SHAPE Faculty Profiles


Professor Sinisa Vukelic:  Robotics

Sinisa Vukelic is the Director of the Vukelic Group, an interdisciplinary group focused on research that will provide engineering solutions for translational medicine. Research interests include  laser--induced mechanical deformations, laser imaging, structural modification of transparent dielectrics, and more. Vukelic is also a Lecturer in the Discipline of Mechanical Engineering, teaching courses such as Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Computer Graphics and Design, Theory of Elasticity, and more.

Courses Taught:

MECE E3301 Thermodynamics

MECE E3998 Projects in mechanical engineering

MECE E8020 Master's thesis




Professor Clark T. Hung:  Biomedical Engineering

Clark T Hung is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Chair of Undergraduate Studies at Columbia University. Research interests include the effects of physical, mechanical, and chemical stimuli on musculoskeletal cells related to cellular and tissue engineering. Research efforts are aimed at alleviating chronic musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis and sports-related injuries.

Courses Taught:

BMEN 4501, 4502 Tissue Engineering I and II

BMEN 3820 Biomedical Engineering Laboratory I

Biomedical Engineering Physical Effects on Cells (Summer High School Course in July)




Professor Chloe Bulinski:  Biomedical Engineering

Chloe Bulinski is Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in the Biological Sciences department. Her lab’s research focuses on functions of microtubules during myogenic differentiation and cell cycle progression.

Courses Taught:

BIOL UN3041 Cell Biology




Professor Aaron Kyle:  Biomedical Engineering

As Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Design at Columbia Engineering, Aaron Kyle’s role focuses on engineering education. He teaches BME undergraduate courses; develops new courses and/or teaching methodologies for both undergraduate and secondary school students; and leads assessment of the BME program for purposes of continuous improvement.

Courses Taught:

BMEN E3810 Biomedical engineering laboratory, I

BMEN E3820 Biomedical engineering laboratory, II

BMEN E3910 Biomedical engineering design, I

BMEN E3920 Biomedical engineering design, I




Professor Daniel Bauer:  Computer Science

Daniel Bauer is a Lecturer in Discipline at the Department of Computer Science. Daniel received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 2017. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing (Syntactic and Semantic Parsing, Grammar Formalisms, Multimodal Language Understanding), and Computer Science Education. More information about Professor Bauer can be found here.

Courses taught:

COMS W4705 Natural Language Processing

COMS W4701 Artificial Intelligence

COMS W3134/W3137 Data Structures in Java

ENGI E1006 Introduction to Computing for Engineers and Applied Scientists




Professor Yevgeniy Yesilevskiy: Innovation and Design & Advanced Robotics

As the Lecturer in the Discipline of Innovation and Design in the Mechanical Engineering department, Yevgeniy Yesilevskiy focuses on project-based and active-learning courses that seek to engage and improve engineering education through the design process.  His graduate work focused on legged robotic optimal energetics.  

Courses Taught: 

MECE E3018 Mechanical engineering laboratory, I

MECE E3409 Machine design




Professor David Vallancourt: Electrical Engineering 

David Vallancourt is Senior Lecturer in Circuits and Systems in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. He created and teaches The Art of Engineering (AoE) course, the SEAS-wide introduction to engineering for all first year students. Dr. Vallancourt has received the Engineering School Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award and Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award.

Courses Taught:

ELEN E1101 The digital information age

ELEN E1201 Introduction to electrical engineering

ELEN E3081 Circuit analysis laboratory

ELEN E3083 Electronic circuits laboratory

ELEN E3331 Electronic circuits

ELEN E3390 Electrical Engineering Senior Design Project