PawPrint: Meet the Winning Students


May 06, 2015

Mackenzie Taylor Jones ( — PawPrint

Mackenzie Jones was the first student to submit the name "PawPrint," on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 12:50:32 p.m.

Jones is a Class of 2016 Neuroscience major on the pre-med track in Columbia College. Columbia became her dream school after one of Jones' high school teachers, a Columbia alumnus, encouraged her to attend his alma mater.

Jones spent a week providing medical care to rural communities in Honduras through Global Brigades, an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams. It was through this trip she knew she wanted to become a doctor.

A part of Global Brigades since her freshman year at Columbia, Jones has since taken two trips with the group: a Medical Brigade in January 2013 and a Public Health Brigade in January 2014. She has served terms as the Public Health Brigade Vice President and Executive President, and is now the Campus Chairperson for the organization’s Columbia chapter.

Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Jones enjoys spending time outdoors. She is a member of the white water kayaking club on campus and rock climbs in her spare time.

Jones hopes to one day get her medical degree so that she can practice medicine in rural communities in both the United States and abroad.

Etienne Meriaux ( — BluePrint

Etienne Meriaux was the first student to submit the name "BluePrint," on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 12:49:36 p.m.

Etienne Meriaux is a graduate student in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), majoring in Management Science and Engineering (MS&E). He came to Columbia from France with the goal to deepen his understanding of supply chain management and industrial logistics after completing his undergraduate engineering studies at the Ecole Polytechnique in France.

When Meriaux learned that the MS&E program at Columbia offered a unique class — Operation Consulting, a year-long consulting project with real companies, including Louis Vuitton — he knew he could not miss the opportunity.

Meriaux completed two internships in Supply Chain for Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton S.E. (LVMH) and especially enjoyed working in the luxury goods field. He hopes to make a career in the industry, and will work for an e-commerce start-up in luxury leather goods this summer.

Brett Krasner ( — LionPrint

Brett Krasner was the first student to submit the name "LionPrint," on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 12:47:24 p.m.

Brett Krasner is a Class of 2017 Political Science student in the School of General Studies (GS), and also majors in Talmud at Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). He enjoys learning about the international political system and thinking of ways to improve it, and is fascinated by the debates between Jewish legal authorities to establish laws and traditions.

Krasner knew that Columbia was the school for him because of its joint program with JTS and its accessibility to New York City. A puzzle enthusiast and problem-solver, Krasner would like to get into consulting after college and see where it will lead him.

Krasner said he is proud to be able to manage his workload, social life, and extracurricular activities — including Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), Hillel, TAMID, and The Federalist — while taking time to explore the city.