Qiang Du Qiang Du, Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics, was part of a research team recently named a finalist by Supercomputing 2016 in the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. For many years, Du has been working on the phase field modeling of microstructure evolutions, an important research subject in computational materials science. Selected as one of six finalists, this new paper—“Extreme-Scale Phase Field Simulations of Coarsening Dynamics on the Sunway Taihulight Supercomputer”—presents a scalable algorithm to numerically integrate phase field equations and its efficient implementation, as well as simulations at an unprecedented scale on the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

Professor Du also shared a SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize with his PhD student Xiaochuan Tian presented at the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) 2016 annual meeting in July. This major prize is awarded each year to recognize papers that exhibit originality, research that brings a fresh look at an existing field or that opens up new areas of applied mathematics. Their winning paper provided analysis and comparisons of different algorithms for the numerical solution of nonlocal models such as the peridynamic theory of continuum mechanics. (September 27, 2016)

Steven M. Bellovin Ponisseril Somasundaran, LaVon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Mineral Processing Council (IMPC) at their 28th annual IMPC Congress, held in September in Quebec City. The award recognizes a lifetime of “distinguished achievement and outstanding contribution to the advancement of the art, science and industrial practice of mineral processing together with participation in and contribution to the IMPC”. Congress President Cyril O’Connor of the University of Cape Town presented the award. (September 26, 2016)
Christopher Jacobs Biomedical Engineering Professor Christopher Jacobs received the 2016 Richard Skalak Award for the best paper published in Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. In his paper, “Epigenetic Changes During Mechanically Induced Osteogenic Lineage Commitment,” he demonstrates that fluid shear stress stimulation of cells rapidly promotes the availability of genes for expression and specifically increases gene expression of later osteogenic markers. (September 13, 2016)
Steven M. Bellovin An international team led by Steven A. Sabbagh, senior research scientist and adjunct professor in the department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (APAM), has won a three-year $3.3 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to study high performance tokamak plasma disruption prediction and avoidance in the long-pulse Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) located in Daejeon, South Korea. The grant is shared by Columbia, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the National Fusion Research Institute in Daejeon. APAM Associate Research Scientist Young-Seok Park will be lead researcher for Columbia. (September 9, 2016)
Steven M. Bellovin Computer Science Professor Steven M. Bellovin, co-author of "Keys Under Doormats," has been named a winner of the Electronic Frontier Foundation 2016 Pioneer Award. Published in July of 2015, “Keys Under Doormats” both reviews the underlying technical considerations of the earlier encryption debate of the 1990s and examines the modern systems realities, creating a compelling, comprehensive, and scientifically grounded argument to protect and extend the availability of encrypted digital information and communications. (August 9, 2016)


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