Graduate Student Services Launches New Web Site

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The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science has launched a new Web site for Graduate Programs. The new site will provide better access to information for prospective students and others, says Tiffany Simon, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions.

“I am extremely excited about the launch of the new graduate programs Web site,” says Simon. “Prospective, new and current students will find the new site to be user friendly, student centered, and more interactive. More importantly, students will be able to access the information that they need more efficiently.”

The new site features videos and profiles of current students, in addition to the wealth of information students need to navigate through their programs.

One of the first featured profiles is of Mitchell Morris PhD’10 (right), a native of Harrison, N.Y., who received his BS in computer science from McGill University in Montreal. He decided he wanted to become an engineer by using the same kind of methodical approach engineers use in their work.

It was a step-by-step process rather than a singular moment of epiphany, he said. His passion for computer science began before he was in high school, when his mother, a mathematics professor, brought home a graphing calculator.  He learned how to program the calculators in their own BASIC-like language, and he and a friend programmed formulas from their math classes and installed games on the calculators. “By the time I applied to college, there was no doubt in my mind that computer science was the path for me.”

“When I was in high school, I was part of the Columbia Science Honors Program,” he says. Because of his familiarity with the campus, and dreams of living in Manhattan, he entered SEAS as a one-term special student, a program for those who are not yet certain they want to pursue a graduate degree.

Once he was here and taking two classes, it didn’t take Mitchell long to decide. He has already begun using his experiences on campus in the workplace.“I am using what I have learned all the time,” he says. “In my internships at IBM, I have applied the software engineering skills; at my internship at Credit Suisse, I apply the independent problem-solving skills that I have developed during my research time. In my game design hobby, I apply the concepts that I learned in the video game design courses.”