April 2011 e-News

April 2011


In the News
Nature Features Study by Prof. Polvani, Nature, March 29

Scientific American Takes Another Look at BigShot Camera, Scientific American, March. 28

IEOR Senior Featured on ABC News, ABC, March 3

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The Chronicle of Higher Education writes that Feniosky Peña-Mora may be the epitome of the new college dean. MORE


Two New Named Professors Welcomed
Michael Collins from MIT is Vikram S. Pandit Professor in Computer Science; Jacob Fish from RPI is Robert and Christine Carleton Professor in Civil Engineering. MORE

Prof. Sethumadhavan Wins CAREER Award
Simha Sethumadhavan has won a NSF award that will help fund his ongoing research project “Trustworthy Hardware from Untrustworthy Components”. MORE

Professor Feiner: It's about the Students
Computer Science Professor Steven Feiner says his biggest contribution to the field of human–computer interaction has been his students. MORE

Prof. Hirschberg Wins Speech/Audio Award
The IEEE has honored Computer Science Professor Julia Hirschberg with its James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award. MORE

Prof. Lall Wins Major Water Award
The Environmental Water Resources Institute of the ASCE selected Professor Upmanu Lall to receive its Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award. MORE


Student Interns Abroad From Dorm Room
Dora Kwarko (BS ’11 IEOR) completed an internship in India last spring without leaving the country or stepping off campus, with the help of the career center. MORE

Video: The Place to Be for Graduate Students
Our Engineering Graduate Programs provide our students with a special combination of opportunities that make this the place to be for a great education. MORE


Young Alumni Blue and White Gala
Friday, April 8
There’s less than one week left to register for the Columbia Engineering Young Alumni Blue and White Gala! The event is a special evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music and dancing to reconnect with fellow Engineering young alumni. Pre-register today to be entered into a special door prize drawing. REGISTER

Café Science
6 p.m., April 11

Towards Sustainable Energy: Carbon Capture and Storage, with Professor Alissa Park.  MORE

ECO:nomics – The Present and Future Directions of the Green Economy
4 p.m., Thurs., April 21 

Join students and alumni in Davis Auditorium for an informative program about sustainability, environmentalism, and the outlook for the green economy. The event will include keynote remarks from Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, and a panel featuring Engineering faculty members Vijay Modi and Alissa Park; Michael Gerrard, Director of Columbia’s Center for Climate Change Law; Ron Gonen, Co-Founder of RecycleBank; and Elizabeth Fastiggi, Director at Ziff Brothers Investments. A reception will follow the panel. For further details or to RSVP, please contact Scott Kelly at stk2110@columbia.edu.

Class Day
4:30 p.m., Monday, May 16

Alumni are invited to attend the Engineering Class Day festivities and welcome the Class of 2011 into the alumni community! Please join us to represent your class in the Alumni Parade of Classes, which will follow the graduating student procession. A pre-ceremony reception will begin at 3:30 and seating will be available for alumni who wish to stay for the event. Please RSVP to Scott Kelly at stk2110@columbia.edu.

Alumni Reunion Weekend
June 2 – June 5, 2011

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus! Columbia Engineering wants you to join with classmates for a weekend of nostalgia, reminiscing with former classmates and professors, making new memories, and having lots of fun! Mark your calendar now for June 2 – 5, and check our website for more details.

Columbia Engineering Young Alumni
Please visit our new website for upcoming young alumni events, CEYA board information, photos and much more, at www.myceya.com. Bookmark us today!


Mentor a Student this Summer
Join the 2011 Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) Mentors - Summer 2001
Mentor a student engaged in a ten-week high quality summer internship based in the NYC area. In our second annual program, we are hosting 40 students in a diverse array of engineering fields including biomedical, civil, chemical, computer engineering, computer science, earth and environmental, electrical, and mechanical fields, and we seek mentors from similar backgrounds. Students will be provided professional development from the Center for Career Education (CCE). Mentors will be encouraged to share insight about trends in their industries, best practices for the hiring process, and advice about career paths. Two events during the summer will be hosted by CCE to support the mentoring experience. We are seeking 40 SEAS alumni who are interested in getting involved. If you are interested or have additional questions, please contact Malla Haridat, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Outreach, at vh19@columbia.edu or 212-854-7862.

Alumni Career Development Webinar
LinkedIn 101: Getting to Know the Basics
Tues., April 19 1-2 PM (ET)
LinkedIn is one of the most powerful online professional resources that exists today. However, for some people this tool can seem a little daunting and overwhelming. Join this webinar to gain an overview of LinkedIn and how to use it for a variety of purposes, including networking, job searching, and branding your image. We will also review Columbia specific resources that are available on this network. Note that this webinar is best for people who have had very little or no exposure to LinkedIn. MORE

IvyLife-Columbia Networking Events
Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events Each Month
IvyLife-Columbia is a LinkedIn group, which is also part of the parent group, IvyLife. Both groups hold various networking events in NYC as well as around the world. For more information, visit the group on LinkedIn or http://www.ivylife-columbia.net. If you have questions, please contact William@caa.columbia.edu.

Share Job Leads
Introduce us to hiring managers or human resource recruiters by contacting Patrick Smith in Employer Outreach at ps2211@columbia.edu or 212-854-5496. If you have internship or full-time opportunities to post, you can list them on LionSHARE CCE's online job and internship database, which is open to students and alumni.

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