Academic Fêtes

The academic lives of two long-time professors at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science were honored at special academic celebrations. Van C. Mow, Stanley Dicker Professor of Biomedical Engineering, was honored by biomedical engineering colleagues in celebration of his 70th birthday. Similarly, colleagues of Richard M. Osgood, Jr., Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, celebrated his 40 years of contributions to the fields of electrical engineering and applied physics.

Mow joined the SEAS faculty in 1995 and as the founding director of the Center for biomedical Engineering, which later became he Department of Biomedical Engineering, of which he is the founding chair. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Institutes of Medicine, he is recognized as a leader in his field. The keynote speakers included Professors Mow and Shu Chien, University Professor and Y. C. Fung Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine at University of California at San Diego; Savio L-Y. Woo, Unive rsity Professor, University of Pittsburgh; and Sheldon Weinbaum, CUNY Distinguished Professor.

Osgood came to SEAS in 1981 and was named Higgins Professor in 1988. He served as an associate director of Brookhaven National Laboratory from 2000 to 2002 and acting  director of its Nanocenter in 2002. A co-founder of the Columbia Microelectronics Sciences Laboratories (MSL), he has served as director and co-director of MSL and the Columbia Radiation Laboratory (CRL). Among the guest speakers were Professors Steve Brueck, University of New Mexico; Vladimir Bulovic, MIT; Bahram Jalali, UCLA; Jim Misewich, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Alan Wilner, University of Southern California, and Peter Moulton, Q-Peak, Inc.