July 2013 e-Newsletter

July 2013
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Back to School: Alumni Reconnect at Reunion

More than 300 Columbia Engineering alumni returned to Morningside and the Big Apple for Reunion Weekend, held May 30 to June 2. The weekend was packed with events, including numerous social outings around the City. MORE

Innovative Building Operating System Provides the Brain for Smarter Cities

Technology developed by the Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS) is the driving force behind Di-BOSS™, a new digital building operating system that integrates all building operating systems into one, easy-to-use cockpit control interface. MORE

Samuel Sia Starts Up First Biotech Incubator in NYC

Sia and co-founder Christine Kovich are working with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to create a communal space that offers an affordable shared wet lab outfitted with modern biotech equipment and all utilities, WiFi, and printing. MORE

Shih-Fu Chang Wins Great Teacher Award

The Society of Columbia Graduates has selected Shih-Fu Chang, the Richard Dicker Professor of Telecommunications, as one of its two recipients of the Great Teacher Award, an honor given annually to professors for exemplary undergraduate teaching at Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. MORE

Faculty Profiles

Learn about the fascinating research endeavors of Javad Lavaei, assistant professor of electrical engineering; Shiho Kawashima, assistant professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics; Qi Wang, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering; and Maria Q. Feng, Renwick Professor of Civil Engineering.   MORE


Alumni Dinner Cruise
Thursday, July 18, 7:00 p.m. | World Yacht—Pier 81
Join the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) for an elegant Taste of New York Buffet Dinner Cruise aboard the beautiful and spacious World Yacht Duchess. The three-hour cruise offers dramatic water views of the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Alumni will enjoy a sumptuous buffet and open bar (beer, wine, soda, and juice) served in a newly-renovated private lounge deck. Click here for full details and registration.

Young Alumni Summer Rooftop Happy Hour
Thursday, July 25, 7:00–9:00 p.m. | Sky Room Times Square
Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and recent graduates from all schools within the University for the second event in the Summer Rooftop Happy Hour Series on Thursday, July 25. Graduates of the last ten years are invited to mix, mingle, and network with their fellow Columbia alumni over cocktails at rooftop venues in New York. For details and registration, click here.

Save the Date: Convocation 2013
Monday, August 26, 2:00 p.m. | South Lawn
Save the date for Convocation 2013! Join fellow alumni in the Parade of Classes as we welcome the Class of 2017 to campus. Full details to follow soon. If you have initial questions about the event, please contact Beth Manchester at em2702@columbia.edu.

Save the Date: Reunion & Dean's Day 2014
May 29–June 1, 2014 | New York City
Save the date for Reunion and Dean’s Day 2014! Classes ending in 4 or 9 (e.g. 1964 or 2009) are invited to return to campus to celebrate their Class Reunion beginning on Thursday, May 29. Reunion activities will last until Sunday, June 1. Additionally, all Engineering alumni (regardless of class year) are invited back to campus on Saturday, May 31 for Dean's Day activities.

Want to get involved with your Class Reunion Committee? Fill out our interest form or contact Nick Mider at nm2613@columbia.edu.


Alumni Career Development Webinar Series
LinkedIn 101: Getting to Know the Basics
Friday, July 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful online professional resources that exist today. However, for some people, this tool can seem a bit daunting and overwhelming. Join this webinar to gain an overview of LinkedIn and how to use it for a variety of purposes, including networking, job searching, and personal branding. We will also review Columbia specific resources that are available on this network. Note that this webinar is best for people who have had very little or no exposure to LinkedIn. Click here for more information and registration.

Columbia Networking Events
Networking breakfasts and evening events are hosted monthly for CU Alumni. Please watch the calendar for up-to-date information regarding these events. Click here for all current information.

Volunteer Opportunities: Share Your Career Expertise
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 making introductions to hiring managers as well as meeting alumni who would like to promote the hiring of Columbia talent at their firm. Visit the Hire Columbians website for more information.

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

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