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Congratulations to the 2014 Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences inaugural class. Photos inside.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that he is appointing Columbia Engineering Professor Feniosky Peña-Mora as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). Peña-Mora is a leading engineer with vast experience managing infrastructure and construction projects in New York, the United States, and across the globe.

Chris Wiggins, associate professor of applied mathematics, has just been appointed to an exciting new role at The New York Times: chief data scientist. “The New York Times is creating a machine learning group to help learn from data about the content it produces and the way readers consume and navigate that content,” says Wiggins, who is also a member of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, a founding member of the University’s Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2), and co-founder of hackNY.

Bellovin estimates the government could start conducting encrypted searches on phone records within the next year or two.

This is an exciting year for Columbia Engineering, which is celebrating 150 years of pioneering discoveries, educational leadership, cutting-edge research, and a future trajectory that is limitless.

Hsu has developed novel algebraic machine learning algorithms and his research has also been instrumental in the advancement of active learning and differential privacy.

U.S. News has ranked Columbia Engineering number one on its list of the 2014 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs released January 8, 2014.

In the latest edition of Forbes' special "30 Under 30" report, Columba University Professor Allison Lewko (29) is featured for her data science contributions to the fields of science and healthcare.

A new master’s degree program in data science offered by Columbia’s Data Science Institute will give students a leg up in the exciting, burgeoning field of big data. Anticipated to start in the fall of 2015, the new MS degree in data science builds upon the Institute’s existing certification program, unveiled earlier this year.

“The main idea is to give the person doing the encryption the flexibility to very precisely control how to share portions or functions of their data with various categories of other people. The challenge is to do this with high efficiency while maintaining strong security guarantees,” Lewko says.

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