Emmanuel Nsengiyumva came to Buffalo, New York in 2010 from a Congolese refugee camp in Rwanda. He is currently a master’s degree candidate in the UB Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, having earned his BS in chemical engineering in 2016. As an undergraduate student, Emmanuel analyzed household products and examined their mechanical properties. He also reviewed the applications of surfactants and polymers in personal care products and drug delivery. Currently, Emmanuel is conducting research in the UB Laboratory for Interfaces and Self-Assembly, where his work focuses on the water-soluble polymers that are involved in the extraction of unconventional oil and gas. He is interested in polymers that can be utilized in the presence of high salinity water in order to reduce the use of fresh water. This research will prove beneficial to the environment and energy resources. Emmanuel is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Water Environment Federation. He is interested in protecting the Western New York environment with a strong focus on water quality. On campus, he is involved in several organizations, including the New York Water Environment Association, Student Support Services, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). When he is off campus, he enjoys spending time with his wife, a beautiful infant daughter, relatives and friends. On top of that, he enjoys volunteering at church on Sundays. In 2012, Emmanuel was awarded Phi Theta Kappa while a student at Erie Community College and was on the Dean’s List in 2013. In 2016, he was recognized as a Senior Scholar from the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Emmanuel’s future plans include completing his PhD in chemical engineering and starting his own chemical company that focuses on designing and manufacturing formulated products in the Western New York area. He has great interest in bringing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to young students in the local community, particularly those who are underrepresented in STEM fields. He plans to speak to students in public schools about STEM and the course of action required for entry into a STEM career.