January 2013 E-Newsletter

January 2013
In the News

Professor Lackner: Pulling Carbon Dioxide Out of Thin Air (The New York Times)

Nina Tandon: Signal Engineer for Hearts (Wired)

Professor Stolfo on Thwarting Hackers (Washington Post)

Professor Deodatis: NYC Subway-Station-Turned-Fish-Tank Poses $600M Dilemma (Bloomberg)


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SEAS Computer Scientists Find Vulnerabilities in Cisco VoIP Phones
Computer Science PhD candidate Ang Cui and Computer Science Professor Salvatore Stolfo have found serious vulnerabilities in Cisco VoIP (voice over internet protocol) telephones, devices used around the world by a broad range of networked organizations from governments to banks to major corporations, and beyond.  MORE


Two Game Changers on Forbes "30 Under 30"

Both Christine Fleming, assistant professor of electrical engineering, and Changxi Zheng, assistant professor of computer science, were listed on the 30 under 30 List for Science and Healthcare. MORE

Reading History Through Genetics

Led by Associate Professor Itsik Pe'er, computer scientists at Columbia Engineering have published a study that demonstrates a new approach used to analyze genetic data to learn more about the history of populations.  MORE

SEAS Start-Ups Take on NYC Tech Boom

Two of the most powerful figures in Silicon Valley - Ben Horowitz '88CC (left) and University Trustee Bill Campbell '62CC, '64TC - imparted words of wisdom at the School’s recent Entrepreneurship Networking Night. MORE

Professor Stein Named ACM Fellow

Clifford Stein, professor of industrial engineering and operations research and of computer science, has been named an ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Fellow. He is one of 52 ACM members recognized for their contributions to computing.  MORE

Computer Science Founding Chair Honored

Joseph Traub, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science, celebrated his 80th birthday in grand style with a number of events, including an all-day symposium.  MORE


What is Data Sciences?

Institute of Data Sciences and Engineering Director Kathleen McKeown and Interim Dean Donald Goldfarb discuss the significance of data sciences and Big Data’s impact on the way we do science and engineering from now on. MORE


CEAA Spring Alumni Events
January and February 2013

The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) has been busy planning an exciting series of alumni events in New York to kick off the new year. Coming up soon are a beer tasting at Heartland Brewery, a private tour of the Frick Collection, and a pre-game dinner before the Columbia vs. Harvard men’s basketball gameClick here to visit CEAA on Meetup, where you can sign up for these exciting events and stay updated on future alumni programs!

Columbia Entrepreneurs: Continue the Networking
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 12 p.m. noon (EST) | Online

Join us for a virtual networking event for alumni entrepreneurs! This event will be organized in a chat roulette format. You'll be able to chat online with fellow alumni entrepreneurs in 6-minute meet-ups. Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur, contemplating an entrepreneurial endeavor, or work with entrepreneurs, we hope you will join us from the comfort of your home or office! Click here to see more details and to register.

Affinity Group Networking Reception
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | on campus
Alumni of the school’s affinity groups (National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers) are invited back to campus for a special networking reception with students and alumni.
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, full invitation will follow. For now, click here to sign up for the event on Facebook and for 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 5, 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: Is This My Right Career? A Webinar Workshop for Gen Y's
Friday, Jan. 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Online
Join career advisor, Allison Cheston, for a webinar to help you identify potential career tracks and take concrete, game-changing steps to pursue your right career. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance as we will be using real-life, anonymous examples from the audience. 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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