March 2013 e-Newsletter

March 2013
In the News

Ang Cui's Symbiote: The Ironclad, Adaptable Future of Antivirus Protection (Gizmodo)

SEAS Senior is School's First Luce Scholar (Columbia Spectator)

Itsik Pe'er at the Vanguard of a Revolution in Computational Genetics (Columbia News)

Magazine Features Radiator Labs Project (Popular Science)

Video: Professor Klaus Lackner on Capturing Carbon (Columbia News)


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New Insights into Infant Brain Development
A new study by Columbia Engineering researchers finds that the infant brain does not control its blood flow in the same way as the adult brain. The research team is led by Elizabeth Hillman, associate professor of biomedical engineering and of radiology.  MORE


Professor Sethumadhavan Wins Sloan Fellowship

Simha Sethumadhavan, associate professor of computer science, is among 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers selected as Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellows.  MORE

Seeking Sustainable Global Energy Solutions

Professor Simon Billinge and two PhD students traveled to Ethiopia to take part in a two-week program targeted at building materials science research collaborations between the United States and Africa.  MORE

Passport to a Major

"Passport to SEAS" gave students a chance to explore several different majors through lab tours, faculty presentations, and hands-on activities and experiments led by professors and their upper-class students.  MORE

What Happens In Vegas Doesn't Stay In Vegas  

Four start-ups from Columbia Engineering went to Las Vegas to participate in the 2013 International CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show.   MORE


Recent faculty and student honors, awards, and grants: Professors Gerard Ateshian, Venkat Venkata-subramanian, and Vineet Goyal, and SEAS senior Claire DuvalletMORE


Big Data Big Ideas
March 13 and 14 | Mountain View and West Hollywood

The proliferation of data is essentially everywhere and its ever-increasing impact on our daily lives has created an urgent need to manage, collect and makes sense of it all.  Our new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering fills this critical need. All alumni, parents and students are invited to hear Columbia Engineering Professor Kathy McKeown, director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, speak about the exciting new Institute and its impact on Columbia and on society. Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Columbia University Bill Campbell '62CC will make welcome remarks. Professor Peter Bearman, Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology at Columbia, will present his findings on how big data and health analytics can help unlock the underlying trends in the occurrence of autism in California. A networking reception with food and beverages will follow. Registration is required. Sign up now: Northern California | Southern California

CEAA Alumni Chocolate Tasting
Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. | Chocolat Moderne NYC

Join CEAA for an evening of chocolate, wine, and cheese tasting. Chocolate creator Joan Kukos Todd invites us back to her studio to taste her hand-made chocolates which are made in small batches on the premises. Joan will be pairing her chocolates with wines and cheeses. The tasting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Chocolat Moderne located at 27 West 20th Street, Suite 904. Each guest will go home with a box of chocolates. Space is limited, so sign up early. REGISTER

Get Ready for Reunion and Dean’s Day 2013
May 30 to June 2, 2013 | New York

Start getting your Columbia blue gear ready for Reunion and Dean’s Day 2013! Registration will be available online in early March—full details to follow. Save May 30 to June 2, 2013, in your calendars, and in the meantime, see who has already “Pledged to Attend!”

Save the Date: Class Day 2013
Monday, May 20, 5:00 p.m. | South Lawn

Alumni are invited to join us for Columbia Engineering Class Day, where we will welcome the Class of 2013 as the newest members of the alumni community. March with your classmates in the annual Parade of Classes and show your SEAS pride. Registration details forthcoming.


Start-up Career Fair 2013
Friday, March 29, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. | On campus
Columbia University’s Center for Career Education is pleased to announce its second-annual Startup Career Fair, taking place on Friday, March 29, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on campus. The Start-up Career Fair is focused on connecting start-up firms, primarily from the NYC area, with entrepreneurially-minded job seekers from Columbia. Numerous industries will be represented, including technology, sustainability, media, and more. This exclusive event is open only to Columbia students and alumni. Attendee registration details to follow soon. Employer registration is $100 per company and participating employers must have at least one paid position available (internship or full-time). For more information on registering your company, please send an email to Patrick Smith at
Webinar — Act Like You Mean Business: Essential Communication Lessons from Stage and Screen
Thursday, March 28, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (EST) | Online
Do you want to strengthen your business relationships, build trust, motivate teams and better present yourself in the workplace and the marketplace? The key is to treat every communication like a performance – every email, meeting, presentation, interview and networking event. In this engaging, informative webinar, Rob Biesenbach reveals the vital link between show business and your business. Through favorite moments from movies and TV, you’ll learn to better connect with people, tell more compelling stories and express your ideas more clearly and creatively. Click here to register and for more information.
Columbia Networking Events
Monthly in 2013
Networking breakfasts and evening events are hosted monthly for CU Alumni.  Please watch the calendar for up-to-date information regarding these events. For all current information, please click here.

Media Networking Night
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. |
Low Rotunda
Join us for our eighth annual event, Media Networking Night, which is designed to bring Columbia students in direct contact with a wide variety of alumni and professionals who can speak candidly about their industries and work experiences. The event features employers from a diverse set of media related industries including but not limited to film, television, radio, communications, advertising, marketing, public relations, books, magazines, and newspapers. Please register at Media Networking registration.

The Science Technology Engineering Program – Hire or Mentor a SEAS student this summer

The Science Technology Engineering Program is an opportunity for SEAS students to engage in internships in a variety of fields including, biomedical, civil, chemical, computer engineering, computer science, earth and environmental, electrical and mechanical engineering.  Students will intern in the NYC area as well as nationwide for approximately 8 to 10 weeks.  We seek alumni interested in sharing opportunities as well as those who would be interested in participating as mentors.  Mentors are encouraged to share trends about their industries, best practices for their future hiring opportunities, and advice about career paths.  You can schedule meetings via in person, phone or virtually.  We recommend that you meet at least 3 to 4 times during the summer. If interested, please share your bio/LinkedIn profile with Malla Haridat at

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. 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

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


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