Honoring Engineers Without Borders for Socially Responsible Engineering

Columbia’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is the recipient of the third annual Robert D. Lilley Prize for Socially Responsible Engineering, in recognition of the group’s “commitment to pursuing engineering projects in the developing world through the unique perspective of the Columbia student.”

Prof. Pierre Gentine Awarded DOE Early Career Research Grant

Gentine received the award for research on land‐atmosphere interactions and the role they play in weather and climate prediction.

The Eternal Camera

Professor Shree Nayar's breakthrough technology enables a camera to run without an external power supply.

Columbia Engineering's Awards of Distinction

A special off-campus dinner celebrated the recipients of Columbia Engineering’s top student prizes, to be awarded at Class Day May 18.

Senior Spotlight: Tolu Akinade—An Amazing Four Years

Already looking ahead to a medical career as she applied to colleges, she was intrigued by Columbia Engineering’s diverse opportunities in biomedical engineering.

Senior Design Expo Showcases Engineering Design and Innovation

Columbia Engineering seniors had the opportunity to showcase their capstone projects at the School’s May 7 event, held in Lerner Auditorium.

Prof. Matei Ciocarlie Wins Young Investigator Program Grant for Hands-on Research

Ciocarlie's research focuses on human-in-the-loop systems in which humans and robotic manipulators work together, side by side, on the same task.

Inaugural Morton B. Friedman Prize Honors Robotics Innovator

PhD candidate Jonathan Weisz received the award for exemplifying Friedman's legacy of academic excellence, visionary leadership, and outstanding promise for the future.

Tinkering with Course Design: New Approaches to Teaching Engineering

At Columbia Engineering, several instructors are exploring innovative methods of teaching that include more hands-on experience, applicable knowledge, and insight into the process of design.

Nanotechnology at the Core of Columbia’s New Materials Research Center

The center comprises two research groups focused on building higher-dimensional materials from lower-dimensional structures.

New Grant Funds Personalized Minimal Residual Disease Monitoring in Multiple Myeloma

Prof. Qiao Lin's research will target multiple myeloma, a cancer of antibody-producing plasma cells.

Prof. Nima Mesgarani Wins $2M NIH Grant to Study How People Hear

Mesgarani is working to develop an innovative approach that records from electrodes that have been surgically implanted in the cortex of epilepsy patients as part of their clinical evaluation.

Senior Spotlight: Jose Mendez, Community Outreach Advocate

Last summer, Mendez helped develop a new outreach program called Engineering Next Generation, which exposes outstanding minority students to STEM fields.

Girls Who Mentor Girls Who Code

Columbia Engineering’s chapter of Girls Who Code is helping young women from NYC schools learn fundamentals of computer science.

Senior Spotlight: Aniekeme Umoh, Budding Engineer with a Flair for Fashion

Aniekeme Umoh grew up in Abuja, Nigeria, and hopes to one day return to her hometown and start her own business.

Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Comes Clean

Prof. James Hone and colleagues have demonstrated that, like graphene, they can dramatically improve the performance of another 2D material, molybdenum disulfide, in boron nitride.

Engineering Entrepreneurs Shine at Columbia Venture Competition

Some of Columbia's most exciting startups competed for seed capital at the Columbia Venture Competition, held at Davis Auditorium April 23.

Tech Wear: Engineering Challenge Spotlights Wearable Devices

From an initial field of 20, five teams were selected to receive $500 to develop, build, and program their prototypes in the Makerspace.

Senior Spotlight: John Poppe, From the Ballet Barre to SEAS

IEOR senior John Poppe is finding opportunities to combine his interests in engineering with his love for the arts.

PhD Student Wins Google Fellowship

Riley Spahn will pursue research on operating and distributed systems with a focus on security, privacy, and data management.

Brazil Partnership to Launch New Innovation Hub in Rio

Columbia University, led by the School of Engineering, and the city of Rio de Janeiro have partnered on a new innovation center that will spur technological growth and research advances in critical areas such as sustainability, sanitation, data science, smart cities, and precision medicine.

