Medals and Prizes
American Society of Civil Engineers—The Robert Ridgway Award
Awarded to the senior showing the most promise for a professional career in civil engineering.
American Society of Civil Engineers—Student Chapter Service Award
Established in 2008 to reward one or more students who have been particularly active in the Student Steel Bridge Competition.
American Society of Civil Engineers—Younger Member Forum Award
Awarded annually to members of the graduating class in civil engineering who have been the most active in promoting the aims of the Society.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
In recognition of outstanding efforts and accomplishments on behalf of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Section at Columbia University.
Applied Mathematics Faculty Award
Presented to an outstanding graduating senior in the applied mathematics program.
Applied Physics Faculty Award
Presented to an outstanding graduating senior in the applied physics program.
The Edwin Howard Armstrong Memorial Award
Awarded by the faculty of Electrical Engineering to one outstanding graduating senior and one outstanding candidate for the M.S. degree, to honor the late Edwin Howard Armstrong, professor of electrical engineering and noted inventor of wideband FM broadcasting, the regenerative circuit, and other basic circuits of communications and electronics.
The Theodore R. Bashkow Award
A cash award presented to a computer science senior who has excelled in independent projects. This is awarded in honor of Professor Theodore R. Bashkow, whose contributions as a researcher, teacher, and consultant have significantly advanced the art of computer science.
The Charles F. Bonilla Medal
The Bonilla Medal is an award for outstanding academic merit. It is presented annually to that student in the graduating class in the Department of Chemical Engineering who best exemplifies the qualities of Professor Charles F. Bonilla.
The Tullio J. Borri ’51 Award in Civil Engineering
A certificate and cash prize presented annually by the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics to a senior for outstanding promise of scholarly and professional achievement in civil engineering. This award has been made possible by gifts from the stockholder/employees and the board of directors of the Damon G. Douglas Company, a New Jersey-based general contractor, in appreciation of Mr. Borri’s many years of dedicated service and visionary leadership as chairman and president.
Computer Engineering Award of Excellence
Awarded each year by vote of the Computer Engineering faculty to an outstanding senior in the computer engineering program.
Computer Science Scholarship Award of Excellence
A cash prize to a graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding ability in the field of computer science.
The Edward A. Darling Prize in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Established in 1903 by a gift from the late Edward A. Darling, formerly superintendent of Buildings and Grounds; a certificate and prize awarded annually to the most faithful and deserving student of the graduating class in industrial engineering and
The Edward A. Darling Prize in Mechanical Engineering
Established in 1903 by a gift from the late Edward A. Darling, formerly superintendent of Buildings and Grounds; a certificate and cash prize awarded annually to the most faithful and deserving student of the graduating class in mechanical engineering.
The Adam J. Derman Memorial Award
Established in 1989 by family and friends in memory of Adam J. Derman ’89 and graduate student in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Presented to undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional ability to make computer-oriented contributions to the fields of industrial engineering and operations research. Students are awarded a monetary prize and a personalized crystal award.
Electrical Engineering Department Research Award
Awarded by the faculty of Electrical Engineering to one outstanding graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding passion and accomplishment in research.
Electrical Engineering Department Service Award
Awarded by the faculty of Electrical Engineering to one outstanding graduating senior who has made significant contributions to the department and community at large.
Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence
Morton B. Friedman was a visionary in the vanguard of engineering education through his lifelong service as professor, department chair, and senior vice dean. Awarded periodically to an undergraduate or graduate student who best exhibits Dean's Friedman's characteristics of academic excellence, visionary leadership, and outstanding promise for the future.
Zvi Galil Award for Improvement in Engineering Student Life
Given annually to the student group that most improves engineering student life during the academic year. Established in honor of Zvi Galil, dean of the School from 1995 to 2007.
The Jewell M. Garrelts Award
Awarded to the outstanding graduating seniors who will pursue graduate study in the department that was so long and successfully shepherded by Professor Jewell M. Garrelts. This award is made possible by gifts from alumni and friends of Professor Garrelts and from the Garrelts family in honor of an outstanding engineer, educator, and administrator.
The Carl Gryte Prize
Awarded annually to an undergraduate student for service to the Department of Chemical Engineering.
The Jonathan L. Gross Award for Academic Excellence
This award was established in 2017 in honor of the much loved Professor Emeritus Jonathan Gross. Each year a cash gift is awarded to one graduating masters student and to one graduating senior from each of the four undergraduate schools served by the Department of Computer Science.
The Stephen D. Guarino Memorial Award in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
A certificate and cash prize established by a gift from Roger Guarino ’51 in memory of his son. Awarded to outstanding seniors in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research who, in the opinion of the faculty and Board of Managers of the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association, have been active in undergraduate activities and have displayed leadership, school spirit, and scholarship achievement. Students are awarded a monetary prize and a personalized crystal award.
