HIGHLIGHTS: February 2019


A Step Closer to Self-Aware Machines

Researchers led by Hod Lipson of Mechanical Engineering have made a major advance in robotics by creating a robot that learns what it is, from scratch, with zero prior knowledge of physics, geometry, or motor dynamics.
A new study from Pierre Gentine from Earth and Environmental Engineering shows that vegetation may not be able to continue abating the effects of emissions from human activities.
In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers led by Nima Mesgarani from Electrical Engineering have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech.


Prof. Yannis Tsividis, Armstrong Professor of Electrical Engineering, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, honoring his contributions to analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit technology and engineering education.
Michal Lipson, Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and professor of applied physics, has been awarded the Comstock Prize in Physics by the National Academy of Sciences for her pioneering research in silicon photonics.
Steve WaiChing Sun, assistant professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, won a National Science Foundation CAREER award for his work in predicting material failures for engineering applications.
Using AR/VR technology, researchers from NYU and Columbia are creating an immersive educational toolkit around STEM-themed “escape room”-style games that teach math, physics, and computer science. In recognition of its innovative approach, the project just won a $100,000 prize from the Verizon 5G EdTech challenge.
A team of Columbia engineers led by biomedical and electrical engineering professor Andreas H. Hielscher traveled to the Kingdom of Jordan to investigate the rise of diabetes in the Middle East.


Columbia-affiliated teams took top honors at the conclusion of the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge, held on campus in January.


Columbia Engineering mourns the passing of alumna Gloria Brooks Reinish (BS ’45, MS ’48, EngScD ’74), the first woman to obtain a degree
from the engineering school.



The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise is accepting applications for the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. The fund provides seed grants to nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid early-stage Columbia University affiliated social and environmental ventures. Click here to apply by March 1.
FEB 14 - MAR 14: Columbia Engineering Pi Day Challenge
February 14 through March 14 marks the month-long online fundraising event for Columbia Engineering Pi Day #PiSEAS. Join the Pi Day Challenge here.
MAR 05: A Conversation with Ursula Burns '82SEAS and Mary C. Boyce
The Forum at Columbia University, Broadway & W 129th St, New York, NY 10027
Columbia Engineering, New York City Women in Tech (NYC WIT), and She Opened the Door present a conversation with Ursula Burns '82SEAS and Mary C. Boyce, Dean of Columbia Engineering. This event celebrates the launch of NYC WIT.
MAR 30: CEYA Blue & White Gala 2019
Landmark On the Park, 160 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Join Columbia Engineering Young Alumni for dinner, dancing, and an open bar (21+) at the Blue & White Gala 2019!
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