USAID Highlights Team Behind Pigmented Bleach

The student team behind Highlight, a pigmented bleach solution that improves decontamination of infectious diseases, has won the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge.

Electrical Engineering Student Wins at Bell Labs Student Research Competition

Electrical engineering PhD candidate Rabia Tugce Yazicigil won second place at the Bell Labs Future X Days Student Research Competition.

Electrical Engineering PhD Students Win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Jelena Marasevic and Jin Zhou won the award for their research proposal to increase wireless throughput in WiFi and cellular networks.

Elisa Konofagou: Headway in Harmonic Health Care

Professor Elisa Konofagou and her research team are bringing medical marvels closer to reality using the acoustic energy of ultrasound technology.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Engineers

Some 90 young women attended the 4th annual Engineering Exploration Experience, hosted by Columbia Engineering’s Society of Women Engineers.

Columbia Engineer Invents Video Camera that Runs without a Battery

The prototype video camera can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene.

Got Bufferbloat? Prof. Vishal Misra’s Work Is Behind a New Fix!

An algorithm devised by Misra and his colleagues enables users to simultaneously achieve high throughput, low latency, and low packet loss on Internet links.

Eat, Sleep, Collaborate: Res.Inc.

Res.Inc., the immersive Living Learning Center program, is giving Columbia Engineering students a head start on their entrepreneurial careers.

SEAS Class of 2015: Top Honors

Top academic honors for the Class of 2015 go to Nicole Lewis and Andrew Kaluzny, who have been named class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Two Columbia Engineering Students Receive Presidential Global Fellowships

Mabel Luo ’18 and Sophia Stadler ’18 were selected from a pool of more than 120 for the University’s undergraduate global summer program.

Sophomore’s Startup a Finalist in MIT Clean Energy Prize

Cohen's device, GreenShields, affixes to the tops of school buses and has been tested and shown to improve gas mileage by 10 percent.

Columbia to Host NAE Symposium on “The Engineering in Medicine”

The all-day symposium will bring together leading engineers, scientists, scholars, and researchers to discuss “The Engineering in Medicine.”

Columbia Engineering Magazine: Read the Spring 2015 Issue

In this issue of the magazine, we celebrate our creativity, which manifests itself in myriad ways at the School.

Biomedical Engineering Junior Receives Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is awarded for undergraduate excellence in mathematics, science, or engineering.

Senior Spotlight: Mariah Lynn Gladstone

Even before coming to Columbia Engineering, Mariah Lynn Gladstone knew she wanted to bring alternative energy solutions to Indian reservations.

Professor Jingguang Chen Wins ACS George Olah Award

Chen was honored for his research on “experimental and theoretical investigations that have led to fundamental understanding and discovery of novel catalytic materials for hydrocarbon transformation reactions.”

Fulbright Winner to Research Low Birth Weight in Mumbai

Molleshree “Molly” Karna, a senior biomedical engineering major, has won a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to support a year of research among impoverished women in Mumbai.

Software to Pinpoint Where Sustainability and Profits Meet

Software developed at Columbia University, and expanded upon by CoClear, a Harlem-based startup, allows companies to compare the costs and benefits of reducing a product's impact on the environment.

Data Science Institute at Columbia University

Columbia's Data Science Institute is developing technology to unlock the power of global data to help solve some of society's most challenging problems.

NYC Entrepreneurship Night Explores Future of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity was the headline topic at Columbia Engineering’s NYC Entrepreneurship Night, where students, alumni, and faculty also got a glimpse at some of the exciting new startups from Columbia entrepreneurs.

Frequency of Tornadoes, Hail Linked to El Niño, La Niña

A new study shows that El Niño and La Niña conditions can help predict the frequency of tornadoes and hail storms in some of the most susceptible regions of the United States.

New Technology May Double Radio Frequency Data Capacity

Columbia Engineers have invented a nanoscale IC that enables simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio.

Steroids Rapidly Restore Blood-Brain Barrier Function after Blast

The research should stimulate renewed clinical interest in developing glucocorticoid therapies to treat blast-induced traumatic brain injury.

