June 2011 e-News

June 2011


In the News
Gizmodo Reviews LeafSnap App, Gizmodo, May 23

PBS Interviews Prof. Bellovin on Cybersecurity, PBS, May 20

BBC Explores Graphene with Prof. James Hone, BBC  __________

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Feniosky Peña-Mora, Dean

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Columbia Engineering Class Day was wet but did not stop the Class of 2011 from celebrating. Click here to see a photo gallery of the event, read the speeches or watch a webcast of the ceremony.

Graduate Profile: Former Sudanese Refugee Morris Kaunda Michael 
At age 5, Morris Kaunda Michael fled with his family from war-torn Sudan for a refugee camp in northern Kenya. One day, Michael says, he’ll return to his home country — which he has not seen in 17 years — to help the Sudanese as others have helped him. MORE

Reunion Weekend Approaches
Columbia Engineering's Alumni Reunion Weekend June 2-5 is approaching fast. If you haven't already done so, you can register on-site at Alfred Lerner Hall beginning on Thursday at 11 a.m. Not in a class celebrating Reunion this year? Come back for Dean's Day on June 4 for the activities open to all alumni.

Make History!
In preparation for the 150th anniversary of Columbia Engineering in 2014, Dean Peña-Mora has asked Barnard History Professor Bob McCaughey to write a new history of the School. “My best sources for gaining an accurate understanding of student life at Columbia Engineering are its graduates who have experienced it and are willing to share those memories with me,” says McCaughey, author of Stand, Columbia. You can help Bob write our history 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 Method To Directly Diagnose Arrhythmias
A team lead by Professor Elisa Konofagou has been developing a new method that is the first non-invasive direct technique to map the electrical activation of the heart. MORE

Columbia Engineers Patch A Heart
Researchers at Columbia Engineering have established a new method to patch a damaged heart using a tissue-engineering platform that enables heart tissue to repair itself. MORE

What’s That Leaf? There’s an App for That
Professor Peter Belhumeur has developed LeafSnap, an electronic field guide that has launched on the iPhone and will be available for Android phones later this year. MORE

Professor Emeritus Cyrus Derman Dies
Professor Emeritus Cyrus Derman, considered the driving force behind the success of Columbia Engineering's Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), has died. He was 85. MORE


Young Alumni USS Intrepid Party
Friday, June 3
The USS Intrepid parties of old are back. Join Engineering, College, Barnard, and GS classmates and friends at this year’s young alumni party. Though part of Reunion weekend, this event is open to all alumni from the classes of 2001-2011. We have charted a course of dancing, flight simulation, food, and limited open bar. Advance tickets are available at http://engineering.columbiaedu/intrepid for $25, or at the door for $35. Space is limited, so REGISTER HERE.


Black Engineers Win Regional Honor
The Columbia chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers has won Chapter of the Year honors in its region which is the largest in the country with 43 university chapters. MORE

BME Students Win National Contest
A team of Biomedical Engineering students, under the direction of Professors Aaron Kyle and Elizabeth Hillman, developed a device to monitor the health of newborn infants. MORE


Mentor a Student this Summer
Join the 2011 Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) Mentors - Summer 2011
Mentor a student engaged in a ten-week summer internship based in the NYC area. In our second annual program, we are hosting 40 students in a diverse array of engineering fields including biomedical, civil, chemical, computer engineering, computer science, earth and environmental, electrical, and mechanical, and we seek mentors from similar backgrounds. Students will be provided professional development from the Center for Career Education (CCE). Mentors will be encouraged to share insight about trends in their industries, best practices for the hiring process, and advice about career paths. Two events during the summer will be hosted by CCE to support the mentoring experience. We are seeking 40 Engineering  alumni who are interested in getting involved. If you are interested or have additional questions, please contact Malla Haridat, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Outreach, at vh19@columbia.edu or 212-854-7862.

Alumni Career Development Webinar
Beyond the Basics: Taking LinkedIn to the Next Level
Wed., June 22 12-1 p.m. (ET)
Perhaps you listened to the CCE Alumni Career Development webinar on LinkedIn Basics or have naturally mastered the basic tools that LinkedIn offers through general use. Join this seminar to take one step further - what are some of the less obvious features on LinkedIn and how can you better use them to benefit your career? We will build on the basics that are reviewed in the previous month's presentation.. MORE

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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