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Anderson, Philip M. Memorial Endowment

Philip M. Anderson Memorial Endowment

Philip M. Anderson III, Ph.D. a professor of Physics, joined the faculty of Ramapo College in 1990.  He received a B.S. in Physics from Widener University and an M.S.E.E., Ph.D. from Drexel University.

His research focuses on amorphous metals, magnetoelastic phenomena, and invention.  Professor Anderson has more than 100 patents worldwide and 37 U.S. patents.  In 2001 he was selected as a New Jersey Inventor of the Year and was honored at an annual Hall of Fame awards ceremony.  He is credited with inventing a component of an electronic surveillance system that helps to prevent theft and shoplifting — the ubiquitous white plastic security tags hanging from garments in stores.

The scholarship established by Dr. Anderson, in memory of his father (pictured) is intended for students enrolled in the College’s Engineering Physics major.

  • Intended for Engineering Physics majors
  • Recipient will be selected by the convener of Engineering Physics in consultation with the members of the Engineering Physics faculty

2022 Recipients

Prithivi Rana

Prithivi Rana of Kathmandu, Nepal is a junior Engineering Physics major. He has a 3.94 GPA and has made the Dean’s List. Upon graduation, Prithivi hopes to attend grad school and work his way towards a PhD. 

At Ramapo, Prithivi is the Vice-President of the Physics Club and works at ITS.

Megan Knight

Megan Knight of Vernon, N.J. is a Physics Engineering major.  She has a 4.0 GPA and has made the Dean’s List every semester she has attended Ramapo.

At Ramapo, Megan has been expanding her interest beyond engineering to include computer science and environmental studies. She had an internship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute last summer studying physical oceanography.  Megan is currently looking at a variety of different fields to pursue after college including transportation engineering, systems engineering or optics.

Off-campus, Megan has been involved with continuing education through online courses as well as helping her wife start a new business.  She spends time outside of school hiking and kayaking with her wife and dogs.  Megan has also started volunteering with Team Rubicon.

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The recipient of this award would like to remain anonymous.

Miguel Angel Rosales Morales

Miguel Angel Rosales Morales of Tenafly, N.J. is an Engineering Physics Major. He has a 3.0 GPA. At Ramapo, Miguel has been a member of the Engineering Physics Club and has done research with Professor Martin during Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. “I hope to become one of the first in his family to graduate from college and continue in an Engineering- driven career after graduation.”

Prithivi Rana

Prithivi Rana of Kathmandu, Nepal is a sophomore Engineering Physics major. He has a 3.94 GPA and has earned a spot on the Dean’s list. Upon graduation, Prithivi hopes to attend graduate school and work his way towards a PhD.

At Ramapo, Prithivi is the Vice President of the Physics Club and part of the International Student Organization and Computer and Technology Club. He has worked in Potter Library and as well as ITS, where he is known for his dependability and professionalism.

Narayan Pokhrel

Narayan Pokhrel of Nawalparasi, Nepal is a senior in Engineering Physics major. He has a 3.9 GPA and consistently makes the Dean’s List. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship.

At Ramapo, Narayan is the President of Math Club and Vice President of Engineering Physics Club. He is also active in other clubs including the International Student Organization and Computer and the Technology Club.

Narayan has been involved in study of Bi2Te3 thermoelectric compounds with Dr. Daniela Buna using COMSOL and DSC. He is also working with Dr. Catalin Martin on FTIR spectroscopy of solid samples on cryogenic and room temperature conditions. During free time, he likes to code and play guitar. After graduating from Ramapo, he wants to pursue a doctorate degree in Condensed Matter Physics.



2021 Recipients

Jeetendra Gupta

Jeetendra Gupta aspires to be a theoretical physicist and work in the field of string theory and quantum gravity. He is an Engineering Physics major with a minor in Mathematics. 

His 3.9 GPA has earned him a spot on the Dean’s List every semester. He is also on the executive board of various clubs and honor societies.

Jeetendra is currently doing data analysis on Ga-doped ZnO with Dr. Catalin. He expects to publish a research paper before graduation. 


Balram Singh Saud

Balram Singh Saud is a senior Engineering Physics major with a Mathematics minor. He has a 3.93 GPA and makes the Dean’s List every semester. 

At Ramapo, Balram has been involved in research related to topics such as material science, energy, and mechanical topology. He plans on attending graduate school for mechanical engineering to conduct research in the fields of systems and energy optimization, materials, and designing.