Professor Christine Hendon Wins NSF CAREER Award

The five year $500,000 grant will support Hendon's work on using optical imaging and spectroscopy as a means to monitor radiofrequency ablation.

Running Like 60

Prof. Richard M. Osgood marked a milestone recently as he celebrated the graduation of his 60th graduate student, Zhisheng Li.

Discovery + Innovation: Prof. Dan Ellis Explores the Sound of Science

Ellis is creating an intelligent machine listener able to interpret live or recorded sound of any type in terms that would make sense to a human listener.

Yaniv Erlich | Dissecting the Complex Relationships of Genes, Health, and Privacy

For Yaniv Erlich, the complex relationship between genes and health is understood through quantitative analysis and computer algorithms.

James C. Hone Named Wang Fong-Jen Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Hone in an innovative researcher and scholar whose work has led to significant breakthroughs in atomically thin two-dimensional materials.

EE Unveils New Lab Suite

The Department of Electrical Engineering recently marked the completion of the first phase of its newly renovated lab suite with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Ben Horowitz ’88CC to Speak at Class Day

Horowitz, cofounder and partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will give the keynote address at Class Day on May 18, 2015.

Senior Spotlight: Jennifer Mahan

Jennifer Mahan’s time as a Columbia Engineering student have brought her closer to a key goal: making a societal difference through her love of engineering.

Prof. Changxi Zheng Wins NSF CAREER Award

Zheng received the award for his proposal to create realistic, computer-generated sounds for immersive virtual realities.

Student Team Wins USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge

A team of third-year students has won the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge with their solution, Highlight, a powdered additive for bleach solutions that improves decontamination of infectious diseases.

Shining New Light on Vascular Diseases in Diabetics

Prof. Andreas Hielscher is developing a novel technology to improve diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease and make it easier to monitor patients.

Professor David D. Yao Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Yao was cited for his leading scholarship and research of stochastic systems and their applications in engineering and service operations.

Smartphone, Finger Prick, 15 Minutes, Diagnosis—Done!

A team of researchers, led by Prof. Samuel K. Sia, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes.

Professor Mingoo Seok Wins NSF CAREER Award

He won the award for his project focused on computing chip design: “Addressing Deepening Variability Challenges for Next-Generation Margin-Free VLSI Computing Platform Design.”

Senior Spotlight: Haris Durrani

Whether it’s pioneering space law, writing science fiction novels, or fighting for the rights of disenfranchised communities, Haris Durrani’s ambitions are as big and bold as his already stellar collection of achievements.

Shiho Kawashima Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Kawashima is being recognized for her work in experimental cement and concrete research.

Prof. Kougioumtzoglou Receives Grant for Course Redesign

The funding supports redesign and delivery of courses using innovative, technology-rich pedagogy, and learning strategies.

Nanoshuttle Wear and Tear: It’s the Mileage, Not the Age

Researchers observed a molecular shuttle powered by kinesin motor proteins and found it to degrade when operating, marking the first time that such degradation has been studied in detail.

Professor Myers Wins NSF CAREER Award

Myers' project focuses on exploring the mechanics of the cervix and determining the biomechanical mechanisms that cause preterm birth.

Columbia Engineers Win 2015 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize

CPaSS was recognized for its “exemplary research contribution to technology innovation and its positive impact on the technology, industry, and to society as a whole.”

New High-Speed 3D Microscope—SCAPE—Gives Deeper View of Living Things

The new microscopy system is faster, simpler, and cheaper than current alternatives.

A Year in Review

2014 proved to be a busy and exciting one for the School. Here are some of the year’s highlights.

Professors Nayar and Vunjak-Novakovic Elected to the National Academy of Inventors

Their achievements demonstrate “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 the welfare of society.”

Startup Seamless Devices Launches from Prof. Peter Kinget’s Lab

Seamless Devices aims to address critical limitations faced by semiconductor technologies.

IEEE Magazine Pays Special Tribute to Professor Yannis Tsividis

The latest issue of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine is devoted to Tsividis' remarkable career and strong influence.

