SEAS the World! Class of 2018 Celebrates Class Day

Assembled with faculty, family, and friends on the university’s south lawn, graduates-in-waiting reflected on their time on campus and anticipated adventures yet to come.

Researchers Mimic Comet Moth’s Silk Fibers to Make “Air-conditioned” Fabric

In exploring the optical properties of the Madagascar comet moth’s cocoon fibers, Columbia Engineering team discovers the fibers’ exceptional capabilities to reflect sunlight and transmit optical signals and images

Researchers Hide Information in Plain Text

Columbia computer scientists invent FontCode, a way to embed hidden information in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of fonts in text.

Wendy Pan ’18 Learns the Power of Mentorship

For computer scientist Wendy Pan, the mentoring she received at Columbia Engineering was an invaluable part of her educational experience.

Geometry is Key to T-Cell Triggering

Columbia Engineers discover geometric underpinnings of T-cell stimulation through precise engineering of T-cell receptor geometry, building a 3D nanofabricated biomimetic surface that simulates the key components of an antigen-presenting cell

Julia Di ’18, Aiming (Extremely) High

Julia Di co-founded the award-winning Columbia Space Initiative, a collective of “space nerds who like to build cool stuff.”

Meet the Columbia Engineering 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

This year’s highest academic honors are going to seniors Michael C. Tong and Rajat S. Chandra

Sammy Tbeile ’18, Engineering Creativity

Sammy Tbeile '18 uses creativity to solve complex engineering problems.

New Cell Therapy Aids Heart Recovery—Without Implanting Cells

Columbia biomedical engineers invent innovative technique to help injured hearts regenerate, through therapeutic application of extracellular vesicles

A New Chapter for Data Science

Columbia’s third annual Data Science Day showcased powerful illustrations of how researchers across campus help us better understand our world through data.

Entrepreneurship Powered by Engineers

A system for better targeting pancreatic tumors, a device that brings augmented reality into the operating room, and a new method to improve water treatment earned top honors at the 2018 Columbia Venture Competition (CVC)’s Technology Challenge

Faculty Tech Talk: Smart Machines and the Road to Driverless Cars

Professors Hod Lipson and Matei Ciocarlie, sat down with Dean Mary C. Boyce and a crowd of students at Carleton Commons on April 2 to explore the profound challenges of creating machines and artificial intelligence able to perform complex activities far beyond controlled laboratory settings.

Columbians Reach for the Final Frontier

The Columbia Space Initiative set down at Lerner Hall for the second annual Spaceposium on March 26

Dean Boyce to Join Judging Panel for Queen Elizabeth Prize

The Queen Elizabeth prize is designed to recognize not just ingenious inventions, but also the pivotal role engineers play in our lives.

Columbia Engineers Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Chemical engineer Justin Bui ’19 and biomedical engineer Rachel Mintz ’19 were each named Goldwater Scholars

First Dynamic Spine Brace—Robotic Spine Exoskeleton—Characterizes Spine Deformities

Designed by Columbia Engineers, RoSE is first device to measure 3D stiffness of human torso, could lead to new treatments for children with spine deformities such as idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis

NSF Announces New York City as Testbed for New Wave of Mobile Technology

Rutgers, Columbia, and NYU to Lead Research Aimed at Pushing Limits of Wireless-Networking

“Iron Chef” Judy Joo ’97 to Give Keynote at Columbia Engineering Class Day

London-based restauranteur, food celebrity, and “Iron Chef” Judy Joo will address graduating students at their Class Day ceremony on May 14, 2018.

Adult-like Human Heart Muscle Grown from Patient-specific Stem Cells

Columbia biomedical engineers grow first human heart muscle from stem cells that shows critical hallmarks of adult human heart function, in just four weeks

Five Columbia Engineering Professors Win NSF CAREER Awards

Fiveprofessors have won the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Faculty Early Career Development awards this year.

Civil Engineering Professor Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou Wins NSF Career Award

Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou is the fifth junior faculty member this year to win the award from the National Science Foundation. 

New Study Shows Vegetation Controls the Future of the Water Cycle

Columbia Engineers demonstrate the key role of vegetation in responding to rising CO2 levels and show how plants will regulate future dryness

Columbia Engineering Mourns Professor Emeritus Amiya Sen

The Columbia Engineering community mourns the loss of professor emeritus Amiya K. Sen, a noted expert in plasma physics and a respected educator.

Chemical Engineer Daniel Esposito Wins NSF CAREER Award

Daniel Esposito has won a Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation

Lance Murphy ’18: Healing Bodies, Inspiring Minds

Helping people heal is a lifelong passion for South Carolina native Lance Murphy '18.

Professor Agostino Capponi Wins NSF CAREER Award

Agostino Capponi has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.

Siyuan Chen PhD’18: Earth-Shaking Insights

Mechanical engineer Siyuan Chen PhD’18 is on a quest for the ability to reliably predict earthquakes. 

Gioia de Cari Brings Her Award-Winning Show on STEM and Gender, Truth Values, to Miller Theatre

In partnership with CUNY and MIT, Columbia Engineering will host the award-winning play to be followed by a conversation with leading women in STEM.

For Blind Gamers, Equal Access to Racing Video Games

The RAD, an audio-based interface that can easily be integrated into existing video games, enables people who are visually impaired to play video games with the same speed and control as sighted players, with full 3D graphics and complex, challenging racetracks

Columbia Women Entrepreneurs Share Advice on “She Opened the Door” Panel

Columbia Engineering Dean Mary C. Boyce moderated a panel on entrepreneurship that brought together three accomplished alumna, representing Columbia Business School, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering.

Dual Frequency Comb Generated on a Single Chip Using a Single Laser

Columbia Engineers are the first to miniaturize dual-frequency combs by putting two frequency comb generators on a single millimeter-sized silicon-based chip

Profs. Karen Kasza and James Teherani Win 2018 NSF CAREER Awards

Karen Kasza and James Teherani have won Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation.

