Programs in Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Medical Physics

Applied Physics | Applied Mathematics | Materials Science & Engineering | Medical Physics

APAM Department Research

The Department is a leader in advanced research including nanoscale science, advanced scientific computing, applied mathematics, earth science, plasma physics and controlled fusion, solid-state physics, optical and laser physics, medical physics, and materials for information technologies.


Faculty Members

The faculty members in the APAM Department are a vital and coherent group of active scholars, heavily involved in several interdisciplinary research areas including nanoscale science, advanced scientific computing, earth science, plasma physics, and materials for information technologies.

The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics is unique, with vibrant academic programs and cutting-edge research spanning from applied physics, to applied mathematics, to materials science and engineering, and to medical physics. These efforts highlight our Department, as do the many interconnections between them.

Modeling ways to predict weather. Decoding the mathematics of cancer. Testing sophisticated solutions for developing nanoscale devices. Pioneering fusion energy. Those are just some of the extraordinary advances made in our Department.

Disrupting Disinformation

Prof. Chris Wiggins has six ways to understand and combat online disinformation. More
Nov 16 2020 | Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Wiggins

Prof Oleg Gang Makes 3-D Nanosuperconductors with DNA

Complex 3-D nanoscale architectures based on DNA self-assembly can conduct electricity without resistance and may provide a platform for fabricating quantum More
Nov 10 2020 | By Ariana Manglaviti | Illustration Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory

Is Nuclear Fusion Finally Within Reach?

"Imagine a society where we don’t have to worry about the supply of energy or the cost of sustainability." - Michael Mauel, Professor of Applied Physics More
Sep 15 2020 | By Ryan Mandelbaum | Columbia Engineering Magazine

From The Top Down

“The profound link between global warming and ozone-depleting substances is only now beginning to be appreciated,” says Prof. Lorenzo Polvani. More
Aug 07 2020 | Columbia Engineering Magazine

Sobel on CNN Newsroom

Prof. Adam Sobel appeared on the CNN Newsroom today to discuss Joe Biden's stance on climate change. More
Sep 14 2020 | CNN Newsroom

Crunching The Numbers

Frictionless optical components increase computer performance while lowering energy consumption More
Aug 27 2020 | Columbia Engineering Magazine

Holding Back The Tide

Prof. Kyle Mandli & Prof. Daniel Bienstock are part of a team of Columbia engineers that are working to protect NYC and other places from coastal flooding. More
Aug 05 2020 | Columbia Engineering Magazine

NSF Expands Funding for I-CORPS Award

The NSF has made an expansion to its award for the tri-university I-CORPS award, of which Professor Chris Wiggins is the Columbia University Principal More
Jul 22 2020

New Faculty Member: Lu Zhang

The APAM Department is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Lu Zhang as the Ju Tang Chu and Wu Ping Chu Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics More
Jul 01 2020