SEAS Attracts Large Cohort of Talented Graduate Students from South America

This fall, the School welcomed 63 South American Master of Science and doctoral students.

Prof. Vunjak-Novakovic Named AAAS Fellow

Vunjak-Novakovic is being honored "for distinguishing contributions to the field of tissue engineering."

An Interview with Kathy McKeown

Professor McKeown talks about women in science, using natural language processing to describe disasters, and more.

Unusual Electronic State Found in New Class of Unconventional Superconductors

A team of scientists has discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional superconductors.

SEAS Construction: Mudd Entrance Reopens

Major changes to the fourth floor of the Mudd Building will be underway during Winter Break.

Agrawal Lab Working to Ease Symptoms of Parkinson's (CBS New York)

Prof. Sunil Agrawal's team is working on a mechanism to assist the walking gait of Parkinson's patients.

Columbia Entrepreneurs Battle It Out in Elevator Pitch Competition

Nearly 40 teams got just 60 seconds to pitch their new business ideas to a group of judges during the Columbia Engineering Fast Pitch competition.

Want the Attention of the Audience? Introduce a New Gesture

Columbia researchers set up an experiment to correlate the level of audience interest with specific hand gestures made by a speaker.

Foundation for the Future: Symposium Highlights 150 Years of Discovery and Innovation

Growing human bone, building smarter infrastructures, harnessing big data, and developing new tools for brain imaging were just some of the exciting topics that took center stage.

Gala Celebrates the School’s 150th Birthday

A record-breaking crowd of more than 800 guests celebrated Columbia Engineering's 150th anniversary with an elegant gala held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Five Astronauts Touch Down at Columbia Engineering

Five astronauts from STS-125, the record-setting final Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission, convened Nov. 13 at Columbia’s Rennert Hall for a special look back at their incredible journey.

Prof. Mow Receives ASME's Highest Honor

The ASME Medal was established by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to recognize “eminently distinguished engineering achievement.”

Room for Innovation: School Opens New Makerspace

At the newly opened Columbia Makerspace, students will have a dedicated place on campus to collaborate, learn, explore, experiment, and create prototypes.

Nov. 14 Symposium Showcases 150 Years of Innovation, Then and Now

To celebrate its rich history of discovery and innovation through the years, Columbia Engineering is hosting a thought-provoking symposium—Columbia's Engineering Renaissance: Foundation for the Future—on Friday, November 14.

Discovery + Innovation: The Past and The Future

Columbia Engineering magazine continues to celebrate the School’s 150th anniversary and honor its long line of innovative thinkers, tinkerers, and inspired problem solvers.

Celebrating Faculty Excellence

At this year’s Faculty Excellence Celebration, Columbia Engineering honored more than 65 faculty.

Introducing SEAS First-Years

Get to know a few of these outstanding members of the Class of 2018, their road to Columbia, and why they chose Engineering as their new home away from home for the next four years.

Meet the Future: The Bold and Dynamic Students of SEAS

Columbia Engineering magazine offers a cross-section of the School’s exceptional student body, young engineers who are, right now, making their marks at Columbia Engineering, carrying on its legacy of innovation and excellence.

Net Neutrality Is Fine—The Real Problem Is Elsewhere

As the debate over net neutrality rages, Prof. Vishal Misra examines the economics of the Internet.

Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers

Just as Columbia engineers daily take on the world’s most critical technical challenges, the Engineering School’s slate of youth outreach programs is also helping engineer the profession’s next generation.

Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Elected to the Institute of Medicine

A groundbreaking researcher in the field of tissue engineering, Vunjak-Novakovic has created two startups in the past two years.

Columbia Engineering Magazine: Read the Fall 2014 Issue

Not only is it a milestone year for Columbia Engineering, it is, indeed, a significant moment for engineering overall.

Columbia Confronts the Ebola Crisis

The real-life global problem: Ebola outbreak. The challenge: to develop low-cost technology-driven solutions to meet the tremendous challenges posed by the Ebola crisis.

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