November 2009 E-News

November 2009





New Issue of
Engineering News

Columbia Engineering has had a significant impact on bettering the human condition since its founding in 1864. Amazing breakthroughs have happened or are about to happen as our faculty fight diseases and conditions, bringing to bear their exceptional and unique talents to chip away at problems that affect the quality of life and, indeed, life itself. READ MORE

SEAS in the News

Scan of Internet Uncovers Thousands of Vulnerable Embedded Devices, Wired, Oct. 23

Peña-Mora Inspiration for Latinos, Noticias, Oct. 22

Prof. Heinz Elected VP of Optical Society, Optical Society of America

Café Science

Informal discussions about pressing scientific questions of our day, led by Columbia experts:
Darwin and the End of Evolution
Ecologist Shahid Naeem
Nov. 9, 6-7 p.m. at Picnic Market Cafe, 2665 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd)
Space is limited; $10 cover (cash only) includes one drink
First Come, First Served
NO RSVP Necessary


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Contact us
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

Engineering Development and Alumni Relations
Phone: 212-854-4472
Fax: 212-864-0104

Nayar's Little Camera a Big Idea 

Professor Shree Nayar has dedicated much of his computer science career to improving the way cameras take pictures. Four years ago, he decided to move in a new direction: to design a camera that could improve the way children learn about science and one another. He came up with a prototype as sleek as an iPod and as tactile as a Lego set: the Bigshot digital camera.

READ the story



Professors Win Nearly $8M in Grants
Three Columbia SEAS professors have won a total of $7.9 million in grants for a variety of health-related research endeavors. MORE

Celebrating Faculty Excellence
The faculty members highlighted here join the continuum of faculty excellence that continues to be a hallmark of the School. MORE


Video Profile: Kirubel Teferra
Teferra is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and has a research interest in the field of stochastic computational mechanics. MORE

Photo Galleries: Homecoming
Engineering Homecoming was a great success, as evidenced by the photo gallery. Also see a gallery from the Just Desserts event. MORE


Grad Student Team Helps Prof. Stolfo Reveal Internet Vulnerabilities
A Columbia University expert on computer security and privacy has found that software flaws in Internet connection devices are far more widespread than previously known. MORE
Read the Wired story


An Inside Look at Undergraduate Admissions

Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. (EST)
Low Library, Rotunda, Morningside Campus

An information session with Jessica Marinaccio, dean of Undergraduate Admissions for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Selective colleges and universities look at more than just scores and grade point averages when evaluating applicants.

RSVP online by Sunday, Nov. 6


Autumn Harvest Happy Hour

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m. (EST)
Galway Hooker, Upstairs, 1 East 36th Street, between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave.

You are invited to a multi-school alumni happy hour! No cover charge. Happy Hour drink specials include: $4 domestic drafts, $5 imported drafts, $6 mixed drinks. MORE


Speed Networking: Make Connections in a NY Minute

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:30-9 p.m. (EST)
The Columbia Club (15 West 43rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues)

An evening of connecting with fellow alumni and learning how to turn contacts you meet at networking events, at other gatherings, and in random circumstances into career success. The first part of the event includes a presentation on how to incorporate brief encounters into your professional network. The second part puts these principles into action via Speed Networking, giving you the opportunity to meet other alumni in a fun and fast-paced environment while making more business contacts in one night than most make in one month.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Mia Wright.  Cost is $20 to attend.
Click here to register and for more information


Career Change Webinar for Alumni: Interview and Get the Job

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. (EST)
With Nancy Ancowitz, Business Communication Coach,

Whether you're actively looking for a job or mulling over your career advancement options, it's always a good time to freshen your interviewing skills. Learn to articulate your fine points and showcase your experience, even in high-pressure situations. From plugging into the industry buzz to fielding unexpected questions, this discussion will arm you with tools and tactics to significantly improve your skills at selling yourself. You'll build on your natural abilities, strengths, and style to package and present yourself with increased confidence and polish.
Click here to register and for more information


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