Current Research Opportunities

The opportunities listed below are open to students currently enrolled in degree programs at all accredited institutions.  Please review the eligibility requirements for particular opportunities.  Note some opportunities are only open to Columbia Engineering students. 

Funding for positions is dependent upon the funding source. Please note that only opportunities listed as REUs provide funding for students from outside of Columbia University.  While students may be eligible for an opportunity, they are not guaranteed funding.  Please check with the contact in the posting.

last updated May 22, 2020

Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics

Amir Sagiv | Insulation In Driven Crystals | Earth Mover's Distance and Kernel Statistics

Siu-Wai Chan | Chan Research Group


Biomedical Engineering

Samuel Sia | Mobile App for Disease Tracking | Wearable Device For Health Monitoring | Drug release hydrogels to improve wound healing | Microfluidic device for improving cancer immunotherapy


Chemical Engineering

B. O’Shaughnessy and M. Simunovic | Future-proof strategies in preventing SARS-CoV-2 virus entry

Dan Steingart | Battery Design & Analysis (new)

Alexander Urban | Predicting battery recycling processes | Machine-learning thermodynamics


Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Sharon Di | Waymo & Lyft Driverless Car Data Analysis and Driving Modeling

Marco Giometto | An Urban Tree Database for High-Fidelity Airflow SimulationsDevelopment of a Feature-Extraction Tool for Turbulence in Hurricanes

Shiho Kawashima | Tailoring the rheology of 3-D printed concretes 

Huiming Yin | Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems 


Computer Science

Shuran Song | Multi-agent collaborative learning | Active scene understanding | Mult-Arms Motion Planning

Vishal Misra | Analyzing COVID-19 data using the Synthetic Control methodology

Steve Feiner | FastBallCURVE (Collaborative URban Visualization Environment)


Electrical Engineering

Ethan Katz-Bassett | The Internet under widespread shelter-in-place: Resilience, response, and lessons for the future | Understanding and optimizing Internet video delivery with self-driving networks

Zoran Kostic | COSMOS Smart Intersections, Cloud-Connected Vehicles - Applications of Deep Learning | Peripheral Edema Phenotyping Using Artificial Intelligence

Ken Shepard | Summer 2020 Research Positions in the Bioelectronic Systems Laboratory

Gil Zussman | High Quality Video Streaming over Wireless | mmWave Wireless Channel Measurements in the COSMOS testbed


Earth & Environmental Engineering

Bolun Xu | Electric Bus Energy Analysis in New York City


Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Ali Hirsa | Climate risk and NLP | The VIX, its market microstructure and market manipulation | Deep Reinforcement learning and Trading | ML-based Credit Scoring Models | Network Modelling of Financial Systems and their Liquidity

Jay Sethuraman | Revenue Maximization in Platforms

Mechanical Engineering

Michael Burke | Data analytics, automation, and multi-scale/multi-physics modeling 

Karen Kasza | Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis | Kasza Research Group

Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

Katayun Barmak | Grain Growth in Metallic Films: Analysis of Ex situ and In Situ Experimental Results (filled)

Simon J. L. Billinge | Spring 2020 Local atomic structure of nanomaterials from advanced x-ray neutron and electron diffraction data (filled)  | Summer 2020 Local atomic structure of nanomaterials from advanced x-ray neutron and electron diffraction data (filled)

Siu-Wai Chan | Stress in nano-scale (filled) | Heat Capacity of nano-crystals (filled)

Kyle Mandli | Accelerating the Calculation of Risk of Coastal Flooding due to Hurricanes (filled)


Biomedical Engineering

Elham Azizi | Deep Learning for Cell Segmentation in Multiplexed Tissue Imaging (filled)

Nadeen Chahine, PhD | Degeneration and Regeneration of the Intervertebral Disc (filled) | The role of cell contractility in looping morphogenesis of the small intestine (filled)

Clark Hung | Lab Research in the Hung Lab (filled)

Joshua Jacobs | Representation of directions in the human brain (filled)

Andrew Laine | Unsupervised Machine Learning to discover new COPD subtypes (filled)

