James Hone, Wang Fong-Jen Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Colin Nuckolls, Higgins Professor of Chemistry, are director and associate director, respectively, of Columbia University’s new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), supported by a $15 million, six-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Their goal is to learn about the properties of atoms and molecules and then determine how to assemble these nanoscale building blocks into materials and structures that will define the next generation of medicine, electronics, energy production, and consumer products.
As part of the School’s 150th anniversary closing celebration, faculty duos showcase 15 pairs of Columbia Engineering's technology innovations -- past and present -- in three minute presentations. Each group is introduced by Professor Andreas Hielscher, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Radiology.
“Be it Hollerith’s inventions of a tabulating machine and punch cards that advanced counting and computing (including the foundation of IBM), Elmer Gaden’s work on mass production of antibiotics, William Parsons construction of the first New York City subway line (No. 1 Broadway Line), or Edwin Howard Armstrong’s invention of the FM radio—we all are still affected today by their work performed over 60 years ago.” Professor Andreas Hielscher