Alumni Featured in Career Services Events

Dec 15 2020 | By Kristen Henlin

The APAM Department continued to host virtual career events this semester. Thanks to the support of our wonderful alumni, we kicked off the summer with career talks. We hosted four APAM alumni each Tuesday during the month of July. Undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to connect with Colton Smith (MS ‘19, Applied Mathematics), a Quantitative Researcher at Imbue Capital and Yuri Brovman (PhD ‘11, Applied Physics), a Machine Learning Engineer at EBay. Later in the month student learned about career opportunities at The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory from Research Engineer, Michael Berkson (MS ‘18, Materials Science). We wrapped up our summer talks with Kai Pak (MS ‘18, Applied Physics), who not only discussed his journey to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but also offered insight on life as a Data Scientist.

We had the privilege of hosting another batch of APAM alumni in September, including Preston Bradham (MS ‘19, Applied Mathematics), a Consultant at DayBlink and Eric Issacs (PhD ‘16, Applied Physics), a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. We concluded the month with an informative session from Will Martin (MS ‘19, Medical Physics), a first year Medical Physics Resident at Montefiore Medical Center.

In October, our students learned how Research Staff Member, Edward Chen (MS ‘12, Applied Physics) applies his research background to applications in quantum information processing, simulations and optimization at IBM Research. Machine Learning Engineer Jingjing Ling (MS ’13, Applied Physics), who offered advice to students who were interested in pursuing similar roles at Apple. We ended our semester with a talk from Matthew Worstell (PhD ’13, Plasma Physics), who discussed his role as a Physicist in the Nuclear Technologies Department within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at SAIC.

Given the current climate, many students are facing uncertainty regarding employment. If you have full-time/part-time, or summer internships available, please reach out to Kristen Henlin, at kah2247@columbia.edu