Prof. Nanfang Yu received a $1.3 million grant from the AFOSR (Air Force Office of Scientific Research) MURI (Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative) program for 5 years. The project, "Active Metasurfaces for Advanced Wavefront Engineering and Waveguiding," will bring together research labs from Columbia, Harvard, Purdue, UPenn and Stanford to create “flat” optical devices based on “metasurfaces” to control light propagation in free space and in optical waveguides.
Prof. Simon Billinge was named a fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America in recognition of his “seminal contributions to the field of local structure and nanostructure studies using atomic pair distribution function methods and impact on the field of neutron diffraction.” This technique uses the information from neutrons scattered from materials to discern the atomic arrangements in nanoparticles, enabling scientists to better understand the link between structure and function. This information paves the way toward rational design of new materials with improved properties for applications from medicine to new energy-saving technologies.
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.
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."
As one of the leading researchers in wave propagation, Pierre-David Létourneau, Chu Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics, is drawn to waves not just because of their physical beauty, but also their mathematical richness and the complexity of their computational modeling. “While waves are interesting from a physical point of view, they are also exciting from mathematical and computational viewpoints. Mathematically speaking, waves have given rise to very deep theories, such as harmonic analysis and microlocal analysis, which are still actively studied today. . .