Alumni Updates '13-'14

  • Ryan Bonaparte (M.S. ‘10 Materials Science & Engineering) released his first book, Crazy Enough to Try, in hopes of helping young people find what they are passionate about pursuing in life. (Fall 2013 Engineering News)
  • Lisa Chen (B.S. ‘08 Materials Science) presented a special MSE Colloquium this spring in the APAM Department. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • John Doorish, (M.S. ‘85 Applied Physics) president and founder of Doorish Ophthalmic Technologies, has recently opened the Doorish Research in Science and Technology Institute and the Annunciata Doorish Foundation for Animal Welfare. Doorish Ophthalmic Technologies uses the Artificial Retinal epiProsthesis to restore sight to blind humans and animals. The Research Institute aims to investigate different applications of this technology, both in medical and nonmedical fields. The Annunciata Foundation is being established as a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to the health and well-being of all animals, especially the millions of homeless pets that have been lost or abandoned. The foundation seeks to provide rescue, adoption, medical care, and population control services, as well as stand as a leader and supporter for other organizations developing similar animal rescue programs. In the long term, Annunciata would like to create education programs that will help people take better care of the animals in their lives.
  • Teresa Fazio (Ph.D. '12 Materials Science & Engineering) was featured in the Engineering News article, "Las Vegas’ International CES Will Feature SEAS Startups."

  • Brian Grierson (Ph.D. ‘09 Plasma Physics) of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won a highly competitive Early Career Research Program award sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Science.
  • Michael Hahn (Ph.D. '09 Plasma Physics) was featured in the Columbia News article, "Astrophysicists Tackle the Sun and One of Physics’ Biggest Unsolved Problems."
  • Ky Harlin (B.S. '08 Applied Mathematics), BuzzFeed’s director of data science, was profiled in American Journalism Review.
  • Ralph Izzo (Ph.D. ‘81 Plasma Physics) was awarded an honorary degree from Rutgers University. (Fall 2013 Engineering News)
  • Katerina Kaouri (M.S. ‘99 Applied Physics) writes, “After leaving Columbia, I pursued a DPhil in applied mathematics at the University of Oxford, UK (graduated in 2005). Three years ago I returned to Cyprus, my home country, and I have been working as an academic there, teaching mathematics to students from various disciplines while continuing to do my own research in applied math. During my PhD years, I discovered a passion for communicating science to the public, and since then I have been giving public lectures about the role mathematics plays in our lives. In March 2013 I delivered a talk at TEDxNicosia on rethinking mathematics. I talked about how math is everywhere around us. We find it in unexpected places, from the destruction caused by meteorites and the way we make decisions, to how we fall in love and what we find beautiful! It was received very well. The YouTube link for my talk is /watch?v=N6KcC6gxJhI. (Fall 2013 Engineering News)
  • Suzanne Keilson (M.S. ‘87, Ph.D. ‘91 Applied Physics) writes, “It is hard to believe how the years have flown. Three children are almost grown and 10 years in administration at Loyola University Maryland as well. I am in the Engineering Department and enjoy STEM outreach, teaching in a program for first-year students. Some of my areas of interest continue to be materials science and education, biomedical signal processing, the auditory system and sound, speech, and music processing, as well as design education and universal design or design for persons with disabilities. Baltimore has become home for us, though I guess my heart will always be in New York. I am very involved with the American Society for Engineering Education and am on the national board for the next two years. I am also chair of the board at my synagogue and had the wonderful opportunity last year to go on an Ignatian Pilgrimage to learn about St. Ignatius Loyola, who founded the Jesuits, who run Loyola University and 27 other Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. Would love to hear from other alums at"
  • Feryal Ozel (B.S. '96 Applied Physics) received the 2013 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award “for contributions to neutron star astrophysics, including the theoretical interpretation of X-ray emission from magnetars and determination of accurate masses and radii that yield constraints on the equation of state; and for her outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.”
  • Steve Sabbagh's (Ph.D. '90 Plasma Physics) paper, “Overview of physics results from the conclusive operation of the National Spherical Torus Experiment,"  by S.A. Sabbagh, J.-W. Ahn, J. Allain, et al., Nuclear Fusion 53 (2013) 104007 was recently featured among papers of other top authors in the 2013 Nuclear Fusion Highlights collection.
  • William T. Sha’s (Eng.Sc.D. ‘64 Nuclear Engineering) book, Novel Porous Media Formulation for Multiphase Flow Conservation Equations, was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2011 and a paper on “Recent Improvements of Novel Porous Media Formulation of Multiphase Flow Conservation Equations” was recently submitted for publication. “My intention is that after the paper is published, I will merge my book and the paper to issue a new edition of my book. As far as I know, there is no multiphase flow conservation equations that for both laminar and turbulent flows have been derived based on the first principle.“
  • Gideon Simpson (Ph.D. '08 Applied Mathematics and Simon Prize Winner) is now a tenure-track professor at Drexel University in the Mathematics Department.
  • Emily Slutsky (M.S. ‘09 Medical Physics) recently graduated from University College Cork School of Medicine in Ireland. (Fall 2013 Engineering News)
  • Yutian Wu (Ph.D. ‘12 Applied Mathematics) presented a talk at the SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science this past spring. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University.

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