EE Alumna Negar Reiskarimian Received Morton B. Friedman Memorial Award

We are proud to announce that one of our former EE PhD students, Negar Reiskarimian was selected to the receive the Morton B. Friedman Memorial Award. Her advisor was Prof. Harish Krishnaswamy in the EE department, and she focused on integrated non-reciprocal components for full-duplex wireless applications.

The Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence is awarded to a student at Columbia Engineering who graduated during the 2019-20 school year and best exhibits Dean Friedman’s characteristics of academic excellence, visionary leadership, and outstanding promise for the future. Reiskarimian's selection to receive the Friedman Memorial Prize is an acknowledgement not only of her past outstanding academic performance, but also her leadership and mentoring of other students.

“I am very humbled to be linked to an exemplary figure such as the late professor Morton Friedman through this award. I hope I can follow in his footsteps and be able to contribute not only to my research field, but also to the broader engineering community and STEM diversity and education,” said Reiskarimian.

Morton B. Friedman was a visionary in the vanguard of engineering education throughout his lifelong service as professor, department chair, and senior vice dean. Professor Friedman joined the Columbia Engineering faculty in 1956. He spent the next seven decades becoming the heart, soul, and collective memory of the School, diligently serving as a mentor for a long line of students and junior faculty. A former Fulbright Professor in Applied Mathematics and Field Instrumentation Scholar for the American Institute of Physics, Professor Friedman was recognized for his outstanding teaching by the Society of Columbia Graduates with the Great Teacher Award. He chaired the Executive Committee of the University Senate and was widely respected across Columbia for his insight, contributions, and leadership.

Since graduating from Columbia, Reiskarimian has started as a tenure-track assistant professor at MIT electrical engineering and computer science department. Her group’s research is focused on radio frequency and mm-wave integrated circuits and systems and applied electromagnetics for a variety of applications. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses including solid-state circuits and analog electronics laboratory.

By: Eliese Lissner

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