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In these pages you will learn about the fascinating research endeavors that each of our faculty members is undertaking. Whether their specialty is in cloud computing, global health, sustainable energy, graphene, nanoscience, or robotics, Columbia Engineering faculty are at the cusp of making breakthroughs that will have a major impact on the way we live our lives today and tomorrow.


Faculty research profiles are listed below in alphabetical order.

Shipra Agrawal | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Developing Algorithms to Maximize Profits
Alfred V. Aho | Computer Science 
Creating Reliable Programs from Unreliable Programmers
Peter Allen | Computer Science 
Building Disposable Surgical Robots
Dimitris Anastassiou | Electrical Engineering
Finding the Mechanisms of Psychiatric Disorders
Alexandr Andoni | Computer Science
Advancing the Algorithmic Foundations of Massive Data
Gerard A. Ateshian | Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering  Trying to Grow Strong Cartilage
William E. Bailey | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Putting a New Spin On the Science of Electronics
Guillaume Bal | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Sharpening Images Through Mathematics
Scott Banta | Chemical Engineering
Delivering Drugs Faster
Katayun Barmak | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics 
Transforming Materials for Engineered Systems
Peter N. Belhumeur | Computer Science
Turning a New Leaf on Face Recognition

Steven Bellovin | Computer Science 
Protecting Privacy in Complex Systems

Keren Bergman | Electrical Engineering
Battling Internet Gridlock with Light
Raimondo Betti | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics 
Assessing Damage in Aging Instrastructure

Daniel Bienstock | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and APAM
Short-Circuiting Blackouts
Simon Billinge | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Characterizing Nanoparticles for Fuel Cells
Jose Blanchet | Computer Science
Understanding How Black Swans Evolve
Allen Boozer | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Shaping Magnetic Fusion
Michael Burke | Mechanical Engineering
Dissecting Chemical Processes for Fuel Combustion
Mark Cane | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics 
Predicting El Niño

Luca Carloni | Computer Science
Networking Chips
Augustin Chaintreau | Computer Science
Scaling Up the Mobile Social Internet
Siu-Wai Chan | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Sharpening Images Through Mathematics
Kartik Chandran | Earth and Environmental Engineering
Repairing the Microbial Nitrogen Cycle
Shih-Fu Chang | Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Developing Next-Generation Visual Search Engines

Jingguang ChenJingguang Chen | Chemical Engineering
Impacting Alternative Energy Research
Xi Chen | Earth and Environmental Engineering  Harvesting Energy Via Nanomechanics
Matei Ciocarlie | Mechanical Engineering
Building Robotic Manipulators
Andrew Cole | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Spinning Between Theory and Experiment
Michael Collins | Computer Science
A Man of Many Words
Patricia Culligan | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics 
Greening Instrastructure
Gautam Dasgupta | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics 
Relating Forces to Real-World Systems

George Deodatis | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Quantifying Uncertainty in Infrastructure Studies
Emanual Derman | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 
Understanding When Models Behave Badly
Ton Dieker | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Designing Systems for Performance and Efficiency
Christopher J. Durning | Chemical Engineering
Using Nanomaterials to Filter Clean Drinking Water
Stephen A. Edwards | Computer Science 
Testing and Correcting Embedded Processors

Daniel P. Ellis | Electrical Engineering
Delving into the Science of Listening
Adam Elmachtoub | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Integrating Supply Chain Costs and Sales to Maximize Profits
Daniel Esposito | Chemical Engineering
Converting Sunlight into Storable Solar Fuels
Steven Feiner | Computer Science
Augmenting Reality
Maria Q. Feng | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Revolutionizing the Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure

Jacob Fish | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics  Pushing the Limits of Multiscale Science and Engineering
Christine Fleming | Electrical Engineering 
Keeping an Eye on the Heart

Alexander Gaeta | Applied Physics and Materials Science
Learning How to Engineer Light
Guillermo M. Gallego | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Engineering Services (Before They Perish)
Roxana Geambasu | Computer Science 
Increasing Control Over Cloud and Mobile Data

Pierre Gentine | Earth and Environmental Engineering
Predicting Drought and Floods
Javad Ghaderi | Electrical Engineering
Boosting Efficiency of Data Networks
Donald Goldfarb | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 
Finding a Way Around Too Much Data
Catherine Gorlé | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Improving the Design of Sustainable Urban Buildings Using Computational Technologies
Vineet Goyal | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Studying Decision Making in the Face of Uncertainty
Luis Gravano | Computer Science
Supercharging Search Engines
Eitan Grinspun | Computer Science
Predicting the Motion of Materials
Jonathan Gross | Computer Science
Untying Knots with Mathematics

