March 2011 e-News

March 2011


In the News

Discovery Channel Features Prof. Betti, Discovery (video segment begins at 7:15)

Columbia University Gives the Big Apple a Running Start on Better Buildings, CleanTechnica, Feb. 19

Dean looks to reduce earthquake risk, Spectator, Feb. 9

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The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University

510 Mudd Building, MC 4714
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Feniosky Peña-Mora, Dean

Office of Alumni and Development
Phone: 212-854-4472
Fax: 212-851-9981
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NAE Elects Prof. Yannakakis a Member
Professor Mihalis Yannakakis has been elected a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. MORE


Venkataraman, Englund Named Sloan Fellows
Latha Venkataraman, Assistant Professor of APAM, and Dirk Englund, Assistant Professor of EE and Applied Physics, have been named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows for 2011. MORE

Schlosser, Chang Elected to AAAS
Engineering Professors Peter Schlosser (left) and Shih-Fu Chang have been elected fellows of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). MORE

Professor Bergman Pursues Faster Internet
Keren Bergman gets as aggravated as anyone by how long it takes to email a video of her son’s recital to her parents. Unlike most people, Professor Bergman can do something about it. MORE

Memorial Service Planned for Prof. Gryte
There will be a memorial service for Chemical Engineering Professor Emeritus Carl C. Gryte at 2 p.m., March 31 at St. Paul's Chapel. A reception will follow in the department at 801 S.W. Mudd. MORE


PBS to Broadcast Student Group's Video
A video produced by the Columbia University chapter of Engineers Without Borders has been selected to be broadcast on the PBS program Planet Forward in an Earth Day special. MORE

Social Networking in the Age of Austen
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet on Facebook? David Elson, a Computer Science Ph.D. candidate, his advisor and a literature professor teamed up to analyze social interactions in 19th century British novels. MORE


Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Alumni Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thurs., March 3

Dean Peña-Mora invites alumni to a networking reception connecting SWE and SHPE alumni, students and faculty with GM Mexico President and Managing Director, Grace Lieblein P’13. This event will be  held at the Columbia Club, 15 West 43rd St. To RSVP or find out more information, please visit our website, or contact us at 212-854-2317. This event is planned in association with SWE, SHPE, and Columbia Engineering Alumni Association. REGISTER

Café Science
6 p.m., March 14

Tree Rings and Climate, with Brendan Buckley.  MORE

CEAA/CAAL Chocolate Tasting
Tuesday, March 29
Come join the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association and the Columbia Alumni Arts League for a chocolate tasting session at MarieBelle Sweets where you will learn the process of chocolate-making and discover how cacao beans are transformed into chocolate. REGISTER

Young Alumni Blue and White Gala
Friday, April 8
Please join Columbia Engineering Young Alumni for a special evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music and dancing to reconnect with fellow Engineering young alumni. More details to follow; to register, please click here.

Columbia Engineering Young Alumni
Please visit our new website for upcoming young alumni events, CEYA board information, photos and much more, at Bookmark us today!

Free Alumni Tickets to NYC Cultural Events!
Join the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association at a truly NYC experience.  Tickets to the Broadway play Jersey Boys as well as tickets to a Knicks game and a Mets game will be raffled off to alumni who sign up before March 7.  For more information, please visit


June 2 – June 5, 2011

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus! Columbia Engineering wants you to join with classmates for a weekend of nostalgia, reminiscing with former classmates and professors, making new memories, and having lots of fun!

Thinking about attending Reunion 2011? Registration and a full schedule of events will be available in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, we encourage you to invite your Engineering friends and fellow graduates to join you for a weekend of fun and learning here on campus!

Mark your calendar now for June 2 – 5, and watch for more details to be posted here and on our website in the coming months.



Alumni Career Development Webinar
Getting Into a Top MBA/EMBA Program: How & Why?
Wed., March 16, 7-8 PM (EST)
This webinar is designed to provide meaningful and up-to-date
information about today's business school admission process, including a candid discussion of why it is important to pursue not only a graduate degree in business, but also one from a top program. MORE

What's Your Next Journey? Career Change Webinar Workshop for Alumni
Four Consecutive Wednesdays, March 16, March 23, March 30, and April 6, 12-1PM (EST)
Do you feel it may be time for a career change but are not sure what you would do?  In this workshop, participants assess their values, skills, interests, talents, and personality traits through helpful discussions, exercises, and career tools, and consider how results apply to the working world. 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 If you have questions, please contact

Provide Internships for STEP Next Summer
Help SEAS students gain real life work experience by providing a summer engineering internship! Invite your firm to participate in the Science, Technology and Engineering Program. Please share this opportunity with your Human Resources department. Contact Patrick Smith at 212-854-5496 or for registration information.

Share Job Leads
Introduce us to hiring managers or human resource recruiters by contacting Patrick Smith in Employer Outreach at 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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