Extreme Engineering: NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson, the Longest-Serving American in Space

Peggy Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, has spent more days in space than any other American astronaut.

Imani Gosserand, Engineering Possibilities

Imani Gosserand likes to "apply the power of engineering in new and different ways."

Columbia Engineering Mourns Its 11th Dean, Robert A. Gross

The Columbia Engineering community mourns the loss of Robert A. Gross, a scientist and educator, who served as the School’s 11th dean from 1982 until 1990.

Near-Infrared Light May Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Will Benefit Most from Chemotherapy

A new optical imaging system developed at Columbia University uses red and near-infrared light to identify breast cancer patients who will respond to chemotherapy.

Quick Fix: New AR Tool Tries to Take the Trouble out of Troubleshooting

Thanks to a new augmented reality tool being developed by Nelson Lin MS’19 and Monica Chan EdD ’17TC, one day soon you could be debugging hardware without even picking up the phone.

Columbia Engineers Win $4.7M DARPA Grant to Revolutionize Augmented Reality Glasses

An interdisciplinary team is working on a revolutionary lightweight glass that is able to dynamically monitor the wearer’s vision and display contextual images that are vision-corrected.

Columbia Engineers Develop Flexible Lithium Battery for Wearable Electronics

Shaped like a spine, new design enables remarkable flexibility, high energy density, and stable voltage no matter how it is flexed or twisted

Bioengineered Soft Microfibers Improve T-cell Production

Columbia biomedical engineers design a new, biomaterials-based system that may bring new hope to cancer patients for T-cell therapy

Prof. Shih-Fu Chang Named an ACM Fellow

Shih-Fu Chang joins 53 new ACM fellows around the world recognized for their transformative roles in advancing technology in the digital age.

NYC Health Department Identifies 10 Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness Using Yelp Reviews Since 2012

A computer system developed by Columbia University with Health Department epidemiologists detects foodborne illness and outbreaks in NYC restaurants based on keywords in Yelp reviews

Computer Science Professor Bjarne Stroustrup Wins Draper Prize for Creating Programming Language

The award honors an engineer whose accomplishment has “significantly impacted society by improving the quality of life, providing the ability to live freely and comfortably, and/or permitting access to information.”

Angela Cao MS’17, Optimizing Operations

For Angela (Xi) Cao MS’17, data is power: the power to invest more fruitfully, to run businesses more strategically, and to figure out what customers want even before they do.

Robotic Device Improves Balance and Gait in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Columbia engineers find that a single session of perturbation-based training, using their Tethered Pelvic Assist Device, increased stability of patients during walking while exposed to unexpected perturbations.

Interdisciplinary Design Challenge Targets Opioid Crisis

More than 100 students across 15 interdisciplinary teams pitched their ideas in the 2017 Design Challenge.

Columbia Alums Discuss AI and the Future of the Financial Industry

Columbia Engineering alumni gathered with Dean Boyce, SEAS alum and Addepar CEO Eric Poirier `04, and  Xunyu Zhou to discuss what the current revolution in fintech means for investors and the financial sector at large.

Columbia Engineers Develop Floating Solar Fuels Rig for Seawater Electrolysis

Daniel Esposito’s team has developed a novel photovoltaic-powered electrolysis device that can operate as a stand-alone platform that floats on open water.

Faculty Tech Talk: A Revolution in Regenerative Medicine

On November 29, four renowned faculty members from the Department of Biomedical Engineering joined Dean Mary C. Boyce and a crowd of students at Carleton Commons for a look at how Columbia engineers are transforming medicine’s ability to repair and sustain the human body.

Columbia Engineers Create Artificial Graphene in a Nanofabricated Semiconductor Structure

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have made an important breakthrough in physics and materials science, recently reported in Nature Nanotechnology

Extreme Engineering: Exploring the Ocean Deep

Veteran explorers Tim Taylor and Christine Dennison visited Columbia Engineering in November as part of the Extreme Engineering series.

Columbia Engineering and Columbia Business School Announce New Master’s Degree in Business Analytics

Jointly developed by faculty at both Columbia Engineering and Columbia Business School, the MS in Business Analytics equips graduates for careers in professions where a deep understanding and practical application of data analytics are required.

Perfecting the Pitch

Entrepreneurs from across the university faced off at Columbia Engineering’s Fast Pitch competition November 14.

First “Frontiers in Robotics” Conference Highlights Columbia Research and Innovation

Columbia Technology Ventures hosted its first on-campus conference to showcase the research of faculty from Columbia Engineering and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons on October 19, 2017. 

Applied Mathematician Qiang Du Elected an AAAS Fellow

Qiang Du has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

New Tech Talks Series Explores Faculty Research

Columbia Engineering's inaugural Tech Talk offered a discussion on the mechanics of modeling extreme weather.

Student Profile: Jenny Ardelean PhD ’19 Travels to Seoul for Leadership Conference

PhD candidate Jenny Ardelean MS’14 went to South Korea this summer for Expanding Horizons, the Ewha-Luce International Seminar (ELIS).

Columbia Engineering Wins Big at the NYC Media Lab Demo Showcase

Columbia Engineering teams excelled at NYC Media Lab’s annual summit and demo showcase

SEAS Students Teach Computer Science in Ghana

A team of six Columbia students volunteered to travel to Ghana this past summer in support of an educational initiative organized by Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering, Inc. (ELiTE)

Heading for the Clouds: Artist Tomás Saraceno envisions the “Aerocene” Age

Multidisciplinary artist and innovator Tomás Saraceno recently visited Columbia Engineering for an October residency

Columbia Engineering Mourns Mrs. Joan C. Fu

The Columbia Engineering community mourns the loss of Mrs. Joan C. Fu, the widow of Z.Y. Fu, for whom the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is named.

