Milestones

Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou

September 18, 2014
Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou, assistant professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, has been awarded the 2014 Junior Research Prize by the European Association of Structural Dynamics (EASD). Kougioumtzoglou, who recently joined the Columbia Engineering faculty, was recognized for his “innovative influence on the field of nonlinear stochastic dynamics.” His research focuses on stochastic mechanics with applications in civil engineering and mechanical engineering.

Steve Bellovin September 10, 2014
Computer Science Professor Steve Bellovin, one of the foremost experts on Internet security and privacy, has been elected to the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. Bellovin joins a crop of top industry leaders as the 2014 class of inductees, to be honored at a banquet on October 30th. Bellovin coauthored one of the first books on firewalls, Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker, and holds a number of patents on cryptographic and network protocols. A graduate of Columbia College, he joined the Columbia Engineering faculty in 2005 following a distinguished career at Bell Labs and AT&T Research Labs, where he was an AT&T Fellow. Bellovin was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and for many years has served as a member of specialized technology advisory committees, including for the Department of Homeland Security, Election Assistance Commission, and the National Academies. From 2012 to 2013, he held the post of chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission.
Masanobu Shinozuka

September 5, 2014
At the invitation of the Japanese parliament, Masanobu Shinozuka PhD’60, professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, spent two weeks in Tokyo this spring consulting with a range of government officials on Japan’s pioneering efforts to become the world’s first earthquake-resilient nation. Shinozuka, a renowned authority in earthquake and structural engineering, shared his expertise on resilience-based seismic hazard protection and mitigation and helped kick off a new information exchange, as Japan continues to recover from a devastating 2011 earthquake that killed more than 15,000 and wrecked hundreds of thousands of structures. Shinozuka’s work in continuum mechanics, structural dynamics and control, and risk assessment of lifeline systems is informing the Japanese government’s ambitious new design and construction standards shifting from the fail-safe concept to seismic disaster resilience.

Epibone August 15, 2014
EpiBone, cofounded by Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences, has received funding from Breakout Labs, Peter Thiel’s nonprofit fund that supports scientific innovation in startups “that drive radical science to advance human health.” Breakout Labs has supported EpiBone with a maximum grant of $350,000 to help the company to achieve key validation milestones. EpiBone, based in the newly opened Harlem Biospace, uses computed tomography (CT) scans and fat-derived stem cells to engineer the patient’s own living bone with the precise anatomical fit to the defect being treated. Based on 15 years of NIH-funded bone tissue engineering research, EpiBone’s technology was developed by Vunjak-Novakovic and other co-founders, including Sidney Eisig, professor of clinical craniofacial surgeryand and chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Columbia, and CSO Sarindr Bhumiratana and CEO Nina Tandon, post-doctoral fellows in the Vunjak-Novakovic laboratory. EpiBone has also received funding by the BioAccelerate program from NYC Tech Connect, an initiative of the Partnership Fund for New York City, as well as a Phase-I SBIR grant from the NIH.
Jingguang Chen

August 12, 2014
Jingguang Chen, Thayer Lindsley Professor of Chemical Engineering, has won the American Chemical Society’s George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry for his work in understanding and developing metal carbides and bimetallic alloys as catalysts and electrocatalysts. This significant award, established by ACS in 1948 to honor Olah, the Hungarian and American chemist who won the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is intended to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding research achievements in hydrocarbon or petroleum chemistry.

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