February 2012 E-Newsletter

February 2012


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A new study by Columbia engineers will help urban planners, policy makers, and engineers understand the local dynamics of building energy use in New York City, where over two-thirds of the energy consumption is from buildings. MORE 

Coulter Grant Spurs Biomedical Innovations

Columbia University has been selected to join the prestigious Wallace H. Coulter Foundation’s Translational Partnership program. This highly coveted partnership, aimed at accelerating innovations toward clinical use and patient care, will establish the Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, under the leadership of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia Engineering. MORE

Astronaut Alum Massimino Guest Stars on The Big Bang Theory

NASA astronaut Mike Massimino '84 guest stars as himself on an episode of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory, airing this Thursday, Feb. 2.

Dean Peña-Mora Visits India

Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora returned from his first visit to India. Events for alumni and parents were held in three cities. In Delhi, Amit Burman ’91 hosted a dinner at his home. In Mumbai, Jaideep Khanna ’90, MS’91 and Rahul Akerkar ’83, MS’86 hosted a reception at Akerkar’s restaurant, Indigo. In Bangalore, Board of Visitors member Sameer Shetty ’93 organized a reception at the Oberoi Hotel. At all three events, the Dean shared updates from campus and his vision for the future of the School. Meetings to discuss research partnerships were also held with the Indian Institutes of Technology in Delhi and Mumbai and with Cisco and Infosys in Bangalore.


Prof. Vapnik Wins Pair of Major Honors 

Computer Science Professor Vladimir Vapnik has won two significant awards for his career contributions to his field: the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science and the Frank Rosenblatt Award.  MORE

Prof. Castaldi Investigates Niobium (Nb)

Marco Castaldi, assistant professor of earth and environmental engineering, hopes to find a process that will enable Niobium to replace ceria, a costly solid now used in automotive catalytic converters. MORE 

Prof. Yang Wins Research Prize

Computer Science Assistant Professor Junfeng Yang has received the Young Investigator Research Program award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and its Program for Information Operations and Security. MORE


VIDEO: Graduate Student Profile

Electrical Engineering Ph.D. candidate Cathy Chen is currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the Lightwave Research Laboratory under the direction of Professor Keren Bergman, with a research interest in optical interconnects. MORE

Engineering Students Travel to Hong Kong

Several Columbia Engineering students traveled to Hong Kong over winter break as part of the Winter Global Educational Experience. MORE


Speed Networking for Engineers
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall
The Office of Alumni and Development invites alumni to share insights about their industry with students and help them hone their networking skills in brief networking sessions. We are recruiting alumni from the following industry categories to participate: biotechnology/pharmaceuticals; business/finance; civil engineering/architecture; computer systems/electronics/telecommunications; energy/environmental services; engineering consulting; entrepreneurship/start-ups; healthcare/medicine; and industrial engineering/manufacturing. Click here to RSVP or find out more information
Columbia Networking Nights: Careers in Risk and Volatility
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Columbia University Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street
Given the ongoing market volatility and renewed focus on managing risk across multiple domains, the panel, comprised of senior-level alumni with professional expertise in trading/financial engineering, evaluating risk, regulating and managing risk—including Professor Emanuel Derman—will attempt to shed some light on today's ever-changing financial landscape. Click here to RSVP or find out more information
CEAA Chocolate Tasting Night
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Back by popular demand!
Join the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) for a night of chocolate tasting at Marie Belle Chocolates in SoHo. Come taste a variety of chocolates and learn about the history of chocolate and how it's made. Each guest will go home with a box of chocolates (fin du chocolate grand) valued at $81. Space is limited, so sign up early! Questions? Email Cliff Massey at cam2171@columbia.edu. Register
CEAA Columbia Basketball Pre-Game Reception
Saturday, March 3, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join fellow Engineering alumni for a pre-game reception before cheering on the Lions to victory over Dartmouth! Registration includes a prix-fixe dinner at Havana Central at the West End as well as an admission ticket to the basketball game. This event is family-friendly. Register
Save the Date: The Blue & White Gala
Saturday, March 24
Young alumni: save the date for the fourth annual Blue & White Gala! This year’s event promises to be even bigger than last year’s, with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, door prizes, live music, dancing, and more. Save Saturday, March 24 in your calendar for this signature Columbia Engineering Young Alumni event! For more information on CEYA, visit www.myceya.com.
Save the Date: Reunion and Dean's Day 2012
May 31 - June 3

It’s not too early to start thinking about your return to campus for Reunion and Dean’s Day 2012!  Planning is already under way for the exciting weekend of events for Columbia Engineering alumni and their families.  Save May 31 – June 3, 2012 in your calendars, and visit engineering.columbia.edu/alumni for more information.


New SEAS Alumni Pages and Online Class Notes
We’ve just revamped our alumni pages on the Columbia Engineering website.  Check out the updated pages for more information how to get involved with the school and connected to your fellow alumni.  Interested in seeing what your classmates are doing?  You can now view and submit Class Notes online—click here to get started.
Columbia Externship Program 
We are seeking twenty Columbia alumni who are interested in hosting first-year undergrads to shadow professionals in their workplace during spring break (March 12-16, 2012). The program is targeting alumni who work in all industries who are interested in mentoring students.  Please fill out your interest online or click here for more information.  
Get Involved with Columbia Engineering

Your connection to Columbia Engineering is a lifelong experience.  There are many ways to stay connected to the school regardless of your location.  Whether it’s through your time, energy, or financial resources, Columbia Engineering could use your support in securing a future for students, faculty, and research. We thank you in advance for your generous support.  Click here to get involved!


Demystifying the Informational Interview: How to Utilize this Dynamic Process to Advance your Job Search
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 12-1 p.m. (ET)
Katie Rayhawk Volz, Career Consultant
Informational Interviewing is a powerful tool to enhance and further your job search, allowing you to gain information, expand your contacts and grow valuable relationships. Yet many job-seekers are hesitant to engage in this process simply because they don’t understand the goals, don’t know what questions to ask, and fear they will be turned down. This workshop examines the informational interview in more detail and provides you with actionable takeaways to motivate you and to yield positive outcomes throughout this process. More information and to register
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 http://www.ivylife.net. If you have questions, please contact William@caa.columbia.edu.
Media Networking Night
We are currently seeking professionals in the media industry to participate in our annual Media Networking Night event. This program features industries as diverse as film, television, radio, communications, advertising, marketing, public relations, book, newspaper and magazine publishing, online and print journalism and more. Professionals will have the opportunity to meet with students on an informal basis to share their experiences in the industry. Students will be encouraged to ask questions about the inner-workings of the industry, possible career paths and advice for entering the field. MORE
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 introductions to hiring managers as well as meeting alumni who would like to promote the hiring of Columbia talent at their firm. MORE

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