Chris in China during his study abroad experience.

Chris’s Bio

  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Hometown: Amherst, New York

To Chris Llop, every day is Earth Day.

An engineer by training with minors in Mandarin and mathematics, he’s a highly active environmentalist with the resume to prove it. He was president of Engineers for a Sustainable World as a sophomore; founded a new environmental department within the UB Student Association; led a volunteer effort to rebuild a rundown park on Buffalo’s East Side; and served on several campuswide and national committees relating to environmental stewardship.

“UB has some fairly big initiatives going on. Students are a huge constituency here, so for students who really want to get involved and make a difference, there are so many opportunities for them to do that.”
A photo of Chris during his time in China.

As part of the UB study abroad program, Chris spent a year in China where he got a firsthand look at the country’s massive pollution problem.

In 2009, Chris was awarded the prestigious Morris K. Udall Scholarship, a national scholarship that celebrates student leadership on environmental issues. Chris’s dedication and full-bore commitment to green concerns helped him stand out from a pool of talented applicants. He is one of several students at UB to have won highly visible national scholarships and fellowships in the past few years. The list includes multiple Udall and Goldwater scholarship winners, a National Science Foundation grant recipient and the winner of a postgraduate Clarendon Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford.

“People are realizing that here at UB, they can do something that will really make a difference,” Chris said. “There’s a lot of opportunity here.”

A photo of Chirs during his time in China.

Chris and other UB volunteers rebuilt a park, helping to revitalize a neighborhood on Buffalo’s East Side.

For Chris, getting involved comes naturally. And it’s definitely something he wants to continue. With his vast reservoir of experience to draw from and a quality engineering degree in his pocket, the only problem is deciding the best way to go about it.

“I realize that I have this passion for bringing people together and facilitating some sort of positive social change,” Chris said. “The challenge is figuring out where exactly to plug that in. I just have to figure out the right way to do it.”

Last updated: March 13, 2014 11:04 am EST