Photograph: Brian E. Bent and William A. Zajc Photo Credit: Joe Pineiro.
Brian E. Bent, left, and William A. Zajc, recently tenured associate professors of chemistry and of physics, respectively, were welcomed by colleagues at Faculty House Feb. 16. Both earned their doctorates at UC-Berkeley; Bent in 1986, Zajc in 1985. Bent joined Columbia in 1988 after a postdoctoral fellowship at Bell Laboratories, and was subsequently an NSF Young Investigator and a Sloan Foundation Fellow. He is a specialist in surface chemistry, involving quantum mechanics with applications to molecules. Zajc joined Columbia from the University of Pennsylvania, where he held a postdoctoral fellowship and taught. His research interests are in heavy ion physics, a program of research and teaching established at Columbia by Nobel laureate T.D. Lee. Zajc conducts experiments involving heavy ion collisions at Brookhaven National Laboratory.