2016 Undergraduate Award Winners

Three outstanding seniors were recognized at the APAM Senior Dinner on Wednesday, May 4. Winners received a trophy and a check for $250. The name of each winner was also inscribed on a plaque inside the APAM Department.

Dorcas Shih-Chia Huang
Applied Mathematics Faculty Award Winner

Dorcas is an Applied Math major, concentrating in Quantitative Biology, with a high GPA and an intense course load. Faculty commented that Dorcas was an active and consistently high-achieving student. Her applied math seminar presentation was on 'Recommendation using Matrix Methods and Latent Factors' and, apart from her stellar performance in her classes, she was known to ask great questions and help other students with their own work.

Dorcas's most recent internship experience includes examining healthcare spend in different medical sectors in relation to geographic and demographic information. Next year, she will continue working in technology consulting and will use softwares like Tableau and QlikView to find solutions for clients from industries such as pharmaceuticals and life sciences, insurance, and consumer goods.

Richard Creswell

Applied Physics Faculty Award Winner

The Applied Physics Faculty Award Winner is an Applied Physics major with a minor in Applied Mathematics. Richard maintained an excellent GPA throughout his undergraduate years, earning no less than thirteen A+ grades in technical coursework. He was also an integral member of the team that showed that graphene provides extremely effective passivation when encapsulating quantum dots. One faculty member writes: "He was exceptional. What I remember most, is his final exam review assignment. I tell students to review and write up their notes for the whole semester as part of their review process. Richard submitted notes for the entire semester typset in LaTeX. He basically typed up course lecture notes for me! I was floored. Way above and beyond what anyone else did. That's Richard . . . his performance makes him stand apart from his peers." Richard will be continuing his graduate studies with us in Applied Mathematics.

Adam Michael Jaffe
Francis B. Rhodes Prize for Materials Science

Materials Science major, Adam Jaffe, is an exceptional student with a high GPA. The faculty in the Materials Science program commented that “He is a star student in materials science, who has blown us away with his grasp of concepts and performance in class." His senior project, which was presented at the SEAS Senior Design Expo, was an attempt to create a completely impermeable structure based on graphene oxide, which allows the permeation of water but is otherwise impermeable to other liquids, vapors, and gases. He is a C. Prescott Davis Scholar and an inductee to the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. Adam said that, what he enjoyed most about his time at Columbia, was the opportunity to live and study with brilliant people from around the world. Following graduation, he will work in the New York Office of Arup, and engineering consulting firm founded by the Anglo-Danish Engineer Ove Arup.

Photo (right to left): Adam Jaffe, Prof. Michael Mauel, and Dorcas Hugan. Not pictured: Richard Creswell.


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