Professor Donald Goldfarb Wins the John von Neumann Theory Prize

Donald Goldfarb has won the John von Neumann Theory Prize of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Regina Barzilay, Computer Science PhD ’03, Wins MacArthur “Genius” Grant

The MacArthur Foundation cited Barzilay for her “significant contributions to a wide range of problems in computational linguistics, including both interpretation and generation of human language.”

A Love of Baseball Leads SEAS Student Halfway Around the World

Matt Karo ’18 figured he’d spend this past summer playing baseball—he just never expected it would be in China

Engineering Without Borders

Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineers Without Borders–USA, gave an Engineering Icons talk September 28 at Columbia Engineering.

Columbia Researchers Observe Exotic Quantum Particle in Bilayer Graphene

A team led by Cory Dean and James Hone has definitively observed an intensely studied anomaly in condensed matter physics—the even-denominator fractional quantum Hall (FQH) state—via transport measurement in bilayer graphene. 

Researchers Invent Breakthrough Millimeter-wave Circulator IC

Researchers are first to demonstrate a circulator on a silicon chip at mm-wave frequencies that enables nonreciprocal transmission of waves

The Cleanest Room on Campus

A multidisciplinary alliance of engineers and scientists in the Columbia Nano Initiative have spent years designing and building a state of the art new clean room. 

Shutterstock Founder Jon Oringer MS’99 on Revolutionizing Image Search

The Shutterstock Founder gave this year's Magill Lecture

Honoring Faculty Excellence

Faculty gathered at Carleton Lounge September 19 to officially welcome newcomers, recognize recent achievements, and toast the busy year ahead.

Columbia Engineers Win NSF Grant to Study NYC Storm Surge Infrastructure Resilience

Professors George Deodatis, Daniel Bienstock, and Kyle Mandli were recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study storm surge threats to New York City infrastructure.

Professor Mike Massimino Hosts New Series The Planets on Science Channel

Mike Massimino BS’84, a professor of professional practice in mechanical engineering, hosts The Planets, an eight-part series that just debuted on Science Channel.

One Step Closer to Lifelike Robots

Researchers have solved a long-standing issue in the creation of untethered soft robots whose actions and movements can help mimic natural biological systems.

Negar Reiskarimian Earns Marconi Society Young Scholar Award

PhD candidate Negar Reiskarimian's work has earned her a prestigious Paul Baran Young Scholar Award from the Marconi Society.

Columbia Space Initiative Team Wins NASA Advanced Air Vehicles Challenge

A team from the Columbia Space Initiative took first place at NASA’s Langley Advanced Air Vehicles Challenge

New Book on "How Much Inequality Is Fair?" from Prof. Venkat Venkatasubramanian

Venkat Venkatasubramanian has a new book, How Much Inequality Is Fair? Mathematical Principles of a Moral, Optimal, and Stable Capitalist Society, recently published by Columbia University Press.

Columbia Engineering Adds 78 New Faculty in Last Four Years; Fifteen Join in 2017

Twelve new faculty members join Columbia Engineering this year.

Class of 2021 Kicks Off Day One

Dean Mary C. Boyce officially welcomed the Class of 2021 at SEAS’ 2017 Academic Assembly.

Columbia Engineers and Clinicians First to Build a Functional Vascularized Lung Scaffold

New approach to bioengineering lungs selectively treats epithelium that lines the lung airway, while preserving lung vasculature; this transformative technique could lead to improved care of patients with lung disease

A Low-Cost Method for Solar-Thermal Conversion That’s Simpler and Greener

Columbia Engineers and colleagues create a “dip-and-dry” approach for selective solar absorbers that exhibit high-performance and durability

Researchers Discover New Class of Chemical Reaction

A new study has identified the significance of a new class of chemical reactions involving three molecules that each participate in the breaking and forming of chemical bonds.

Single Molecules Can Work as Reproducible Transistors—at Room Temperature

Researchers are first to reproducibly achieve the current blockade effect using atomically precise molecules at room temperature, a result that could lead to shrinking electrical components and boosting data storage and computing power.

Cognitive Hearing Aid Filters Out the Noise

Columbia Engineers make major advance in helping the hearing impaired follow a conversation in a noisy environment

Robot-driven Device Improves Crouch Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Columbia Engineers use a robotic training method that improved posture and walking in children with CP by enhancing muscle strength and coordination.

Engineering Bacteria to Treat Breast Cancer

Biomedical Engineer Tal Danino Wins a Department of Defense Era of Hope Scholar Award to Advance his Breast Cancer Research

Columbia Team Baby Bloom Awarded $10,000 at Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

A team of Columbia engineers and entrepreneurs recently received $10,000 in the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge for developing an Internet of Things device for personalized lactation management.

Researchers Revolutionize Brain-Computer Interfaces Using Silicon Electronics

In new DARPA project, researchers exploit the latest in silicon electronics to invent an implanted brain-interface device that could transform how artificial systems enhance brain functions.

Reunion 2017 Showcases Interdisciplinary Research

Columbia Engineering alumni back on campus for Reunion Weekend got an inside look at groundbreaking interdisciplinary research 

Reunion 2017 Kick-Off Honors Outstanding Columbians

Columbia engineers spanning decades, professions, and research interests convened at Low Library June 1 to kick off Reunion Weekend 

Uncrushable: How a 2,700-paper-tube Structure Stands Up to Stress

Columbia Engineering ran a crush test on a prototype of “Hive,” a new, interactive installation that will open to the public on July 4

João P. Cerqueira and Thomas J. Repetti earn Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Two Columbia Engineering PhD students have been named recipients of the highly competitive $100,000 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF)

Columbia Engineering Announces Fellowship in Honor of Sustainability Pioneer

Columbia Engineering announced the establishment of the J. Gunther Cohn Memorial Fellowship

Prof. Barclay Morrison Awarded $2 Million Grant to Study Concussions

Biomedical Engineering Professor Barclay Morrison has won a $2 million five-year grant to study the underlying mechanisms of concussions.

