Letter from the Alumni Association Presidents

Apr 25 2014

Dear Columbia Engineering Alumni and Friends,

In July 2013, Dean Mary C. Boyce created a committee to organize the efforts surrounding the 150th anniversary. We have both had the honor of representing the Engineering alumni community in this planning process and could not be more pleased with the result: 2014 will be a year of events to recognize the achievements of our students, alumni, and faculty, and honor the storied history of our School.

While there are a multitude of events planned throughout the year, we would like to extend an invitation to you and your guests to join us for one special evening in particular. On Thursday, May 29, 2014, the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association will host the annual Engineering Reunion Welcome Dinner & CEAA Awards Presentation in Low Memorial Library. While this dinner marks the official return of our Reunion classes to campus for Alumni Reunion Weekend, all alumni and their families are invited to attend, regardless of whether they are celebrating a Reunion this year or not.

During the dinner, as part of celebrating our tradition of excellence, we will present the following prestigious awards for achievement:

  • The Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement to Mr. Charles Hoberman MS’85, renowned inventor, designer, and mechanical engineer;
  • The Pupin Medal for Service to the Nation to Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, MacArthur Fellow, University Professor of Medicine, and director of ICAP of Columbia University; and
  • The Samuel Johnson Medal for Distinguished Non-Engineering Achievement to Ms. Ursula Burns MS’82, chairman and CEO of Xerox.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Cliff Massey in the Engineering Alumni Office at cam2171@columbia.edu or 212-854-2317.

We would be proud to have you join us in celebrating Columbia Engineering ingenuity and achievement. We encourage all alumni to visit the School’s 150th anniversary website (seas150.columbia.edu) and share their favorite Columbia Engineering memories. Who was your most influential professor? What notable events took place during your time—both on and off campus? What was your favorite class? We look forward to sharing in your stories.

Hitoshi Tanaka
BS’63, MS’65, EngScD’76
President
Columbia Engineering
Alumni Association

Whitney Green
BS’10, ’13TC
President
Columbia Engineering
Young Alumni