Just as a watchmaker is enamored with the beauty of the miniature cogs and wheels that make a timepiece work, Simon Billinge, professor of materials science and of applied physics and applied mathematics, is equally enraptured by the minuscule world of nanoparticles. By learning how these ultrafine particles between 1 and 100 nanometers in size behave within nanomaterials measured in billionths of a meter, Billinge hopes to optimize their performance and utility in biomedical, optical, and electronic applications. Columbia Engineering Magazine
Prof. Adam Sobel has been awarded the 2014 AGU Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award. Established in 2012, the Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award aims to reward exceptional mid-career scientists in the fields of the atmospheric and climate sciences. The award recognizes excellence in research and leadership in this field.
Prof. Nanfang Yu, is part of a team of researchers from Columbia, Harvard, Purdue, Stanford, and UPenn who have won a $6.5 million five-year grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. Their project, "Active Metasurfaces for Advanced Wavefront Engineering and Waveguiding," is targeted at developing “flat” optical devices based on “metasurfaces”—ultra-thin optical components—to control light propagation in free space and in optical waveguides.
Chris Wiggins, associate professor of applied mathematics, has just been appointed to an exciting new role at The New York Times: chief data scientist. "Data science in general and machine learning in particular are becoming central to the way we understand our customers and improve our products," adds Marc Frons, chief information officer of TheNew York Times. "We're thrilled to have Chris leading that effort."
The Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials recently released "Metallic Films for Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Applications: Structure, Processing and Properties," edited by Katayun Barmak, the Philips Electronics Professor in the APAM Department at Columbia University, and Kevin Coffey, a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Central Florida.