December 2012 E-Newsletter

December 2012
In the News

In Memoriam: Nicholas J. Turro (Chemical Engineering News)

Nina Tandon: On Engineering Living Heart (

SEAS Institute for Data Research Set to Open Next Year (Columbia Spectator)

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In the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Garrett Fitzgerald and Rob van Haaren (at right), both doctoral candidates in earth and environmental engineering, have co-designed and built a portable solar array they brought to a community devastated by Hurricane Sandy and where many residents are still without power. MORE

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Columbia Engineering Magazine Explores Big Data

This special edition of Columbia Engineering Magazine is devoted to the School's new Institute of Data Sciences and Engineering. The new Institute fills the critical need for the acquisition, synthesis, and analysis of “big data” in six key areas: smart cities, new media, health analytics, financial analytics, cybersecurity, and foundations of data science.  MORE

SEAS Leads Columbia Into Online Open Courses

As part of a new University-wide partnership with Coursera, a “MOOCs” or massive open online courses startup, the Engineering School will be offering three courses online via in the spring.  MORE


Breaking Down Complex Systems in Public Health

In an effort to gain a more comprehensive understanding of public health issues, Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health has recently partnered with Columbia Engineering to create a new program that will give public health students the tools to analyze the complex systems tied to important health matters.  MORE

Helping Safeguard the U.S. Power Grid

Professors Gil Zussman and Daniel Bienstock have received a three-year $1.05 million grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Department of Defense's agency in charge of countering weapons of mass destruction.  MORE

Professors Krishnaswamy, Kinget Win $1M Grant

The DARPA grant provides funding for the professors to develop new design approaches that will enable a single wireless chip to perform the various different functions required from our handheld electronic devices.  MORE

Celebrating SEAS Faculty Achievements

Engineering faculty took center stage at Columbia Engineering’s annual Faculty Excellence Celebration, which included a special tribute to Morton B. Friedman, senior vice dean emeritus and longtime professor of the Engineering School.  MORE


A New Way of Explaining How Machines Think

Computer Science PhD candidate Apoorv Agarwal uses dance to demonstrate how machines learn to "think" link humans, during a recent presentation at TEDx Columbia Engineering. WATCH VIDEO

University Celebrates Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Columbia's 15th annual tree-lighting ceremony brightens up College Walk. Photographs by Eileen Barroso, university photographer. SEE PHOTO GALLERY


ACAA: Asian Ivy Winter Happy Hour
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. | Taj Lounge (48 W. 21st St., New York)

Join fellow Ivy alumni on December 5 for our annual Asian Ivy Happy Hour at Taj Lounge. Last year, over 200 Ivy alumni attended, so a RSVP is very important if you want to get in! This year, the exclusive event is hosted by ACAA.

CAA Recent Alumni Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Frames Bowling Lounge NYC (550 9th Ave., New York)

Please join us at one of the hottest venues in town, Frames Bowling NYC, for charity, bowling, dancing, music, games, snacks, and a premium open bar! It’s holiday party season—a time for giving. Bring a new, unwrapped child’s toy for the annual CAA Toys for Tots drive. REGISTER

CAA at Art Basel Miami Beach | Poolside Party
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. | The National – South Beach (1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL)

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) brings you a night in Miami Beach with alumni and artists celebrating Art Basel Miami Beach. Celebrate Columbia's presence in this world renowned contemporary art fair, and join the more than 10,000 Florida community of alumni, at this popular poolside party at the historic National Hotel. Enjoy great food, drinks, and music. REGISTER

Save the Date: Reunion and Dean’s Day 2013
May 30 to June 2, 2013 | New York

It’s not too early to start thinking about your return to campus for Reunion and Dean’s Day 2013! Planning is already under way for the exciting weekend of events for Columbia Engineering alumni and their families. Save May 30 to June 2, 2013 in your calendars, and visit our Reunion website for more information and to get involved! If you graduated in a year ending in 3 or 5, and are interested in serving on your Reunion committee, please contact Cliff Massey at


Webinar: Time to Update Your LinkedIn Knowledge
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
LinkedIn is a helpful online professional tool that is constantly evolving. If you joined the Center for Career Education’s LinkedIn webinars in 2011, you know the basics, how to create a strong profile, and how to utilize the platform for a job search. However, are you aware of the changes that have occurred since then? Join this webinar to learn about all the new bells and whistles that were added between late 2011 and 2012. You will once again be in the know! Click here to register and for more information
Columbia Externship Program: March 18-22, 2013
Perfect for alumni who can host a student shadowing your day-to-day professional life
Interested in mentoring a first year Columbia student for two to five 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 a day in the life with them. Please contact Malla Haridat (212-854-7862) and share your industry and company name. We will contact you to determine the expectations and fit for placement (i.e., number of days, type of exposure, number of externs) and answer any questions you or your HR department may have.

Professionals in Residence – Spring 2013
Great for alumni who have a good story and want to mentor but lack the time for a long-term commitment
When you think of early days of your career, you probably wish you had a mentor or advisor who could have shared the realities of the field and advice for how to move up once you secured your first role. Here's your opportunity to share this valuable advice with current students. We are seeking three professionals who are interested in joining a small group of students during lunch to share advice on the day to day experiences in your field and ideas for how they can get started via internships, fellowship programs, or other entry level experiences. Please share with us your bio, resume or link to your LinkedIn profile if you are interested. Please contact Malla Haridat (212-854-7862) for more details.

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

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. For all current information, please visit this link.


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