APAM recently renovated offices and lab space in Mudd and Engineering Terrace.
The project, overseen by Prof. Irving Herman (Chair), Dina Amin (Departmental Administrator), and Columbia Facilities, involved the removal and reconstruction of several walls to create new faculty offices. Other offices in Engineering Terrace, housing faculty, postdocs, research scientists, and visitors, were repainted and stocked with new furniture and graduate student offices were upgraded. Storage space and closets were reconfigured to house the Department’s photocopier, office supplies, and files. New doors were installed in Engineering Terrace to join these rooms and offices to the main APAM office space in Mudd and the entire APAM office was recarpeted.
The renovation also included the rededication of the Herbert Goldstein Library. Herbert Goldstein, professor emeritus of nuclear science and engineering, passed away on Jan. 12, 2005. Goldstein had been a professor at SEAS since 1961 and he received the Great Teacher Award, given by the Society of Columbia Graduates, in 1976. In 1984, Goldstein was the first to hold the Thomas Alva Edison Professorship at the University. He presented the first Con Edison Lecture in 1985 titled “Nuclear Waste Disposal in Prehistoric Times.” The Goldstein Library houses alumni dissertations and the room is regularly used as a meeting space for oral examinations, thesis defenses, small classes, office hours, and faculty and student conferences.