July 2011 e-News

July 2011


In the News
Prof. Kartik Chandran's Biofuels:
Sudanese Refugee Morris Michael's Graduation:

NPR Explores Prof. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic's Lab , National Public Radio

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Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

The chief executive of a banking powerhouse, an astronaut who repaired the Hubble space telescope, and a top polymer research scientist have recently been honored by the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association for outstanding contributions in their respective fields. Pictured above, from left: Vikram Pandit BS’76, MS’77, PhD’86 BUS, chief executive officer at Citigroup; NASA astronaut Michael Massimino BS’84; and Andrew Lovinger BS’70, MS’71, EngScD’76, the director of polymers at the National Science Foundation. MORE

See photo galleries of Columbia Engineering Reunion Weekend.

Make History
In preparation for the 150th anniversary of Columbia Engineering in 2014, Dean Peña-Mora has asked Barnard History Professor Bob McCaughey
, author of Stand, Columbia, to write a history of the School. You can help Bob by providing your remembrances about your time at Columbia Engineering. Please fill out an open-ended alumni questionnaire online at: https://portal.seas.columbia.edu/form/view.php?id=52. Your information will go directly to Bob.


New Approach to Study Stem Cell Function
A team of researchers led by Biomedical Engineering Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic has developed a new technique to evaluate human stem cells using cell micropatterning — a simple but powerful in vitro tool. MORE

Researchers Create Artificial Graphene
A team of researchers from Columbia Engineering, the Italian National Research Council, Princeton University, University of Missouri, and University of Nijmegen (Netherlands) has developed an artificial semiconductor structure that has superimposed a pattern created by advanced fabrication methods that are precise at the nanometer scale. MORE

Prof. Chandran Wins Gates Foundation Award
Kartik Chandran, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for his project to develop a revolutionary new model in water, sanitation, and energy. MORE

Major Step in Forecasts of Weather Extremes
A team of researchers from Columbia Engineering, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and Rutgers University has demonstrated that evaporation from land is able to modify summertime rainfall east of the Mississippi and in the monsoonal region in the southern U.S. and Mexico. MORE


Join CEAA for a Yankees Game
The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) is going to watch the NY Yankees on July 30 at 6:30 p.m.  Bring your family and friends to the ballpark and watch as the Yankees take on the Baltimore Orioles.  Tickets have been discounted to $20 for Engineering alumni and their guests (face value: $95).  Sign up quickly, as space is limited. REGISTER HERE

Young Alumni Rooftop Happy Hour Series Continues
Join the Columbia Engineering Young Alumni (CEYA) and the Columbia College Young Alumni (CCYA) for a rooftop happy hour at Bar Basque in Midtown on Thursday, July 21.  This happy hour is part of the Summer Rooftop Happy Hour Series.  If you sign up before July 14, tickets are just $20! REGISTER HERE

Stay Connected to Columbia Engineering Alumni
Stay connected to the school and your fellow alumni by visiting us on Facebook and LinkedIn.  On Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/ceaa1882 or www.facebook.com/myceya to stay connected and on LinkedIn search for "Columbia Engineering Alumni Association".


VIDEO: Prof. Latha Venkataraman
Latha Venkataraman, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, discusses her most recent research that looks at the interplay of physics and chemistry at the nanometer scale. WATCH


Alumni Career Development Webinar
Ascension Planning: What Every Careerist Needs to Know about Getting Promoted
Tuesday, July 12, 12-1 p.m. (ET)
Donald Asher, "America's Job Search Guru," author of 12 books on careers and higher education, www.donaldasher.com. Based on the book, Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't, and Why: Ten Things You'd Better Do if You Want to Get Ahead, this seminar will discuss the creation and management of a reputation at work, and about certain structural features that control, within an organization, who is viewed as promotable. 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-columbia.net. If you have questions, please contact William@caa.columbia.edu.

Share Job Leads
Introduce us to hiring managers or human resource recruiters by contacting Patrick Smith in Employer Outreach at ps2211@columbia.edu or 212-854-5496. If you have internship or full-time opportunities to post, you can list them on LionSHARE, CCE's online job and internship database, which is open to students and alumni.

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