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Christine P. Hendon

John Paisley
Nima Mesgarani
Javad Lavaei
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Prof. Keren Bergman
Prof. Keren Bergman,
Department Chair

Dear Friends,

2014 is an important year for us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. In Electrical Engineering, we have the privilege of reflecting on a long and remarkable history of extraordinary alumni that includes the founders of modern radio communications, control engineering, and multimedia coding.
Our Department today is home to a diverse core of faculty that thrives on research and instruction, and has garnered a multitude of national and international accolades for their cutting-edge innovations. Our newsletter includes examples of accomplishments spearheaded by our faculty, research staff, and remarkable students over the past year.
Within the Electrical Engineering Department we are continuing to push forward the state of the art in the areas of devices, circuits, systems, signals, and information. At the same time, we are reimagining and expanding the boundaries of those traditional concentrations to include areas such as systems biology and neuroengineering.
To continue the evolution of our dynamic department, we have been aggressively recruiting exceptional individuals to join our department. This has proved highly successful, with seven new faculty joining since 2012. I urge you to catch up with their impressive research and work.
I invite you to visit our department or explore our website to find out more about us. Our doors are always open!
Wishing you a wonderful year,

Keren Bergman Signature

Top Research Stories

Prof. Ken Shepard Leads Research Team to $1 Million Keck AwardProf. Ken Shepard Leads Research Team to $1 Million Keck Award

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Columbia University, led by Ken Shepard, professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering and including Virginia W. Cornish, Helena Rubinstein Professor of Chemistry, and Lars Dietrich, assistant professor of biological sciences, has won a prestigious $1 million three-year grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to advance their research in combining biological components with solid-state electronics, creating new systems that exploit the advantages of both.

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Christine Hendon (née Fleming) Named to Annual Innovators Under 35 Christine Hendon (née Fleming) Named to Annual Innovators Under 35

MIT Technology Review today revealed its prestigious annual list of 35 top young innovators, which includes Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Christine Hendon. Selected from hundreds of nominations, she is being honored as an outstanding inventor on the list for her work in the field of biotechnology and medicine.

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Dimitris Anastassiou

New Computational Model Can Predict Breast Cancer Survival

Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Dimitris Anastassiou, Charles Batchelor Professor in Electrical Engineering and member of the Columbia Initiative in Systems Biology, have developed a new computational model that is highly predictive of breast cancer survival.

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David Vallancourt

David Vallancourt Wins Presidential Teaching Award

David Vallancourt, senior lecturer in electrical engineering, has been awarded Columbia's Presidential Teaching Award, a top teaching honor given by the University to just five recipients each year at Commencement. Established in 1996, the presidential awards recognize the best of Columbia's teachers "for the influence they have on the development of their students and their part in maintaining the University's longstanding reputation for educational excellence."

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Special Thanks to the Wei Family

Wei Family

Wei Family Private Foundation Directors Edward Chen, Janet Chen, 
John Donnelly presented scholarship to Columbia EE students.

The Wei Family Private Foundation has once again provided generous scholarships to a select number of EE students this Fall 2013. This year besides the continued support for 3 full time PhD students, the Foundation also provided fifteen special scholarships with a combined total of $65,000. 
The special scholarship will allow students to attend international conferences for publishing research results, or cover part of the education cost. Ten of the scholarships were in the amount of $5,000, while five were in the amount of $3,000. The Department congratulates the fifteen recipients and extends its gratitude to the Wei Family Foundation for its continued support!
You can find more information on The Wei Family Private Foundation here: http://wfpf888.org/index.html

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