Oyster Shells Inspire New Method to Make Superstrong, Flexible Polymers

Technique could lead to stronger composite materials used in commercial products, opening the way for their use in structural applications

Dr. Jelena Diakonikolas MS’12 PhD’16 Receives Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence

Jelena Diakonikolas received the School’s Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence at Class Day May 15.

Senior Design Expo Showcases Our Outstanding Class of 2017

Columbia Engineering’s fourth annual Senior Design Expo showcased the ingenuity and innovation of the Class of 2017.

Hotspots Show that Vegetation Alters Climate by Up to 30%

Columbia Engineers find strong feedbacks between the atmosphere and vegetation that explain up to 30% of precipitation and surface radiation variance

Ten Columbia Engineers Win 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Ten Columbia engineers were recently recognized with highly prized graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation

Moving On Up: Class of 2017 Celebrates Class Day

Columbia Engineering’s talented Class of 2017 will help lead humanity through an age of accelerating transformation, distinguished speakers predicted

Aria M. Perkins ’17 is Prepared to Solve Multifaceted Problems

For chemical engineer Aria M. Perkins ’17, Columbia has been a combination of everything she wanted out of her undergraduate education

Graduate Applies Engineering to Health and Video Games

Shyno Mathew's doctorate in computational chemical engineering is the culmination of an intellectual adventure that spans continents and disciplines. 

Data Science Institute Transitions to University-wide Research Center

The Data Science Institute is transitioning to become a University-wide Institute, under the leadership of Jeannette Wing.

Fourth Startup Columbia Festival Aims to Change the World, One Entrepreneur at a Time

An array of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, academics, and journalists got together at the 4th annual #StartupColumbia Festival

Neha Jain ’17 and Sidney Perkins ’17 Awarded Fulbright Fellowships

Two Columbia Engineering seniors recently received prestigious Fulbright Fellowships to work abroad and represent the United States as cultural ambassadors.

Meet Columbia Engineering’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian

This year’s top academic honors are going to seniors Noah Jacob Zweben and Ke (Lisa) Lei, Columbia Engineering’s class valedictorian and salutatorian.

Freezing Lithium Batteries May Make Them Safer and Bendable

Yuan Yang has developed a new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones.

Tapping Into Engineering’s Artful Side

The restructured Art of Engineering class puts students in touch with the field’s possibilities.

Columbia Engineers Invent Method to Control Light Propagation in Waveguides

New technique using nano-antennas to make photonic integrated devices smaller with a broader wavelength range could transform optical communications

Tissue Engineer Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Earns Columbia’s Highest Academic Honor

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a pioneer in the engineering of functional human tissue for use in regenerative medicine, has been appointed to the rank of University Professor, Columbia University’s highest academic honor. 

David Blei’s Big Data Innovations Win Him a Guggenheim Fellowship

Statistics and Computer Science Professor David Blei has been tailoring machine learning and topic modeling for a wide variety of research areas, including image analysis and patient monitoring.

Columbia’s Data Science Day Highlights Transformative Possibilities

Big data’s astounding possibilities for reshaping health care, business, government, and other aspects of our lives took center stage at Columbia University’s Data Science Day, a gathering of more than 600 engineers, researchers, and industry leaders.

Columbia Students Conquering Space in Their Spare Time

Members of the student-run Columbia Space Initiative and other student groups interested in astrophysics and space engineering showed off their projects at CU in Space.

Columbia’s National Society of Black Engineers Chapter Honored for Impact

A busy year of community outreach, youth education programs, and academic and professional development on campus has earned the Columbia University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers the title of Regional Chapter of the Year. 

David E. Shaw's Supercomputer Is Uncovering Secrets of Human Biology

David E. Shaw, the legendary investment manager turned innovator in computational biochemistry, spoke to a packed auditorium of Columbia Engineering students about his development of high-speed simulations that could lead to better understanding of protein behavior and Alzheimer’s disease.

Top Venture Capitalist Kai-Fu Lee to Speak at Columbia Engineering Class Day

Kai-Fu Lee will give the keynote address for Columbia Engineering’s Class Day ceremony on May 15, 2017.

New Columbia Symposium Charts the Frontiers in Computing Systems

Columbia’s inaugural Frontiers in Computing Systems Symposium brought together more than 150 scientists, researchers, and engineers to discuss extreme-scale computing systems and their application to solving diverse interdisciplinary problems.

MAKECU: Hackers Go from Zero to Functioning Hardware in 24 Hours

Columbia Engineering’s MakerSpace was humming with innovative ideas as students launched into the annual MAKECU Hardware Hackathon, a 24-hour competition that challenges teams to build the most creative hardware from scratch.

Four Columbia Engineering Professors Win NSF CAREER Awards

Columbia Engineering professors were awarded four of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Awards this year. Together, their work illustrates the breadth of Columbia Engineering's research and innovation. 

Shopper Alert: Van-Anh Truong Is Optimizing Real-Time E-Commerce Solutions

Assistant Professor Van-Anh Truong has won a National Science Foundation CAREER award for investigating and solving real-time optimization problems involving personalization in e-commerce and e-services. 

Prof. Javad Ghaderi Wins NSF CAREER Award for Network Optimization

Javad Ghaderi, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has won a National Science Foundation CAREER award for his work on a new algorithmic framework for optimizing the performance of large-scale networks, including wireless network systems and data centers.

Four Student Teams Selected for Prestigious NYC Mentoring Program

Four teams of young entrepreneurs connected to Columbia Engineering have been selected for the Verizon Connected Futures program, a prestigious program created by Verizon and the NYC Media Lab that provides funding and mentorship for some of New York’s most impressive young innovators.

Neural Engineer Qi Wang Wins NIH Grant to Study Pupil-linked Arousal

The five-year, $2 million award will support his project to study the role of the locus coeruleus, a tiny nucleus buried deep in the brainstem, in regulating arousal in the brain that co-varies with pupil size.

