August 2013 e-Newsletter

August 2013
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Largest-Ever Conference for Structural Safety and Reliability Held at Columbia Engineering
The 2013 International Conference for Structural Safety and Reliability, chaired by George Deodatis, the Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering, was held June 16 to 20 at Columbia Engineering.  MORE


Columbia Engineering Hosts First Music and Audio Hackathon

Participants at the event, held by Electrical Engineering Professor Dan Ellis' Laboratory for the Recognition and Organization of Speech and Audio, worked on the development of new techniques for analyzing, processing, and synthesizing audio and music signals.  MORE

2017 Egleston Scholars Announced

Seven incoming freshmen, comprising the top one percent of Columbia Engineering applicants, are being recognized for their extraordinary achievements and promise as engineering and applied science students, researchers, and leaders.  MORE


Summer Engineering: Ideas at Work

High school students took a recent field trip to Rockaway Beach, Queens, to learn how solar arrays developed by Rob van Haaren, a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, provided power to an area crippled by last year’s Hurricane Sandy. MORE

Columbia Engineering Video Library

Browse Columbia Engineering's research videos, faculty profiles, lectures, and other playlists through the new video library. MORE


Young Alumni Summer Rooftop Happy Hour
Thursday, August 22, 7:00 p.m. | Columbia Club of New York
Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and recent graduates from all schools within the University for the final event in the Summer Rooftop Happy Hour Series. Graduates of the last ten years are invited to mix, mingle, and network with their fellow Columbia alumni over cocktails at rooftop venues in New York. Click here for details and registration.

March in the Alumni Parade at Convocation
Monday, August 26, 2:00 p.m. | South Lawn
Join fellow alumni as we welcome the Class of 2017 to campus at the annual Convocation ceremony. Alumni from CC and SEAS will march together in the Parade of Classes, and are welcome to stay for the remainder of the ceremony, which will include speeches from Dean Boyce and President Bollinger. To register, click here.

The Future of Money
Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 p.m. PDT | Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA
Columbia Engineering is joining forces with the Columbia Alumni Association to host the next installment of the Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Night. Alumni in the Bay Area are invited to this interesting night of discussion around the future of money. The evening will feature talks from Chris Dixon '96GS, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Milne, CEO of Dwolla, and Steven Bellovin, Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering. As always, the night will conclude with demos from new Columbia-affiliated startups. Full details and registration are coming soon—save the date!

An Evening with Jack Dorsey
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. | Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall
Jack Dorsey is the creator, co-founder, and chairman of Twitter, and the co-founder and CEO of Square, and was recognized as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people and Wall Street Journal Magazine’s Technology "Innovator of the Year." Alumni are invited to join us for an on-campus discussion with Mr. Dorsey. Following the talk, stick around and engage with the Columbia Founders Trade Show. Ten early-stage ventures, all founded by Columbia entrepreneurs, will be demonstrating their business. Break out your business cards, open up your Roledexes and ask these Columbia entrepreneurs how you can help them reach a billion dollar valuation. Click here for full details and registration.

Join Your Class Reunion Committee
Classes ending in 4 or 9 (e.g. 1964 or 2009) are invited to return to campus to celebrate their Class Reunion from Thursday, May 29 to Sunday, June 1, 2014. Want to get involved with your Class Reunion Committee and help make this weekend a success? Fill out our interest form or contact Nick Mider at or 212-851-0734.


Alumni Career Development Webinar Series
LinkedIn and the Job Search: Find the Link to Your Next Opportunity
Friday, August 9, 12:00 p.m.

Did you know that 95% of companies are now hiring through LinkedIn? Are you ready to successfully navigate this platform to land your next (or first) position? If you joined us for the LinkedIn 101 webinar, you've conquered the basics of LinkedIn. Now it's time to put your knowledge of this powerful resource to work and gain an advantage in a slowly recovering job market. Click here for more information and registration.

The LinkedIn Profile: How to Stand Out and Be Discovered
Friday, August 23, 12:00 p.m.

Perhaps you've mastered the networking and job search-related tools and techniques on LinkedIn but wonder how you can stand out on this platform among millions of other professionals. Join this seminar with CCE staff to learn how to make an impact and increase the chances that your profile comes up in searches, whether it's for potential job opportunities, new business, or getting back in touch. Click here for more information and registration.

Columbia Networking Events
Networking breakfasts and evening events are hosted monthly for CU Alumni. Please watch the calendar for up-to-date information regarding these events. Click here for all current information.

Volunteer Opportunities: Share Your Career Expertise
Champion Columbia Students at Your Firm
We are seeking Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective companies. Alumni understand the value of the Columbia educational experience and can play a critical role in establishing relationships with hiring decision-makers. Our Employer Outreach team is interested in connecting with alumni who would like to support this initiative. Visit the Hire Columbians website for more information.

Professionals in Residence
Interested in meeting with a group of 20 students over a casual lunch to share your career path and the day-to-day of your profession to help them gain awareness about careers? Please contact us at and share with us your bio, resume, or a link to your LinkedIn profile. Click here for details about past professionals.

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 the life. If interested, please contact us at

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