Professor Yi Zhang Recipient of Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching

May 22, 2023

Professor Yi Zhang has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. 

As an Associate in the Discipline of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) and Director of IEOR Undergraduate Studies, Professor Zhang teaches a range of courses in the data analytics domain, including Foundations of Data Science, Data-driven Decision Modeling, and Simulation. Zhang advocates for integrating digital technology into the learning environment to facilitate active learning. He is passionate about helping students develop a deeper understanding of the methodologies and skillsets necessary to solve real-world problems while fostering their ability for ongoing exploration and discovery.  

The Presidential Awards for Outstanding Teaching were established in 1996 to honor excellence in teaching at the University. The Columbia community is invited to submit nominations, and these are reviewed by selection committees comprised of both faculty and students, including prior winners. From this pool of hundreds of nominations, a select group of finalists are chosen. Their departments are asked to prepare dossiers that illustrate their commitment to promoting intellectual development, innovation in pedagogy and design, commitment to inclusivity and diversity in the classroom, and dedication and enthusiasm for teaching.

More information, including other recipients of the award, can be found here.