EE Professor James Teherani Receives Kim Award for Faculty Involvement

Professor James T. Teherani has received the 2018 Edward and Carole Kim Faculty Involvement Award. The award was established in 2000 by Edward and Carole Kim, to honor a faculty member who not only is an excellent teacher but also shows a special, personal commitment to students. “This award is a testament to Teherani’s impact as a scholar and instructor,” says Shih-Fu Chang, senior executive vice dean of Columbia Engineering.

"I am truly honored to receive this award,” says Teherani. “Students are the heart of the university, and it gives me great joy to teach and mentor them. I am filled with pride when I see their accomplishments."

Teherani has taught the freshman EE lab for the Art of Engineering and the graduate-level courses Theory and Practice of Device Scaling (in collaboration with Professor Thomas Theis), Introduction to Semiconductor Devices, and Semiconductor Device Physics. He has served as a faculty mentor for the Society of Women Engineers and has overseen undergraduate and graduate research projects.

His research focuses on two-dimensional semiconductor materials and devices, with the goal of explaining device physics through modeling, simulation, and experiment. His group conducts both theoretical and experimental work—from quantum-mechanical simulations to nanofabrication.

Teherani’s commitment to teaching extends to all ages. The home page for his research group includes K–12 outreach videos on computers and semiconductors. Teherani will be presented with the award and a $2,000 honorarium during the Columbia Engineering Class Day ceremony on May 14, 2018.

-By Ann Rae Jonas

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