Sugal Sigal Sutter
Columbia University, 2019, Master of Science in Applied Physics; Columbia University, 2017, major in Sustainable Development; Dean’s List 2016; Scores of 5 on AP Calculus, 5.0 on GRE Analytical Writing and 166 on GRE Quantitative Reasoning.
Sugal’s undergraduate odyssey through the Sustainable Development track at Columbia University involved a vast breadth of coursework, from readings of medieval French poetry to studies on the effects of the 2015-2016 El Niño event on Chinook salmon to proofs of Kepler’s laws. During the fall of his junior year, Sugal immersed himself in French language, thought, and culture by spending a semester studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence. Upon returning to Columbia, Sugal began working on a research project to investigate the feasibility of introducing a cheap and reliable solar thermoelectric technology to rural Honduran homes. This culminated in a senior thesis and going on to design, build, and test his own solar thermoelectric generator.
After receiving his B.A. in sustainable development, Sugal continued at Columbia in pursuit of an M.S. degree in Applied Physics. His renewable and alternative energy work led him to build a device called a CIRCUlar Coil Stellarator (CIRCUS) to confine a healthy plasma, an essential component for nuclear fusion reactions.
Since graduating from Columbia, Sugal has tutored middle schoolers, high schoolers, college students, and graduate students in various subjects, from high school physics, French, and algebra to statistical and classical mechanics, multivariable calculus, and partial differential equations. He taught SAT prep for Baruch College’s high school summer program and currently teaches the GRE and GMAT to aspiring graduate students.
As a tutor for Competitive Edge, Sugal’s mission is to instill both academic skills and intellectual curiosity into all of his students. He caters each lesson to the student’s needs, with the understanding that each student possesses different strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. Sugal is always eager to share his personal experience and enthusiasm with his students in to bond and get to know them better.
When Sugal is not tutoring, you may find him running through Central Park, writing critical essays in a Columbia University library, or reading up on quantum computing on the subway.