Category Archives: Academia

Proud Academic Heritage

Thanks to the Mathematics Genealogy Project, my labmates and I have recently compiled a chart of our academic ancestors, which traces Ph.D. advisor-advisee relationships back to the 1600s. We compiled the chart and got it framed for our advisor’sĀ Gil Zussman‘s … Continue reading

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WimNet’s Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department Awards

My research group (that is, professor Gil Zussman‘s WimNet lab) has had a very good day today, at the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department BBQ where this year’s graduate student awards were announced. Saleh Soltan received the Armstrong Memorial Award, … Continue reading

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Mentoring Students

While much is written about various approaches and activities grad students can use to keep engaged and motivated and to succeed (such as wonderful advice provided here, here, here, here, and in many other articles and posts), one particular useful … Continue reading

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Ph.D. Dissertation Defended

Yes, I did it! Wednesday April 24th, 4pm EST, following a presentation attended by many of my fellow WimNet group members and coauthors from other groups, and following an intense and engaged period of questioning by the committee, I was … Continue reading

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Why are we Doing This? (1) Learning, (2) Growth.

Rob Margolies, a Ph.D. student in my research group, has recently written a great blog post about why Ph.D. students push themselves so hard. In short, it is because we really feel that we are learning and growing, in many … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons Students Fail A Ph.D.

I found a lovely summary of the typical reasons Ph.D. students struggle and fail. Well worth reading over for inspiration and reflection. My favorite part: “A Ph.D. is not the final undertaking. It’s the start of a scientific career. A … Continue reading

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Postdocs in Canada: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

I have not been keeping up with Canadian NSERC grant options, and only now discovered Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, that offer attractive postdoctoral salaries to both Canadian and international researchers. Fantastic opportunities for foreigners that want to build a scientific career … Continue reading

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Scientific Process

Scientific process as we imagine it to be and as it is.

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Fascinating Papers: “Is the PHY Layer Dead?”

For the last few months the IEEE Communications Society top-10 downloaded papers list has included a broad paper based on a conference panel discussion: “Is the PHY Layer Dead?” by Mischa Dohler et al. This paper makes for a fascinating … Continue reading

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