2015 Undergraduate Award Winners


Outstanding seniors were recognized at the APAM Senior Dinner. Winners received a trophy and a check for $250. The name of each winner was also inscribed on a plaque inside the APAM Department.

Joseph Eun
Francis B.F. Rhodes Prize
(Materials Science)

Joseph Eun is an outstanding student in materials science, who quietly masters the material. His senior project addressed laser crystallization of zinc oxide thin films for sensor applications and was presented at the SEAS Senior Design Expo. Joseph is the recipient of the Paul H. Blaustein Scholarship and a member of Columbia University’s Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. He will be pursuing his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Minyong Han
Applied Physics Faculty Award

Minyong Han is an outstanding major in applied physics of remarkable mathematical and physical insight. Right from Freshman year, Minyong has been interested in carrying out research in experimental applied physics, and has participated in multiple research projects with Prof. Philip Kim and Prof. Nanfang Yu. He plans to attend graduate school at Harvard University and will pursue a career in experimental condensed matter physics.

Andrew Kaluzny
Applied Mathematics Faculty Award
SEAS Class of 2015 Salutatorian

While Andrew’s work at Columbia was outstanding academically, he also applied his knowledge to multiple projects outside of the classroom. For the applied math seminar, he performed an analysis on NYC’s restaurant inspection scores, perhaps shining some disturbing light into the corners of your favorite restaurants. He also spent time working with Prof. Kyle Mandli, studying ways to optimize adaptivity in storm surge simulations and, inadvertently, become a guinea pig for the new Columbia computing cluster Yeti. Next fall, he heads to Brown University to study applied mathematics as a Ph.D. student.


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