Balram has worked several on-campus jobs. Currently he works for the Media Center. providing technical support to conduct online and in-person classes. He also assists the Provost’s Office by monitoring the study spaces located on campus. In his free time, he participates in the Engineering Physics Club, Soccer Club, and Music Club. 


Narayan Pokhrel

Narayan Pokhrel of Nawalparasi, Nepal is a senior in Engineering Physics major. He has a 3.9 GPA and consistently makes the Dean’s List. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship.

At Ramapo, Narayan is the President of Math Club and Vice President of Engineering Physics Club. He is also active in other clubs including the International Student Organization and Computer and the Technology Club.

Narayan has been involved in study of Bi2Te3 thermoelectric compounds with Dr. Daniela Buna using COMSOL and DSC. He is also working with Dr. Catalin Martin on FTIR spectroscopy of solid samples on cryogenic and room temperature conditions. During free time, he likes to code and play guitar. After graduating from Ramapo, he wants to pursue a doctorate degree in Condensed Matter Physics.


Megan Knight

Megan Knight of Vernon, N.J. is a Engineering Physics major. She has a 4.0 GPA and has made the Dean’s List every semester.

At Ramapo, Megan has been expanding her interest beyond engineering to include computer science and environmental studies and had an internship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute last summer studying physical oceanography. Megan is currently looking at a variety of different fields to pursue after college including transportation engineering, systems engineering or optics.

Off-campus, Megan is helping her wife start a new business and volunteering with Team Rubicon. In her free time, she goes hiking and kayaking with her wife and dogs.

Subin Mali

“After graduation, I am determined to establish myself in the forefront of condensed matter research,” says Subin Mali, an international Honors student from Nepal. He is a senior majoring in Physics and minoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has a 3.98 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester.

Subin is currently working with Prof. Catalin Martin on spectroscopy to measure optical properties of alloys. He is the current Vice President of Math Club, was the previous President of Physics Club, and now works as a Student Aide in ITS. After Ramapo, Subin plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in Physics.



2020 Recipients

Subin Mali

Subin Mali of Kathmandu, Nepal is an Engineering Physics major and Computer Science minor. He has a 3.9 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List since his first semester. A Presidential Scholar at Ramapo, Subin is currently involved in a research project with Dr. Catalin Martin regarding study of elasto-magnetic properties of ferro-magnetic alloy.

Subin is a President of Engineering Physics Club at Ramapo and has played an active role in organizing physics events throughout the year. In addition, he is an executive member of International Student Organization. After college, Subin plans to continue his studies to a doctorate level and ultimately pursue a career as a researcher.


Aashish Poudel

“I plan on attending graduate school for physics and returning to my home in Nepal to pursue a career as a professor and academic researcher,” says Aashish Poudel.  Aashish is an Engineering Physics Major with Mathematics Minor and has a 3.85 GPA.

A Presidential Scholar, Aashish has been involved in academic research with Professor Philip Anderson, developing biometric hands, and with Professor Catalin Martin, studying optical properties of amorphous metals and ceramics. He is presenting his research at the APS meeting in March 2020 in Denver, Colorado.

“As a Physics Tutor, I love to help students with problems in physics, whereas as a Physics Lab Assistant I try to make physics fun and clear through the experiments,” he says. Aashish is also Vice President of the Engineering Physics club, conducting events related to physics and gathering public interests toward the subject, which otherwise is thought to be a dull and tedious discipline.

He can be found either cooking in his dorm, or solving problems in physics anywhere around campus. He is introvert to strangers but loves to talk about life and philosophy after a brief acquaintance.


Balram Singh Saud

“In the future, I want to build cleaner technology and automobiles, and promote cleaner energy to conserve our environment,” says Balram Singh Saud of Nepalgunj, Nepal. Balram is majoring in Engineering Physics with a Mathematics minor. He has a 3.91 GPA, is on the Dean’s List, and is a Presidential Scholar. He has also been involved in research with faculty, studying the unique properties of the topology of metallic strips.

Along with working at the Media Center, Balram is a part of the Engineering Physics Club, the Soccer Club and the Chess Club.

Luke Connell

“I’ve always had a passion for Physics and Natural Sciences. I intend to combine this with my passion for helping others by becoming a Medical Physicist,” says Luke Connell of Closter, N.J. Luke is an Engineering Physics major and has a GPA of 3.5.