U.S. Grasslands Affected More by Atmospheric Dryness Than by Precipitation, Study Finds

A new study shows that dryness of the atmosphere affects U.S. grassland productivity more than rainfall does. The findings could have important implications for predicting how plants will respond to warming climate conditions.

Thinking Outside the Power Box: Matthias Preindl Takes Converters Virtual

Columbia Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Matthias Preindl has received an NSF CAREER grant to develop virtual power converters for electric vehicles and home power systems that could speed up onboard charging, cut costs, and increase reliability. 

New Method Rescues Donor Organs to Save Lives

Columbia Engineers and Surgeons Revive Historic Technique, Pioneer New Technology to Recover Damaged Donor Lungs

Engineering Alumni Stress ‘Courage, Confidence, and Grit’ in Navigating Careers

The evening was a celebration of diversity and networking featuring a panel with Flanagan and fellow alums Chelsey Roebuck ’10, and Nathalie Torres ’07.  

Aboard the USS Intrepid, Columbia Engineering Students Inspire the Next Generation

Columbia Engineering students were among the star attractions at Kids Week this February at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 

Extreme Engineering: Exploring Mars through Augmented Reality

Victor Luo from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab spoke to a Columbia University audience

Columbia Engineering Celebrates Supporting Role in Oscar-Winning Jungle Book

When The Jungle Book won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Columbia Engineering’s Computer Graphics Group celebrated as their own technology contributed to movie history.

Turning Iron and Steel Manufacturing Waste Into Valuable Materials

Executives from China’s Baotou Iron and Steel (Group) Co. visited the lab of Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park and Xiaozhou (Sean) Zhou to see a prototype processing unit designed by Park and Zhou to repurpose slag.

Extreme Engineering: Tales From a Moonwalker

NASA legend Charlie Duke visited Columbia Engineering as part of Engineering Week 2017

Columbia Students Welcome New Year with Gala Celebration

Columbia University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association celebrated the Lunar New Year with a Spring Festival Gala.

Columbia Engineering Launches SHAPE for High-School Engineers

New Summer Program Immerses Teenagers in Robotics and Programming

Nicole Moskowitz Featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Advancing Healthcare

Biomedical engineer Nicole Moskowitz ’14 MS ’15 recently made Forbes’ annual list of 30 Under 30 

Lishan AZ Named Among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Shaping the Future of Gaming

Forbes recently named Lishan AZ ’12 to their prestigious annual list of 30 Under 30 who are “leading a technological and artistic revolution” in gaming.

Julia Hirschberg Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Professor Julia Hirschberg has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

Professor Shiho Kawashima Wins NSF Career Award

Professor Shiho Kawashima has won a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to support her work developing concrete systems for use in 3D printing

Dean Boyce at Davos: Women Have a Major Role in STEM’s Future

In January, Dean Boyce participated in an issue briefing panel at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum titled, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Impact on Women.”

Columbia Space Initiative Founders Keenan Albee ’17 and Julia Di ’18 Honored

Keenan Albee ’17 and Julia Di ’18 have been named among “The 20 Twenties,” a select group of top STEM students.

Professor Ponisseril Somasundaran Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Ponisseril Somasundaran has been elected a 2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Professors Ateshian and Myers Win ASME Honors for Bioengineering Research

Two mechanical engineering professors have won top honors from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Medical Imaging Innovator Christine Hendon Wins Presidential Honor

Christine Hendon has won the Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE), the highest honor the U.S. government gives to young scientists and engineers.

Implantable Microrobots

Researchers led by Biomedical Engineering Professor Sam Sia has developed a way to manufacture microscale-sized machines from biomaterials that can safely be implanted in the body.

Kai Tinsley | Engineering Opportunity

“I want to go into engineering because I want to help people, I want to work with people. I want to somehow use what I learn here and bring it back to my community.”

The Society of Women Engineers Partners with ThinkSTEAM to Mentor Young Women

Columbia Engineering’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) joined forces with local nonprofit ThinkSTEAM to host an afternoon design challenge workshop 

Undergraduate Researchers Honored for Advances in Biomolecular Microtubules

 A team of student researchers from Columbia Engineering earned a silver award at BIOMOD 2016

‘Spaceman’ Mike Massimino ’84 Reflects on Epic Journey from Long Island to Earth Orbit

Massimino, distinguished astronaut and professor, has been on tour sharing his new book SPACEMAN. 

Prof. Steve WaiChing Sun Wins Air Force’s Young Investigator Program Award

Steve WaiChing Sun, assistant professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, has won a three-year, $360,000 2017 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grant.

Astronaut Tim Kopra Shares Stories of His 244 Days in Space

Kopra spoke on campus November 15 as part of SEAS’ Extreme Engineering series.

Increasing tornado outbreaks—Is climate change responsible?

Study raises new questions about what climate change will do to tornado outbreaks and what is responsible for recent trends

Young Alumni Share Why They Support Giving Day

Thanks to the generosity of Columbia Engineering alumni, friends, students, parents, faculty, and staff the School received $1,354,172 in gifts!

Columbia Engineering Professor Eitan Grinspun’s Research Animates Disney’s Moana

Columbia Engineering Professor Eitan Grinspun’s Research Animates Disney’s Moana

Kanishk Vashisht | Hacking Global Challenges

“Contrary to what a lot of people think, there isn’t always one correct answer, but many ways to approach a problem. It’s fascinating seeing how people come up with different solutions and then amalgamate them to find a solution that works best.”

Professor Sajda Named an AAAS Fellow

Paul Sajda, professor of biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and radiology, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Ally Peccia | Solving Riddles to Make an Impact

“I like riddles and problem-solving, and engineering is kind of an extension of that,” Peccia says.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Tunisia to New York

An envoy of Tunisian engineering and business university professors flew to Morningside Heights for a week devoted to sharing Columbia’s expertise in entrepreneurial education.

