The Blavatnik Fund for Engineering Innovations in Health

A generous gift from The Blavatnik Family Foundation, headed by Columbia Engineering alumnus Len Blavatnik, supports the Blavatnik Fund for Engineering Innovations in Health.

The Blavatnik Fund for Engineering Innovations in Health plays a key role supporting Columbia Engineering’s mission to build a healthier world, by providing resources which accelerate discovery and translate transformational ideas into tangible impact. Our Biomedical Engineering Department, as well as faculty, staff, and students from departments across the School and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, are leaders in the rapidly evolving field of intersecting medicine and engineering, where technological developments are making the process of managing health and wellness more precise and personalized than ever before. We are grateful for the Foundation’s generosity and partnership and excited to share the accomplishments of these extraordinary scholars.

Blavatnik Fellowships

Established in 2018 through the generosity of Access Industries founder and chairman Len Blavatnik MS’81, the Blavatnik Doctoral Fellowships support innovative research at the intersection of medicine and engineering. The program provides resources for doctoral students whose research ranges from novel devices for faster diagnosis to using machine learning to uncover brain function. “The Blavatnik Fellowships have greatly enhanced our ability to support talented doctoral students at a critical stage in their research,” said Mary C. Boyce, dean of Columbia Engineering. “We’re proud of our newest scholars and look forward to seeing how their contributions will lead to new discoveries that benefit human health.”

List of Fellows

Blavatnik Acceleration Funds

The Blavatnik Acceleration Funds provides support interdisciplinary research in two phases. One focus is research at the critical early stage where many breakthrough ideas at the intersection of different engineering fields need funding to get off the ground. The second focus is for later stage research where promising fundamental research requires support to accelerate its potential translation to real-world impact to benefit society.

List of Acceleration Funds Projects

Len Blavatnik awarded the Samuel Johnson Medal

Len Blavatnik was awarded the Samuel Johnson Medal in recognition of his outstanding leadership in business in 2017. The medal is presented to an alumnus of distinguished achievement in a field outside the realms of traditional engineering and applied science who has significantly advanced his or her chosen field of endeavor.