At Ramapo, Luke has served as Student Assistant Residence Director of a first-year residence hall on campus, as well as an Admissions Ambassador, dedicated to telling prospective students everything Ramapo has to offer. He has also worked as a head coach for a summer league dive team.


Kyle Cowing

Kyle Cowing of Hopatcong, N.J. is an Engineering Physics major with a Math minor. After graduating Lenape Valley Regional High School in 2011, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice over four years with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. At Ramapo, he has participated in the Veteran Student Organization, and interned at NJIT over the summer of 2019.

Jeetendra Gupta

Jeetendra Gupta is an international student from Nepal. He is an Engineering Physics major with a Mathematics minor. He has a 4.0 GPA and has consistently earned Dean’s List status.

Jeetendra has served as president of the Math Club, vice president of Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society), secretary of the Engineering Physics Club and treasurer of Pi Mu Epsilon (Math Honor Society).  He also actively participated in various math competitions such as NJUMC, PUTNAM, and IMC/MMC.

On-campus, he has tutored math and physics every semester, organized a Fall 2019 Math Competition, and conducted weekly Sudoku competition in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Currently, he is carrying out research under Professor Catalin Martin.  After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical physics.



2019 Recipients

Daniel Tafone

Daniel Tafone of Long Valley, N.J. is an Engineering Physics major. He has a 3.7 GPA.

At Ramapo, Daniel has been active in several organizations including 4Gotten Suitcase and Alpha Sigma Phi, and has served as president of Engineering Physics Club. He will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology for his PhD in Physics.

Christian Hearn

Christian Hearn of Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay is an Engineering Physics major. He has a 3.33 GPA.  He studied chemical engineering before coming to the U.S.

At Ramapo, Christian has been active in the Engineering Physics Club and Mathematics Club. He works two jobs off campus.

Luke Connell

Luke Connell of Closter, N.J. is an Engineering Physics Major. He has a 3.6 GPA.

Luke is a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador and a Resident Assistant in Mackin Hall. In the 2019 fall semester he’ll serve as the Student Assistant Resident Director of Pine Hall. He has also been involved in the Music Club on campus and is the bass guitarist for on-campus indie band “Letterboxes.”

After graduating, Luke intends to pursue a graduate degree in Physics.

Matthew Van’t Slot

Matthew Van’t Slot of Pittstown, N.J. is a senior Engineering Physics major with minors in Music and Mathematics.  He has a 3.4 GPA.  At Ramapo, Matthew has been involved in several organizations, including E-board for the Newman Catholic Club and the Rock Climbing Team.  Matthew spent his fall semester of 2017 studying abroad at Maynooth University in Ireland.

He is a volunteer and associate at the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR) soup kitchen, as well as a guitarist / musician for the Festival of Praise at Immaculate Conception Parish in Annandale, N.J. He was also an intern at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, doing research on subterranean cave exploration in an additive manufacturing lab.  He is currently doing an actuarial internship with INTAC through Ascensus.  “I’m grateful for my time at Ramapo and excited to be using my acquired skills in my future endeavors.”


Nicholas Sorce

Nicholas Sorce of Mt. Laurel, N.J. is an Engineering Physics major. He has provided tutoring for physics students and aided professors in teaching and administering labs for physics classes. In addition, he helped organize the catapult competition, an award-winning event for the engineering physics club. Nicholas was a research intern for the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and attended the American Physical Society’s 2018 Conference in Los Angeles.

“I’m willing to put effort into anything that will further my knowledge, and I recently built my own computer.” He plans for a career in the field of software development, and would like to one-day work for NASA as a software engineer.


Lejla Hoxha

Lejla Hoxha of Norwood, N.J. is an Engineering Physics major. She has a 3.6 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society for Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta. Lejla has worked with Dr. Daniela Buna on research projects using COMSOL Multiphysics.

She is the president of Riffrunners, Ramapo’s acapella group, and organizes and orchestrates events for and by the group. She is also treasurer for the Engineering Physics club, where she and her fellow physics majors have been working to make the club more active on campus. Additionally, Lejla is a commuter mentor where she helps incoming students transition into college.

This winter, Lejla is looking forward to attending another APS CUWiP conference and presenting her summer research she accomplished at Lehigh University. She aims to attend graduate school for material science and engineering. “I’m incredibly honored to have received this scholarship and recognition, and will work even harder to be worthy of this blessing.”


