Ayesha Chhugani

Ayesha Chhugani is a rising freshman from Long Island, NY who graduated from Herricks High School.

Ayesha Chhugani

Ayesha’s interest in STEM was cultivated through her school’s 4-year science research program. In her junior year she conducted chemistry research at New York University specifically on the analysis of the crystal polymorphism of glycine. As a senior, Ayesha conducted physics research at Stony Brook University focused on the use of superconductors. With her research report, “A Novel Magnetic Field Trap Using Superconductors for Transporting Polarized Ions for Medical Imaging,” Ayesha was named as a Siemens Competition Semifinalist, Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist, and was awarded 1stplace in the Physics category at the New York State S(cience??) and Engineering Fair along with the Yale Science & Engineering Association Award for “Most Outstanding Exhibit in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry.”

Besides STEM, Ayesha has a strong interest in finance, entrepreneurship, world affairs, and community service. She was actively involved in her school’s DECA chapter in which she competed and received accolades at the regional, state, and international level. Additional extracurricular activities in which she served as a leader included Model United Nations, Robotics Club, Coding Club, Animal Welfare Club, and Pep Band.

During her first semester at Columbia Engineering, Ayesha intends to further explore her wide-range of interests through her interactions with her new peers and by joining student organizations. Ayesha intends to major in Financial Engineering, which lies at the intersection of her two passions – finance and computer science/engineering. With the guidance and support from the Egleston Scholars Program, Ayesha hopes to explore research opportunities and internships to accelerate her progress in her chosen direction.

Outside of academia, Ayesha was named a scholar athlete as she played in a singles position on her high school’s varsity tennis team for four years. She hopes to join the CU tennis club as tennis has been an integral part of her life.