School of Engineering and Applied Sciences University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Buffalo, NY
student ratio
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February 1
fall application deadline
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7 Departments and Programs
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A Prominent School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UB

UB offers graduate degrees in all major fields of engineering through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Students may pursue master's and doctoral degrees in the departments of biomedical engineering; chemical and biological engineering; civil, structural, and environmental engineering; computer science and engineering; electrical engineering; industrial and systems engineering; and mechanical and aerospace engineering. Consistently rated amongst the top 15% of the nation's 300 engineering schools, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers a wide variety of world-class instruction, research opportunities, resources, and facilities to its students.

Faculty Heads and Areas of Research

Dr. Debanjan Sarkar is Director of Graduate Study in Biomedical Engineering. The department combines expertise from the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for the improvement of overall quality of life. Examples of research include photoacoustic imaging, nanomedicine, regenerative therapeutics, orthopedic prostheses, sensors, and imaging.

Dr. Paschalis Alexandridis is Director of Graduate Study in Chemical and Biological Engineering. The department researches the areas of advanced materials and nanotechnology, molecular and multiscale modeling, and simulation, as well as biomolecular, and biomedical engineering.

Dr. Joseph Atkinson is Director of Graduate Study in Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering. Current research focuses on 5 key areas of computational mechanics; environmental and hydrosystems engineering; geomechanics and geotechnical engineering; structural and earthquake engineering; and transportation systems engineering

Dr. Hung Ngo is Director of Graduate Study in Computer Science and Engineering. The department conducts research in algorithms and theory of computing, augmentative technology for the handicapped, bioinformatics and computational biology, biometrics, computational linguistics and cognitive science, computer networks and distributed systems, computer science education, computer security and information assurance, computer vision, cyberinfrastructure and computational science, databases, data fusion, data mining, data-intensive computing, embedded systems and computer architecture, high-performance computing, grid and cloud computing, information visualization, knowledge representation and reasoning, medical image processing and applications, multimedia databases and information retrieval, pattern recognition and machine learning, pervasive computing, programming languages and software systems, VLSI circuits and systems, and wireless and sensor networks.

Dr. Leslie Ying is Director of Graduate Study in Electrical Engineering. The department researches signal processing, electronics, optics, and photonics and energy systems and their associated fields.

Dr. Li Lin is Director of Graduate Study in Industrial and Systems Engineering. The department offers 3 areas of specialization for the PhD: human factors, operations research, and production systems. In addition to the 3 areas of specialization mentioned above, there are 2 other programs (for a total of 5) at the master's level. Those 2 other programs are in service systems engineering and engineering management.

Dr. Puneet Singla is Director of Graduate Study in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The department is involved in a wide range of research activities in the fluid and thermal sciences, dynamic systems and control, design, materials engineering, biomedical engineering, and applied mechanics. Faculty member interests include computer and mathematical modeling as well as laboratory and experimental efforts in both basic and applied research.

Centers of Research

UB has numerous centers for cutting edge research in the engineering fields. Among their award-winning research centers is the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER). The center is dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools, and technologies that equip communities to become more disaster resilient in the face of earthquakes and other extreme events. MCEER accomplishes this through a system of multidisciplinary, multi-hazard research, in tandem with complimentary education and outreach initiatives.

Headquartered at UB, MCEER was originally established by the NSF in 1986 as the first National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER).

The Center for Biomedical Engineering coordinates research in biomedical engineering among engineering departments and other schools, especially the schools of medicine and pharmacy. Research at the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition focuses on the theory and applications of pattern recognition, machine learning, and information retrieval. The Center for Excellence in Global Enterprise Management delivers leading-edge research that has immediate practical impact. The Center for Unified Biometrics is focused on providing key enabling technologies to build engineered systems. The Center for Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education coordinates research in computer security and information assurance

Other recognized centers of excellence include the Center for Integrated Waste Management (CIWM) which coordinate research and technology development in the areas of toxic substances and hazardous wastes, the Center for Ecosystem Restoration, an Electronics Packaging Laboratory, the Center for Environmental Engineering and Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratories, a Geotechnical Laboratory, the Home of the National Great Lakes Program (GLP) whose mission is to develop, evaluate, and synthesize scientific and technical knowledge on the Great Lakes Ecosystem in support of public education and policy formation, the Groundwater Research Group, the Smart Structures Research Laboratory, and a Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL).

Distinguished Faculty Members

Among the renowned faculty members at UB is Michael E. Cain, MD in the biomedical engineering department. Internationally recognized for his work in cardiovascular disease, Dr. Cain is a specialist in abnormal heart rhythms, board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and clinical cardiac electrophysiology and pacing. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society. A former associate editor of "Circulation," Professor Cain is a member of the editorial boards of the "American Journal of Cardiology," the "Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology," "Nature Clinical Practice," and "Cardiovascular Medicine and Heart Rhythm." His research interests include rhythm abnormalities during heart attacks and the study of abnormal heart tissue.

Professor Cemal Basaran is head of the Electronic Packaging Laboratory at UB and a winner of the Excellence in Mechanics Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including the "IEEE Transactions" and the "International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity". Dr. Basaram's research interests include electronic data packaging, nanotechnology, structural analysis, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and production and design.

Dr. Michael C. Constantinou is winner of the Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation from the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, and the Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence from the New York association of Consulting Engineering Companies. Professor Constantinou has varied research interests ranging from civil and structural engineering to seismic protection systems.

Admission and Financial Assistance

Applicants for admission should have a 3.0 or better grade point averages in their undergraduate classes. Students wishing to apply to the PhD program may do so directly as undergraduates or after completion of their MS degrees.

With rare exceptions, students admitted to the PhD program are considered for full tuition and stipend support as teaching assistants or research assistants. A limited number of superior master's applicants do receive offers carrying full or partial tuition scholarships each year.

The Largest Public Research University in the Northeast United States

The University at Buffalo (SUNY) has over 29,000 students and more than 14,000 professors and staff spread across 2 campuses. School campuses are located near the heart of downtown Buffalo, providing opportunities for entertainment and nightlife. The university serves as a center to the Western New York community for plays, concerts, speakers, sporting events, and art exhibits.

Location & Contact

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
United States

Dr. Liesl Folks


Phone: 716-645-2771
Fax: 716-645-2495

Dr. Gary Dargush

Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research

Phone: 716-645-1470
Fax: 716-645-2495

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Engineering And Applied Sciences Certificate
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Engineering (ME)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 503
    • Doctoral Degrees 84
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


24% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 8,247
    • Accepted 1,983
    • Acceptance Rate 24
    • Enrolled 621
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students1923
    • Female Percentage21%
    • Male Percentage79%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students1923
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Full-time Percentage95%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown11%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty194
    • Full-time Percentage88%
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Female Percentage13%
    • Male Percentage87%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBioengineering, infrastructure and environmental engineering, electronic and photonic materials, simulation and visualization, information technology and computing
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$59,155,000