The Wlliam A. Hadley Award in Mechanical Engineering
Established in 1973 by Lucy Hadley in memory of her husband. The award is made annually in the form of a certificate and prize to students in the graduating class in mechanical engineering who have best exemplified the ideals of character, scholarship, and service of Professor William A. Hadley.
The Thomas “Pop” Harrington Medal
Presented annually to the student who best exemplifies the qualities of character that Professor Harrington exhibited during his forty years of teaching. The medal is made possible by Dr. Myron A. Coler.
The Yuen-huo Hung and Chao-chin Huang Award in Biomedical Engineering
This award has been endowed to honor the grandfathers of Professor Clark T.Hung in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His paternal grandfather,Yuen-huo Hung, was a surgeon in Taipei who was renowned for his practice of medicine and for his compassion toward patients. Professor Hung’s maternal grandfather, Chao-chin Huang, was a famous politician in Taiwan who dedicated his life to the citizens of his country, serving as mayor of Taipei, speaker of the Taiwan Provincial Assembly, and consul general to the United States. This award is given to a graduating doctoral student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering who embodies the collective attributes of these distinguished individuals. This student will have demonstrated great potential for making significant contributions to the fields of biomedical engineering and public health, and for serving as an ambassador of biomedical engineering.
The Illig Medal
Established in 1898 by a bequest from William C. Illig, E.M., 1882, and awarded by the faculty to a member of the graduating class for commendable proficiency in his or her regular studies.
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Academic Excellence Award
Given to exceptional students who completed both B.S. and M.S. in the IEOR Department consecutively. Students are awarded a certificate and monetary prize.
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Academic Outstanding Service Award
In recognition of significant contributions to the IEOR Department, this award goes to students who have represented the department with grace and intelligence through their work as ambassadors, board members of professional student organizations, or course assistants. Students are awarded a diploma frame and a personalized crystal award.
The Bernard Jaffe Prize for the Encouragement of Inventiveness in Engineering
Gift of Fern Jaffe in honor of her late husband, Bernard Jaffe ’38, ’39. Given annually to an undergraduate and graduate engineering and applied science student who exhibits exceptional qualities of curiosity toward the engineered world and a predisposition toward inventiveness and novel problem solving in both theoretical and physical contexts. Preference is given to students whose endeavors are directed toward the betterment of the human condition.
Eliahu I. Jury Award
Established 1991 for outstanding achievement by a graduate student in the areas of communications, signal processing, or circuits.
Charles Kandel Award
Medal and cash prize presented annually by the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association to that member of the graduating class who has best promoted the interests of the School through participation in extracurricular activities and student alumni affairs.
Andrew P. Kosoresow Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, TA-ing, and Service
Awarded each year by the Department of Computer Science to up to three computer science students for outstanding contributions to teaching in the department and exemplary service to the department and its mission.
Dongju Lee'03 Memorial Award
Established in 2005 by family and friends in memory of Dongju Lee (DJ), graduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, 1999–2003. A certificate and cash prize awarded annually by the department to a doctoral student specializing in geotechnical/ geoenvironmental engineering and of outstanding promise for a career in research and academia.
The Sebastian B. Littauer Award
Established in 1979 in honor of Professor Littauer, a certificate and a prize are presented annually by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research to the seniors who show outstanding promise of scholarly and professional achievement in operations research. Students are awarded a diploma frame and a personalized crystal award.
Robert D. Lilley Award for Socially Responsible Engineering
Established in 2013 by a gift from Helen M. Lilley, this award supports the activities of student clubs at the School that have as their primary focus socially responsible engineering.
Mechanical Engineering Certificate of Merit
In recognition of excellence in undergraduate studies.
Mechanical Engineering Excellence in Undergraduate Research
Established in 2017, the Mechanical Engineering Department makes the award to a student of the graduating class in mechanical engineering for participation in, and contributions to research.
Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award in Leadership, Service, and Scholarly Work
Established in 2017, awarded by the Mechanical Engineering Faculty annually to a student of the graduating class in mechanical engineering for dedication and contributions to leadership service and scholarly work.
The Henry L. Michel Award in Civil Engineering
Established by the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association in memory of Henry M. Michel'49, S.P.S., who built Parsons Brinkerhoff and MacDonald into one of the world’s leading engineering companies. A certificate and a cash prize are presented annually by the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics to a student or group of students in the Civil Engineering Department who demonstrate outstanding promise of leadership and professional achievement in civil and construction engineering. The award is in support of a project with emphasis on the construction industry in which the students participate.
Paul Michelman Award for Exemplary Service to the Computer Science Department
This award is given to a Ph.D. student in computer science who has performed exemplary service to the department, devoting time and effort beyond the call to further the department’s goals. It is given in memory of Dr. Paul Michelman ’93, who devoted himself to improving our department through service while excelling as a researcher.
A certificate and prize, in honor of Jacob Millman, awarded to two of the most outstanding teaching assistants for the academic year.
