November 2012 E-Newsletter

November 2012


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Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

A Message from the Dean

Interim Dean Donald Goldfarb has issued a message to the entire SEAS community. MORE

SEAS Expert Weighs in on Hurricane Sandy

Professor Adam Sobel has been in demand leading up to – and during – Hurricane Sandy. Here, he provides further insight on the storm, the questions surrounding a link to climate change, and the lessons to learn from its impact and devastation.  MORE

SEAS Alumnus Alvin E. Roth Wins 2012 Nobel Prize

Alvin E. Roth BS'71 and currently the George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration at Harvard, was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics for his pioneering work in the practical design of market institutions.  MORE

Prof. Chudnovsky Wins MacArthur “Genius” Grant

Maria Chudnovsky, associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), has won a MacArthur Fellowship, a five-year $500,000 “genius” grant.  MORE

APAM Prof. Tiffany Shaw Named Packard Fellow

APAM Assistant Professor Tiffany Shaw has been awarded a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a prestigious honor given to a group of the most promising and innovative researchers who are at the beginning stages of their careers.  MORE


Special Symposium to Celebrate Prof. Joseph Traub’s 80th Birthday

Founding Chair of Computer Science Department Joseph Traub, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science, will be honored at a day-long conference Nov. 9 at Davis Auditorium.  MORE

Election Q&A: Prof. Kathleen R. McKeown 

Computer Science Professor Kathleen R. McKeown discusses software she developed that identifies influencers and those able to change people's minds on several current election topics.  MORE


Save the Date: The Future of NYC Startups
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at IAC Building (550 W 18th St)

Interested in hearing about the future of the NYC startup industry? Join us for a special night of networking and discussion at the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building in Chelsea. The evening will feature a discussion with University Trustees, Bill Campbell ‘62CC ‘64TC and Ben Horowitz ‘88CC, about the future of the startup and tech industries in New York City. Following the panel, six Columbia-affiliated demo teams will have the opportunity to pitch their idea before transitioning to an open networking reception. Save the date—registration details to follow! Questions? Email Cliff Massey at

CEAA Scotch-Tasting & Networking Night
Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Brandy Library (15 N Moore St.)

The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) invites you to join them for a scotch-tasting event for alumni. The event will include a welcome reception with appetizers, two rounds of tastings with discussion by the sommelier about how to smell and taste scotch, history and geography, and how it is made. There will also be an intermission with brandy or a highball and passed hors d’oeuvres. The night will end with a question-and-answer period with passed sweets. Tickets are $40 each ($115 value) and limited to 2 per alumnus/a. Click here to register.

Annual CEAA-CUSP Symposium “Research: Play and Performance — The Fun and Challenge of a Life in Research
Featuring Professors Ed Leonard and Venkat Venkatasubramanian and Celebrating the research of C. P. Davis and Egleston Scholars
Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 to 8 p.m. in Carlton Cafeteria

Each year, CUSP awards a select number of Summer Enhancement Fellowships - competitive grants that assist Scholars in securing structured research opportunities, unpaid or low-paying practica and paid internships in Engineering firms through the CUSP-ACEC partnership. This event is an opportunity for our Engineering Scholars to share and critically reflect upon their summer experiences, connect with renowned leaders in the field, and strategize with each other to identify and pursue ethical, responsible and sustainable solutions to our world’s most urgent concerns.


Career Development Webinar Series
Redefining your Professional Identity after Raising a Family
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Pamela Weinberg, Career Coach and Personal Branding Specialist,
Have you been out of the workforce for some time and are planning to get back in? Are you feeling overwhelmed about how to start, especially in this difficult economy? In this webinar, career coach Pamela Weinberg will share specific tips on how to begin this process, whether it involves returning to a chosen profession or a change of careers. Furthermore, the presentation will provide an overview of the job market today, careers with bright outlooks, strategies for researching careers and networking, and resources for building an action plan and creating a personal mission statement. Click here to register and for more information
IvyLife-Columbia Networking Events

Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events are hosted monthly for CU Alumni. Please watch the calendar for up to date information regarding these events. The next Alumni Networking Breakfast will take place on Nov. 15, 2012. For all current information, please visit this link.

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

Professionals in Residence
This is a great opportunity for alumni who want to mentor but lack the time for a long term commitment. When you think of your early days of your career, you probably wish you had a mentor/advisor to share the realities of the field and advice for how to get move up in a company once you secured your first role. Here's your opportunity to share this valuable advice with current students. We are seeking three professionals who are interested in joining a small group of students during lunch to share advice on the day to day experiences in your field and ideas for how they can get started via internships, fellowship programs and other entry level experiences. Please share with us your bio, resume or link to your LinkedIn profile if you are interested. Please contact Malla Haridat or 212-854-7862 for more details.

Columbia Externship Program
March 18 to 22, 2013
Interested in mentoring a first year Columbia student for 2-5 days over Spring Break? Join us as one of 20 Columbia alumni in our Columbia Exploration Externship Program. We are seeking alumni from a variety of industries to host a pre-screened undergrad and share with them a day in the life. Please contact Malla Haridat or 212-854-7862, and share your industry and company name. We will contact you to determine the expectations and fit for placement (i.e., number of days, type of exposure, number of externs) and answer any questions you or your HR department may have.

Fireside Chats
Spend an evening with a small, informal group of Ph.D. candidates interested in exploring non-academic career options. Contact Malla Haridat or 212-854-7862 if you are Ph.D. alumni from the following fields:
  • December 4 - Healthcare/Biotech (target: researchers)


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