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 2023 Newsletter

Spring 2023 - APAM Department Newsletter, Columbia Engineering (pdf)

Message from the Chair:

Dear APAM Community, 

We are delighted to share the remarkable accomplishments of our students, faculty, scientists, and alumni as another exciting school year comes to a close. Despite the challenges of the past few years, the class of 2023 has thrived and excelled. We extend our congratulations to them, including our three undergraduate faculty award winners for excellence in Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, and Materials Science. We wish them success in their future endeavors and welcome them as esteemed APAM alumni.

In this newsletter, we also celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of our faculty and research scientists, who have achieved scientific progress in a range of fields including advanced photonics, fundamental materials science, plasma physics, climate dynamics, and even the history of data science from "the age of reason to the age of algorithms." These achievements exemplify the exceptional intellectual diversity within APAM. Moreover, we showcase the numerous awards and honors bestowed upon our faculty, acknowledging their remarkable contributions to research and teaching. 

Finally, this semester saw the passing of Professor Emeritus C.K. “John” Chu,  one of the founding members of APAM and a lifelong champion for Applied Mathematics, the APAM Department, and Columbia Engineering. Together with family, friends, students, and colleagues, we came together to celebrate the life and legacy of Prof. Chu through a moving memorial service in St. Paul’s chapel. 

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

Marc Spiegelman 
Chair, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and
Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

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