Why Choose Columbia Engineering?

These students have some answers.

Daniel Bell
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Major: Electrical Engineering
 
"I chose Columbia because of the ‘pluses’ and I have intended to have as many as possible. One of my big pluses is being a Kenneth Cole Community Engagement and Civic Action Fellow."
 
Judy Kim
Hometown: Clarksville, Tenn.
Major: Earth and Environmental Engineering
 
"As a rising sophomore, I worked in Professor Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park's lab. Working in the lab gave me the chance to delve into the areas of environmental engineering I was not aware of that ended up being my real passion."
 
Eric Schwartz
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisc.
Major: Applied Mathematics
 
Schwartz takes you through his typical day, which can include attending lectures, participating in workshops, and taking in a Broadway play.  
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Lisa Mack
Hometown: Philadelphia, Penn.
Major: Chemical Engineering, Psychology minor
 
"While what I learn in the classroom will help me throughout the rest of my life as an engineer, some of my favorite moments at college have been performing a Shakespeare play outside on Low Steps." 
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Jesse Vella
Hometown: New York, New York
Major: Earth and Environmental Engineering
 
“Athletics brings together students from Columbia Engineering, Columbia College, and Barnard. I have developed a wonderful family away from home.”
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Mary Byers
Hometown: Beaverton, Ore.
Major: Operations Research
 
Follow Byers on her typical day, which can include taking in a humanities course, walking to the waffle truck on Broadway, and interning at a SoHo startup consulting firm. 
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Matt Poss
Hometown: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Major: Mechanical Engineering
 
Poss drives you through his typical day, which can include a trip to the Met, a bike ride to Fort Tryon Park, and a meeting with his fellow automotive engineers.  
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Megan Armstrong
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Major: Biomedical Engineering
 
"One of the projects I’m involved in is the Columbia University Peer Health Exchange, which gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions."
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Joe Barakat
Hometown: Chadds Ford, Penn.
Major: Chemical Engineering
 
"In my very first year at Columbia, I worked on a project that had a direct impact on a church in East Harlem."
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These stories appear in Columbia Blue and Engineering Plus (in PDF form below), viewbooks published by the Columbia University Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

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