June 2012 E-Newsletter

June 2012


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Congratulations 2012 Graduates!

More than 800 students were honored at Columbia Engineering’s Class Day held May 14 on the Morningside Campus. And for the first time, the School held a unified Class Day ceremony, recognizing all graduating students, including those who earned a master’s degree or doctorate. MORE

Alumni, Share Your News!

We're currently seeking Alumni Notes and Program Notes for the fall issue of the magazine coming out in October, and would love to learn about your professional news, wedding, new baby or simply what you've been up to lately. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 13. Feel free to send photos as well (300 dpi or greater). Though we may not have room to publish every photo, we always do our best to fit in as many as possible. You can send your updates to Melanie Farmer at mf2362@columbia.edu. In your submissions, please provide your class year and major or program. Hope to hear from you!


Using Robots for Less Invasive Surgery

A collaboration between Columbia Computer Science Professor Peter Allen, former professor Nabil Simaan and CUMC's Dennis Fowler has resulted in an innovative new approach to minimally invasive surgery. MORE

Bioengineers Make Human Bone from Stem Cells

A research team led by Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic has shown, for the first time, that human embryonic stem cells can be used to grow bone tissue grafts for use in research and potential therapeutic application. MORE

Prof. Waisman receives DOE Early Career Award

Haim Waisman, assistant professor in the civil engineering and engineering mechanics department, has been awarded an Early Career Award in Advanced Scientific Computing Research by the U.S Department of Energy. MORE

Keeping Time with Diamonds, Precisely

Dirk Englund, assistant professor of electrical engineering and of applied physics, has recently won a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award to support research on what he calls a "new kind of ultra-precise clock.” MORE

Mapping Nanoparticle Atomic Structures

A research team led by Professor Simon Billinge has its paper on extracting quantitative nanostructural information published in a German journal. MORE


Building Bridges in Morocco

A group of Columbia Engineering students in the University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders kicked off the summer with a six-week stay in Morocco, not as tourists, but as bridge engineers. MORE

Research Group Heats Up with Big Win

EE Professor John Kymissis and two of his graduate students have won the MIT Clean Energy Prize for creating a retrofit device that increases the efficiency of home radiators. Click LIKE to cast your vote for this project in a nationwide contest.


Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Night & Alumni Reception
Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m.

Join Columbia Engineering and the Columbia Alumni Association at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California for a special entrepreneurship-focused panel discussion with Trustee and Chairman of the Board, Bill Campbell '62CC, '64TC. Mr. Campbell will be joined by two panelists: Steve Chiang '93SEAS, EVP of Games at Zynga and Ben Horowitz '88CC, co-founder and partner at Andreesen Horowitz. For bios of our speakers, please click here. Following the panel discussion, enjoy a special networking reception and see technology demonstrations by six startups founded by young Columbia entrepreneurs. Click here to see full details and to register.

CEAA Yankees Club Suite
Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m

Alumni are invited to join CEAA for an evening at Yankees Stadium in the Audi Yankees Club on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. to see the Yankees take on the White Sox. Located in left field on the suite level, the Audi Yankees Club features a dining lounge and offers sweeping views of Yankee Stadium. Images of Yankee greats and Sony high-definition televisions adorn the walls. Performance cooking stations and a dessert station complete the gourmet dining experience. Admission, all-inclusive food and non-alcoholic beverages are all included, and a cash bar is available. Tickets are $60 each (a $175 value) with a limit of four tickets per alum. To register, please click here.

Young Alumni Summer Rooftop Happy Hour Series
June, July, and August

Join young alumni and friends from across the University for the annual CAA Summer Rooftop Happy Hour Series! This year, the series will feature three new venues in Midtown: Yotel, SkyRoom, and Club Quarters. Each event will provide you the opportunity to catch up with classmates and friends, as well as meet fellow young alumni from many of Columbia's various schools. Don't miss out on these signature young alumni summer events! Registration is active for the first happy hour on Monday, June 25. For full details and to register, please click here.


Columbia University in Asia

Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) in Asia, June 2012. Enjoy a complimentary reception as we welcome special guests from campus who will share their insider’s view on the University’s momentum. We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity to meet fellow Columbians, welcome incoming students, and hear about international initiatives. For more information on dates and locations, please click here.

Mentor a Student

Would you like to connect to a Columbia student this summer? We are hosting several programs for alumni to mentor students. Please contact Malla Haridat '97CC via email or 212-854-7862 to get involved.

International Alumni
Through the Columbia Experience Overseas Programs (CEO) program, Columbia students participate in eight-week high-quality internships. More than 100 students will depart from Morningside Heights to intern in a diverse range of industries, including finance, consulting, health care, arts, and public relations. We are looking for mentors in the following locations:
  • Amman
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Istanbul
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
As part of our third annual Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP), students are engaging in 8-10 week internships in a variety of fields including biomedical, civil, chemical, environmental, electrical, mechanical and computer engineering and computer science. Mentors will be encouraged to share insight about trends in their industries, best practices for the hiring process, and advice about career paths. This can be done with scheduled in person visits as well as phone chats.
Get Involved!

Your connection to Columbia Engineering is a lifelong experience.  There are many ways to stay connected to the school regardless of your location.  Whether it’s through your time, energy, or financial resources, Columbia Engineering could use your support in securing a future for students, faculty, and research. We thank you in advance for your generous support.  Click here to get involved


Open Career Counseling Webinar for Alumni: Career Transitions
Thursday, June 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)
Join us for this webinar and ask any questions related to career change and transition. Click here to register and for more information.
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.net. If you have questions, please contact William@caa.columbia.edu.
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. MORE

Alumni Across America
As part of our efforts to help students develop their professional networks, Columbia University Internship Network (CU IN) connects current CU students interning in a new city with alumni mentors during the summer. As an alumni mentor, you would be asked to be available as a resource to the student and possibly attend an event or two. What the relationship would look like would ultimately be up to the mentor. If you live in one of the following cities and are interested in mentoring students over the summer, please contact Lisa Dicce at lad2161@columbia.edu..
  • Boston
  • Greater Los Angeles area
  • San Francisco/Bay Area
  • Greater Seattle area
  • Washington, DC

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