February 2013 E-Newsletter

February 2013
In the News

Nanoscience 101: A Q&A with Jim Yardley (Columbia News)

Ken Shepard Develops New Nanoscale Tools to Aid Discoveries in the Life Sciences (Columbia News)

Peter Kinget Designs Self-Powered Nanoscale Devices (Columbia News)

Sam Sia: Blue-sky HIV test chip will upload results to the cloud (Nature Medicine)

BME Professors' Book Published

NAE Publishes Paper by Helen Lu (The Bridge)

Sal Stolfo's Hack Turns Cisco’s Desk Phone Into a Spying Device (Gizmodo)

Cisco Responds to Sal Stolfo's Findings (Computer World)


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Device Uses the Cloud for Faster HIV Test Results
Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has taken his innovative lab-on-a-chip and developed a way to not only check a patient’s HIV status anywhere in the world with just a finger prick, but also synchronize the results automatically and instantaneously with central health care records—10 times faster, the researchers say, than the benchtop ELISA, a broadly used diagnostic technique.  MORE


Study Shows that Gases Work with Particles to Promote Cloud Formation

Researchers at Columbia Engineering and Georgia Institute of Technology have published a study showing—for the first time—that certain volatile organic gases can promote cloud formation in a way never considered before by atmospheric scientists. MORE

Exploring the Ultimate Frontier: Science in Space

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is one of the first seven members to be selected to the board of directors of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. MORE

IEEE Honors Shih-Fu Chang as a Pioneer

Shih-Fu Chang, Richard Dicker Professor of Telecommunications and Professor of Computer Science, was honored by the IEEE for pioneering contributions to signal processing for multimedia content analysis and retrieval.  MORE

Martha Kim Wins NSF CAREER Award

Computer Science Assistant Professor Martha Kim has won a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to develop energy tracking and monitoring techniques to audit and control software energy consumption. MORE

Trio of Biomedical Engineering Professors Honored

Three BME professors – Andreas Hielscher, Christopher Jacobs, and X. Edward Guo – have recently been recognized by two professional organizations for their innovative research and leadership.   MORE


Navigating Your Network
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Low Library Rotunda
Alumni are invited back to campus for a special networking reception with students and alumni on Thursday, February 7, co-hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. The Dean will host this special reception to help students connect with alumni in industry, while allowing alumni to re-connect with student groups and the School. The event will feature a panel discussion with Engineering alumni Anne Gates MS’82, Janelle Heslop BS’10, and Wilton Cedeno BS’86. For full details, panelist bios, and registration, click here.
Help Our Students: Speed Networking 2013
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Alfred Lerner Hall

This event brings together alumni and students in rounds of “speed networking,” where students have the opportunity to learn from alumni in various industries. If you are interested in participating in either of these networking events, please email Beth Manchester at em2702@columbia.edu.

Blue and White Gala
Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m. | Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St., New York)

Young alumni: join us on Saturday, March 9 for the Fifth Annual Blue & White Gala, hosted by Columbia Engineering Young Alumni. You won’t want to miss this annual young alumni signature event. Full invitation to follow; for now, click here to sign up for the event on Facebook to get the latest news and updates.

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

If you graduated in a year ending in '3 or '8, and are interested in serving on your Reunion committee, please contact Cliff Massey at cam2171@columbia.edu.  See who has already “Pledged to Attend!”


Webinar: Negotiating Your Salary in a Difficult Economy
Friday, Feb. 22, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (EST) | Online
Negotiation is a fundamental concept of business whether it involves joining or leaving an organization, defining job responsibilities, or negotiating a starting salary, a raise, or a buyout package. This webinar, hosted by Linda D. Stone, Human Resources and Career Consultant at the Morgan Stone Group, will explore specific negotiation techniques that may be utilized even in a difficult economy. Click here to register and for more information.
Columbia Externship Program
March 18-22
Perfect for alumni who can host a student at work
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. 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
Here's your opportunity to share your 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 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. 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

For a list of all of our alumni volunteer events, please visit our website.


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