Two graduate students win SEAS Award for Excellence

Alec Farid and Jiarong Wu

Two doctoral students in Princeton's department of mechanical and aerospace engineering have won an Award for Excellence from the School of Engineering and Applied Science: Alec Farid and Jiarong Wu. 

The award recognizes advanced graduate students who have performed at the highest levels as scholars, researchers and teachers. Students are nominated by departmental faculty. Winners receive a $2,000 supplement to their regular stipend.

Alec Farid is a fifth-year Ph.D. student who studies robotics and machine learning. He is a part of Intelligent Robot Motion Lab (IRoM Lab) advised by Professor Anirudha Majumdar. His research focuses on creating learning-based control techniques and performance bounds for robotic systems, and works to certify the safety and performance of the robots when they operate in new settings. 

Jiarong Wu is a fifth-year Ph.D. student advised by Professor Luc Deike. Her thesis focuses on ocean surface waves modeling in the context of air-sea interaction. She is broadly interested in areas including fluid dynamics, scientific computing, and ocean modeling. She is the recipient of MAE Britt and Eli Harari Fellowship, MAE Second Year Fellowship, and the Hack Graduate Award for Water and the Environment.