Letter from the Alumni Association Presidents

Apr 18 2018

Dear Fellow Columbia Engineers:

Happy spring from Morningside Heights! As the semester comes to a close and we send off another class of Columbia engineers past the gates and into the world, we are reminded that, as alumni, we never truly say goodbye to Columbia. There  are always opportunities to stay connected with your fellow alumni and the Columbia Engineering community. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association will kick off Reunion Weekend with its annual awards dinner in Low Memorial Library. Along with the conferral of the CEAA’s highest honors—the Egleston, Johnson, and Pupin Medals—to a trio of extraordinarily accomplished Columbians, we will also celebrate our lifelong connections to this great institution. Don’t miss out on this truly memorable occasion to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones as well!

This semester has been a remarkable time for our alumni community to connect not only with each other but also with “future alumni” here on campus. During National Engineers Week, students and alumni met at “Navigating Your Network,” a  discussion and reception with alumna Georgia Papathomas BS’73, MS’74, PhD’78, hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Society of Women Engineers and its Graduate Student Chapter (SWE and GradSWE). CEAA hosted its annual student-alumni dinner at Brasserie 8 1/2, an event that welcomes current SEAS seniors and all advanced degree candidates into the Columbia alumni family. And Dean Mary C.  Boyce, Professor Xunyu Zhou, and Addepar CEO Eric Poirier BS’04 spoke to a sold-out crowd of alumni and students about “The Future of Investing” and how new advances in technology are transforming traditional investing practices. In March, the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association once again hosted its signature event, the Blue & White Gala, continuing to strengthen the bond of the new generation of Columbia Engineering alumni.

As you can see, there is no shortage of ways to stay connected to Columbia. CEAA, CEYA, and the Columbia Alumni Association all offer social, networking, and volunteer opportunities for you to stay involved and connected throughout the year. You can keep up to date on events and happenings by following us!

We hope to see many of you at alumni programs in the future!


Doug Yolen
BS’11, ’16BUS
Columbia Engineering Young Alumni

Alex Ned
BS’87, MS’90
Columbia Engineering Alumni Association