Daniel Tafone


2018 Recipients

Rajat Sainju

Rajat Sainju is an international student from Nepal majoring in Engineering Physics with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics.  He has a 3.9 GPA and has appeared on the Dean’s List each semester at Ramapo.

He is part of the Student Government Association, Peer Facilitation Program, and International Student Organization.  He is currently carrying out research under Professor Catalin Martin on Characterization of Diamond-Like Carbon and Amorphous Magnetic Alloy Thin Films.

After graduation, Rajat plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics.


Lindsey Gray

Lindsey Gray of Dumont, N.J. is an Engineering Physics major with a minor in Mathematics.  She has a 3.63 GPA.  She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Xi, and the College Honors Program.

At Ramapo, Lindsey helped in the foundation of the Females in STEM Society and now serves as president.  She is also the president of the Engineering Physics Club and secretary of the Bass Fishing Team.

Lindsey has also been involved in tutoring, working at Le Gourmet Factory, and conducting research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the Department of Homeland Security.


Daniel Tafone

Junior Honors Program student Daniel Tafone has taken every opportunity to enrich his undergraduate studies in Engineering Physics at Ramapo.  He has had several internships and conducted research at Kansas State University.  He will be conducting research at the Naval Postgraduate School this summer.  He also recently traveled to San Diego to present original research at a physics conference under the advisement of Dr. Buna.

Daniel has been active in 4Gotten Suitcase, the Engineering Physics Club, and Alpha Sigma Phi on campus.  He plans to attend graduate school for physics after graduation.

He has a 3.74 GPA.


Brett Laramee

Brett Laramee of Manahawkin, N.J. is an Engineering Physics major with minors in Mathematics and Music.  He has a 3.73 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List each semester.

At Ramapo, Brett has participated in undergraduate research studying the optical properties of thin films using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy under the guidance of Dr. Catalin Martin.

Brett also teaches the front ensembles of award-winning Southern Regional Golden Rams marching band and Southern Regional’s indoor drum line. Southern Regional’s marching band won first place overall in their class and the High Percussion award at the Tournament of Bands Championship this past fall, a huge achievement for Brett, his coworkers, and his students.

Daniel Latona

Daniel Latona of Saddle Brook, N.J. is an Engineering Physics major.  He has a 3.56 GPA.

He is part of the Engineering Physics Club and the TAS Research Honors Program on campus.  Working under Dr. Catalin Martin, he has been performing infrared spectroscopy research on thin films, single crystals, and mono-layers deposited via the Langmuir-Blodgett technique.

Daniel has also been involved in coaching youth soccer and basketball teams in his town.  He is employed full-time by a pumping equipment firm and plans to continue working there while continuing his education in graduate school.


2017 Recipients

Nathaniel Birrer

Nathaniel Birrer of Succasunna, NJ is an engineering physics major with minors in mathematics and computer science.  He has a 3.96 GPA and has achieved Dean’s List every semester at Ramapo.

Nathaniel has served as president of the Mathematics Club and treasurer of the Ramapo Rock Climbing team.

Off campus he has had research internships at the College of William and Mary and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  At William and Mary he worked with computer data analysis for a neutrino experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and at LLNL he wrote analysis code for a border security imaging system.

“After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school for imaging science and work in industry or at a government laboratory,” said Nathaniel.


Lindsey Gray

Lindsey Gray of Dumont, NJ is an Engineering Physics major with a Math minor.  She has a 3.55 GPA and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and the Ramapo College Honors program.

Last year, Lindsey and a group of fellow students worked together to create the Females in STEM Society, for which Lindsey serves as treasurer.  The group aims to recruit, support, and develop the careers of females in the STEM field.  She is also a member of the Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassadors, is the social/fundraising chair for Alpha Lambda Delta, and secretary of the Bass fishing team.

She tutors off campus, works at Le Gourmet Factory, and has performed research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).


Kamil Nowak

Kamil Nowak of Wallington, NJ is an Engineering Physics Major, with minors in both Computer Science and Mathematics. Over the past few semesters, as well as during the summer months, Kamil has been involved in a number of physics related research projects on campus, working alongside some of the faculty members within the Engineering Physics Department. Such projects included an investigation into specific thin-film metals in order to determine their magnetic properties, and creating a three-dimensional model device that can generate electricity from heat. After graduation, he would like to attend graduate school for Electrical Engineering in order to pursue a career in electronic device development or robotics.


