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.  
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." 
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.”
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. 
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.  
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."
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."

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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