October 2012 E-Newsletter

October 2012


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Novel Approach for Single Molecule Electronic DNA Sequencing

Researchers at Columbia University, led by Jingyue Ju, Ruben-Viele Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Pharmacology, and director of the Center for Genome Technology and Biomolecular Engineering, with colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology led by Dr. John Kasianowicz, have developed a novel approach to potentially sequence DNA in nanopores electronically at single molecule level with single-base resolution. MORE


Columbia-Coulter Partnership Funds Projects

Six innovative projects have been funded by the Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership to accelerate the development and use of biomedical innovations toward improving clinical use and patient care.  MORE

Prof. Shepard Wins Two NIH/NHGRI Grants

Electrical Engineering Professor Ken Shepard has been awarded two grants from the National Human Genome Research Institute to develop nanoscale technologies that will dramatically reduce the cost of DNA sequencing.  MORE

Professor Yao Receives Great Teacher Award

The Society of Columbia Graduates has named David Yao, a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, the recipient of one of its two Great Teacher Awards.  MORE

Mining Big Data to Faster Assess Carbon Footprints

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a new software that can simultaneously calculate the carbon footprints of thousands of products faster than ever before, using a methodology that enables analysis across thousands of products simultaneously.  MORE


Prof. Vunjak-Novakovic on an Inkjet for Living Tissue

In a video titled "Engineering Replacement Body Parts in a Lab" by the Wall Street Journal, Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic discusses her research experimenting with techniques that build human tissue using patients' own cells. WATCH


Giving Day
Changing Lives that Change the World
Wednesday, Oct. 24

For the first time, the entire Columbia community will join together to celebrate Columbia Giving Day, an online-based fundraising event that encourages friends and alumni to come together and support their school, showing that every donor counts at Columbia—no matter the size of their gift. To encourage friendly competition between schools, a $400,000 trustee-supported challenge match has been donated with two prizes: a $250,000 challenge awarded to schools and programs based on a percentage of total dollars raised, and five cash prizes, totaling $120,000, awarded to the top five schools with the greatest percentage of alumni contributing on Giving Day. Join us on the 24th at givingday.columbia.edu for live discussions with President Lee C. Bollinger, Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel and other Columbians making an impact. We encourage all alumni and friends to make a gift to support SEAS and have an extra impact on the School.


Homecoming 2012
Saturday, Oct. 20, Baker Field

Join us as we cheer on the Lions to victory over Dartmouth! As usual, this year will include a BBQ lunch under the big tent for alumni and families. Registration details are available at engineering.columbia.edu/homecoming.


Graduate Engineers Connect
Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Casa Italiana

Interim Dean Goldfarb invites alumni of the graduate programs at Columbia Engineering to join him for a signature student/alumni networking event. 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. For more details and to register, please click here.

Boeing Ethics and Engineering Talk
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Davis Auditorium

Mike Delaney, the vice president of engineering at Boeing, will speak to Columbia students and alumni on Ethics and Engineering, as part of Boeing’s Engineers: Excellence by Design series. A networking reception will follow the talk. For full details and registration, please click here.

CEAA Social and Cultural Events

The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) sponsors a variety of social and cultural events in New York throughout the year. To keep up-to-date on all the event offerings, join CEAA on Meetup!

Voice your opinion on alumni relations!

This year, Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger convened a Presidential Task Force, CAA 2017, to review the goals and direction of the CAA for the next five years. During the spring of 2012, the Task Force evaluated existing initiatives and constructed a blueprint for the CAA’s future direction and goals. The CAA invites all alumni to read the taskforce's report, participate in the survey, or attend a CAA town hall to voice your opinion and get more information. Click here to read about CAA 2017.


Career Development Webinar Series
Pursuing Your Educational Goals: The Road Map to Graduate School
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Dr. Don Martin, former associate dean for graduate admissions/dean of students at Northwestern, The University of Chicago, and Columbia University
Are you thinking about applying to graduate school but feel slightly overwhelmed about the process? Join this webinar to learn more about the important and practical considerations of graduate school, including factors to consider in deciding whether to pursue an advanced degree, navigating the ins and outs of the application process, and securing funding for those ever-increasing school expenses. Don Martin, the author of Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students, will share insider tips he has gained from 28 years of experience in graduate school enrollment and student services, including at Columbia University. Click here to register and for more information
IvyLife-Columbia Networking Events

Networking Breakfasts and Evening Events Each Month
For more information, visit the group on LinkedIn or http://www.ivylife.net. If you have questions, please contact William@caa.columbia.edu.

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
October and November
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 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 of. 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:
  • October 30 - STEM
  • December 4 - Healthcare/Biotech


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