April 2012 E-Newsletter

April 2012


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Professor Ken Shepard is leading a team developing a new integrated circuit design that could lead to cheaper, faster DNA sequencing. MORE 

Prof. Marianetti Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

This grant will advance Professor Chris Marianetti's work on materials like graphene and boron nitride that range in thickness from the macroscopic to a single atomic layer. MORE

NSF Director Suresh to Deliver Skalak Lecture

Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation, will deliver the annual Richard Skalak Bioengineering Lecture on Friday, April 27, hosted by the Department of Biomedical Engineering. MORE


David L. Waltz, CS Pioneer and CCLS Director

David L. Waltz, director of the Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS) at Columbia Engineering and prominent computer scientist, passed away March 22 at a hospital in Princeton, N.J. He was 68. MORE

Elmer L. Gaden, Father of Biochemical Engineering

Elmer L. Gaden, former professor and chair of chemical engineering at Columbia Engineering and an alumnus of the School, died March 10 of congestive heart failure in Charlottesville, VA. He was 88. MORE


CS Researchers Win $7M Defense Grant

Four computer science researchers are part of a new team that has recently been awarded a $7.1 million federal contract from DARPA's Broad Operational Language Translation (BOLT) program. MORE

Air Force Extends Grant for Graphene Research

The Air Force has extended Columbia’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant for a project led by Richard Osgood, Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and professor of applied physics and applied mathematics.  MORE


VIDEO PROFILE: Angel Say – Mechanical Engineering

What's it like to be a Columbia Engineering student? Angel Say, a junior mechanical engineering major interested in robotics, has much to say on the topic. MORE

Columbia Engineering Welcomes Class of 2016

Columbia Engineering and Columbia College has announced that out of a total number of 31,851 applicants—chosen from one of the largest applicant pools in the University’s history—a total of 2,363 have been admitted; a selectivity rate of 7.4 percent this year. MORE

Celebrating Extraordinary Teaching Assistants

Columbia Engineering’s teaching assistants are garnering rave reviews from students. To recognize the outstanding work these TAs are doing to foster excellence in undergraduate education, the School will present the top-rated TAs with a special award on April 5 for their exceptional effort. MORE


Spring 2012 Issue: Alumni Entrepreneurs Making an Impact Difference
This issue of Columbia Engineering magazine focuses on engineering and applied science alumni who are entrepreneurs. These men and women exemplify the wide range of entrepreneurial enterprises made possible by a Columbia Engineering education. MORE


Vote in the CEAA Ballot

Voting is online for the next set of managers and officers of the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association. Your vote matters. Vote here

Interested in become a mentor?

Join 50 other SEAS alumni by becoming a STEP (Science Technology Engineering Program) mentor. You’ll have the opportunity to give back to a current Columbia student, expand your network and get an inside glimpse into the current trends and skills being taught inside and outside of the classroom. Contact Malla Haridat, CC’97 via email or 212-854-7862 for details.

New SEAS Alumni Pages and Online Class Notes
We’ve just revamped our alumni pages on the Columbia Engineering website.  Check out the updated pages for more information how to get involved with the school and connected to your fellow alumni.  Interested in seeing what your classmates are doing?  You can now view and submit Class Notes online—click here to get started.
Get Involved with Columbia Engineering

Your connection to Columbia Engineering is a lifelong experience.  There are many ways to stay connected to the school regardless of your location.  Whether it’s through your time, energy, or financial resources, Columbia Engineering could use your support in securing a future for students, faculty, and research. We thank you in advance for your generous support.  Click here to get involved


Columbia in Boston
Tuesday, April 17
Boston Alumni--join us for a special Columbia alumni event featuring a talk by Dr. Emanuel Derman, professor of industrial engineering and operations research. A networking reception will follow the talk. Register
Columbia Engineering Class Day
Monday, May 14

Join us as we congratulate the Class of 2012 on their graduation from Columbia Engineering. Alumni are invited to march in the Alumni Procession and help us welcome our newest graduates into the Engineering alumni community. The Class Day ceremony will be preceded by a special reception for alumni. RSVP

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2012
May 31 - June 3

We look forward to welcoming Classes ending in 2 or 7 back to campus for Reunion 2012. Join with Columbia Engineering, Columbia College, Barnard, and General Studies classmates for a weekend of nostalgia, reminiscing, making new memories, and having lots of fun.
Registration is now open. For more information and to register for your class reunion please visit: http://alumni.engineering.columbia.edu/reunion. To see a list of classmates who are already registered, please click here.

