May 2012 E-Newsletter

May 2012


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NSF Director Delivers Skalak Lecture

Calling Columbia "one of the leaders in the biomechanics field," Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation, delivered the annual Richard Skalak Bioengineering Lecture to a packed audience in the auditorium of the Northwest Corner Building. MORE

NSF Funds Center on Optics and Quantum Electronics

The NSF has awarded a $3 million IGERT grant to Columbia University researchers, led by Associate Professor Chee Wei Wong, to establish an interdisciplinary multi-departmental Center on Optics and Quantum Electronics. MORE


Professor Goldfarb Named a SIAM Fellow

Donald Goldfarb, the Alexander and Hermine Avanessians Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and the School's executive vice dean, has been named by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics as one of its 35 fellows in the 2012 class. MORE

Columbia Engineering Signs Study Abroad Partnership

Columbia Engineering students will now have the opportunity to study abroad at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, now that the schools have inked an undergraduate exchange agreement. MORE


More Than a Walk in the Park for Grad Students

About two dozen Columbia Engineering graduate students volunteered in April to participate in New York Cares Day, an annual event held each spring to clean up city parks, gardens and public spaces. MORE

Top Teaching Assistants Feted at Awards Luncheon

Brian Anthony Smith thinks a standout teacher takes the time to get to know each student individually—an approach that seems to work out well for the computer science Ph.D. student and one of the 19 recipients of Columbia Engineering’s Extraordinary Teaching Assistant Award. MORE

Engineering Students Shine at Start-up Competition

Columbia Engineering entrepreneurs stole the show at the recent Venture Competition hosted by the School, sweeping the top three places. MORE


Freudenstein Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Bernard Roth, Rodney H. Adam Professor of Engineering at Stanford University, delivered the lecture, "The Stanford '' Educating for Creative Confidence and Innovation". WATCH


Columbia Engineering Class Day
Monday, May 14

Join us as we congratulate the Class of 2012 on their graduation from Columbia Engineering. Alumni are invited to march in the Alumni Procession and help us welcome our newest graduates into the Engineering alumni community. The Class Day ceremony will be preceded by a special reception for alumni. RSVP

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2012
May 31 - June 3

We look forward to welcoming Classes ending in 2 or 7 back to campus for Reunion 2012. Join with Columbia Engineering, Columbia College, Barnard, and General Studies classmates for a weekend of nostalgia, reminiscing, making new memories, and having lots of fun.

Online registration will be open until May 29: For more information and to register for your class reunion please visit: To see a list of classmates who are already registered, please click here.

Dean’s Day, June 2, 2012

For alumni in non-reunion classes, Dean's Day is the perfect chance to see what is new at Columbia Engineering. The Dean’s Day 2012 program provides the opportunity for alumni and parents to participate in a wide range of activities including lectures and discussions with some of Columbia’s top faculty, an opportunity to meet the dean and hear about his vision for the School at the Dean’s Day Luncheon, and attend the Magill Lecture in Science, Technology, and the Arts with Northwest Corner Building lead designer, Jeffrey Brock '91GSAPP, of Moneo Brock Studio. Dean’s Day is open to all Engineering alumni and their families. Visit our Dean’s Day registration website.

Save the Date: Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Night & Alumni Reception at the Computer History Museum
Thursday, June 14

Join Columbia Engineering and the Columbia Alumni Association in Mountain View, California, for a special entrepreneurship-focused panel discussion with Columbia University Trustee and Chairman of the Board, Bill Campbell ’62CC, ’64TC. Bill Campbell will be joined by panelists: Steve Chiang ’93, executive vice president of games at Zynga and Ben Horowitz ’88CC, co-founder and partner at Andreesen Horowitz. A networking reception and chance to view several Columbia demo team’s pioneering work will follow the talk. Details to follow.


Professor Derman Visits Boston Alumni

Emanuel Derman, professor of industrial engineering and operations research, presented on his latest book, Models. Behaving. Badly. to 78 alumni in Boston. John Mullervy BS'00 and John Koger MS'86 provided opening remarks and engaged with alumni at a networking reception following Derman’s discussion. Boston boasts the third largest number of SEAS alumni, so stay tuned for future events in the region. View photos of the April 17 event.

Alumni Notes

Now available online in a password-protected website are Class Notes, Program Notes, and our In Memoriam column from the Columbia Engineering magazine. Alumni will just need their UNI and password to access the new site. For login assistance, visit

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, CC’97 via email or 212-854-7862 to get involved.

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
Students are engaging in internships in a variety of fields including biomedical, civil, chemical, computer engineering, computer science, earth and environmental, electrical and mechanical for our third annual Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) internship program. Students will be interning throughout the summer for approximately 8 to 10 weeks in a variety of locations nationally and internationally. 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. Contact Malla Haridat, CC’97 via email or 212-854-7862 for details.
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


Webinar Series — How to Succeed in Business by Really Trying
Tuesday, May 22, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)
Congratulations! You Got the Job! Now What? Candidates for jobs spend so much time and effort on getting the job, that precious little thought is given to how to succeed on the job. That lack of preparation for real world situations may account in part for the surprisingly high attrition rate during the first year of employment. This webinar will cover: getting through the first difficult three months in a new job, problems faced during the course of a career and how to deal with them, and strategies that you can utilize to proactively manage your career to make your job more satisfying, move up within your company or move on to greener pastures. Whether you are just getting into the workforce or are a veteran employee dissatisfied with your present job or career track, this webinar will provide you great ideas to shake things up. Click here to register and for more information.
Career Change Webinar — What's Your Next Journey?
Meet online four consecutive Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)

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, including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and consider how your results can apply to the working world. Alumni will leave with a clearer sense of their career options and an action plan with next steps to take. The fee for this workshop is $30, which covers three career assessment tools and reports. 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
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 the commitment would not be a huge one—we generally ask alums to be available as a resource to the student and possibly attend an event or two, but what that 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
  • Boston
  • Greater Los Angeles area
  • San Francisco/Bay Area
  • Greater Seattle area
  • Washington, DC

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