A New Academic Year, New Collaborations

Oct 09 2015 | Photo by Timothy Lee Photographers

Columbia Engineering faculty gathered at the newly renovated Carleton Commons September 28 to welcome new colleagues, celebrate professional achievements, and kick off the 2015-16 academic year.

Dean Mary C. Boyce introduced new faculty members with research interests ranging from cybersecurity to nanophotonics to improved desalination and wastewater reclamation.

“They’re quite a roster, and a key part of our future,” she said.

Shih-Fu Chang, Richard Dicker Professor of Telecommunications and senior executive vice dean, recognized faculty members who were promoted or received tenure in recent months. Following his remarks, Paula Anzer, director of strategic initiatives for the School, announced new programs to foster innovation including additional seed funding for collaborative research and an initiative working with scientists in Chile.

Boyce also outlined progress on the School’s extensive renovations, from the Data Science Institute and enhanced lab and classroom spaces to the new Electron Microscopy (EM) Lab and upgraded clean room to accommodate nanoscience research.