BE, Environmental EngineeringWhen Jan Dominik Stepinski entered City College as a freshman, he had many interests but didn't know what to focus on. With help from his professors and advisors, he successfully combined those diverse interests into one interdisciplinary pursuit. The Brooklyn-bred son of Polish immigrants is the Class of 2013 valedictorian. He will graduate from Macaulay Honors College with a 3.96 GPA, a BE in environmental
engineering and minors in economics and mathematics.
"CCNY helped coalesce my interests in biology, economics and mathematics," he said. "By taking different classes in different fields with brilliant professors, it's all come together and put me on a path to a career I will relish."
Next fall, Jan will begin graduate studies in applied mathematics at Stanford University, supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. It's the next step on his path to an environmental engineering career.
"I'm a nature lover whose mission, hopefully, will be to help people discern nature more clearly and facilitate conversations between politicians, businessmen and environmentalists in order to safeguard our world," he said, regarding his career plans.
His other honors include CCNY's Belden Medal for Advanced Calculus, the Post Scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers and the Peggy Cornell Benline Scholarship from the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York, all in 2012. In addition, he was a finalist in the 2011 and 2012 CUNY Math Challenge and a regional finalist in the 2010 "Fed Challenge," sponsored by the Federal Reserve.
"By taking different classes in different fields with brilliant professors it's all come together and put me on a path to a career I will relish."
- Jan Dominik Stepinski