Engineering Faculty Excel in University Research Competition
Columbia Engineering is represented in five of the six winning research teams in the University’s annual Research Initiatives in Science and Engineering (RISE) competition. Initiated by Columbia’s Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, RISE funds interdisciplinary teams of faculty-level researchers pursuing early stages of research collaborations in engineering, medicine, and the basic sciences.
“This year’s competition was exceptionally rigorous and inspiring,” says G. Michael Purdy, executive vice president for research. “RISE is an important University program for supporting interdisciplinary scholarship … Through this distinct program, we are investing in the next generation of innovative research and in the productive careers of our world-class faculty.”
From 38 teams that entered, six were selected to receive funding of $80,000 per year for up to two years. Four teams included Columbia Engineering faculty and one included a SEAS associate research scientist. They are:
Since 2004, RISE has awarded $8.82 million to support 61 projects that have gone on to secure nearly $40 million in supplemental funds, including research programs funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, NASA, the Keck Foundation, among others.
“A distinguishing factor of Columbia’s research community is its interconnectedness—faculty are very enthusiastic about new collaborations—especially across the traditional boundaries of department, school, or campus,” said Barclay Morrison, associate professor of biomedical engineering and a 2015 RISE awardee. “RISE enhances this connectivity by incentivizing creativity, and we see that some of the most exciting basic research happens at the interface between disciplines.”
—by Jesse Adams