Yaniv Cohen

Yaniv Cohen

President's Scholar

College of Engineering
Software Engineering


Why did you choose your major?

We are living in the most innovative and exciting place in the world. The Silicon Valley is the home of the most interesting technological advances. Studying Software Engineering gives me the opportunity to take part in this amazing adventure of innovation and knowledge.    


What does receiving this particular award mean to you?

The past four years were a great challenge for me. Receiving this award means that my hard work paid off. It is a moment to pause the race and appreciate what I have accomplished.  

Who has been instrumental in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?

I have learned that friends and family are the foundation of our success. Three people supported me in my academic journey: Eli Sternheim, the smartest person I ever met, has educated me from the first day of higher education; Isaac Agam, taught me to dream; and Ayelet who helped me with my English.


Did you overcome any hardships or adversities during your life, that has helped shape who you are today?  And if so, could you please briefly elaborate?

I am 36 years old, and the first in my family to attend University. I had a large gap to close in English, Math, Physics and programing. In addition I had to get used to new country and culture, since I moved here from different country. I am also supporting myself financially through school. Today I feel that I proved myself that with hard work I can achieve my goals.


What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?

In order for me to survive the hardship of school, I repeat two mantras: “great things in life take time and work,” and “do your best all the time and appreciate yourself for trying.”


Where would you like to be in 5-10 years?

In the next five years I will have to work very hard to establish myself financially. Once I am stable, I would like to give back to the community. I would like to encourage people to pursue higher education.