September 2011 e-News

September 2011


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Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora, the faculty, alumni, students, and friends of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University greatly mourn the loss of our beloved benefactor, Z.Y. Fu, whose extraordinary generosity was transformational for Columbia Engineering School, ensuring its role as a global leader in science and technology for the 21st century. MORE


Prof. Belhumeur Honored for LeafSnap App
The American Computer Museum has named Computer Science Professor Peter Belhumeur winner of the 2011 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award for co-creating LeafSnap, an electronic field guide for iPhones and iPads that identifies trees. MORE

Profs. Konofagou & Carloni Win NAE Honors
Two Columbia Engineering professors are among the 85 nationwide selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering symposium next month in California. MORE

Prof. Waltz Wins National Service Award
Computer science Professor David L. Waltz has won the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. MORE


Entrepreneurship Networking Night
Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (ET)
Interested in Entrepreneurship? Join Columbia alumni entrepreneurs and VCs for networking at the Columbia University Club of New York. Get advice on your venture from Curtis Mo '85CC, '88LAW of DLA Piper, a leading corporate and securities lawyer in Silicon Valley, and David Soloff '91CC of Metamarkets, who has worked in information markets for the past fifteen years. The evening will also feature demos from alumni start-ups and networking among potential investors, partners, and mentors. Bring your business cards or download Bump (an app that supports iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android to facilitate contact sharing) and join us!  REGISTER

CEAA Scotch-Tasting Night

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:30-9 p.m. (ET)
The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) invites you to join them for a scotch-tasting event for alumni. The event will include 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. REGISTER

CAA World-Wide Networking Night
The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) invites you to participate in the Fifth Annual Worldwide Networking Event on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. This initiative was established as an opportunity for all alumni to connect with each other and celebrate the global Columbia University community. We encourage everyone to show their CU pride by wearing their finest Columbia blue that day. Participating cities and event details will be announced in a global invitation, which will be sent in early September. If you have any questions or would like to organize an event in your hometown, please contact Kara L. McGillicuddy at

EGSC Tech Talk: VMWare

The Engineering Graduate Student Council invites all Engineering alumni and students to attend their bi-weekly Tech Talks. The Tech Talk series is a lecture series focused on highlighting the day-to-day activities of engineers in various fields. The kickoff Tech Talk for 2011 will feature a speaker from VMWare, a visualization software company.   More information regarding time and registration will be available online on the Engineering website in the coming weeks. For questions, please email Cliff Massey at

Homecoming 2011

Join Dean Peña-Mora and fellow alumni, students, and friends as we cheer on the Lions to victory over Penn on Oct. 15. The annual Alumni Pregame Picnic & Carnival will begin at 12:00pm and kickoff begins at 3:30pm. For more information or to register, please visit


Engineering Alum Wins NYC Triathlon
Ben Collins BS’05 ME won the  New York City Triathlon, which was marred by the death of two competitors during a hot and muggy day Aug. 8. MORE

Make History

In preparation for the 150th anniversary of Columbia Engineering in 2014, Dean Peña-Mora has asked Barnard History Professor Bob McCaughey
, author of Stand, Columbia, to write a history of the School. You can help Bob by providing your remembrances about your time at Columbia Engineering. Please fill out an open-ended alumni questionnaire online at: Your information will go directly to Bob.


Alumni Career Development Webinar
Create a Compelling Marketing Campaign: Your Resume, Cover Letter, Online Profile, and Pitch
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 12-1 p.m. (ET)
Your marketing campaign must be compelling, because it introduces you to future employers and positions you for success. The better the quality, the better your interactions will be. Just like creating a successful brand, creating a marketing campaign enables you to present yourself in a strong and effective way and achieves results. Join us for this webinar to discuss the four distinct tools that will help you get to where you want to go, including your resume, cover letter, online profile and networking pitch. 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

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.

Fall 2011 Alumni Outreach by the Center for Career Education
Fall Career Fair: Alumni Panels
We are hosting three alumni panels at the Fall Career Fair on Sept. 23 and seek four alumni panelists for each session. Our goal is to share “A day in the life of” and educate students on potential career paths. Panelists will share information on entry level opportunities, their personal career path and lessons learned, internship suggestions, and trends/hiring patterns. If you are work in any of the industries below and are interested, please share your bio/resume with Malla Haridat, CC ’97, at

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

Columbia Springternship 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 contact Malla for more details on the program

Beyond Academia: Alternative Careers for Ph.D.s Alumni Panel
We are seeking four Columbia PhDs to share their personal career paths – and decisions made along the way – with current PhD 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, advice they would offer in preparing for the job search, what their current work involves, and personal anecdotes about the career journey.

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