Incoming EE Grad Students Receive Fellowships

As the Fall semester kicks off, we are happy to announce that 9 of our incoming graduate students have received fellowships.

Presidential Fellowship

The Presidential Distinguished Fellowship is open to incoming Ph.D., Doctor of Engineering Science, and Masters/Ph.D. students at Columbia University, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The award includes tuition plus an annual stipend for up to four years, including three months of summer research.

Ray Xu

Ray Xu is interested in finding novel and interesting ways that integrated circuit design can be applied to other fields of scientific research, such as the high-energy physics community to solve specific issues presented by the application. Xu is joining Columbia Integrated Systems Lab run by Professor Peter Kinget. Xu received his B.S. Electrical Engineering (integrated circuits focus), and B.S. Physics (theoretical physics focus) from University of Texas at Austin.

Xu designed and taped-out his first integrated circuit while in high school and published a paper on it while an undergraduate, to which he was nominated as a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award in the 2016 IEEE RFIC Symposium. His latest and ongoing work in studying the radiation effects on analog CMOS circuits was published into IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science earlier this year.  


Alfred Festus Davidson

Alfred Festus Davidson's research interests include integrated circuit & system design for next-generation communication paradigms. He is also interested in the mathematical formulation and co-optimization of the RF/mmWave, analog and digital sections of the hardware implementations of these paradigms. Davidson joins The CoSMIC Lab run by Professor Harish Krishnaswamy.Davidson has adual Degree (B.Tech. (Honours) & M.Tech.) in Electrical Engineeringfrom theIndian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

He was selected for the S.N. Bose Scholars Program to pursue a research internship in the US. He worked under Prof. Harish Krishnaswamy in 2019 as part of Winstep Forward fellowship. Awarded the Sri V Srinivasan Memorial Prize for the student with the best academic record in the Dual Degree (B.Tech. & M.Tech.) Class of 2020.


Blavatnik Fellowship

The Blavatnik fellowship promotes early-stage research across disciplines, and accelerates the translation of research from the laboratory to where it can be applied in the marketplace to improve people’s lives.The Blavatnik Family Foundation is headed by American industrialist and philanthropist Len Blavatnik, the founder of Access Industries, a privately held global, diversified industrial group, and an alumnus of Columbia Engineering, where he earned a master’s degree in computer science in 1991.

Shashwat Shukla

Shashwat Shukla is interested in the application of signal processing and biologically-plausible machine learning to theoretically and computationally model brain function. He has joined the Bionet Lab headed by Professor Aurel Lazar in the Electrical Engineering department, and is working towards uncovering the functional logic of the fruit fly brain. Shashwat graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) in 2020 with a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering, an M.Tech in Communication and Signal Processing, and a minor in Computer Science. He was awarded the Institute Gold Medal for academic excellence, and the Undergraduate Research Award for exemplary research during his time at IITB.


Wei Fellowship

The Wei Family Private Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established to honor the memory of Dr. (Mrs.) Chung Kwai Lui Wei and Mr. Hsin Hsu Wei. Its purpose is to award scholarship grants to students of Chinese heritage with high academic credentials who are pursuing a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University.

Han Wang

Han Wang is interested in control, optimization and machine learning. She has joined Anderson Group run by Professor James Anderson. Wang received her undergraduate degree from Capital University of Economics and Business and an MS in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Haiqiu Yang

Haiqiu Yang is a first year Phd student working under the supervision of Prof. Christine Hendon in Structure Function Imaging Laboratory. She got her BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in 2018. After that, she received her MS degree in Columbia University in 2020. Her research focuses on optical imaging systems, like optical coherence tomography.


Yinghao Li

Yinghao Li is interested in building biologically realistic models of neural networks and learning rules, with potential applications in deep learning and artificial intelligence. He has joined the Bionet Lab led by Professor Aurel Lazar in the Electrical Engineering department and is working on fruit fly brain circuits. Yinghao graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2019 with B.S. in Cognitive Science and Applied Mathematics, and a minor in Computer Science, with departmental honors and Latin honors.


Cohn Fellowship

Zhenguo “Brian” Wu

Zhenguo “Brian” Wu received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and B.A. in Physics from Whitman College both summa cum laude in 2020. He is currently working in Professor Keren Bergman’s Lightwave Research Lab toward his M.S. and Ph.D with a focus in optical network design.


Chiang Chen Fellowship

The Chiang Chen Fellowship encourages students from Greater China to pursue their studies in the top universities in United States.Zicong Huang

Zicong Huang received his B.S. degree in Astronomy from the Peking University in Beijing, China in 2018, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 2020. During his undergraduate years, he has participated in various different projects from Plasma Physics to Exoplanet searching. After coming to Columbia University, he worked in Richard Osgood group studying Surface Reconstruction and Strain-Induced Heterostructures of Solid-state Materials, using advanced microscopic techniques and simulation tools. He joined CLUE in 2019 as an MS student and now is a Ph.D. student supervised by Prof. Ioannis Kymissis. Zicong’s research interest is in developing and improving optoelectronics devices by understanding and modification of the surface structure and effects of semiconductors. His current research focuses on the surface structure modification with Ozone treatment on the Organic Field Effect Transistor (OFET).


Evergreen Fellowship

Shijia Yan

Shijia Yan received his BS at Beijing Institute of Technology and his MS in EE at Columbia University. He is now continuing his research study at Lightwave Research Laboratory, Columbia University as a PhD candidate in Prof. Bergman’s group. His current research interests are in the photonic switching for data center networking. Shijia has also received the MS EE Honors Award for 2019.



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