DARIEN CENTER, NY
Ian Buchman said he’s “kind of scared” of roller coasters.
Still, he works on them just about every day.
He said he enjoys the planning aspect of them as secretary of UB’s Theme Park Engineering Club.
The Theme Park Engineering Club is a space for students to explore the logistics and creativity that goes into building theme parks and roller coasters. TPEC held its first meeting in the spring of 2017, and has ambitious prospects to grow quickly. Just this year, TPEC was invited to the inaugural Students in Themed Entertainment (S.I.T.E.) conference at Ohio State University, won UB’s battle-bots competition on its first year participating, and gained permanent club status.
“Most people think I’m joking, they don’t believe that this club exists,” said Michael Limardi, a junior mechanical engineering major and president of UB’s Theme Park Engineering Club.