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.

Yang Wins 3M Award

Yuan Yang, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has won a 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award. More
May 19 2021

Congratulations Graduates!

We are proud to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our undergraduate and graduate 2020-2021 degree recipients! More
May 07 2021

Why we need to take back Earth Day

It’s a struggle, against powerful opposition, to mitigate the cascading catastrophes that are being inflicted, for the benefit of the few, upon human and More
Apr 21 2021 | The Bulletin of the Atomic Sciences

Qiang Du Wins USACM Hughes Medal

Qiang Du has earned the prestigious Thomas J.R. Hughes Medal from the U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM). More
Apr 12 2021 | Columbia Engineering News

I Got A $500K Deal On Shark Tank

Great advice from APAM alumna Samantha John on building a business, teaching kids to code, and making a deal on SharkTank! More
Apr 07 2021 | BuzzFeed

Building Tough 3D Nanomaterials with DNA

Columbia Engineers use DNA nanotechnology to create highly resilient synthetic nanoparticle-based materials that can be processed through conventional More
Mar 19 2021 | By Holly Evarts | Photos and Animation Oleg Gang/Columbia Engineering