Patrick Rehain

Engineering Physics student Patrick Rehain began his academic career four years ago as a student of Dr. Anderson, who named the Philip M. Anderson Memorial Scholarship in honor of his father.  “When I first enrolled at Ramapo, I had very little sense of direction and not much drive for academic success.  Your introductory physics classes were what inspired me to move from being a back-of-the-class dweller who had little interest in actually learning the material to an attentive student who enjoys participating in class and trying to understand the wonder that is physics,” says Patrick.

Patrick is part of RC Hammer, Ramapo’s Ultimate Frisbee Team.  He also works as a high school math and science tutor and as a middle school basketball referee.

He has a double minor in Math and Computer Science, and a GPA of 3.58.  Post-graduation he plans on pursuing a graduate degree in physics.

Patrick is from Allendale, NJ.

 


Rajat Sainju

Rajat Sainju, an international student from Nepal, is majoring in Engineering Physics with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics.  He has a 3.98 GPA and has appeared on the Dean’s List every semester.

At Ramapo, Rajat has been active in the Student Government Association, Peer Facilitation Program and International Student Organization, where he was president. He is conducting research under Professor Philip Anderson to design and build both robotic and mechanical arm prostheses using 3D printers. He is also working with Professor Catalin Martin in understanding the effects and origins of Magneto-Optic Kerr Effect.

In 2015, with the help of the College, he helped raise $8,000 for the earthquake victims in Nepal, and he is currently working on building learning centers for students affected by the earthquake.

After graduation, Rajat plans to attend graduate school for a PhD in Electrical Engineering.



2016 Recipients

Patrick Rehain

Patrick Rehain is a junior from Allendale, NJ majoring in Engineering Physics. Patrick plans to pursue a master’s degree in physics. He would like a career as an engineer or a computer programmer.

 


Christopher Bolton

Christopher Bolton of Paramus, NJ is an Engineering Physics major and Mathematics minor. He has a 3.8 GPA. Christopher was inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society and is on the Dean’s List.

At Ramapo, Christopher has been active in several organizations and activities, including the Engineering Physics Club, where he served as president, as well as the Math Club. He served as secretary of the Ramapo chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon.

In his hometown of Paramus, Christopher is a volunteer firefighter.


Nathaniel Birrer

Nathaniel Birrer of Succasunna, NJ is an Engineering Physics major with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. He has a 3.95 GPA and has achieved Dean’s List for five consecutive semesters.

At Ramapo, Nathaniel has been active in the Math Club, Geocaching Club, and the Ramapo College Rock Climbing Team. He served as president of the Math Club and vice president of the Geocaching Club.

Off campus, Nathaniel has volunteered with the Raritan Headwaters Association and has tutored physics and computer science.

 


Lindsey Gray

Lindsey Gray of Dumont, NJ is an Engineering Physics major.  She has a 3.7 GPA and was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.

At Ramapo, Lindsey has been active in several organizations and activities, including RASA, the Honors program, and the Bass Fishing Club.  She is the social/fundraising chair for Alpha Lambda Delta, as well as secretary for the Bass Fishing Club.

Off campus, Lindsey works at Le Gourmet Factory and coaches at the Championship Softball Academy.



2015 Recipients

Patrick Rehain

Patrick Rehain of Upper Saddle River, N.J., is an engineering physics major and carries two minors, mathematics and computer science. He has a 3.43 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Patrick is a member of the Disc Club. Off campus, Patrick is a math and science tutor for high school students. He also is a basketball referee for a middle school recreation league.

Patrick plans to pursue a master’s degree in physics. He would like a career as an engineer or a computer programmer.


Steven Hofmann

Steven Hofmann of Franklin Lakes, N.J., is an engineering physics major and a mathematics minor. He has a 4.0 grade point average.

At Ramapo, Steven is a member of the Engineering Physics Club. Off campus, he tutors students in science and mathematics.

Steven is unsure of his career plans but would like to pursue one that supports his enjoyment of physics and mathematics. He is interested in mechanical engineering.


Shauharda Khadka

Shauharda Khadka, an international student from Nepal, is an engineering physics major and mathematics minor. He has a 3.96 grade point average.
At Ramapo, he has worked with Catalin Martin, Ph.D. to assist in developing highly sensitive magnetic susceptometer using tunnel diode resistors. He also worked as an intern at the Biological Microsystems Laboratory at University of Illinois-Chicago to develop microfluidic devices to achieve oxygen gradients for biological applications. Shauharda is president of the Engineering Physics Club.
Shauharda plans to attend graduate school to study robotics and automation research.


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