Honors and Awards
Amazon Fellows Program
The Amazon Fellows Program is the result of a partnership between Caltech and Amazon AWS around Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The program recognizes graduate students and postdoctoral scholars that have had a remarkable impact in these areas, and in their application to fields beyond computer science.
|2018||Ehsan Abbasi||Babak Hassibi|
|2018||Gautam Goel||Adam Wierman|
|2018||Jonathan Kenny||Thanos Siapas|
|2018||Palma London||Adam Wierman|
|2018||Xiaobin Xiong||Aaron Ames|
|2017||Navid Azizan Ruhi||Babak Hassibi / Adam Wierman|
|2017||Ellen Feldman||Joel Burdick|
|2017||Hoang Le||Yisong Yue|
|2017||Florian Schaefer||Houman Owhadi|
|2017||Srikanth Tenneti||P.P. Vaidyanathan|
Saul Kaplun Fellowship
The Kaplun Fellowship was established by Morris Kaplun in honor of his son, who was a senior research fellow at Caltech. The Fellowship funds graduate research in applied mathematics, the field in which Saul worked devotedly until his untimely passing in 1964.
|2017-2018||Dmitry Burov||Oscar Bruno|
|2016-2017||De Huang||Thomas Hou|
|2015-2016||Agustin Fernandez Lado||Oscar Bruno|
|2014-2015||Emmanuel Garza Gonzales||Oscar Bruno|
|2014-2015||Max Budninskiy||Mathieu Desbrun|
|2013-2014||Albert Chern||Peter Schröder|
|2008-2009||John Bruer||Joel Tropp|
|2007-2008||Patrick Sanan||Peter Schröder|
|2004-2005||Chia-Chieh Chu||Thomas Hou|
|2003-2004||Zhiyi Li||Oscar Bruno|
|2002-2003||Lei Zhang||Houman Owhadi|
|2001-2002||Lixiu Tian||Kaushik Bhattacharya|
|2001-2002||Marco Latini||Daniel Meiron|
|2000-2001||Xinwei Yu||Thomas Hou|
|1999-2000||Razvan Fetecau||Jerrold Marsden|
|1998-1999||Mario Chaubell||Oscar Bruno|
|1998-1999||Andrew Westhead||Thomas Hou|
|1997-1998||Andy Greenberg||Oscar Bruno|
|1996-1997||Eugene Ingerman||Herbert Keller|
|1995-1996||Yalchin Efendiev||Thomas Hou|
|1995-1996||James Gleeson||Philip Saffman|
|1995-1996||Russina Philippakos||Gerald Whitham|
|1994-1995||Hui Si||Thomas Hou|
|1994-1995||Maciej Dudek||Joel Franklin|
|1993-1994||David Haroldsen||Daniel Meiron / Thomas Hou|
|1992-1993||Patrick Lahey||Daniel Meiron|
Kortschak Scholars Program
The Kortschak Scholars Program was founded in 2017 with the objective of launching a new era of scholarship, inquiry, and innovation in computing and mathematical sciences at Caltech. Caltech trustee and venture capitalist Walter Kortschak (MS ’82), with his wife, Marcia, created the program through a $5 million gift for endowed graduate fellowships.
More information about the Kortschak Scholars Program can be found here.
Advisors: Katie Bouman / Pietro Perona
Advisor: Aaron Ames
Advisors: Thomas Hou / Andrew Stuart / Houman Owhadi
"The Kortschak Scholarship provides me with the freedom to explore different fields and interact with different people, which enables me a better insight into the interdisciplinary and far-reaching scientific research."
Hsin-Yuan (Robert) Huang
Advisors: Yisong Yue / Anima Anandkumar
"I am hoping to see the interplay between artificial intelligence and quantum technology, two of the most disrupting technologies in the 21st century. The Kortschak scholarship provides the freedom to work with multiple faculties, from theoretical physics, theoretical computer science to practical machine learning and experimental particle physics, which is tremendously helpful for me to pursue this dream."
Advisors: Peter Schröder / Andrew Stuart / Houman Owhadi
Advisor: Thomas Vidick
"I work at the intersection of quantum computing and cryptography. The Kortschak fellowship allows me to bridge industry and academia, and to tackle problems worth solving at the frontier of modern technology."
