Joseph Ingraffia, a Farmingdale State College mechanical engineering technology major entering his sophomore year, has been named to SUNY’S STEM Passport Program for summer 2015. He is one of only 66 SUNY students selected to participate in the summer-long internship.
Funded by the SUNY Networks of Excellence, the program places undergraduates in research positions in a variety of fields. Joseph will conduct his research at the Farmingdale campus. The project – which will give Joseph valuable hands-on experience in mechanical engineering technology – is titled “Summer Research Project in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries.”
“When I was accepted into the program I was extremely happy,” Joseph says. “I know this will open many doors for me, and show me what being an engineer is all about.”
Joseph graduated Kings Park High School in 2014, anxious to study mechanical engineering technology after taking a series of technology classes taught by Kings Park High School’s Stefan Rosen.
“The classes helped me prepare for the engineering field,” says Joseph. “Classes at Farmingdale are difficult, but I like the challenge and enjoy the classes very much.” Joseph worked hard, proof being that he was named to the Dean’s List during his first two semesters.
Dr. Jeffrey Hung, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology, and the person that nominated Joseph for the internship, says of him: “During the spring semester I invited him to work on my research project. He was very serious about it, and I was impressed with him. That’s when I suggested that he apply for the SUNY program, because I knew he had the necessary skills and research experience.”