May 2011 e-News

May 2011


In the News
Ozone Hole May Have Caused Australian Floods, Scientific American, April 25

Do It Yourself, or With the Help of Tinkerers Everywhere, The New York Times, April 23

Scientists Brew 'Green' Dispersants in Gulf Spill's Wake, The New York Times, April 20 __________

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Columbia Engineering's Alumni Reunion Weekend is approaching fast on June 2-5. If you haven't already done so, register now. 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: Your information will go directly to Bob.



Dean Peña-Mora Honored for his Research
Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora was recently presented with a CETI Award in the Outstanding Researcher Category by FIATECH, an industry consortium. MORE

Study Links Ozone to Broader Climate Change
A study co-authored by Professor Lorenzo Polvani shows the first link between ozone depletion and climate change in the entire southern hemisphere. MORE

Professor Shree Nayar Elected to AAAS
Computer Science Professor Shree K. Nayar has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an elite group of accomplished world leaders. MORE

Prof. Hillman Wins OSA Adolph Lomb Medal
Elizabeth Hillman was recently awarded the prestigious Adolph Lomb Medal for her research in in-vivo optical imaging and microscopy techniques. MORE


Columbia Engineering Day at the American Museum of Natural History
2 p.m., Saturday, May 14
Join your fellow Columbia Engineering alumni at a special day at the American Museum of Natural History. Bring the family for an afternoon that will include a special tour of the museum as well as the opportunity to see several of the special exhibits, including an IMAX film. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child. To RSVP, email Cliff Massey, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at or call 212-854-2317.

Class Day Alumni Welcome Reception and Parade of Classes
3:30 p.m., Monday, May 16
Alumni are invited to attend the Engineering Class Day festivities and welcome the Class of 2011 into the alumni community. Please join us to represent your class in the Alumni Parade of Classes, which will follow the graduating student procession. A pre-ceremony reception will begin at 3:30 p.m. and seating will be available for alumni who wish to stay for the event. Register here.

Class of 2010 One-Year Reunion Celebration
7:30 p.m., Friday, May 20
Columbia College and the Engineering School invite you to celebrate the one-year anniversary of your Columbia graduation. Reconnect with classmates and celebrate first-year achievements at a private reception. Tickets include full open bar and hors d'oeuvres.  Space is limited. RSVP at

Young Alumni USS Intrepid Party

Friday, June 3
The USS Intrepid parties of old are back. Join CEYA, 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

Alumni Reunion Weekend
Thursday, June 2 – Sunday, 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 are available through our Reunion 2011 Website. Reminder, the Early Bird Discount closes this Wednesday, May 4. To receive your 10% “Early Bird” Discount, register today.

Dean's Day
Saturday, June 4, 2011 The Dean’s Day program provides the opportunity for alumni and parents to participate in a wide range of activities including thought-provoking lectures and discussions with some of Columbia’s top faculty, an opportunity to meet our dean and hear about his vision for the School at the Dean’s Day Luncheon, and the Magill Lecture in Science, Technology, and the Arts with Steve Perlman ’83, founder and CEO of OnLive, MOVA, and the Rearden Art and Technology Incubator. Registration and a full schedule of events are available through our Dean’s Day 2011 website. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus.

Columbia Engineering Magazine, Spring 2011
This issue of Columbia Engineering magazine focuses on engineering and applied science alumni who are making a global impact—alumni whose important work has significant influence in the international arena. These men and women and others like them exemplify the career paths possible with a Columbia Engineering education.


VIDEO: Bob Stark & Morris HS Robotics Team
For 12 years, Bob Stark, undergraduate lab manager in Mechanical Engineering, has worked after-hours and on weekends with a team of Bronx teens designing and building their robots at Columbia Engineering. WATCH


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 or 212-854-7862.

Alumni Career Development Webinar
Working in the New Economy: How to Build Income Security in a World Without Job Security
Wed., May 25 1-2 p.m. (ET)
In current times, job security seems to be a thing of the past. Instead, workers travel from employer to employer, with the average job lasting only two years. The world's new economy calls for a whole new way of thinking and stretching beyond one's comfort zone. This workshop will share tips on generating work and income without needing to wait for the elusive traditional job offer. In this discussion, we will discuss the key trends, the tools, and the mindset one needs to stop seeking job security and start building income security. 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 If you have questions, please contact

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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