Advisor: Thomas Vidick
Advisor: Soon-Jo Chung
Advisor: Aaron Ames
The PIMCO Fellows Program is the result of a partnership between Caltech and PIMCO around Data Science. The program recognizes graduate students and postdoctoral scholars that have had a remarkable impact in data science, broadly defined, and its application to fields beyond computer science.
Advisor: Katrina Ligett
"My work focuses on understanding data markets, as well as social considerations that arise from the exchange and use of data. This is a new and emerging area that is difficult to fund via traditional funding agencies."
Navid Azizan Ruhi
Advisors: Babak Hassibi / Adam Wierman
"This award gives me freedom to focus on more fundamental research problems in data science without having to work on prescribed projects or worry about teaching duties. It also provides me with an excellent opportunity to explore practical implications of my work through visits to PIMCO and discussions with their financial engineers and researchers."
Advisors: Federico Echenique / Adam Wierman
"My research interests are in the intersection of Computer Science and Economics. As part of my research, I have investigated applications of data science and machine learning to decision theory, game theory and finance. The PIMCO award has provided wonderful support and encouragement in order to pursue my research at Caltech. Thank you!"
Advisor: Yisong Yue
"The PIMCO Postdoctoral Fellowship significantly boosts my career prospects in becoming a leading researcher in machine learning and data science. It offers me a unique opportunity to expand the network of collaborators, while maintaining long-term collaborations with world-class experts in interdisciplinary research areas at both PIMCO and Caltech."
Simoudis Discovery Fund
The Simoudis Discovery Fund provides seed funds for emerging projects at the intersection of big data, machine learning, and autonomy. The funds are allocated yearly to a mix of student and faculty projects.
|2018-19||Karena X. Cai||Soon-Jo Chung|
|2017-18||Xiaobin Xiong||Aaron Ames|
Amori Doctoral Prize in CMS
The Amori Prize was established in 2017 by Michael Amori (MS 2007) to honor outstanding dissertations in the computing and mathematical sciences during the current academic year. Awardees are selected by a committee of computing and mathematical sciences faculty each spring.
|2019||John Pang||Adam Wierman|
|2017||Rachel Cummings||Katrina Ligett|
Bhansali Family Doctoral Prize in Computer Science
The Bhansali Family Doctoral Prize in Computer Science was established in 2018 by Vineer Bhansali (B.S. ’87, M.S. ’87) in memory of his grandfather, Mag Raj Bhansali. The prize and honorarium are given to honor outstanding dissertations in computer science, broadly defined, during the current academic year. Awardees are selected by a committee of computer science faculty each spring.
|2019||Juba Ziani||Adam Wierman / Katrina Ligett|
|2018||Xiaoqi Ren||Adam Wierman|
W. P. Carey & Co. Prize in Applied Mathematics
The Carey & Co. Prize was established by William P. Carey and W. P. Carey & Co., Inc. The prize and honorarium are awarded to outstanding doctoral dissertations in applied mathematics in the current academic year. Awardees are selected by a committee of applied mathematics faculty.
|2019||Yong Sheng Soh||Venkat Chandrasekaran|
|2017||Albert Chern||Peter Schröder|
|2017||Pengchuan Zhang||Tom Hou|
|2016||Eldar Akhmetgaliyev||Oscar Bruno|
|2015||Max A. Cubillos-Moraga||Oscar Bruno|
|2014||Faisal Amlani||Oscar Bruno|
|2014||Peyman Tavallali||Thomas Hou|
|2013||Mulin Chang||Thomas Hou|
|2013||Michael McCoy||Joel Tropp|
|2012||Xin Hu||Thomas Hou|
|2012||Stephane Lintner||Oscar Bruno|
|2011||Stephen Becker||Emmanuel Candes|
|2011||Yaniv Plan||Emmanuel Candes|
|2011||Molei Tao||Houman Owhadi / Jerrold Marsden|
|2010||Chia-Chieh (Jay) Chu||Thomas Hou|
|2009||Ari Joshua Stern||Jerrold Marsden / Mathieu Desbrun|
|2008||Hannes Helgason||Emmanuel Candes|
|2008||David Hoch||Oscar Bruno|
