Mark Cane, the G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences and Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Prof. Cane, an expert on the El Niño climate pattern, is also the Deputy Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Department Chair Earth & Enviromental Science; and the Associate Director of The Earth Institutue.
Nanfang Yu studies light-matter interaction in the subwavelength scale and its implications for solid-state devices. His lab designs and builds novel infrared optical components and optoelectronic devices to address today’s challenges in security, energy and health care. His research relies on physical intuition and simulations for device design and involves nano-/micro-fabrication and device characterization. His research uses a few key concepts and materials including optical antennas, plasmonic metamaterials and meta-surfaces, semiconductor quantum wells, and active materials such as graphene.
Chris Marianetti, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was recently awarded a $850,000 grant for his contribution to the Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering (FAME) center. The mission of FAME is to create and investigate new nonconventional atomic scale engineered materials and structures of multi-function oxides, metals and semiconductors to accelerate innovations in analog, logic and memory devices for revolutionary impact on the semiconductor and defense industries.
"This is a generation of kids that grew up with data science around them — Netflix telling them what movies they should watch, Amazon telling them what books they should read — so this is an academic interest with real-world applications,” said Chris Wiggins, a professor of applied mathematics at Columbia who is involved in its new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. “And,” he added, “they know it will make them employable.” - article by Claire Cain Miller
Prof. Simon Billinge and two second-year PhD students—Eric Isaacs and Benjamin Frandsen—traveled to Ethiopia to take part in a two-week program developed by the Joint US-Africa Materials Initiative (JUAMI). This Materials Research School is the first program to be offered by JUAMI, a new initiative targeted at building materials science research collaborations between the U.S. and Africa and to link young materials scientists in both regions in a school taught by top researchers in the field.