2012 APAM Senior Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Photo (right-left): Sky Cheung, Suraj Cheema, Prof. Irving Herman, and William Neiswanger

Photos of the APAM Senior Dinner

The APAM Senior Dinner and awards ceremony took place on Friday, May 4, 2012 at LeMonde.

William Decker Neiswanger
Applied Mathematics Faculty Award

Willie Neiswanger is a graduating senior majoring in applied mathematics with a minor in computer science. At Columbia, he worked with the Wiggins Lab doing machine learning research. He has also worked with Prof. Frank Wood researching statistical machine learning and developing new machine vision techniques, and with Vivek Mayya at the Michael Dustin Lab at NYU making computational tools to help study T-cell behavior. His research on this project won him 1st place in the KAUST International Research Poster Competition for Undergraduates.  Next year, he will attend Carnegie Mellon University to pursue a Ph.D. in Machine Learning.

Sky Chance Cheung
Applied Physics Faculty Award

Sky pursued a rigorous academic program spanning applied mathematics, applied physics, pure physics, and statistics. After this semester, he will have completed 148.5 points and maintained a 4.0 GPA. At Columbia, he assisted with research on the HBT-EP Tokamak experiment. Over the summers, he was involved in multiple Air and Missile Defense Department research projects at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Sky also implemented numerous simulations for innovative calorimeters being considered for the PHENIX experiment upgrade at the Relativistic High Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory. After graduation, he will be returning to Columbia to enter a doctoral program in condensed matter physics.

Suraj Singh Cheema
Materials Science and Engineering Francis B.F. Rhodes Prize

Suraj has completed 167.5 points with 3.90 GPA as a materials science and engineering major with a pre-medical concentration and a minor in applied mathematics. He plans to spend year at Philips and then enter an M.D./Ph.D. program.


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