September 2012 E-Newsletter

September 2012


Follow Columbia Engineering on:



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

Donald Goldfarb, Interim Dean

Columbia Engineering Home

Office of Alumni and Development
Phone: 212-854-4472
Fax: 212-851-9981

Columbia Engineering Welcomes New Students

Watch a series of photo galleries from several events, including Convocation and orientation sessions for new undergraduate and graduate students. MORE


Prof. Bellovin Named FTC’s Chief Technologist

Computer Science Professor Steven M. Bellovin has been appointed chief technologist of the Federal Trade Commission. Bellovin will advise the agency on evolving technology and policy issues.  MORE

Unraveling Intricate Interactions, One Molecule at a Time

Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics and applied mathematics, has performed the first quantitative characterization of van der Waals interactions at metal/organic interfaces at the single-molecule level.  MORE


CS Ph.D. Candidate Wins Microsoft Prize

Computer science Ph.D. candidate Vasilis Pappas claimed Microsoft's Blue Hat Prize for his kBouncer software, a defensive technology to limit the impact of hackers attacking the company’s Windows operating system. MORE

Undergrad Wins IEEE Research Scholarship

Electrical engineering student Akshay Shah is one of 10 undergraduate students nationwide to win the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society 2012 Undergraduate-Pre-graduate scholarship. MORE


Prof. Jingyue Ju Discusses His Research

Jingyue Ju, the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering, discusses research in his new laboratory in the Northwest Corner Building, where he focuses on genome technology and biomolecular engineering to decipher the human genome. WATCH


Stay Informed of Alumni Association Events

Interested in attending events hosted by the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA)? Visit our Alumni Events Calendar to see what's coming up. The calendar is updated as events are added throughout the year, and you can subscribe to the calendar to receive all the up-to-date information about our programs! Save the date for these September events: inaugural CEAA Book Club on Sept. 6, boat cruise around Manhattan on Sept. 20, and a Food Tasting and Walking Tour of Soho and the Village on Sept. 29.

Save the Date: 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 to follow soon!

CAA Worldwide Networking Events
Various dates in the Fall

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and the Columbia University regional alumni clubs network invite you to participate in the Sixth Annual Worldwide Networking Event. Connect with fellow Columbians as we all celebrate the global alumni community at an event near you! Click here to find your regional event.

CEAA Social and Cultural Events
Various dates in the Fall

The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) sponsors a variety of social and cultural events in New York throughout the year.  This fall, CEAA is sponsoring events such as a cultural and food tour of the Village and SoHo, an elegant dinner cruise around Manhattan, and a recurring book club, among others.  To keep up-to-date on all the event offerings, join CEAA on Meetup!


Career Development Webinar Series
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office
Thursday, Sept. 27, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Amy Franko, Founder and CEO, Impact Instruction Group
Many women are bypassed for promotions, stretch assignments, and executive-level positions. Why? Early learning experiences have socialized many women with some behaviors that don’t contribute to success in the business world. Those behaviors, which we often aren’t aware of, can slow down or even sabotage career growth. The topics covered in this webinar are created from the international best-seller Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois Frankel, Ph.D. You will uncover unique mistakes that hold many women back in cultivating leadership acumen, communication skills for successful workplace interactions, and learn ways to position yourself for credibility and career growth. 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 If you have questions, please contact

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 the early days of your career, you probably wish you had a mentor or advisor who could have shared the realities of the field with your or provide advice on how to get ahead. 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 over 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. If you are interested, please share with us your bio, resume or link to your LinkedIn profile. 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:
  • September 25 - Finance
  • October 30 - STEM
  • December 4 - Healthcare/Biotech


Removal Instructions
Please click here to remove yourself from future newsletters. Thank you.



500 W. 120th St., Mudd 510, New York, NY 10027    212-854-2993