January 2010 E-News


January 2010





SEAS in the News

Hybrid Solar Panels Combine Photovoltaics with Thermoelectricity, Scientific American, Dec. 30

Un "Arbre Artificiel" Pour Piéger Le CO2, Le Monde, Dec. 26 (in French) (Google English translation)

VIDEO: Prof. Nayar on Brian Lehrer Show, CUNY TV, Dec. 3


Café Science

Informal discussions about pressing scientific questions of our day, led by Columbia experts. Next event:
Winners and Losers: Communal Decisions in Tissue Development
Developmental Geneticist Laura Johnston
Jan.. 11, 6-7 p.m. at Picnic Market Cafe, 2665 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd)
Space is limited; $10 cover (cash only) includes one drink
First Come, First Served
NO RSVP Necessary


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Feniosky Peña-Mora, Dean

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Columbia Engineering Home

Urbanization PhD Program Launches

The National Science Foundation has awarded Columbia University a $3 million grant to establish a new PhD program between architecture and engineering. The award, which is part of NSF’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program, is focused on training doctoral students who will be uniquely capable of addressing the grand challenges of urbanization.


Solar Panels Get Real World Test
A more efficient solar panel designed by Professor Huiming Yin will be installed on a Manhattan building to test its promise of unprecedented cost and energy efficiency. MORE

Prof. Taylor Wins ASCE Research Prize
Civil Engineering Professor John Taylor has won the prestigious 2009 Thomas Fitch Rowland Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). MORE


Video: The Process of Invention — OnLive Video Game Service
Featuring Steve Perlman CS '83, Rearden Founder & CEO, an entrepreneur and inventor devoted to pioneering Internet, entertainment, consumer electronics and communications technologies. MORE

Photo Gallery: Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers held an Alumnae Networking Reception Dec. 2 at the Columbia Club. Dean Peña-Mora spoke at the reception about his “CyberBioPhysical™ Systems” initiative. MORE


Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope, Featuring Mike Massimino '84

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.(EST)
Columbia University
Lerner Cinema
Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway

Alumni, students and parents are invited to join us for a special lecture with astronaut, Mike Massimino ’84. From 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. there will be an opportunity to meet Massimino. Doors to the auditorium will open at 7:00 p.m. Reception to follow. Registration required for this event


Prof. Boozer Wins Plasma Physics Prize
Applied physics Professor Allen Boozer has won the best-known European award in plasma physics from the European Physical Society. MORE

Somasundaran Inducted AIChE Fellow
The nation’s premier chemical engineering group has inducted Ponisseril Somasundaran, the LaVon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering as a Fellow. MORE


San Francisco Young Alumni Happy Hour

Thursday, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.(PST)

Taverna Aventine
582 Washington Street, San Francisco
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Columbia in California Luncheons

San Francisco
Saturday, Jan. 9, noon to 2 p.m. (PST)

The Four Seasons Hotel
757 Market Street, San Francisco
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Los Angeles
Sunday, Jan. 10,
noon to 2 p.m. (PST)
Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel
2152 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles
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Winter Tech Social

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.(EST)

D'Or Lounge
204 W. 55th St., Manhattan
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Webinar: Harness the Power of Personality Type to Find the Most Satisfying Career

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m. (EST)
Paul D. Tieger, author of five Personality Type books including the 800,000 copy best selling career guide, Do What You Are Of all the factors that contribute to lasting career satisfaction, none is more powerful than finding work that makes use of your natural gifts and talents – work which is congruent with your Personality Type. Register for this Webinar.


Speed Networking for Engineers

Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (EST)
During National Engineering Week, take the chain rule to the next level at Speed Networking for Engineers. Learn how to turn people you meet at networking events and other gatherings, and in random circumstances into your career advisors and supporters. Register



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