April 2013 E-Newsletter

April 2013
In the News

Mary Cunningham Boyce Appointed Dean of Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science (Columbia News)

School, City Host Next Idea Contest for Entrepreneurs (New York Daily News)


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Mary Cunningham Boyce Appointed Dean
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger has appointed Mary Cunningham Boyce the new Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, effective July 1, 2013. Professor Boyce comes to Columbia after more than 25 years at MIT, where she is currently the Ford Professor of Engineering and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering.  MORE


Columbia Engineering Magazine Spring 2013

Featured Stories

Making Sense of MOOCs:
Columbia Engineering Jumps into the Market of Massive Open Online Courses 

The University cautiously dips its toes into the MOOC waters in search of answers when Columbia Engineering begins offering three online courses this spring in partnership with Coursera. MORE

Professor Huang Wins NSF CAREER Award

Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Hayden Huang has won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research on three-dimensional (3D) cell mechanics.  

Designing Interlocking Building Blocks

Researchers have developed a new “plug-and-play” method to assemble complex cell microenvironments to fabricate tissues, such as those found in the heart or skeleton or vasculature.   MORE

NSF Grant Fuels Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs

The National Science Foundation has awarded $3.74 million to Columbia University, City University of New York, and New York University for a three-year research-to-startup initiative to fast-track research to commercialization.  MORE

Luce Scholar Aims to Make a Mark in Global Health

Biomedical engineering senior Claire Duvallet has been named a Luce Scholar, making her the first student from SEAS to achieve the prestigious honor and one of just 18 students nationwide chosen for the annual fellowship.  MORE


Recent faculty and student honors, awards, and grants: Joseph Traub, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science, and Salvatore J. Stolfo, professor of computer science.  MORE


Register for Reunion and Dean’s Day 2013
May 30 to June 2, 2013 | New York

Alumni Reunion Weekend will take place from May 30 to June 2, 2013. All alumni from classes ending in 3 or 8 (e.g. 1963 or 1988) are invited to come back to campus and celebrate their Class Reunion. All other alumni are invited to join us for Dean’s Day on Saturday, June 1. We have an exciting program of events planned—from interesting lectures and campus tours to class-specific social gatherings and the all-alumni Engineering Welcome Dinner and CEAA Awards Presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with the School and your fellow classmates!

GSAS Student-Alumni Networking Reception
Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. | Low Library Rotunda

Columbia Engineering doctoral alumni are invited back to campus for a special networking reception with students and alumni from SEAS and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. GSAS Dean Carlos J. Alonso and the GSAS Alumni Association will host this event to help current students connect with alumni in both academia and industry, while allowing alumni to re-connect with their peers. Click here to register

March in the Alumni Parade of Classes
Monday, May 20, 3:30 p.m. | South Lawn

Alumni are invited to return to campus for Columbia Engineering Class Day and welcome the Class of 2013 as the newest members of the alumni community. Please join us at Lerner Hall at 3:30 p.m. for a special reception, and then march with your classmates in the annual Parade of Classes at 5 p.m. to show your SEAS pride. Click here to register

Class of 1963 Jubilee Celebration
Monday, May 20, 3:30 p.m. | South Lawn

The School will honor the Class of 1963 as part of Columbia Engineering Class Day. The Jubilee Celebration recognizes alumni who are celebrating their 50th anniversary of graduation from a bachelor's, master's, professional, or doctoral program by inviting them to march in the Parade of Classes at 5 p.m. for a reception prior to the Class Day ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Click here to register

Alumni Survey Coming Soon!

Keep your eyes on your email inbox for a survey coming soon from the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA). The University is looking to gather feedback about how alumni would prefer we communicate with them and how we can better support the alumni community. This information will be used to improve our alumni programs and events as well as our communication methods. The survey will arrive in late April or early May—for now, be sure to update your contact information to participate!


Start-up Career Fair 2013
Webinar — Working with Gaps on Your Resume: How to Creatively Frame Your Volunteer and Life Experiences
Thursday, April 25, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (EST) | Online
Many of us take time off from working, for one reason or another. Sometimes it's by choice, and in other cases, it is forced upon us. Join this webinar to learn the best ways to explain employment gaps on your resume, as well as to use volunteer and other experiences to obscure your time off. Click here to register and for more information.
Columbia Networking Events
Monthly in 2013
Networking breakfasts and evening events are hosted monthly for CU Alumni.  Please watch the calendar for up-to-date information regarding these events. For all current information, please click here.

Mentor a SEAS student this summer

The Science Technology Engineering Program is an opportunity for SEAS students to engage in internships in a variety of fields including biomedical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, earth and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering for our fourth annual program during the summer of 2013. Students will intern in the New York City area as well as nationwide for approximately 8 to 10 weeks. We seek alumni interested in sharing opportunities as well as those interested in participating as mentors. Mentors are encouraged to share trends about their industries, best practices for their future hiring opportunities, and advice about career paths. You can schedule meetings via in person, phone or virtually. We recommend that you meet at least 3 to 4 times during the summer. If interested, please share your bio/LinkedIn profile with Malla Haridat at vh19@columbia.edu.

Champion Columbia Students at Your Firm
We are seeking Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective firms and companies. Our Employer Outreach team is interested in gathering relevant contacts and making introductions to hiring managers as well as meeting alumni who would like to promote the hiring of Columbia talent at their firm. MORE

For a list of alumni volunteer events, please visit our website.


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