Dean’s Day, June 2, 2012

For alumni in non-reunion classes, Dean's Day is the perfect chance to see what is new at Columbia Engineering. The Dean’s Day 2012 program provides the opportunity for alumni and parents to participate in a wide range of activities including thought-provoking lectures and discussions with some of Columbia’s top faculty, an opportunity to meet our dean and hear about his vision for the School at the Dean’s Day Luncheon, and the Magill Lecture in Science, Technology, and the Arts with Northwest Corner Building lead designer, Jeffrey Brock '91GSAPP, of Moneo Brock Studio.
Dean’s Day is open to all Engineering alumni and their families. Visit our Dean’s Day registration website.


Professionals in Residence – Media and Alternative Energy
April 13
Held over half-day sessions in the spring, this opportunity allows alumni to share industry advice, trends and best practices with students in a series of one-on-one, 20 minute conversations. We are looking for professionals in alternative/sustainable energy. Contact Lisa Dicce to find out more information, share your interest, or recommend a professional.
Webinar Series — Growing Your Green Career: Building a Sustainable Future for You and the Planet
Wednesday, April 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)
Rebecca Schnall, career counselor at Columbia University’s Center for Career Education and Environmental Enthusiast. Join this webinar to demystify the green sector and get a realistic perspective of growth and trends in the field, ways to build experience, and tips on finding opportunities. All participants will receive a resource guide to a green job search subsequent to the webinar. Click here for more information and to register
Career Development Workshop — Interviewing with Confidence
Wednesday, April 18, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Columbia University, Center for Career Education, Conference Room

Interviewing for a job can be extremely stressful. A lot is on the line. After all, this is where you will either get the job offer or not. The good news is that you can reduce the stress and improve your chances by anticipating the questions and being super prepared. In this interactive workshop you will learn to deal with the questions that candidates find to be most difficult such as: “Tell me about yourself” or “What weaknesses do you have?” This will be an interactive workshop where you will get actual practice in being interviewed. To help us prepare for that, please send your resume and an actual job description of a job that you are interested in to Don Goldstein at least one week prior to the workshop. MORE

Career Change Webinar — What's Your Next Journey?
Meet online four consecutive Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)

Do you feel it may be time for a career change but are not sure what you would do? In this workshop, participants assess their values, skills, interests, talents, and personality traits through helpful discussions, exercises, and career tools, including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and consider how your results can apply to the working world. Alumni will leave with a clearer sense of their career options and an action plan with next steps to take. The fee for this workshop is $30, which covers three career assessment tools and reports. REGISTER

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.net. If you have questions, please contact William@caa.columbia.edu.
Champion Columbia Students at your Firm
Columbia Engineering is seeking alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective firms and companies. Alumni understand the value of the Columbia educational experience and are critical for establishing relationships with hiring decision makers. Our Employer Outreach team is interested in gathering relevant contacts and introductions to hiring managers as well as meeting alumni who would like to promote the hiring of Columbia talent at their firm. MORE

Mentor a Student
Would you like to connect to a Columbia student this summer? Are you eager to provide guidance and support, share tips, and answer questions regarding professional development, networking and navigating the workplace? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Serving as a mentor is a great way to connect with current Columbia students, build the Columbia brand globally, and help young people at the start of their careers. We are hosting several programs for alumni to mentor students, including the Columbia Experience Overseas Programs, in which Columbia students participate in 8-week high-quality internships. Since 2007, the Center for Career Education has been partnering with employers and alumni in a variety of international cities. Over 100 students will depart from Morningside Heights to intern in a diverse range of industries including finance, consulting, health care, arts, and public relations. If you live in one of the following cities and are interested in mentoring students over the summer, please contact Malla Haridat CC’97.

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