Dr. Jennifer L. Zirnheld, Director and Associate Professor - Energy Systems Integration in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has supported Science Exploration Day from her early days as a professor at the University of Buffalo. Her lively and interactive tours of the Electrical Engineering laboratories receive praise from teachers and students alike. When Dr. Zirnheld meets her groups with a smile and warm welcome, they know they are going to have an enjoyable and educational SED experience.

Dr. Zirnheld’s research in the department focuses on the use of
electrical engineering innovations in fighting cancer. Her work has been supported through grants, contracts and fellowships from industry and government alike.

Recently named one of 100 Inspiring Women in STEM by INSIGHT into Diversity, Dr. Zirnheld earned this award for her efforts in encouraging the next generation of women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Her involvement in Science Exploration Day exemplifies her support of STEM projects throughout Western New York.

Along with her strong research capabilities, Dr. Zirnheld is respected for her teaching and mentoring at the University. She has won numerous teach- ing honors, including the UB Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Outstanding Teaching Award, UB Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Professor of the Year, the UB Alumni Associa- tion, Dr. Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the UB Student Association Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award.