's goal is to help students succeed by means of building a community, providing support, and offering professional development opportunities. Together with WiSE Program Coordinator, she oversees WiSE events and activities and is looking forward to enriching student experiences and supporting diverse representation in science and engineering.

The best way to contact Dr. Blanton is via email at mblanton@buffalo.edu. Outside of work, she enjoys photography and spending time with her family.

Dr. Marina Blanton, WiSE Faculty Director.

Marina Blanton, PhD
WiSE Faculty Director
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Program Coordinator

Chelsea Montrois is the Assistant Director for Student Affairs for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and coordinates the Women in Science and Engineering program. In this role, she organizes extracurricular networking, professional development, and outreach programs for WiSE students. She is available to meet with one-on-one to help students navigate their university experience, and to share resources and information about pursuing experiential learning opportunities. In doing so, she frequently connects students with her own network of faculty, staff, upper class students and community members.

Chelsea holds a BA in Spanish Language from UB, an MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Buffalo State College and an MS in Information Design and Technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. When she is not on campus, she enjoys playing bass guitar with her bands, tackling carpentry and home renovation projects, and cooking.

Chelsea is passionate about preparing future professionals for successful careers in STEM and encourages students to take advantage of all that the university and the WiSE program have to offer. She looks forward to meeting you at a future WiSE event! If you’d like to set up a meeting with Chelsea, please email her at ubwise@buffalo.edu or call (716) 645-0958. You can also stop by her office in 107 Furnas Hall.

Chelsea Montrois.

Chelsea Montrois
WiSE Program Coordinator and
Assistant Director for Student Affairs
107 Furnas Hall
(716) 645-0958