Alumni Updates '06-'07

  • Lili Cheng (Ph.D. ‘05 Materials Science & Engineering) is working at Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico.
  • James Cho (Ph.D. ‘96 Applied Mathematics) was recently appointed as a Lecturer in Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Queen Mary College (University of London). He is currently working on understanding the flow and temperature structure of atmospheres on extrasolar planets, via computer simulations and analytical calculations. He also studied turbulence, vortex, and mixing issues, arising from giant impacts and dynamics in protoplanetary disks related to planet formation.
  • Jae Beom Choi (Ph.D. ‘06 Materials Science & Engineering) is working in Korea at Samsung Electronics.
  • Chieh (Joseph) Chu (M.S. ‘04 Materials Science & Engineering) is working in Taiwan at DuPont.
  • Irene Dujovne (Ph.D. ‘05 Solid State Physics & 2005 Simon Prize Winner): After graduating from Columbia two years ago, she took a postodoctoral position in the Molecular biophysics group, headed by Cees Dekker at TU Delft. She is focusing on developing a new optical set-up designed to probe sub-nanometer scale processes with fast temporal resolution. This will enable her group to explore in great accuracy fundamental molecular processes, such as protein-DNA interactions and movement of motor proteins along filaments. She is currently looking for faculty position, and hopes to continue this line of biologically-inspired research in the future.
  • Pearl Flath (B.S. ‘05 Applied Mathematics) is currently in the Computational and Applied Mathematics Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin and works with Omar Ghattas. She is the founder and current president of their SIAM Chapter and recently helped to organize Texas Applied Mathematics Meeting for Students (TAMMS), which met this past February. The conference provided students the opportunity to present research and build synergy among participants from universities throughout the region.
  • Eli Furhang (Ph.D. ’96 Medical Physics): After thesis research and subsequent employment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Furhang accepted the position of Director of Radiation Oncology Physics at the Beth Israel Hospital Center in NYC. He is responsible for the oversight of Departments of Radiation Oncology at Beth Israel and St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospitals. Graduates of the M.S. Program in Medical Physics working for Dr. Furhang include James Dolan (M.S. ’05), Robert Masino (M.S. ‘05), and
    Manuel Orlanzino (M.S. ’06).
  • Tracy Hammond (B.S. ‘97 Applied Mathematics) received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from M.I.T. and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on sketch recognition, artificial intelligence, concept learning, and human-computer interaction.
  • Ajay Kapur (M.S. ’94 Medical Physics) has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. In 1999 he earned his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Stanford University. Before returning to Columbia, he worked for six years as a physicist at the GE Global Imaging Technology Center. His research at Columbia focuses on Monte Carlo radiation transport simulation, digital imaging systems, and image guided radiation therapy. Prof. Kapur co-teaches Diagnostic Radiological Physics, a course required for the
    M.S. in Medical Physics.
  • Feryal Ozel (B.S. ‘96 Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics) is an Assistant Professor in both Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include the physics of compact objects, high energy astrophysics, neutron stars, magnetars, black holes and accretion disks and gravitational lensing.

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