December 2010 e-News

December 2010


In the News

NY Times Obit for Prof. Neumark, The New York Times, Nov. 18

NPR PODCAST: Prof. Kumar on Why Gold?, NPR, Nov. 16

Grading Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora, Columbia Spectator, Nov.  9

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Chinese TV Interviews Dean Peña-Mora

China Central Television (CCTV) interviewed Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora recently on its English-language program about engineering and engineering education. CCTV is the national TV station of the People´s Republic of China. WATCH VIDEO

Materials Science Pioneer Neumark Dies
Dr. Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, Howe Professor Emerita of Materials Science and Engineering at Columbia University, died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2010, after a long illness. MORE



Prof. Blanchet Wins Presidential Honor
Jose Blanchet has won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor that any young scientist or engineer can receive from the U.S. government. MORE

Smart Grid Project Wins GE Grant
Roger Anderson and his Smart Grid team at the Center for Computational Learning Systems are among the winners of General Electric’s “Ecomagination Innovation Challenge.” MORE

Turning Waste into Energy

Professor Nickolas Themelis has overseen a global consortium of experts dedicated to waste management and waste-to-energy research from his desk on the ninth floor of the Mudd building. MORE


Holiday Party & Toy Drive, 9-11 p.m., Dec. 10
Carnival, Cocktails and Bowling. Please join CEYA and other Columbia recent alumni at Bowlmor Lanes and Carnival, for charity, bowling, dancing, music, games, snacks, and two hours of premium open bar. It’s holiday party time—a time for giving. Bring a child’s toy for the annual CAA/Toys for Tots toy drive and drop it at the door before joining the festivities. Click here for more information and to register.

Café Science, 6 p.m., Dec. 13
Red Wine: Turning a Beverage into a Pill, with Synthetic Organic Chemist Scott Snyder, assistant professor of chemistry.  MORE

SAVE THE DATES: Columbia in California
San Francisco, Sat., Jan. 8, 2011: 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Los Angeles, Sun., Jan. 9, 2011: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Join Columbia Engineering alumni, parents, students and friends when Columbia visits California in January. During the day-long event, you will have the opportunity to hear about campus life from students and attend lectures by both Columbia Engineering and Columbia College faculty members. The event concludes with a luncheon featuring talks by Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Feniosky Peña-Mora and Dean of Columbia College, Michele Moody-Adams. Details and registration information to follow.


Alumni Career Development Webinar
A Brave New World: Finding a Non-Academic Job
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (EST)
Join this seminar, conducted by two experienced higher education PhD and Master's Degree advisors, to learn more about the common types of non-academic employment options that academics pursue and to highlight how you might market yourself. 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 If you have questions, please contact

Provide Internships for STEP Next Summer
Help SEAS students gain real life work experience by providing a summer engineering internship! Invite your firm to participate in the Science, Technology and Engineering Program. Please share this opportunity with your Human Resources department. Contact Patrick Smith at 212-854-5496 or for registration information.

Share Job Leads
Introduce us to hiring managers or human resource recruiters by contacting Patrick Smith in Employer Outreach at 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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