2018 APAM Senior Dinner & Awards

The annual APAM Department Senior Dinner and Award Ceremony took place on Thursday, May 3.

Prof. I.C. Noyan (center) presented the Applied Mathematics Faculty Award to HaoDi Liu (right) and the Applied Physics Faculty Award to Alex Sandomirsky (left).

HaoDi Liu
Applied Mathematics Faculty Award Winner

The Applied Mathematics Faculty Award is presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior in the applied mathematics program. This year’s recipient is HaoDi (Paul) Liu. HaoDi came to Columbia as a 3/2 student and quickly distinguished himself by working hard in coursework and asking questions in class. He maintained a GPA above an A and demonstrated a curiosity and depth of knowledge that the faculty found impressive. He worked as a tutor in the Statistics Department and was also a course assistant for Prof.Youngren's Multivariable Calculus course. HaoDi has been admitted to the M.S Operations Research program at Columbia University.

Alex Sandomirsky
Applied Physics Faculty Award Winner

The Applied Physics Faculty Award is presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior in the applied physics program and this year's senior class had an unusual number of excellent candidates. That being said, one stood out among the group.

Alex Sandomirsky was an outstanding and conscientious student in his applied physics courses, earning an A+ in many classes, and maintaining a GPA above an A. He also worked in Professor Tanya Zelevinsky’s lab in the Physics Department, where he learned to fine tune optics, set up an automated temperature monitor for the lab, and constructed a heating vessel from a repurposed waste container. He has consistently shown that he is deeply interested in physics and, in the fall, Alex will begin pursuing a Ph.D. at Yale University, studying particle theory.

Photo Gallery: 2018 Senior Dinner

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