Student and Alumni Highlights

Student Profiles and Stories

Niranjan Addanki, Computer & Information Science
A few years before moving to New York City to pursue a career in cybersecurity – specifically within the specialty of bot mitigation – SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) alumnus Niranjan Addanki, M.S., ’18 could be found scrambling between classrooms in Donovan Hall, eagerly working to tackle his next big-data research project.

Justine Imundo, Computer and Information Science
Utica native Justine Imundo M.S., ‘17, ’18, admits a career in software development might have been overlooked if her interest in the STEM field had not been piqued by an opportunity in high school through the BOCES Regional Program for Excellence.

Ashley Paw, Network and Computer Security: Cybersecurity
While the Cayan Library on SUNY Poly’s Utica campus may be the go-to for Ashley Paw during a typical semester, the junior majoring in Network and Computer Security traded in those familiar stacks this past fall for the impressive records of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

William Spitz, Civil Engineering
Internship Q&A: What did you focus on during your internship program? While at H2M, I worked in the civil/site group on site design and drafting using AutoCAD Civil 3D. I put together site plans for many different uses, including new construction; permit applications; change of zone applications; and legalizing buildings, existing systems, site features, and uses.

John Russo, Mechanical Engineering Technology
John Russo has always enjoyed working with his hands. Combining that with a love of technology led John to study mechanical engineering technology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, where he entered his senior year in Fall 2016. Along the way, John is taking full advantage of the real-world experiences available to him at SUNY Poly with a 10-week internship at Indium Corporation, a refiner, producer, and supplier of indium and indium compounds.

Samantha Stewart, Mechanical Engineering Technology
With multiple social, academic, and extracurricular opportunities presenting themselves, college can be a stressful time for anyone. Finding balance can be a challenge for any college student and maintaining that balance once it’s found can be downright daunting. When it does all come together, though, it feels like magic. And that’s when the most worthwhile of college experiences take shape.

Bianca Little, Civil Engineering
In a field that traditionally has been occupied predominantly by males, Bianca Little proves that engineering knows no gender boundaries. “I feel like I need to excel in my studies and in leadership skills in order to not be overlooked for jobs, being that this is a predominantly male field. I feel like I have and will have to always go the extra mile to prove myself capable of working in this field.”

Michael Campbell, Mechanical Engineering Technology
“Internships allow insight to real-world experiences away from a protected classroom environment.” Michael Campbell, mechanical engineering technology student, said after his summer internship at Indium Corporation.

Mechanical Engineering Students Help Veteran
More than anything else, he’d like to golf again. Rick Yarosh of Windsor, N.Y., was deployed to Iraq in 2005. He served nine months until one day, in September 2006, his tank was hit by a makeshift bomb. The attack left him with terrible injuries. More than 60% of his body was badly burned, and his right leg had to be amputated below the knee.

Students, Faculty Tackle Communication Challenge
A summer student engineering project with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate (AFRL) and the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC), culminated in the successful demonstration of Air Force-adapted technology that could solve radio communications problems for emergency responders across New York State.

Good Showing for NCS Student Team at Regional Event
SUNY Poly’s Network and Computer Security (NCS) club was one of ten student teams that gathered at the University of New Hampshire recently to test their mettle and their minds in the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

First-Year Engineering Students Tackle Rube Goldberg Challenge
Even if you don’t know it by name, it’s likely that somewhere in pop culture, you’ve seen the elaborate contraptions known as “Rube Goldberg machines.” After a recent competition in ESC 100 Introduction to Engineering, SUNY Poly students are more familiar with the concept than ever.


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