SEAS Experiential Learning Programs (ELP) help students gain engineering experience that complements the classroom. A major focus is hands-on projects sourced from industry and the community, and self-defined projects. The ELP continuum includes 4 major elements: Tinkering, Intramurals, Internships/Co-Ops and Senior Design.
Students should participate in work experience classes and research opportunities. Independent study, internships, and co-op experiences are available. Students can obtain internships and job experiences through UB's Career Services. The Experiential Learning Network (ELN) is a clearing house for undergraduate research opportunities.
Students are encouraged to work with faculty on independent study or participate in ongoing research. Recently, undergraduates have participated in projects involving aviation safety and security, production systems, and human decision-making.
IE undergraduates complete a faculty supervised internship project at a local company during their senior year. Companies have included General Motors, Integer, and Catholic Health Systems.