November 2011 E-News

November 2011


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Nine New Named Professors Honored

Nine new endowed chairs were honoredalong with more than 50 other faculty membersat the School’s annual celebration of faculty excellence. These nine endowed professorships are part of a series of 20 new appointments that, in effect, almost doubles the number of named professorships at Columbia Engineering. Includes photo gallery  MORE

VIDEO: Dean Peña-Mora Discusses the University's Proposal for a New Engineering and Applied Sciences Campus


Driven by Data: The Record's Special Issue on Engineering

The Record explores the entrepreneurial ways Columbia Engineering is already developing the next generation of people and ideas for a data-rich society. MORE

Prof. Hirschberg Seeks the Real Meaning of Language

Hirschberg's latest research project involves working with Barnard psychologist Michelle Levine and Andrew Rosenberg (GSAS’09), a computer science professor at CUNY, to develop computational methods to detect deception in English, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic speakers. MORE

Professor Modi's Pay-as-you-go Approach to Powering the World

Vijay Modi, a professor of mechanical engineering, is working to create sustainable energy models for cities, such as New York, where current infrastructure will not be able to support future demand. MORE


CEAA Night at the Met
Friday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

  Join the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) for a night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art just for Engineering alumni! The event will feature a private tour and a private reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres in the Terrace Room. Space is very limited, so sign up early! Tickets are discounted to only $10 each for Engineering alumni. Register here.

Columbia Entrepreneurship Night: Silicon Valley
Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (PST)

Following the success of Entrepreneurship Night: NYC, Columbia Engineering is sponsoring an evening of entrepreneurship open to alumni and guests from all Columbia University schools. Following a keynote address from Steve Perlman ‘83CC, six early stage ventures will demo their companies. You will have the opportunity to meet the next wave of Columbia-based successful start-ups and network with other alumni in the region. Click here for more information and to register.

Young Alumni Happy Hour: CC, SEAS, & BC
Wednesday, Nov. 16 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Excited for this year's Holiday Toy Drive, but want to see your CU/SEAS/BC friends before December? Come out to the Village Pourhouse for a tri-college sponsored happy hour. Pre-register for the annual holiday party and take advantage of the opportunity to share feedback regarding young alumni programming at the University. Mingle with your classmates, have a few drinks and show off your Columbia/Barnard pride. Register
President Bollinger in India
November 7 – November 11
Join alumni, students, families, and friend of Columbia for President Bollinger’s visit to India! President Bollinger will be visiting Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore as part of a visit to the country in coordination with the Columbia Global Center | South Asia and the Columbia Alumni Association. Click here for more information or to register
Masters Student/Alumni Reception
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora and the Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC) for the signature event for Masters and Professional Degree students and alumni. This is part of the Dean’s new series of signature events called Graduate Engineers Connect, which allow students and alumni to reflect on the incredible shared experience of Columbia Engineering and to foster the development of lifelong friendships and camaraderie unique to graduate engineers. The event will feature remarks from the Dean and graduate student leadership, as well as an opportunity to hear about the exciting research being undertaken by fellow graduate students at Columbia Engineering. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. There is no registration charge for the event, but space is limited. Register
Join CEAA at Radio City Music Hall
Saturday, Dec. 3, 11:30am
Join CEAA for a family-friendly trip to see Radio City Music Hall's world-famous holiday event: Radio City Christmas Spectacular! Guests will be seated with other Engineering alumni and their families during the show. Tickets are originally $110 but have been marked down to just $35 for Engineering alumni and their families. Due to limited numbers, only three tickets are allowed per alumnus. Register


Columbia Externship Program

We are seeking twenty Columbia alumni who are interested in hosting first-year undergrads to shadow professionals in their workplace during spring break (March 12-16th, 2012). The program is targeting alumni who work in all industries who are interested in mentoring students. Please fill out your interest online or click here for more information.
Specific location information will be emailed out prior to the event.

Get Involved with Columbia Engineering

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


Job Search Strategies for Alumni Session 1: Getting Ready
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to create your own job search plan which starts with an evaluation of your own skills and strengths and how they relate to the fields that you're targeting. In addition, we will work on "Elevator Pitches" and learn how to create the best possible resumes, CV's, cover letters and job applications. More information.

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.

Champion Columbia students at your Firm

Join the “Hire Columbians” campaign and post an internship or full-time job opportunity for a Columbia student or alum.  Support your alma mater by expanding your network, benefitting your employer and helping to advance the future career of a current student. MORE

Alumni Panel: Alternative Careers for Ph.D.s

We are seeking four Columbia Ph.D.s to share their personal career paths—and decisions made along the way—with current Ph.D. students who are interested in exploring an expanded, non-academic career track. Panelists would share how they made the transition from academia to the professional world, give job search advice, discuss their current work, and share personal anecdotes about their careers. Please contact Malla for more details on the program.

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