Milestones

Changxi Zheng and Jonny Cohen October 28, 2014
Two Columbia engineers recently featured in Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 lists were guest speakers at the Oct. 21 Forbes Under 30 Summit, held in Philadelphia. Alongside other top young inventors and innovators, Changxi Zheng, assistant professor of computer science, and Jonny Cohen, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, participated in a panel, “Show and Tell: America’s Best Under 30 Inventors Face-Off,” moderated by Michael Noer, executive editor of Forbes magazine. Zheng, who made the 2012 list for Science and Healthcare, talked about his groundbreaking work crafting fast, practical algorithms to generate immersive virtual realities with a broad spectrum of synchronized visual and audible data. Cohen, who made both the 2012 and 2013 lists for Energy, talked about his aerodynamic devices he invented that can significantly increase the gas mileage of school buses by reducing drag. Cohen is founder and CEO at Greenshields Project, which is preparing to make the fiberglass and epoxy resin shields commercially available to schools and businesses. Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists profile transformative innovators who are “impatient to change the world,” and the summit brought them together with business leaders, venture capitalists, and mentors.
—by Jesse Adams
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.

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