Barclay Morrison | Neurotrauma and Repair Laboratory (filled)

Qi Wang | Simulation and characterization of neural stimulation (filled)


Chemical Engineering

Allie Obermeyer | Methods for the intracellular delivery of gene editing tools (filled) | Engineering synthetic organelles using protein phase separation (filled) | Development of bio-orthogonal synthetic organelles via engineered protein phase separation (filled)

Chris Boyce | Multiphase Granular Flows (filled) | Zippering Motion in Gas Jets in Liquid (filled)

Daniel Esposito | High speed video analysis of membraneless electrolyzers (filled) | Membrane Coated Electrocatalysts (filled) | In situ imaging of photocatalysts (filled) | 3D printed membraneless electrolyzers for CO2 conversion (filled) | Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (filled)

Lauren Marbella | Structure and dynamics in lead halide perovskites (filled)

V. Faye McNeill | Data Science to Close the Air Pollution Data Gap (filled)

Mijo Simunovic | Using stem cells to build quantitative platforms for studying human implantation and early pregnancy failure (filled)

Dan Steingart | Battery Design and Analysis (filled)


Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Sharon Di | Waymo & Lyft Driverless Car Data Analysis and Driving Modeling 1 of 2 (filled)

WaiChing Sun | Modeling thawing settlement of soil under changing climate (filled)


Computer Science

Luis Gravano | Adaptive Information Extraction from Social Media for Actionable Inferences in Public Health (filled)

David Knowles | Predicting cell-type specific RNA splicing from gene sequence using deep learning (filled)

Prof. Brian A. Smith | Audio Navigation Systems for People Who Are Blind (filled)

Carl Vondrick | Grounding Language in Vision and Interaction | Columbia Computer Vision Lab (filled)


Earth and Environmental Engineering

Robert J. Farrauto | Dual Function Materials (DFM) for CO2 mitigation (filled) | Catalytic dry reforming of green hous gases (filled) | Dual Functional Materials for CO2 capture and conversion (filled)

Bolun Xu | Data-driven analysis (filled)

Ngai Yin Yip | Resource Recovery of N and P Nutrients from Diverted Urine (filled)


Electrical Engineering

James Teherani | Hall-effect measurement (filled)


Mechanical Engineering

Matei Ciocarlie | Robotic Manipulation and Mobility Lab (filled)

Kristin Myers | Undergraduate Researcher (filled)

Vijay Vedula | Computational modeling of heart valves in health and disease (filled)

Sinisa Vukelic | Femtosecond laser based modification of collagenous tissues (filled)



  • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Tropical cyclogenesis and extratropical transition
  • Visualizing Flooding Zones Using Augmented Reality
  • Targeted de-epithelialization as a novel therapeutic strategy for lung repair in ARDS.
  • Investigating the immunological mechanisms that cause heart failure in lupus patients using 3D cardiac tissues.
  • Brain Computer Interfaces developed for Virtual Reality
  • Multimodal Brain Computer Interface for Human-Robot Interaction
  • Reconfigurable network topology design using algorithmic relaxation
  • AIM Testing
  • Speech separation with deep neural networks
  • Crosslayer Design and Modeling of Silicon Photonic Interconnects
  • Microneedles for delivery of therapeutics into the cochlea
  • Production of CO2 negative concrete from seawater-derived raw materials
  • Technologies for contacting electric fish
  • Primary cilia regulation of intercellular cytoskeletal dynamics
  • Effects of network disruption within the hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons due to blast induced traumatic brain injury
  • Characterizing the mechanism of T cell exhaustion in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Concussion Analysis
  • Targeting protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) activity to mitigate electrophysiological deficits due to blast-induced traumatic brain injury
  • Engineering Bacterial Pattern Formation
  • Cement from Seawater
  • High speed video analysis of membraneless electrolyzers
  • Membrane Coated Electrocatalysts
  • Photoelectrochemical cells
  • T cell expansion
  • Selective Coacervation of Proteins in Complex Mixtures
  • Catalytic oxidation of hydrocarbons for pollution abatement 
  • Chemical Biology Tools for Protein Structure by Solid State NMR
  • Controlled-Atmospheric Probing of 2D Materials
  • Design and Control of Batteries for Grid Applications
  • Encapsulation of CO2 capture materials
  • Financial Networks Analysis and Policy Implications
  • Investigating the Mechanobiology of Organ Formation in the Developing Embryo
  • Isothermal Membrane Distillation for Ammonia Recovery from Source-Separated Urine
  • Modeling of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Using CRISPR Interference
  • Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering
  • Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering for Women's Health Challenges
  • Polarized Noble Gas Imaging
  • Predictive Visual Understanding
  • Probing Neurons with Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy
  • Quantification of mechanical strain from time lapse experiments in the developing chick endoderm
  • Responsive delivery of therapeutic proteins
  • Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits
  • Structure-Performance Relationships in Aqueous Na Ion Batteries
  • Temperature Swing Solvent Extraction for High-Salinity Desalination
  • In vitro microphysiological system for modeling Marfan Syndrome 
  • Tissue engineering of the synovium
  • Experimental and computational studies of combustion kinetics
  • Point-of-care molecular diagnostics
  • Development and Characterization of Battery Materials
  • Carbon dioxide capture and conversion to fuel
  • CO2 capture and catalytic conversion
  • Catalysis using Niobium oxide as a promoter
  • Neutron Diffraction study of nano-ceria for fast ionic conduction for better solid state fuel-battery
  • In vitro model of traumatic brain injury
  • Non-linear mechanical properties of brain
  • Developing an iPSCs model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy using CRISPRi 
  • Generating a stem cell model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy using CRISPRi
  • Hydrogen Battery
  • High speed video analysis of membraneless electrolyzers
  • Spectroelectrochemical Investigation of Low-dimensional van der Waals Electrocatalysts
  • Membrane Coated Electrocatalys
  • Numerical Modeling of Air Pollution Episodes in New Delhi, India
  • Development of Therapeutic Protein Delivery Vehicles
  • Chemically enhanced weathering of silicate minerals and industrial wastes for carbon capture and storage
  • Development of Innovative CO2 Capture Materials and Their Fluidization Behaviors
  • Undergraduate Researcher
  • CRISPR/Cas9-mediated PARP1 disruption to sensitize BRCA1 mutated breast cancer cells in response to chemotherapy
  • Economic modeling of traffic accidents
  • Articular cartilage delamination wear and a novel treatment strategy to delay osteoarthritis progression
  • Niobouim oxide as a promoter for catalytic pollution abatement
  • Carbon dioxide capture and the conversion to fuel
  • Adhesive solutions for rotator cuff repair
  • High-speed 3D microscopy: applications and image analysis
  • Femtosecond Laser Corneal Treatment
  • 2D Material Synthesis
  • Electromechanical Actuators Using Two-Dimensional (2D) Materials
  • Experimental and Behavioral Economics Research
  • Building and replicating microscope systems
  • Modeling of blood flow changes from 3D data