X. Edward Guo | Biomedical Engineering 
Predicting Bone Strength, Preventing Osteoporosis

 
Xuedong He | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Modeling the Irrational
Tony F. Heinz | Electrical Engineering
Collecting Solar Energy with Nanomaterials
Irving Herman | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Tuning Nanomaterials for a Better World
Henry Hess | Biomedical Engineering 
Building Tiny, Muscle-Like Engines
Andreas H. Hielscher | Biomedical Engineering
Imaging Diseases in New Light
Elizabeth M. C. Hillman | Biomedical Engineering 
Unlocking the Brain’s Secrets
Julia Hirschberg | Computer Science
Recognizing the Melody of Speech
James C. Hone | Mechanical Engineering
Reprogramming Cells to Boost Immunity
Daniel Hsu | Computer Science
Breathing Life into Machine Learning

Clark T. Hung | Biomedical Engineering
Cushioning the Blow of Joint Pain
James Im | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Finding the Fundamentals of Silicon for Advanced Electronics
Garud Iyengar | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Deciphering the Mysteries of Microbial Communications
Christopher R. Jacobs | Biomedical Engineering 
Combating Bone Loss

Tony Jebara | Computer Science
Finding Patterns in a Complex World
Pedrag Jelenkovic | Electrical Engineering
Unwinding Heavy Tails
Fred Jiang | Electrical Engineering
Building Systems to Collect, Exchange, and Analyze Data
Jingyue Ju | Chemical Engineering
Creating Personalized DNA Chips for Everybody
Soulaymane Kachani | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Understanding the Dynamics Behind Pricing
Gail Kaiser | Computer Science
Testing What Cannot be Tested
Lance C. Kam | Biomedical Engineering
Engineering the Body’s Defenses
Shiho Kawashima | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Cementing the Path to Solid Construction
John Kender | Computer Science
Indexing Videos Automatically
Martha Kim | Computer Science
Accelerating Processing's Family Van
Peter Kinget | Electrical Engineering
Connecting Bits to Life
Jeffrey T. Koberstein | Chemical Engineering
Delivering Drugs to the Right Place
Elisa E. Konofagou | Biomedical Engineering
Treating Tumors Without Radiation
Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Using Mathematical Tools to Better Understand Complex Structural Dynamics
Harish Krishnaswamy | Electrical Engineering
Pushing the Performance of Silicon-Based Systems
Sanat Kumar | Chemical Engineering
Storing Energy More Efficiently
Ioannis (John) Kymissis | Electrical Engineering
Producing Organic Photovoltaics
Jeffrey Kysar | Mechanical Engineering
Analyzing Materials Under Extreme Conditions
Andrew Laine | Biomedical Engineering 
Analyzing 3-D Ultrasound Images of the Heart
Upmanu Lall | Earth and Environmental Engineering
Solving the Global Water Crisis
Aurel A. Lazar | Electrical Engineering 
Visions of Non-Viral Vectors

Kam Leong | Biomedical Engineering
Visions of Non-Viral Vectors
Edward F. Leonard | Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Developing an Artificial Kidney
Tim Siu-Tang Leung | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Designing Ways to Account for Forseeable Financial Risk
Qiao Lin | Mechanical Engineering
Monitoring Glucose Without Pinpricks
Hoe Ling | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Stabilizing the Slippery Slope
Hod Lipson | Mechanical Engineering Building Self-Aware Robots
Michal Lipson | Electrical Engineering Removing Bandwidth Bottlenecks with Light
Richard Longman | Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Making Robots Learn
Helen H. Lu | Biomedical Engineering
Repairing Torn Ligaments
Tal Malkin | Computer Science
Securing the Lock After the Key is Stolen
Kyle Mandli | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Building Predictive Models for Real-Time Storm Surge Impact
Chris A. Marianetti | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Predicting Behavior of Materials
Michael E. Mauel | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Containing Hot Plasma for Fusion
Kathleen R. McKeown | Computer Science
Summarizing the News (Automatically)
V. Faye McNeill | Chemical Engineering 
Understanding Brown Carbon
Vishal Misra | Computer Science
Boosting Profits with Peer-to-Peer Networks
Vijay Modi | Mechanical Engineering
Engineering in the Developing World
Barclay Morrison III | Biomedical Engineering
Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury
Van C. Mow | Biomedical Engineering
Reconstructing Cartilage
Kristin Myers | Mechanical Engineering
Investigating the Mechanical Behavior of Soft Tissues
Arvind Narayanaswamy | Mechanical Engineering 
Tailoring Thermal Transport
Gerald Navratil | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Stabilizing Plasma for Fusion Energy
Shree K. Nayar | Computer Science
Picturing the World in New Ways
Jason Nieh | Computer Science
Delivering Desktop Computing from the Cloud
 
