May 16, 2022 — Today, NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) celebrates the graduation of the Class of 2022. The ceremony is being held at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. A live stream of the ceremony is available here.

CUSP, created 10 years ago as part of the City of New York’s Applied Sciences NYC initiative, has consistently expanded and refined its innovative Masters of Science in Applied Urban Science and Informatics degree. Graduates of the program will transition to a variety of career paths and opportunities where they will use their talents, experiences and knowledge to address real-world challenges in urban environments.

At a time when the world needs to continuously rethink many of its “normal” ways of living, CUSP students choose to answer the call. By taking a wide range of interdisciplinary classes, participating in global Data Dives, and applying newly developed skills to capstone challenges, CUSP students leave Brooklyn well-prepared to approach complex urban issues head on with a spirit of innovation, collaboration, and community in mind. We can’t wait to see the positive impact that our students have on communities in New York City and around the world. Congratulations to all of the graduates! 

Special congratulations also goes to the winners of the 2022 Commencement and Achievement Awards. This year’s recipients include:

Commitment to Social Good Award

This award recognizes students committed to innovating urban science to achieve positive social good. 

Riccardo Negri
Jeremy Rucker
Vinita Millind Wagh

Professional Student Award

This award recognizes graduating students with professional commitments. These students have demonstrated impressive balance and commitment to their profession and academics. Students recognized have two or more part-time semester statuses throughout their academic progress and 3.5 or higher GPA.

Medwin Chiu
Amber Jiang
Brian Newborn
La-Toya Niles
Brandon Pachuca
Jeremy Rucker
Solomane Sirleaf
Karen Worthing

Promising Researcher Award

This award recognizes graduating students with impressive scholarly contributions who have demonstrated a promising future in research and academia. 

Alba Alsina Maqueda
Christopher Carey
Huiyue Feng
Kunal Kulkarni
Siyong Liu
Brandon Pachuca
Vaidehi Raipat
FNU Sonam
Emma Thomsen
Zenn Wong

Community Building and Leadership Award

This award recognizes graduating students committed to community building within CUSP and demonstrated extraordinary leadership initiative. 

Eaverine Fu
Claudia Gomez Palacios
Flora Gong
Jingxin He
La-Toya Niles
Brandon Pachuca
Vaidehi Raipat

Scholastic Award

This award recognizes graduating students with notable academic honors and the highest GPA in the program. 

Alec Bardey
Pupul Bhoumick
Christopher Carey
Matt Coughlin
Xiangkun Fang
Tarea Karunaratne
Daniel Levine
Ruoqing Lin
Siyong Liu
Zirui Liu
William Maney
Katherine Merifield
Vaishanavi Muthukrishnan
Xavier Neo
Brian Newborn
Aneri Patel
Gabriel Pincus
FNU Sonam
Jinjin Song
Bing Yang Tan
Hanyu Tian
Hanfie Vandanu
Akshay Verma
Vinita Milind Wagh
Zenn Wong
Karen Worthing
Hongjiang Ye
Hongsen Zhang
Yinuo Zhao