FEATURED STORY Engineering Faculty Lead Nanoscience Discoveries
Columbia has been at the forefront of nanoscience research for more than 15 years, and, with the University’s launch of the Columbia Nano Initiative (CNI), activity on this front is accelerating. The complexities of nanoscience, manipulating individual atoms and molecules, make for a perfect intersection of disciplines. The rules change at the nanoscale; materials, electrons, chemicals—all behave differently. Columbia Engineering spotlights just a few of our professors—James Hone and Colin Nuckolls; Keren Bergman, Michal Lipson, and Alex Gaeta; Michael Weinstein and Nanfang Yu; Chris Marianetti; Sanat Kumar and Christopher Durning; and Aron Pinczuk and Shalom Wind—whose work is advancing the field of nanoscience and, in many ways, pushing boundaries far beyond the nanoscale.
A research team led by Professor Shree K. Nayar has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered—it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed a pixel that can not only measure incident light but also convert the incident light into electric power.
Research opportunities for undergraduate engineering students are expected in academia. Lab experiences with faculty research mentors and project teams offer students a peek into the culture of research and a real-world look at engineering careers. Two years ago, the School made a commitment to support even more hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.