2017 CEEM MS and PhD Graduates Receive Class Day Awards

Two CEEM graduate students, Juan Londono Lozano PhD'17 and Deborah Owolabi BS'16, MS'17 (October)  were recognized with student life and leadership awards at the 2017 Class Day ceremony on May 15.
Juan G. Londono Lozano was a recipient of the Graduate Student Life Award, given to two students of the graduating class who have demonstrated leadership and served as a role model and rising engineer within his/her department, the Columbia Engineering community, and the Columbia University community as a whole. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for the Columbia Engineering graduate student body.

A native of Colombia, Juan completed his PhD under the advisement of Prof. Haim Waisman. During his time at Columbia, Juan was a founding member of the Columbia Latin American Student Society, a group devoted to bringing together Latin American graduate students within the Engineering School through cultural events and networking opportunities. Juan is a previous recipient of the CEEM department's Teaching Assistant Excellence Award and was also a frequent volunteer for Engineering Graduate Student Council activities.

Juan is now working as a Project Engineer in Thornton Tomasetti's Applied Science practice
Deborah Owolabi was one of two recipients of Columbia Engineering Alumni Association's Distinguished Student LeadershipAward.  Established in memory of Charles Kandel, Class of 1911, the award is presented by the CEAA Board of Managers to two graduating students, one undergraduate and one graduate, who have promoted the School's best interests, participated in co-curricular and student-alumni affairs, and demonstrated a deep respect for and commitment to the traditions of Engineering alumni.

During her time as a graduate student, Deborah, originally from Houston, Texas, volunteered as a tutor/mentor for the Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center and participated in several events for prospective graduate students and underrepresented minority students where she spoke about her Columbia experience and STEM background.

Deborah will soon begin a full-time position at Shawmut Design and Construction.


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