New Method Increases Energy Density in Lithium Batteries

Novel technique may lead to longer battery life in portable electronics and electrical vehicles

Gleb Vizitiv | Adding Color to the Sketch

Gleb Vizitiv | Adding Color to the Sketch

Fulbright Winner to Embark on Indonesian Odyssey

Stephanie O’Gara BS’16 will travel to Indonesia to study how their bustling agricultural sector can use leftover biological matter from harvesting crops to produce biofuels that are less environmentally harmful than traditional sources of energy.

Columbia Engineers Win Recognition and Prizes at NYC Media Lab Demo Showcase

Columbia engineers brought back glory and grant money from the NYC Media Lab’s annual summit and demo showcase

Erasing the Line Between Imaging and Analyzing

From the forthcoming Columbia Engineering magazine, Fall 2016 | Cover story: The Future. We’re Working On It.

Electrons in Graphene Behave Like Light, Only Better

Researchers discover that electrons mimic light in graphene, confirming a 2007 prediction – their finding may enable new low power electronics and lead to new experimental probes.

New $2M NSF Research Grant Aims to Expand Wireless Access

A Columbia-led research team earned a grant to help develop less expensive, high-data-rate wireless access

Honoring Excellence

Faculty gathered in Carleton Lounge Sept. 20 to honor colleagues’ achievements, welcome new professors, and toast the beginning of another academic year.

New $5M Grant to Support Robotics Research for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Sunil Agrawal's project to help spinal cord injury patients just won a $5 million grant.

Extreme Engineering: Rise of the Space Robots

Dr. Eddie Tunstel spoke as part of Columbia Engineering's Extreme Engineering program.

Memoirs of a SEAS Astronaut

Astronaut and Columbia Engineering Professor of Professional Practice Mike Massimino BS’84 is set to publish his first book this October

Our Driverless Future

Hod Lipson, professor of mechanical engineering, is coauthor of a new book, Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

Senior Design Projects Lead to Biotech Startups

Two teams of brand-new graduates from the Department of Biomedical Engineering have won awards in a national competition to design innovative healthcare solutions.

Get Hyped About STEM!

In partnership with Columbia Engineering and Teachers College, Hypothekids, is an educational initiative that introduces students to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

All Eyes on 2020

Dean Mary C. Boyce officially welcomed the Class of 2020 to the start of their first year at SEAS.

Rio Design Challenges Push Forward

Thanks to two Rio-centered Design Challenges last year, Columbia students and faculty are pushing forward with innovative ideas designed especially for the city.

Dinner in 3D

Over the past year, Lipson and his students have been developing a 3D food printer that can fabricate edible items

New Working Group Takes On Massive Computing Needs of Big Data

The Data Science Institute’s newest working group will try to address some of the bottlenecks facing scientists working with massive data sets at Columbia and beyond.

Professor Tal Danino Programs Bacteria to Destroy Cancer Cells

When deployed together with a traditional cancer drug, the bacteria shrank aggressive liver tumors in mice.

Columbia Engineering Researchers Use Acoustic Voxels to Embed Sound with Data

New approach could lead to better tagging and coding, leveraging 3D printing of complex geometries

Columbia University Computer Scientists Presented Three Papers at DAC 2016

DAC is the most prestigious conference in the area of design and automation of electronic systems.

Columbia Engineering Start-up VidRovr Receives Grant, Mentorship from Publicis Groupe

VidRovr will receive funding and a year of guidance from executive mentors at Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s leading advertising and PR firms.

Something for Everyone at Reunion 2016!

Visiting alumni got an expansive look at topics ranging from groundbreaking interdisciplinary research to the future of STEM education.

Columbia Electrical Engineers Win Another Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship and $100,000 Stipend

For the fifth year in a row, a Columbia Engineering team has won a coveted Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship.

Scientists Uncover Striking Differences Between Adult, Newborn Mouse Brain

Findings reveal mismatch between neuronal activity and blood flow in the brains of newborn mice

Columbia Engineers Develop New, Low-Cost Way to Capture Carbon

Researchers discover new reverse chemical reaction at nanoscale that enables efficient carbon capture

Reunion 2016 Kick-Off Honors Leaders in Engineering and Science

Generations of Columbia engineers gathered to kick off Reunion Weekend and to celebrate the recipients of the School’s Pupin, Egleston, and Samuel Johnson Medals.

Face of the Future

A new technique developed by Prof. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic repairs large bone defects in the head and face by using lab-grown living bone, tailored to the patient and the defect being treated.

Fighting Virtual Reality Sickness

Columbia Engineering researchers have developed a way to combat VR sickness that can be applied to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Sony PlayStation VR, and Google Cardboard.

2015 Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize Awarded to Chris Boyce

The prize is awarded each year for the best PhD dissertation on Chemical Engineering.

Video: Hod Lipson | Digital Food

As part of its special on "The Future of Everything," the Wall Street Journal features Professor Hod Lipson’s pioneering food printing technology. Go behind the scenes in this video.

Expo Showcases Senior Design Innovation

Showcasing their ingenuity and a broad array of research interests, Columbia Engineering’s Class of 2016 made the third annual Senior Design Expo the most colorful and wide-ranging yet.

Professor Aurel Lazar’s Team a Finalist in Open Science Research Competition

Lazar and his team are developing an open software platform that will integrate healthy and diseased neurobiological and modeling data of the fruit fly brain, and its genetic markers, within a single unified database.

SEAS Energy Day Underscores Innovative Ideas on Sustainable, Affordable Energy

Leading experts addressed the issues of integrating high fractions of variable power into the grid and novel ideas for providing sustainable, affordable energy resources.

Professor Peter Schlosser Elected to the German National Academy of Sciences

Schlosser was recognized for his for his contributions to understanding water movement using trace substances such as radiocarbon.

Revealing the Nature of Magnetic Interactions in Manganese Oxide

A team of scientists, led by Prof. Simon Billinge, is using its recently developed mathematical approach to examine manganese oxide's magnetic interactions.