Steven Nowick | Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Marching Without a Beat
Mariana Olvera-Cravioto | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Searching for a Heavy Tail
Ben O’Shaughnessy | Chemical Engineering 
Figuring Out How Viruses Invade Cells
John Paisley | Electrical Engineering
Taking on the Complexities of Big Data Analysis
Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park | Earth and Environmental Engineering
Capturing Carbon for Sustainable Energy
Itsik Pe'er | Computer Science
Discoverng the Origins of Diabetes
Feniosky Peña-Mora | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Improving Large-Scale Disaster Response
Aron Pinczuk | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Creating Nanoscale Devices
Lorenzo Polvani | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Re-evaluating the Ozone Layer
Kenneth Ross | Computer Science
Processing Parallel Insight
Dan Rubenstein | Computer Science
Networking Your Wallet, Credit Card, and Keys
Paul Sajda | Biomedical Engineering
Capturing the "Aha!" Moment
Peter Schlosser | Earth and Environmental Engineering
Sustaining the Environment
Henning G. Schulzrinne | Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Sensing Our Connected World
Amiya Sen | Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
Harnessing Fusion: The Ultimate Green Energy
Rocco Servedio | Computer Science
Playing "20 Questions" with Geometry
Simha Sethumadhavan | Computer Science
Designing Secure Hardware
Jay Sethuraman | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Finding a Fairer Way to Admit Students
Kenneth L. Shepard | Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Integrating Biology in a Chip
Masanobu Shinozuka | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Developing Advanced Systems Technologies for Disaster Assessment and Mitigation
Samuel K. Sia | Biomedical Engineering
Streamlining Blood Testing
Karl Sigman | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Predicting the Probability of Congestion
Andrew W. Smyth | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Monitoring Structural Health with Sensor Data Fusion
Adam H. Sobel | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Modeling Monsoons
Ponisseril Somasundaran | Earth and Environmental Engineering
Fostering New Ways to "Green"
Marc Spiegelman | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Studying Earth's Mantle and Crust
Clifford S. Stein |
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Estimating Solutions to Difficult Problems
Salvatore J. Stolfo | Computer Science
Using Anomolies to Defend Against Insiders
Steve WaiChing Sun | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Predicting Faulting, Landslides, and Liquefaction of Soil from Motion of Grains at Nanoscale
Elon Terrell | Mechanical Engineering
Keeping Wind Turbines Turning
Van-Anh Truong | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Strategies for a Smarter Health Care System
Vladimir Vapnik | Computer Science
Unlocking a Complex World Mathematically
Latha Venkataraman | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Building Single-Molecule Circuits
Venkat Venkatasubramainian | Chemical Engineering
Understanding Self-Organization, Emergence, and Complexity

Francesco Volpe | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Working Towards Net Fusion Energy
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic | Biomedical Engineering
Fixing Bones and Hearts
Haim Waisman | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Keeping Structures Sound
Qi Wang | Biomedical Engineering
Writing the Information into the Brain
Wen I. Wang | Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics  Using Optoelectronics for Chemical and Environmental Sensing
Michael Weinstein | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Predicting Waves Mathematically

Ward Whitt | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Unraveling the Mysteries of Congestion
Chris H. Wiggins | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Finding the Mechanisms of Psychiatric Disorders
John Wright | Electrical Engineering
Bringing Order to High-Dimensional Datasets
Junfeng Yang | Computer Science
Weaving More Reliable Software
Yuan Yang | Materials Science and Engineering
On the Verge of a Battery-Powered Revolution
Mihalis Yannakakis |
Computer Science and
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Calculating What is Possible
David Yao | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Optimizing Networked Resources
Y. Lawrence Yao | Mechanical Engineering
Detecting "Dirty Bomb" Radiation
Tuncel M. Yegulalp | Earth and Environmental Engineering
Going to Extremes
Yechiam Yemini | Computer Science
Turning Students Into Entrepreneurs
Huiming Yin | Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Raising the Roof
Nanfang Yu | Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Leveraging Infrafred Light to Create Novel Technology
Changxi Zheng | Computer Science
Are We Hearing This For Real?
Yuan Zhong | Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Bringing Clarity to Communication Systems at Scale
Charles Zukowski | Electrical Engineering
Plugging the Leak in Circuit Efficiency
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