2022 APAM Senior Award Winners

May 11 2022

Professor Marc Spiegelman, Chair of the APAM Department, presented awards to three outstanding seniors at the 2022 APAM Senior Dinner and Award Ceremony on May 2, 2022. Each winner was selected by the APAM faculty in recognition of their excellent academic achievements.

2022 Applied Physics Faculty Award Winner

Matthew Molinelli

Matthew majored in Applied Physics and minored in Applied Math and Computer Science. He took a variety of specialized and interdisciplinary classes at Columbia Engineering and also worked with Professor Sebastian Will on his AMO experiments. Matthew said, "The experiences and knowledge gained at Columbia will set the foundation for my future work in graduate school." Matthew will begin a PhD program at Princeton University in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with the goal of doing research in Quantum Computing.

2022 Applied Mathematics Faculty Award Winner

Ruoxi Li

As a student in the Applied Mathematics program, Ruoxi engaged in all areas of mathematics, from the foundations of probability theory to the frontiers of algebraic geometry. Recently, Ruoxi was involved in an effort to quantify the thick points in a model for Liouville quantum gravity. Moving forward, her academic pursuits will be taking her to UC Berkeley, where she will begin a doctorate program in mathematics.  


2022 Frances B.F. Rhodes Prize in Materials Science and Engineering Winner

Ruiwen Zhang

Ruiwen is a combined plan student and attended Colgate University before coming to Columbia. At Colgate, he majored in physics and was elected to Sigma Pi Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa. At Columbia, Ruiwen was involved in research with Professor Yuan Yang on batteries. He is listed as a coauthor for three publications, including two articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and one book chapter. After graduation, Ruiwen will stay at Columbia for the master program in materials science and engineering.

Ruiwen Zhang is also the 2022 award winner of the Paul Duby Research Award in Electrochemistry.