Vincent Stowbunenko

Unlike many other college students, Vincent Stowbunenko doesn’t pull too many all-nighters, cramming for tests instead of sleeping through the night. In fact, he’s often in bed by 8 p.m.

As a result, the Electrical Engineering major from San Jose, Calif., sees more sunrises than his fellow students.

“I’m very much a morning person,” he says. “I usually wake up at 4 a.m. every day so that I can have time to cook a delicious breakfast and do my homework while my brain is fresh.”

Stowbunenko, an only child, has enjoyed building things since he was a young boy. “I used to play a lot with Legos when I was a kid,” he says. His first experience with RIT/NTID came when he attended Explore Your Future, a summer career exploration camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students. He came to RIT/NTID “because it’s one of the best engineering schools in the country, in addition to having the best support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the world.”

He received his associate degree in Applied Mechanical Technology in 2010, and plans to graduate in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. “I didn’t have much interest in cars, planes or other mechanical objects like other mechanical engineering students do,” he says. “So after taking the required class in circuits, I fell in love and changed my major. I like math and physics and working with electronics.”

In addition to cooking, Stowbunenko enjoys playing mahjong and is training for his second marathon race.

After he graduates, he’s not exactly sure which branch of engineering he’ll be most happy working in – he plans to get more design experience on co-ops before he decides.

“The most important thing is that I will enjoy the job,” he says.

This story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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