Martha Kim Receives Borg Early Career Award

The award is bestowed annually to one or two women in computer science or engineering, who like Kim, have made early-career research contributions and at the same time have committed themselves to encouraging young women to enter the computing field.

Milestones

Read about Columbia Engineers' recent awards, recognitions, and accomplishments.

Thomas Theis Named Executive Director of the Columbia Nano Initiative

Theis, who has extensive experience in leading physical sciences research at IBM, will lead the interdisciplinary group focused on advancing research efforts in nanotechnology.

Capstones Explore Problems in Medical Imaging, Finance, Public Health, and More

Six teams of master's students presented their capstone projects, taking on problems at the forefront of medical imaging, finance, public and environmental health, advertising, and marketing.

Senior Spotlight: Sarah Berlinger, Renewing Energy

For electrochemical engineer Sarah Berlinger, developing renewable energy alternatives is the ultimate creative expression.

The Journey's Just Begun

Class Day and Commencement marked the end of an incredible journey and celebrates the start of new beginnings for this year's graduates.

Columbia Space Initiative Taking Engineering to Extreme New Places

Columbia Space Initiative, one of Columbia’s newest clubs dedicated to all things space and space technology, is less than a year old, but it’s already seen success.

Senior Spotlight: Noor Freiha, Finding the Optimal Solution

At Columbia, Freiha says she’s become more analytical, and after graduation, she will join Strategy& at PWC as an associate in tech strategy focusing on retailers and consumers.

Senior Spotlight: Deborah Owolabi, Building Tomorrow

Owolabi is focusing on construction engineering management, aiming for projects that are “purposeful” and improve people’s lives.

Adam Cannon and Jae Woo Lee Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Cannon will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching for Faculty, and Lee will receive the SEAS Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.

Nanfang Yu Wins Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Office of Naval Research

Yu won the award for creative research with far-reaching implications for technological needs of the Department of Defense.

Star Sailor

In an April 21 Extreme Engineering talk hosted by Columbia Engineering, GHO President Greg Olsen discussed his remarkable journey from “entrepreneurship to spaceship.”

Senior Spotlight: Jahrane Dale, Neuroengineer + Entrepreneur

At the Engineering School, Dale was immediately drawn to biomedical engineering and the development of novel solutions to better understand, preserve, and treat the human body. 

Pay It Forward

Columbia Engineering’s female population is growing—and reaching out to the next generation.

Freudenstein Lecture Celebrates the “Father of Modern Kinematics”

This year's lecture was given by J. Michael McCarthy, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine.

SEAS Wins Big in Venture Competition

An innovative process that turns local, organic waste into a high-demand usable resource and a new app that customizes drug recommendations for patients are first-place winners in this year’s Columbia Venture Competition.

Student Spotlight: Ariane Coelho Brotto

Ariane Coelho Brotto has been unambiguous about her passion for science since childhood. Currently a PhD student focused in water sustainability solutions in Professor Kartik Chandran’s lab, Brotto is well on her way to achieving that goal.

Prof. Nanfang Yu Wins PowerBridgeNY Grant

A team lead by Prof. Nanfang Yu is one of five recipients of grants from the PowerBridgeNY program to pursue clean energy related research and commercialization.

Senior Spotlight: Mounir Ennenbach, Managing Water Smarter

Mounir Ennenbach ’16SEAS, earth and environmental engineering major and accomplished musician, is set to to join Citigroup's environmental risk management team after graduation.

Columbia-led Team Advances Single Molecule Electronic DNA Sequencing

DNA sequencing is the key technology for personalized and precision medicine initiatives.

From All Corners of Engineering, Sustainable Energy Solutions in the Works

Columbia Engineers face a complex problem: How do we assure clean, safe, sustainable, and low-cost energy resources for today and well into the future?

Water, Energy, Climate: Columbia Engineers Tackle the World's Biggest Problems

Columbia Engineering magazine highlights some of our faculty members whose groundbreaking research is chipping away at perhaps one of the most critical global challenges facing humanity today.

Top of Their Class

For this informal Q&A, we caught up with this year's valedictorian and salutatorian to find out post-graduation plans, life mantras, what they’ll miss about SEAS, and more.

Extreme Engineering Talk Spotlights Greg Olsen, Entrepreneur-Astronaut

On April 21, Extreme Engineering welcomes Greg Olsen, the third-ever private citizen to orbit the Earth aboard the International Space Station.

WiFi Capacity Doubled at Less than Half the Size

Columbia Engineers have developed the first on-chip RF circulator that doubles WiFi speeds with a single antenna.

Columbia Engineers Win Fourteen NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

The recipients of this annual award are expected to become leaders in maintaining the nation’s technological infrastructure, security, and economic well-being.

Student Startup Wins Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Kinnos Inc. will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $10,000 as winners in the undergraduate “Cure it” category for their innovative new product, Highlight.

A Flexible Camera: A Radically Different Approach to Imaging

A team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has developed a novel sheet camera that can be wrapped around everyday objects to capture images that cannot be taken with one or more conventional cameras.

Big Data All Day

Columbia’s Data Science Institute held its second annual all-day conference devoted to big data on April 6, and it was information overload in the best sense.

Columbia Engineering Magazine: Read the Spring 2016 Issue

When it comes to Earth and its ever-changing environment, engineers are faced with a world of problems to solve. Our researchers are looking at a range of challenges including climate and water risk, coupled with financial risk management; carbon sequestration; urban infrastructure design; and more. Here, Columbia Engineering highlights some of our faculty members whose groundbreaking research is chipping away at perhaps one of the most critical global challenges facing humanity today.

Visionary Engineer Lynn Conway BS’62, MS’63 Heralds Dawn of the Techno-Social Age

Conway spoke about the coming technological renaissance at the Magill Lecture, an annual event hosted by Columbia Engineering.