|2007||Lei Zhang||Houman Owhadi|
|2006||Laurent Demanet||Emmanuel Candes|
|2006||David Goulet||Donald Cohen|
|2006||Wuan Luo||Thomas Hou|
|2005||Xinwei Yu||Thomas Hou|
|2004||Jay Bartroff||Gary Lorden|
|2003||E. McKay Hyde||Oscar Bruno|
|2003||Razvan Fetecau||Jerrold Marsden|
|2002||Bogdan Craciun||Kaushik Bhattacharya|
|2001||Mayya Tokman||Dan Meiron|
|2001||Gang Hu||Thomas Hou|
|2000||Philip Love||Herbert Keller|
|1999||Yalchin Efendiev||Thomas Hou|
|1999||James P. Gleeson||Philip Saffman|
|1998||No prize awarded||-|
|1997||Alexander Kiselev||Barry Simon|
|1996||No prize awarded||-|
|1995||Slawomir J. Solecki||Alexander Kechris|
|1994||Alexander Lesin||Dinakar Ramakrishnan|
|1992||Ramin Naimi||David Gabai|
|1988||Robert Cox||Donald Cohen|
|1988||Michael J. Ward||Donald Cohen|
|1987||Juan Zufiria||Philip Saffman|
|1985||Michael E. Henderson||Herbert Keller|
|1985||Wiliam Henshaw||Heinz-Otto Kreiss|
|1983||Luis Guillermo M. Reyna||Heinz-Otto Kreiss|
|1982||John Wilson Barker||Heinz-Otto Kreiss|
|1981||William L. Kath||Donald Cohen|
Ben P.C. Chou Doctoral Prize in IST
The Ben P.C. Chou Doctoral Prize recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertations in the broad area of information science and technology. The Prize was established by his wife, June, and his son, Scott (BS 1986), as a lasting tribute for Ben's lifetime dedication to the pursuit of scholarly research and foregoing personal gain in favor of always doing the right thing for society.
Professor Pen-chu “Ben” Chou was born in China and suffered a childhood disrupted by a revolutionary war that ultimately took his father. At the age of 13, his mother took him and his two younger sisters to Taiwan as war refugees where she raised the three of them on her own. Prof Chou went on to complete his undergraduate at Tunghai University, his master’s degree at the University of Missouri, and his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. He spent the bulk of his career doing research and teaching at The Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston and Jilin University in Changchun, China. Prof Chou is noted for his pioneering contributions in developing photoreactivity for thin film superconductors and helping establish OCEF, an international charitable foundation headquartered in Houston, Texas.
|2019||Yong Sheng Soh||Venkat Chandrasekaran|
|2018||Chun-Lin Liu||Paighat P. Vaidyanathan|
|2017||Albert Chern||Peter Schröder|
UG Academic & Research Awards
Bhansali Family Prize in Computer Science
The Bhansali Family Prize was established in 2001 by Vineer Bhansali (B.S. ’87, M.S. ’87) in memory of his grandfather, Mag Raj Bhansali. The prize and honorarium are awarded to an undergraduate student for outstanding research in computer science in the current academic year. Awardees are selected by a committee of computer science faculty.
|2019||Zachary Chase||Xinwen Zhu|
|2019||Siddharth Prasad||Eric Rains|
|2018||Ching-Yun (Chloe) Hsu||Chris Umans|
|2018||Jacob (Jalex) Stark||Thomas Vidick|
|2017||Joon Sik Kim||Yisong Yue|
|2016||Nicholas Schiefer||Erik Winfree|
|2015||Bryan He||Yisong Yue|
|2015||William Hoza||Leonard Schulman|
|2015||Nicholas Schiefer with honorable mention||Erik Winfree|
|2014||Iris Zhengzheng Liu||Adam Wierman|
|2013||EunJee Lee||Michelle Effros|
|2012||No prize awarded|
|2011||Karthik Sarma||Mani Chandy|
|2010||Isaac Jushiang Chao||Peter Schröder|
|2009||Robert Barish||Erik Winfree|
|2008||Fedor Manin||Chris Umans|
|2007||Siddharth Patel||Mani Chandy|
|2006||Matthew Fisher||Mathieu Desbrun|
|2005||Shaun Lee||Erik Winfree|
|2004||Elliott Karpilovsky||Steven Low|
|2003||Jeffrey Bolz||David Wales|
|2002||Miroslav Dudik||Peter Schröder|
Henry Ford II Scholar Award
The Henry Ford II Scholar Award is funded under an endowment provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The award is made annually to the engineering student with the best academic record at the end of the third year of undergraduate study.
