August 2012 E-Newsletter

August 2012


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Columbia, NYC Launch Data Sciences Institute

Bring on the data deluge. Columbia University, in a partnership with New York City, has launched the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering to fill the explosive need for the acquisition and analysis of “big data.” MORE

Engineering Professors to Lead New Institute

Columbia Engineering has named Professors Kathleen R. McKeown and Patricia J. Culligan to lead the University's new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, launched at a joint press conference July 30 led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. MORE

IEOR Prof. Donald Goldfarb Named Interim Dean

Donald Goldfarb, Alexander and Hermine Avanessians Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, has been appointed interim dean at Columbia Engineering, effective July 3, 2012. MORE


Joint Project to Explore Space Weather

Columbia Engineering and MIT are on a collaborative mission to explore “space weather” by using experiments here on Earth. Scientists from both institutions have received a grant to jointly develop and test models of space weather. MORE

Pioneering Ultralow-Power Optical Processing

New research by Columbia Engineering demonstrates remarkable optical nonlinear behavior of graphene that may lead to broad applications in optical interconnects and low-power photonic integrated circuits.  MORE

Profs. Chen and Hillman Join NAE Symposium

Associate Professors Xi Chen and Elizabeth Hillman are among 78 of the brightest young engineers in the U.S. selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September. MORE


More Flexible Mobile Communications

Electrical Engineering Ph.D. candidates Michael Lekas and Sunwoo Lee have won a major fellowship to develop devices to enable more versatile wireless circuits that can operate at many different frequencies while also being integrated with existing silicon chip technology. MORE

Making Computer Translation More Meaningful

Computer Science Ph.D. candidate Kristen Parton is working hard to help people understand each other better by making computers translate foreign languages more accurately. Her research focuses on how machine translation (MT) impacts cross-lingual search. MORE


Press Conference for Launch of New Institute

Video stream of the announcement launching the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, to be located at Columbia's Morningside Heights and Washington Heights campuses in New York City. (55:04) WATCH


Stay Informed of Alumni Association Events

Interested in attending events hosted by the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA)? Visit our Alumni Event Calendar to see all upcoming events for alumni. The calendar is updated as events are added throughout the year, and you can subscribe to the calendar to receive all the up-to-date information about our programs! Save-the-date for these September events: inaugural CEAA Book Club on Sept. 6, boat cruise around Manhattan on Sept. 20, and a Food Tasting and Walking Tour of Soho & the Village on Sept. 29.


Young Alumni Summer Rooftop Happy Hour
Thursday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Columbia Alumni Association is back with the third and final event in a series of recent alumni summer happy hours. Join us and the Columbia University Club of New York at Club Quarters in Midtown Manhattan as we celebrate the end of summer! Recent graduates from all schools within the University are invited to attend. Register

Monday, Aug. 27, 1:45 p.m.

Convocation is the official welcome ceremony for the incoming Class of 2016 of Columbia Engineering and Columbia College. Join fellow alumni and parents as we welcome the newest members of our community. Alumni are invited to march in the Alumni Procession as part of the ceremony, which will be followed by a reception for alumni and families in Low Library. Click here to register or for more information.


Career Development Webinar Series
21st Century Job Search: Creating, Managing and Leveraging Your Brand for Career Success
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Liz King, assistant director of event management and social media at Columbia University, Center for Career Education
According to recent studies, up to 85 percent of employers look for new hires on social networks. Now is the time to become familiar with creating a strong online brand for yourself that will help with your job search! In this webinar, we’ll define a brand, talk about the important characteristics of a strong brand, and then discuss how social networks can help you leverage that brand, specifically LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as blogging and other ways of creating successful online relationships. Click here to register and for more information.
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 New York City as well as around the world. For more information, visit the group on LinkedIn or If you have questions, please contact

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. 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 making introductions to hiring managers as well as meeting alumni who would like to promote the hiring of Columbia talent at their firm. MORE

Professionals in Residence — Oct/Nov 2012
Interested in meeting a group of students over lunch to share what you do day to day in your profession? Join us this fall and help students gain awareness about your industry. Please share with us your bio, resume or link to your LinkedIn profile and contact Malla Haridat (or 212-854-7862) for more details.

Columbia Externship Program
Interested in mentoring a first year Columbia student for 2-5 days over Spring Break? Join us as one of 20 Columbia alumni in our Columbia Exploration Externship Program. We are seeking alumni from a variety of industries to host a pre-screened undergrad and share with them a day in their life. Please contact Malla Haridat (or 212-854-7862) for more details.

Fireside Chats
Spend an evening with a small, informal gathering of Ph.D. candidates interested in exploring non-academic career options. We need Ph.D. alumni from the following fields on the following dates:
  • August 28 - Consulting
  • September 25 - Finance
  • October 30 - STEM
  • December 4 - Healthcare/Biotech

Please contact Malla Haridat (or 212-854-7862) for more details.


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