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What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur in the Big Apple? Answering this pressing question attracted more than 250 Columbia alumni, students, parents, and guests to Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Night NYC on December 12 at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan. Dean Mary C. Boyce moderated the discussion with featured panelists Fred Wilson, principal at Union Square Ventures; Alessandro Piol BS’79, MS’82, co-founder of Vedanta Capital; and Jon Oringer MS’99, CEO and founder of upstart Shutterstock. Focusing on New York City’s burgeoning tech scene, Dean Boyce prompted the panelists to share their insights on the skills and resources that lead to startup success.

Several teams from the University, including four from Columbia Engineering, are presenting their innovative technologies at the International CES—the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow—in Las Vegas in early January.

Patricia Culligan, professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, is leading a team of 20 investigators who have just won a five-year $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how urban green infrastructure (GI) can mitigate the city's role in coastal zone pollution.

A short piece written by The Economic Times about the popularity of the data science field and of the profession itself.

This year, TEDxColumbiaEngineering featured a string of thought-provoking talks by several speakers, including Columbia Engineering Professors Christine Fleming (Electrical Engineering), Shree Nayar (Computer Science), Venkat Venkatasubramanian (Chemical Engineering), Chris Wiggins (Applied Mathematics), and Engineering alumnus Sean Kelly BS’05, social entrepreneur and nutrition activist. Delivering on the overall theme, “A Better Tomorrow,” speakers engaged the audiences about future ideas on topics ranging from technology, health care, nutrition, and entrepreneurship. TEDxColumbiaEngineering, now in its fourth year, was held October 25 at Miller Theatre and hosted by Graduate Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean, Columbia Engineering Student Council, and Columbia Engineering Graduate Student Council.

In an article posted by, Columbia University professor Dr. Rachel Schutt is asked for her expertise on the ethics of data science.

eBrevia began using the research to automatically summarize documents. What's even better is McKeown's software teaches itself, improving as it's used.

Columbia Engineering has named Professors Kathleen R. McKeown and Patricia J. Culligan as the inaugural leaders of the University's new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, which was launched at a joint press conference July 30 led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Participants at the event, held by Electrical Engineering Professor Dan Ellis' Laboratory for the Recognition and Organization of Speech and Audio, worked on the development of new techniques for analyzing, processing, and synthesizing audio and music signals.

Article about Professor Rachel Schutt, her courses, and Big Data (AMSTAT) AMSTAT's publication website AMSTATNEWS writes a story about Big Data, Professor Rachel Schutt, her courses at Columbia University, and her work elsewhere. Have a read!


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