2017 Undergraduate Award Winners

Photo: (Left-right) Prof. I.C. Noyan, Lauren Riddiford (AP), Erica Yee (MSE), and Andres Soto (AM)
Three APAM seniors were presented with awards at the APAM Department Senior Dinner on Tuesday, May 2.Each winner was selected by the faculty in recognition of their excellent academic achievements.


Lauren Riddiford, Applied Physics Faculty Award

Lauren maintained an excellent GPA throughout her undergraduate years, earning no less than seven A+ grades. She was also involved in research in material science as well as at research in high-energy physics at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, where she spent a semester of her junior year. One faculty member writes: “She was exceptional, applying herself to understanding of physics while also actively involved in dance at Columbia.” Lauren will be continuing her graduate studies in physics at Stanford.

Andres Soto, Applied Mathematics Faculty Award

Andres has a passion for bio-mimicry and sustainable design and has sought to understand how patterns of nature can influence innovation and creativity. He is a student of Chinese language and was a recipient of a 2014 Presidential Global Fellowship. One faculty member writes: “Andres consistently demonstrated a keen intellect and inquisitiveness in all of his classes. He also has contributed to his own peers’ education by helping to develop advanced course materials for numerical methods.” Another faculty member commented “He was one of the most participatory members of the senior seminar, closing with an excellent talk on Consensus in Collective Dynamics, building on work by Professor Eitan Tadmor, which he co-presented with his colleague Nellie Leddy, and which you can find on GitHub.

Erica Yee, Francis B. F. Rhodes Prize for Materials Science

Erica is one of our cherished materials majors. Her senior design project involved assembling and implementing an X-ray fluorescence detector into the group’s X-ray chamber, which allowed for the successful qualitative elemental analysis of various materials.  During her sophomore year, Erica studied abroad at University College London in London, UK. Outside of classes, she actively participates in and is a board member for both Society of Women Engineers and women’s club Ultimate Frisbee. She is also an ESC Peer Major Advisor and Peer Advisor at the Office of Global Programs. Her time at Columbia has granted her the incredible opportunity to engage with brilliant peers, faculty, and inspirational female engineering role models - all while living in New York City.  In the fall of this year, Erica will start working at Northrop Grumman.


APAM Senior Dinner Photos

500 W. 120th St., Mudd 200, MC 4701 New York, NY 10027 / Phone: 212-854-4457 / Fax: 212-854-8257 / Email: seasinfo.apam@columbia.edu

©2012 Columbia University