APAM faculty, including Katayun Barmak, Alexander Gaeta, Michal Lipson, Chris Marianetti, Aron Pinczuk, Vincent Quenneville-Bélair, Michael Weinstein, Francesco Volpe, Shalom Wind, Yuan Yang and Nanfang Yu, are featured in the Fall 2015 issue of Columbia Engineering News. (Photos by Eileen Barroso & Jeffrey Schifman)
With the right material, batteries might one day store enough solar energy to power cities, and unconventional drugs might quickly be absorbed in the body to fight cancer. Nanotechnology, the science of manipulating atoms and molecules to make materials with new and useful properties, has the potential to change how we get energy, treat disease and more. Prof. Simon Billinge is on a hunt for the next wonder material.
Michal Lipson, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics, is pushing the limits of physics, materials science, and electrical engineering to control light in order to use it to transfer information. Lipson, who joined Columbia Engineering in July, was convinced that nanophotonics—the science of nanoscale objects and their interaction with photons—was the key to developing high bandwidth, low power high speed and ultra-small optoelectronic components that could revolutionize telecommunications, computation, and sensing.
Prof. I.C. “Cev” Noyan, chair of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and a professor of materials science and engineering and of earth and environmental engineering, was honored by the International Centre for Diffraction Data with its Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious honor for scientists who advance the use of x-rays in materials analysis, at the Centre’s Denver X-Ray Conference in August.
The APAM Department is pleased to announce the appointments of four new faculty members: Alexander Gaeta (professor of Applied Physics and of Materials Science Engineering), Michal Lipson (professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics), Vincent Quenneville-Bélair (Chu Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics), and Yuan Yang (assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering).