Congratulations to Michal Lipson, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics, for her election into the National Academy of Sciences! Lipson pioneered critical building blocks in the field of Silicon Photonics, which today is recognized as one of the most promising directions for solving the major bottlenecks in microelectronics. She was awarded the MacArthur Fellow, the Blavatnik Award, the Optical Society’s R.W. Wood Prize, the IEEE Photonics Award, the NAS Comstock Prize in Physics, and an honorary degree from Trinity College, University of Dublin.
Alexander Gaeta, the David M. Rickey Professor of Applied Physics and of Materials Science and Professor of Electrical Engineering, is the recipient of the 2019 Charles Hard Townes Award from The Optical Society (OSA). Gaeta is recognized for seminal contributions to chip-based nonlinear photonics, nonlinear optics in photonic crystal fibers and nonlinear propagation of ultrashort laser pulses. “Technologies emerging from basic research in quantum and nonlinear photonics can be traced in many instances to the achievements of Alexander Gaeta,” said 2019 OSA President Ursula Gibson. “For more than 2 decades, his discoveries and inventions have been a driving force in the quantum revolution unfolding from advances in optics and photonics.”
Prof. Katayun Barmak was a featured speaker at the Women in Engineering Day on April 19, hosted by Columbia Engineering’s undergraduate chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The event, hosted by Dean Mary Boyce, featured 5 faculty members who spoke about their current research and also offered advice and insights from their career paths.
Latha Venkataraman, a Professor of Applied Physics and Chemistry, has been named the Lawrence Gussman Professor of Applied Physics Chair (effective July 1, 2019). She joined Columbia University as a research scientist in 2003 and started her independent career as an assistant professor in the APAM Department in 2007. Prominent awards she has received include the National Science Foundation Career Award, Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Chemistry.
The grand challenge to improve energy storage and increase battery life, while ensuring safe operation, is becoming evermore critical as we become increasingly reliant on this energy source for everything from portable devices to electric vehicles. A Columbia Engineering team led by Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, announced today that they have developed a new method for safely prolonging battery life by inserting a nano-coating of boron nitride (BN) to stabilize solid electrolytes in lithium metal batteries. Their findings are outlined in a new study published by Joule.