By compressing layers of boron nitride and graphene, researchers were able to enhance the material's band gap, bringing it one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today’s electronic devices.

A Columbia University-led international team of researchers has developed a technique to manipulate the electrical conductivity of graphene with compression, bringing the material one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today’s electronic devices.

Julia Di
Once Julia Di came up with the idea for the Columbia Space Initiative, events moved at warp speed.
Two Columbia professors — a neuroscientist whose work on the visual system could lead to a cure for blindness and a theoretical computer scientist who has helped define the limits of computation — are among the 84 new members elected this week to the National Academy of Sciences.
illustration of a cervix's mechanical movements

Cervical length is clinically measured as the portion of the cervix that is closed. Effacement progresses in normal pregnancy when the fetal head descends and shortens the cervix. Funneling is a pathologic condition related to an abnormal cervical deformation pattern when the membranes slip into the inner canal and the cervix prematurely shortens. Illustration Courtesy of the Journal of Biomechanics

Kristin Myers was learning how to fix her father’s off-white Triumph TR4 roadster at the age of six. She later trained to be an automotive engineer and fully expected to have a career designing cars.

Anil Lalwani
Anil Lalwani wants to deliver medicine directly into the inner ear, the best way to treat ear-related disorders.
Ken Shepard
Ken Shepard is part of a growing push to develop brain-computer interfaces to repair senses and skills lost to injury or disease.
Amir Imani

Amir Imani wrote his first computer program, a family phone book, at age 9. The experience sealed his interest in computing. “I always loved making and breaking things,” he said. “Coding gave me a way to explore the enigmatic world of computers.”

Vikas Arun

Tap dancing and engineering may not seem like they have anything in common. But for graduating senior Vikas Arun, pairing these two passions makes plenty of sense.

Jonny Cohen

By the time Jonathan (Jonny) Cohen started his freshman year at Columbia Engineering, he had launched a startup and been named—twice—to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of energy sector leaders for his work in gree