June 2013 e-Newsletter

June 2013
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Even with Defects, Graphene Is Strongest Material in the World

In a new study published in Science, Columbia Engineering researchers demonstrate that graphene, even if stitched together from many small crystalline grains, is almost as strong as graphene in its perfect crystalline form. MORE

Researchers Stitch Defects into the World's Thinnest Semiconductor

In pioneering new research at Columbia, scientists have grown high-quality crystals of molybdenum disulfide, the world's thinnest semiconductor. The research results are a step toward developing atomically thin electronics. MORE

Researchers Perform Fastest Measurements Ever Made of Ion Channel Proteins

A team of researchers at Columbia Engineering is using miniaturized electronics to produce the fastest recordings of single ion channels ever performed and gain new understanding of the functions of the "transistors" of living systems. MORE

Professor Cane Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Leading climatologist Mark Cane is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries to join the prestigious academy, which recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.   MORE

Nanotechnology Breakthrough May Improve Drug Delivery

By developing a technique to isolate a single water molecule inside a buckyball, or C60, Columbia engineers aim to control drug delivery and to assemble C60-based functional 3D structures at the nanoscale level.  MORE


Social Media Startup WordsEye Wins Grand Prize in Statewide Competition

The text-to-image software startup bested more than 430 teams from nearly 60 colleges and universities to win the $100,000 award at the Fourth Annual New York Business Plan Competition. MORE

Five Seniors Awarded Scholarships from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York 

Raymond Bellon, London Hammar, Kyle Sullivan, Silas Wilkinson (pictured, left), and Dylan Smith (pictured, right), were selected based on their grade point averages, college activities, work experience, and essays on consulting engineering. MORE

SEAS Students Win a Second Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Electrical engineering PhD candidates Sunwoo Lee and Michael Lekas have won their second consecutive Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship for their innovative research involving graphene and wireless devices. MORE


Engineering Faculty Research in the Northwest Corner Building

The interdisciplinary research conducted by Columbia Engineering professors in the Northwest Corner Building links ideas and innovation. From the study of nanoscale materials to deciphering the human genome, learn more about Columbia Engineering professors' approach to research. MORE


Young Alumni Summer Rooftop Happy Hours
June 24, July 25, August 22 | New York
Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and recent graduates from all schools within the University for the return of the Summer Rooftop Happy Hour Series. 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 on the full series, click here.

CEAA Yankees Game

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 p.m. | Yankee Stadium
Join the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) and your fellow alumni at Yankee Stadium when the rival Texas Rangers come to town. We have 36 seats in sections 115 and 114B. Join us close to the action—our seats are on the field level behind the Yankees dugout. Alumni tickets are $70 with a limit of four tickets per person (regular game day prices for these tickets are $250-275). Click here to register.

Alumni Dinner Cruise

Thursday, July 11, 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.


Alumni Career Development Webinar Series
Doing Well by Doing Good: How to Land a Job in the Nonprofit Sector
Wednesday, June 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Whether you're a recent graduate, have recently been downsized from a corporate job, are taking time off, or are considering a career in nonprofits, this webinar will reveal how the sectors differ and are alike, help you learn how to identify key nonprofit roles and brand yourself for them, and give practical strategies for networking your way into a nonprofit career. 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
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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