|2017||Ching-Yun (Chloe) Hsu||Chris Umans|
|2016||Nand Kishore||Adam Wierman|
|2016||Kushal Agarwal||Mathieu Desbrun|
|2015||Taokun Zheng||Alan Barr & Adam Wierman|
|2014||Dae Hyun Kim||Adam Wierman|
|2013||Kevin Chen||Alain Martin|
|2012||Judy Mou||Peter Schröder|
|2012||Michael Hirshleifer||Adam Wierman|
|2011||Ye Lu||Chris Umans|
Frederick J. Zeigler Memorial Award
The Fredrick J. Zeigler Memorial Award was established in 1989 to honor Fredrick J. Zeigler, a member of the class of 1976 and an applied mathematics major. The award recognizes excellence in scholarship as demonstrated in class activities or in the preparation of an original paper or essay in any subject area within mathematics or applied mathematics.
|2017||Ayya Alieva||Houman Owhadi|
|2016||Celia Zhang||Thomas Hou|
|2014||William Hoza||Leonard Schulman|
Graduate Teaching in CMS Award
The Graduate Teaching in CMS Award was established in 2016 with a gift from Microsoft. The prize and honorarium are awarded to a graduate student for outstanding teaching and course development in computing and mathematical sciences. Awardees are selected by a committee of CMS faculty members.
|2019||Riley Murray||Adam Wierman|
|2017||Albert Chern||Peter Schröder|
Undergraduate Teaching in CMS Award
The Undergraduate Teaching in CMS Award was established in 2016 with a gift from Microsoft. The prize and honorarium are awarded to an undergraduate student for outstanding teaching and course development in computing and mathematical sciences. Awardees are selected by a committee of CMS faculty members.
|2019||Aadyot Bhatnagar||Yisong Yue|
|2019||Ethan Pronovost||John Doyle|
|2017||Chinmay Nirkhe||Nets Katz|
Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching
The Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching was established in 1993 to honor annually a professor who demonstrates, in the broadest sense, unusual ability, creativity, and innovation in undergraduate and graduate classroom or laboratory teaching.
The Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded campus-wide and the following CMS professors have been recipients of the award. The full list of recipients can be found here.
|2005-2006||Richard Murray, Control and Dynamical Systems|
|2002-2003||Niles Pierce, Applied and Computational Mathematics|
|1999-2000||Donald Cohen, Applied Mathematics|
|1995-1996||Yaser Abu-Mostafa, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science|
ASCIT Teaching Award
These awards are presented once a year by the Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT) to faculty members and teaching assistants who have been nominated by the students for their ability to inspire and motivate students through teaching.
The ASCIT Teaching Award is awarded campus-wide and the following CMS professors have been recipients of the award. The full list of recipients can be found here.
|2017-2018||Thomas Vidick, Kostantin Zuev|
|2007-2008||Mani Chandy, Mathieu Desbrun, Joel Tropp|
|1990-1991||Yaser Abu-Mostafa, John Preskill|
Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Award for Excellence in Mentoring
The Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Award for Excellence in Mentoring is given to outstanding alumni mentors who consistently provide invaluable advice, time, and connections to undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. These mentors are able to connect with a diverse group of young scientists and engineers, promoting opportunity for all, and supporting an informed, confident community.
Phil is an engineer, graduating in 1976 as with a degree in Environmental Science. He is currently on his fifth career, this one as a the CTO for a quantitative finance firm. Previously, he worked as an environmental engineer leading an environmental modeling group, director of IT for a national consulting firm, consultant in High Performance Computing, and Chief Scientist for a software startup, plus a few other jobs along the way. Phil has served on the Boards of the Caltech Y, the Gnome Club and the Caltech Alumni Association. Phil lives in Altadena with his wife of 40 years, Nancy, a Pasadena native whom he met at a Fleming House dance in Dabney Hall while she was a nursing student. They have two kids, one who just left a professorship in Behavioral and Experimental Economics to join the behavioral science team at a major tech firm, and the other a neuroscientist who is at a startup working on a breakthrough medical imaging technology. Phil says he very much enjoys the opportunity to work with the CMS students and the dedicated alums that are helping them. All of the alums agree: anything that helps students understand the world beyond Caltech is going to help them and help the world!