The Russell C. Mills Award
Presented to one or more computer science majors for excellence in computer science in memory of Russell C. Mills, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science who exemplified academic excellence by his boundless energy and intellectual curiosity.
The Mindlin Scholar in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
This award is presented to a graduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in recognition of outstanding promise of a creative career in research and/or practice. This award is made possible by gifts of friends, colleagues, and former students of Professor Raymond D. Mindlin, and, above all, by the Mindlin family. It is intended to honor the Mindlin brothers, Raymond, Eugene, and Rowland, who excelled in their respective scientific fields of engineering research, engineering practice, and medical practice.
The Moles’ Student Award in Civil Engineering
Awarded to the student in engineering whose academic achievement and enthusiastic application show outstanding promise of personal development leading to a career in construction engineering and management.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
in Industrial Engineering and Operations
In recognition of significant contributions to the IEOR Department, this award goes to a doctoral student who has demonstrated outstanding pedagogical practices and dedication to student learning as a teaching assistant. The recipient is awarded a monetary prize and a personalized crystal award.
The James F. Parker Memorial Award (Mechanical Engineering Design Award)
James F. Parker served and represented Columbia engineering students as their dean from 1975 to 1984. He also distinguished himself in the pursuit and analysis of two-dimensional art. In recognition of his special combination of talents and their integration, the School of Engineering and Applied Science salutes the graduate student who has distinguished her- or himself as a designer. A person of creative and innovative inclination receives the James Parker Medal, as evidenced by outstanding performance in courses integrating engineering analysis and design.
The Robert Peele Prize
A cash prize awarded from time to time to that member of the graduating class in mining engineering who has shown the greatest proficiency in his or her course of studies.
The Claire S. and Robert E. Reiss Prize in Biomedical Engineering
Gift of Robert Reiss, InterVentional Technologies Inc. Awarded to a graduating senior in biomedical engineering judged by faculty most likely to contribute substantially to the field.
The Robert Edward Reiss Award in Chemical Engineering
Awarded annually to the student in the Department of Chemical Engineering who shows the greatest promise of success in applying the discipline of chemical engineering to the improvement of biological products and medical devices.
The Francis B. F. Rhodes Prize
Established in 1926 by Eben Erskine Olcott 1874, in memory of his classmate, Francis Bell Forsyth Rhodes, School of Mines, 1874, and awarded from time to time to the member of the graduating class in materials science and metallurgical engineering who has shown the greatest proficiency in his or her course of study.
School of Engineering and Applied Science Scholar Athlete Award
Presented from time to time by the Office of the Dean to that graduating student who has distinguished himself or herself as a varsity athlete and scholar.
School of Engineering and Applied Science Student Activities Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate degree candidate in Columbia Engineering who by virtue of his or her willingness, energy, and leadership has significantly contributed to the co-curricular life of the School.
Robert Simon Memorial Prize
The Robert Simon Memorial Prize was established in 2001 to honor Robert Simon, a Columbia alumnus who spent a lifetime making valuable contributions to computational and mathematical sciences, and is awarded annually by the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics to the doctoral student who has completed the most outstanding dissertation. Should no dissertation qualify in a given year, the prize may be awarded to either the most outstanding student who has completed a Master of Science degree in the department or to the most outstanding graduating senior in the department.
The Richard Skalak Memorial Prize
The Richard Skalak Memorial Prize was founded in recognition of the pioneering contributions of Richard Skalak to the development of the biomedical engineering program at Columbia University. Dr. Skalak was an inspirational teacher and scholar who taught students and colleagues to appreciate the value of broad interactions between engineering and medicine, particularly in the fields of cardiovascular mechanics, tissue engineering, and orthopedics. The Richard Skalak Memorial Prize is awarded annually to a senior biomedical engineering student who exemplifies the qualities of outstanding engineering scholarship and breadth of scientific curiosity that form the basis for lifelong learning and discovery.
Student Excellence Award in Electronics, Circuits, and Physics
Awarded by the faculty of Electrical Engineering to one outstanding graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding passion and accomplishment in electronics, circuits, and physics.
Student Excellence Award in Information and Systems
Awarded by the faculty of Electrical Engineering to one outstanding graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding passion and accomplishment in information and systems.
Professor Rene B. Testa Award
A prize that will be given to graduate and undergraduate students who have achieved excellence in their academic program and have actively participated in the research and testing mission of the Carleton Laboratory.
The George Vincent Wendell Memorial Medal
Established in 1924 by the friends in the alumni and faculty of the late Professor George Vincent Wendell to honor and perpetuate his memory; a certificate and medal awarded annually by choice of the class and the faculty to that member of the graduating class who best exemplifies his ideals of character, scholarship, and service.
Bill Campbell Award
Presented by the CAA to a graduating student at each school who shows exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit as exemplified by Bill Campbell '62CC, '64TC, Chair Emeritus, University Trustees, CAA co-founder. Special consideration will be given to student leaders who have demonstrated a willingness and ability to work across schools or organizations.