Ayesha Chhugani | Engineering Enterprise
Long Islander Ayesha Chhugani, an Egleston Scholar, chose Columbia for three overarching reasons. First, the rare chance to pursue financial engineering as an undergraduate; second, the opportunity to embed her studies in the Columbia Core and vast diversity of a leading global research university; and third, to do it all in the dynamic capital of business and culture that is New York City.
In addition to her passions for finance and entrepreneurship, honed with DECA, an international business training program, and interning in real estate with Douglas Elliman, Chhugani conducted physics research at Stony Brook University on superconductors, placing as a semifinalist at the Siemens Competition and the Intel Science Talent Search among other accolades. She also conducted chemistry research at New York University analyzing the crystal polymorphism of glycine and was an active member of her high school robotics club.
“Within operations research, there are so many different applications because every company and organization relies on analytics,” she says. “I’m excited to apply those skills to companies that interest me.”
So far, Chhugani has gotten involved with the Columbia Science Review and CU INFORMS, which convenes students interested in operations research and management science. When not sharpening her entrepreneurial acumen she is a devoted tennis player and enjoys exploring the New York culinary scene.
“The most exciting thing about being an engineer is the endless possibility,” she says.
—by Jesse Adams