  • Classification of Multiple Sclerosis disease state and biomarker identification from brain metabolite concentrations acquired from 1H-MRS at 7T
  • Sustainable Nutrient Recycling: Development of Decentralized Technologies for High-Yield Nitrogen and Phosphorus Recovery from Source-Separated Urine
  • Novel technologies for sustainable water production
  • Sustainable Nutrient Recycling: Development of Decentralized Technologies for High-Yield Nitrogen and Phosphorus Recovery from Source-Separated Urine
  • Verilog Design of Media Compression Modules
  • Shoulder Biomechanics - 2
  • MRI of Multiphase Granular Flows
  • Wireless control of implantable microdevices
  • Designing Nanoparticle Based Polymer Membranes
  • Detecting Hate Speech in online Media
  • Engineering matrix for guiding stem cell differentiation
  • Guiding Stem Cell Differentiation
  • Single molecule studies of biomolecular adsorption processes
  • Brain-state dependent population neural coding
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Research
  • Wireless implantable devices
  • Smartphone-assisted blood tests
  • Point-of-care blood tests
  • Shoulder Biomechanics
  • Robotics for Human Movement Augmentation and Training
  • Data-Driven Complex Travel Behavior Modeling Using Didi Chuxing Data
  • Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis
  • Tailoring the Rheological Behavior of 3-D Printing Concrete
  • Carbon dioxide capture and the conversion to fuel
  • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Research Experience for Under…
  • Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis
  • Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis - 3
  • Visual-tactile geometric reasoning
  • Digital circuit design for robot assembler
  • Resilient Structures: Fire Effects on Suspension Bridge Main Cables
  • Open Source Ultrasound
  • Investigating Nonlinear Wave Coupling
  • Measuring and Controlling Magnetized Plasma
  • Multi Scale Informatics code research
  • Engineering novel bacteria circuitry
  • Nano-oxide synthesis for Emerging Engineering Applications
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Research
  • Network VR
  • Mechanism of neurotransmitter release in the brain
  • Exploring the Electronic Properties of Two Dimensional Materials
  • Undergraduate Israel Fellowship
  • Interface circuits for piezoelectric devices
  • Protecting Coastal Infrastructure in a Changing Climate by Integrating Optimiza…
  • Protecting Coastal Infrastructure in a Changing Climate by Integrating Optimiza…
  • Robot Simulator in CUDA/C++
  • Membrane Coated Electrocatalysts
  • 3D Printed Membraneless Electrochemical Devices
  • Low-Dimensional Electrocatalysts Based on Van der Waals Materials
  • 3D Concrete Printing
  • Audio Separation Using Deep Neural Networks
  • Polymeric Thin-Film for Enhanced Permeability-Selectivity
  • Training to Walk on Stairs using Robotic Assistance
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition Growth of Graphene
  • Biomolecular Nanodevices
  • High Temperature Creep Deformation of Ceramic and Metal Nanowires
  • Design and Testing of Hydrogel Gel-Based Affinity Glucose Micro and Nanosensors
  • CVD Graphene Growth
  • Analysis and Visualization of Single-Cell Gene Expression Data in Skin Differentiation
  • Interfacing Hybrid Computer with Digital Computer
  • Mechanisms of Force Generation During Tissue Morphogenesis
  • Investigating Nonlinear Wave Coupling
  • Bone Mechanobiology
  • Online Optimization for Management Science Applications
  • urOvol: Medical Device for Fluid Monitoring
  • Full-Duplex Wireless
  • Integrated Nanophotonic Circuits for Optical Modulators and Switches
  • Silicon Photonic SDN Controller
  • Extreme Weather Events
  • Finite Element Models of Pregnancy
  • Senior Lab Assistant - Carleton Laboratory
  • Lab Assistant - Carleton Laboratory
  • Upper Body Support for Wheelchair Users
  • Measuring and Controlling Magnetized Plasma
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Impurity Tolerant Membranes
  • Low-Temperature Heat Utilization with Membrane-Based Technology
  • Modeling Molecular Packing in Drug Formulation Excipients
  • Impact of Radiofrequency Ablation Geometry on Electrical Conduction
  • Optical Spectroscopy of Solids
  • Text-to-Speech Synthesis for Low Resource Languages
  • Personalized Anti-cancer Medicine Targeting via Machine Learning
  • Networking Research
  • (BNL) A Multi-Axes Motion Controller System for Multi-Stage Spherical Backscatter Detector
  • (BNL) A Motion Control Test and Integration System Using EtherCAT Based Drives and Power PMAC
  • (BNL) Deterministic Ethernet Accelerator Type Timing Systems on a Standalone FPGA
  • (BNL) Protoyping and Measurement of User Interface and Display Manager Conversion Tools
  • (BNL) Plotting and Visualization Using Matplotlib
  • (BNL) Testing Infrastructure and SQA/Devops
  • (BNL) Data Metrics and Mining
  • (BNL) Develop an EPICS Aware Vibration and Alarming Monitoring Station
  • Community Impact’s George Van Amson Fellowship
  • Spatial Patterning of Bacterial Colonies
  • Hybrid Computing ELEN
  • Hybrid Computing APAM