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The goal of the Columbia BioIGERT-Gompers Engineering program is to provide high school students with challenging projects that supplement their standard coursework in the classroom and encourage further exploration in the field of engineering. With the support of faculty and staff at Samuel Gompers High School (Bronx, NY), Columbia graduate students have worked closely with the senior level pre-engineering class. This educational program takes place during the Friday afternoon class period and spans twelve weeks in each term. Each semester is subdivided into 3 project based engineering design modules. Each module is taught by a different pair of graduate students who brings their own creativity and interests to the classroom.

In our first year, graduate students have taught modules that cover system level engineering design with projects where the students built traffic light controllers, customized Wii remotes, breathing monitors, and audio amplifiers. Each of these projects builds on coursework that the students have taken throughout high school and pushes them to apply their knowledge to engineering design.

If you have an interest in volunteering with the Columbia BioIGERT-Gompers Engineering Program, please contact Ryan Field ( or Lauren Grosberg (

For details about the lessons that the graduate students have tailored for a high school audience, follow the Lesson Plans link below.

Lesson Plans

Current participating graduate students:

Ryan Field **, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering who does research on circuits for fast Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM devices) and is advised by Prof. Ken Shepard.

Lauren Grosberg **, a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering whose research is focused on studying how cancer develops in the colon and is advised by Prof. Elizabeth Hillman.

Dave Jangraw, a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering who researches the electrical signals generated in the brain and is advised by Prof. Paul Sajda.

Matt Johnston, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering who researches mass based sensors for detecting biological agents like proteins and viruses. He is advised by Prof. Ken Shepard.

Mike Khalil is a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering who is developing a digital diffuse optical tomography system for dynamic medical imaging and is advised by Prof. Andreas Hielscher.

Ryan Roberts has an M.S. in electrical engineering and is currently working towards an M.S. in Operations Research and Applied Math. Ryan works on developing a low power graphics accelerator and is advised by Prof. Simha Sethumadhavan.

** Current Coordinators

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