The APAM Department publishes a bi-annual newsletter featuring the accomplishments of our esteemed faculty, researchers, and students. Alumni are also encouraged to submit their news by sending a message to apam@columbia.


Spring 2024 Newsletter

Spring 2024 Newsletter, APAM Department, Columbia Engineering (pdf)

Letter from the Chair

We are delighted to share the remarkable accomplishments of our students, faculty, scientists, and alumni as another exciting school year comes to a close. We begin by extending our heartfelt congratulations to the 2023-2024 graduating students in Applied Physics (AP), Applied Mathematics (AM), Materials Science, and Medical Physics. Despite the challenges of the past four years, the class of 2024 has persevered, thrived, and excelled. In particular, we congratulate our three undergraduate faculty award winners for excellence in AM, AP, and Material Science, as well as Stephanie Malek, this year’s Simon’s Prize winner, for her outstanding thesis work on “Nonlocal Metasurfaces.” We wish all of our graduates success in their future endeavors and welcome them as esteemed APAM alumni.

We also celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of our faculty and research scientists, who have achieved groundbreaking scientific progress across a wide array of fields including advanced photonics, fundamental material science, quantum materials, plasma physics, applied mathematics, and climate dynamics (including a thought-provoking essay in Nature on “Are we all doomed?”). These achievements exemplify the exceptional intellectual excellence and diversity across APAM. Moreover, we showcase the numerous awards and honors bestowed upon our faculty, acknowledging their remarkable contributions to research and teaching.

Finally, we want to extend a warm welcome to Marri Davis as our new Departmental Administrator and recognize Prof. Irving Herman, now the Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor Emeritus of Applied Physics, for his distinguished career in Applied Physics and thank him for his years of dedicated service to the department, including  three terms as Department Chair. We wish him well in his retirement and look forward to his continued wit and wisdom as a welcome member of APAM.

Thank you all for your continued support and dedication to the APAM community.

Marc Spiegelman, APAM Chair


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