Milestones

Andrew Laine Mischa Schwartz, Charles Batchelor Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, was awarded the Henri Busignies Memorial Award by the Radio Club of America for lifetime contributions to electrical engineering and education that have benefited humanity. The award will be OR WAS presented in New York City on Nov. 18. (November 21, 2016)
Andrew Laine Feniosky Peña-Mora, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering and of Computer Science, was inducted October 20 as a member of the National Academy of Construction's 2016 class, one of 30 honored for their “stellar careers and contributions to the engineering and construction industry.” (November 14, 2016)
Andrew Laine Applied Mathematics Professor Guillaume Bal has been named a 2017 fellow of the American Mathematical Society, in recognition of his contributions to inverse problems and wave propagation in random media. (November 10, 2016)
Andrew Laine Andrew Laine, Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Radiology (Physics), and Biomedical Engineering Department Chair, was elected a 2016 fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), in recognition of his "distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering in an international level." (November 7, 2016)
Alan West Alan West, Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Electrochemistry and Chemical Engineering Department Chair, was elected to the 2016 Class of Electrochemical Society (ECS) Fellows. He is now among a select group of members who have "amassed advanced individual technological contributions in the field of electrochemical and solid-state science and technology." (November 2, 2016)
X. Edward Guo Biomedical Engineering Professor X. Edward Guo received a new $1.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases to study and test the novel regulation pathway of bone cells in response to mechanical loading. His research group discovered that in response to mechanical loading, bone cells (specifically osteocytes), are able to secrete important biological factors through muscle-like cellular contractions. Genevieve Brown, a graduate student who is working on this research, received the best basic science award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research at the annual meeting in September. (October 14, 2016)
Daniel Bienstock Pierre Gentine, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, has been given the Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The award, which is given to early career scientists who have demonstrated outstanding ability, recognizes “research achievement that is, at least in part, aerological in character and concerns the observation, theory, and modeling of atmospheric motions on all scales.” (October 10, 2016)
Daniel Bienstock Keren Bergman, Electrical Engineering Department Chair and Charles Bachelor Professor of Engineering, has won the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) 2016 Engineering Achievement Award, for her "pioneering contributions to optical interconnection networks and photonic-enabled architectures that advance communications and computing systems." The award was presented at the IEEE Society’s October 3 meeting. (October 6, 2016)
Daniel Bienstock Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Professor Daniel Bienstock and Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Gil Zussman received four grants totaling $2.5 million for their joint work on power grid resilience. Spread across the Data Science Institute, the Columbia Nanoscience Institute, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and Electrical Engineering, the grants include: 1) a DOE grant as part of the Grid Modernization Laboratory to develop tools to monitor the stochastic and dynamic state of the transmission grid.; 2) DARPA grant as part of RADICS program.; 3) ARPA-E grant to develop methods for generating synthetic power grid topologies to enable better vulnerability analysis; and 4) DTRA grant extension to study the impact of physical attacks on power grids and telecommunications networks. (October 4, 2016)
Qiang Du Robert Farrauto, professor of professional practice in the department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, co-authored his third book, "Introduction to Catalytic and industrial Catalytic Processes" with Lucas Dorazio and Calvin Bartholomew. Published by Wiley and Sons, the textbook introduces chemical, environmental, and mechanical engineering graduate and senior level students to the fundamentals of catalysis and their application in the production of petroleum, chemical, and alternative energy products as well as environmental pollution abatement. (September 29, 2016)
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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