Heat and Light Get Larger at the Nanoscale

A Columbia-led research team is the first to demonstrate a strong, non-contact heat transfer channel using light with performances that could lead to high efficiency electricity generation.

Alumnus Alan Willner Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Electrical Engineering alumnus Willner was recognized for his research contributions in the areas of optics, photonics, and high-speed optical networks.

Jon Steinberg ’03BUS to Speak at Class Day

The former president and COO of Buzzfeed will give the keynote address at this year's ceremony, to be held on May 16.

New GE Partnership to Advance MRI Research

In the new partnership, Columbia faculty, students, and researchers will have access to new, state-of-the-art imaging machines on campus.

Four Professors Win 2016 NSF CAREER Awards

CAREER grants are the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of the early career-development activities of junior faculty.

Engineering Faculty Excel in University Research Competition

Columbia Engineering is represented in five of the six winning research teams in the University’s annual RISE competition.

Startup NimbleDroid Speeds Up Android Apps

The new tool provides an automated, comprehensive analysis of an app’s speed, memory usage, bandwidth consumption, and more.

Qing Qu Awarded Microsoft Research Fellowship

Only 12 fellows were selected from a pool of 211 applicants in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics.

Foodie Alvin Zhou ’17SEAS Competes on the Food Network’s Chopped

Zhou was selected for the college edition, and competed over a 12-hour day at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea.

Say It on a Shirt: Senior Design Expo Contest

Have an eye for fashion? Help us design the first official Senior Design Expo T-shirt.

IEEE Student Chapter Organizes MAKECU 2016

Undergraduate hackers of all skill levels gathered to participate in Columbia’s second annual hardware hackathon.

Luce Professorship Honors Karen Kasza’s Research in Cell and Tissue Mechanics

Kasza's research combines tools and approaches from engineering, biology, and physics, and relies on in vivo experimental investigations, primarily in fruit flies.

Electrical Engineers Reach Out to the Community

EE faculty and students took part in the School at Columbia University's Imagine the Future 2016 Science and Engineering Expo for young explorers and their families.

Out of this World

Columbia hosted a cosmic triple-header when an astronaut and two elite NASA engineers set down on campus as part of the School’s Extreme Engineering series.

Faculty Land NASA Research Grants for Early Stage Innovations

Profs. Keren Bergman, Michal Lipson, and Matei Ciocarlie won grants worth up to $500,000 for research and development.

SEAS Researchers Build Winning Technologies with NYC Media Lab, Verizon

Nine teams, including three from Columbia Engineering, were selected for the inaugural cohort that will advance their concepts into a market validation program.

Three Columbia Engineering Professors Win Sloan Fellowships

Matei Ciocarlie, Roxana Geambasu, and Daniel Hsu have been honored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as rising stars.

Columbia Engineer Wins Presidential Award for Scientists

The award is the highest honor the U.S. government gives to young scientists and engineers.

Wiggins Appointed to Business-Higher Education Forum's Data Science & Analytics Working Group

BHEF members design and deploy solutions in emerging fields critical to innovation and national security.

Computer Vision Laboratory Develops Cambits, a Modular Imaging System

The Cambits blocks can easily be assembled to make a variety of cameras with different functionalities.

Bellovin Named First Technology Scholar by Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The PCLOB’s mission is to ensure that the federal government’s efforts to prevent terrorism are balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties.

Professor Goyal’s Students Tops at 2015 INFORMS Conference

The four IEOR finalists at the recent INFORMS Annual Meeting had one thing in common: Vineet Goyal.

New Course Unites SEAS and Business School to Fast-Track Ideas to Market

Columbia has world-class research and industry-leading business leaders—and a new class at the Engineering School looks to bring them even closer together.

New Edition of Prof. Irving Herman’s Physics of the Human Body

The new edition includes expanded treatments of motion, sports, multi-segment modeling, pregnancy, diseases and disorders, and aging.

The Future of DNA Sequencing Is Already in the Classroom

Prof. Yaniv Erlich is using MinION mobile DNA sequencers to give students direct experience handling DNA samples in a classroom setting.

Columbia to Present Four Papers at International Solid-State Circuits Conference

The ISSCC is the international flagship conference in the field of solid-state integrated circuits design where the latest advances in integrated electronic circuits are introduced.

Using Electrical Signals to Train the Heart's Muscle Cells

Columbia Engineers have shown, for the first time, that electrical stimulation of human heart muscle cells engineered from human stem cells aids their development and function.

Elisa Konofagou’s New DARPA Grant Advances Work in Focused Ultrasound

Konofagou’s team will work on developing a new way to use focused ultrasound for stimulation of peripheral nerves that will ultimately be able to control organ function.

Professor Mike Mauel Is New Editor-in-Chief of Physics of Plasmas

Mauel has published more than 150 refereed journal articles and, since 2003, has served on the editorial boards of several journals.

Akshay Shah BS’14 Named among Inaugural Schwarzman Scholars

The Schwarzman Scholars program aims to help talented future leaders change the world at the global scale.

Student Startup that Monitors Neonatal Vitals Is One Step Closer to Reality

The design uses engineered “hats” to measure heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and blood oxygen saturation in critically ill infants.

Columbia Engineers Highlight Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Several Columbia engineers were recently named to the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list of bright talent already making waves in and beyond their professions.

Columbia Design Challenge Innovates Solutions for Urban Water

Columbia teams spanning disciplines and continents are tackling the complex challenges of water in Rio de Janeiro and burgeoning cities across the developing world.

Prof. Richard M. Osgood Named to the National Academy of Inventors

The recognition honors leaders “who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.”

Prof. Shih-Fu Chang Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam

Chang received the award “in recognition of his pioneering contribution to our understanding of the digital universe.”

Columbia Engineers Invent a Non-Invasive Technique to Correct Vision

New method uses a low-powered ultrafast laser and relies on photochemical effects to alter biochemical and biomechanical properties of collagenous tissue without causing cellular damage or tissue disruption.

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