angeliki Frangou mS’88—Page 12
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armen a. aVaneSSianS mS’83—Page 16
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3 4 6 8 9 letter from the dean Shipping the World’s goods: Peter livanos ’81 becoming an iron chef: Judy Joo ’97 building business in emerging markets: Steven Fludder ’83 uplifting a community: Jim mckeown ’05 18 leading a university: ali dogramaci mS’72, Phd’75 19 creating doors to new markets: chatchai Piyasombatkul ’82 20 improving the developing World: Vikram S. Pandit ’76, mS’77, mPhil’80buS, Phd’86buS 22 23 24 26 27 analyzing business opportunities: kai-Shui (lu) lo ’82 connecting the World, Wirelessly: Sanjiv ahuja mS’79 leading international media: bob bakish ’85, mba’89buS Founding biotech Ventures: ehud geller ’70 building Small-Scale Hydroelectric Plants: Sameer Shetty mS’93
10 Pioneering an open management Style: Jae-un chung ’64, mS’69 12 14 15 16 conceptualizing, implementing, managing: angeliki Frangou mS’88 transcending the Formulaic: eduardo chibás ’69, mS’70 Powering engines in uganda: matt basinger mS’07, engScd’10 understanding global markets: armen a. avanessians mS’83
28 Hedging risks for Financial Products: kara lemont Sportelli mS’87
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. Our third initiative. All these programs bring great understanding and appreciation for other points of view. The aim of Global Leaders Study Abroad is to put students side by side with their peers at international institutions to foster their leadership abilities. study abroad. in 1898. to take place during the summer. was a member of the Panama Canal Commission. Whether volunteering their engineering skills by participating in Engineers Without Borders. and research. nationally. as each brings to bear his or her leadership. entrepreneurship. we are highlighting only a small fraction of our internationally focused graduates. These men and women and others like them exemplify the career paths possible with a Columbia Engineering education. The Columbia Engineering graduates in this magazine are following in the footsteps of early alumni who were forerunners of the way in which we work today at the global scale. The greater the difference between the student’s culture and that of the country in which he or she is studying. Their areas of expertise range from finance and banking to music and haute cuisine. we seek to provide our students with opportunities for a global experience. or working with a professor on an international project. Today. a depth of knowledge within a specific. our alumni. I believe that an engineering education today has several essential elements—liberal arts and humanities that give context to today’s challenges. We are creating a new paradigm for engineering education. a line that is still in use. went to China as the chief surveyor for a proposed railroad line from Hankow to Canton. participating in an internship. Because of space limitations. and a global perspective and experience. developing new programs to ensure that we continue to educate socially responsible engineering and applied science leaders whose work results in the betterment of the human condition.or staff-led winter programs at international locations. is a third semester of professional and leadership growth for many of our students. and impact on a global scale. we are in the process of offering three options. whether in the form of faculty. who are making a global impact. a faculty. and. Please join me in recognizing the efforts of all of you. and globally.
Feniosky Peña-Mora Dean and Morris A. who built docks in Cuba. Among the first early global engineers was William Barclay Parsons of the Class of 1882.or staff-led program to develop greater intercultural understanding and leadership through weeklong programs at international locations. locally. our students will develop relationships and leadership skills at international communities and corporations. rigorous engineering or applied science discipline that will provide the wherewithal to address those challenges. the greater the learning experience. community-based service-learning. from media and biotech to academia and basic education. Global Leaders Experience.ALUMNI LEADERS MAKING A GLOBAL IMPACT
his issue of Columbia Engineering magazine focuses on engineering and applied science alumni who are making a global impact—alumni whose important work has significant influence in the international arena. or international internships or volunteer experiences. The first is Global Leaders Exploration during the winter break. I hope you enjoy learning more about these amazing alumni. excellence.
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shipping the World’s Goods
PeTer Livanos ’81
Though pirates in the indian ocean continue to hijack ships. “So far. these arrangements are part of the high-stakes shipping industry. georges. the livanos ships that carry crude oil are now under the control of euronav. “the current crisis could have a long-term effect. as they simply use the hijacked ships as a ransom tool. with the exterior tanker skin able to withstand punctures if the tanker runs aground. with Peter’s great-grandfather establishing the family business in the 19th century. our business has gone through the biggest evolution. in which multimillion dollar assets are bought.” the livanos family has a long history in the shipping industry. livanos says the nation. and livanos now rents one of navios’ new ships for his dry-cargo business. with possible injuries to crews or the massive ships that they steer around the globe. the holding company that oversees his family’s ventures in the transport of oil. as Japanese officials review Japan’s dependence on nuclear energy in the wake of the crippled Fukushima daiichi nuclear complex. “if you start having armed guards.
livanos. which is affected by both the winds of political change and disasters caused by the natural world. and their four children. “Shipping has really focused on cleaning up its act.” he says.”
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. founded the ceres Hellenic Shipping enterprises in the late 1940s. which his company ships from Qatar on 18 tankers. “through self-regulation and outside regulation. the livanos chemical tanker fleet that transported chemicals around the globe merged with the norwegian firm odfjell aSa in 2000. “they will go through their review and determine what happens in the future.. ages three to nine. He says the production of double-hulled tankers following the exxon Valdez spill in 1989 has made oil shipment safer. livanos serves on its board as vice-chairman. already the world’s largest lng consumer. Switzerland.” says livanos.” says livanos. liquid natural gas. which transports iron ore. and Peter livanos has managed the family business as it prospers in the 21st century. may turn increasingly to lng for its electricity needs. and chartered. the devastation to Japan this march by the earthquake and tsunami may affect the demand for liquid natural gas. with his wife. His father. and commodities. sold. His company has sold ships to navios. with certain exceptions. the pirates have been very careful. a publically traded company from belgium listed on the euronext exchange. who lives in gstaad. says that arming the boats could escalate confrontations. who grew up in new York city and majored in industrial engineering at columbia. you risk provoking the pirates to take more drastic action. chairman of ceres Shipping ltd.” the safety concerns on the indian ocean are one of many that livanos faces as his companies navigate the stormy world of international commerce. His company currently has six lng tankers under construction in South korea. ceo of the greek shipping firm navios Holdings (see story on page 12). coal. He has urged a greater international response to make the seas safer for ships that conduct international commerce in the open seas. and other commodities. lara. and demand ransoms as high as $6 million. shipping executive Peter Livanos refuses to place armed guards on his vessels. livanos’ company occasionally works with angeliki Frangou mS’88. lng.
and she joined morgan Stanley upon graduation. the kitchen is a laboratory. she signed up as executive chef of the soon-to-open Playboy club in london. methods. then tried the financial side the next year. Her new stage enabled Joo to launch other projects.” she explained.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
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becoming an iron chef
Judy Joo ’97
in a wry 2009 Wall Street Journal essay. cooking. and they would return with a recipe written in a foreign language on a napkin by a grandmother who was partly blind and going senile. articulate. then one night. he asked why she was not working for him. the office ran on new York time. where she will serve upscale versions of american comfort foods. She had worked on Wall Street. you have catalysts.m. She continued writing. and computers. She spent a summer building web pages at an investment bank. “i like cooking because it is science. She freelanced and wrote restaurant reviews. Joo left after one year. operations research. most recently. Her career eventually led her to San Francisco. new York strategy meetings. it has been a surprising journey for the self-described “geeky” daughter of korean immigrants who grew up in new Jersey wanting to be the next madame curie. she was whipping up pastries while enduring the verbal lashes of senior chefs—and loving the intense. She quit and returned to new York to pursue her passion. testosterone-fueled temper tantrums. it was a true laboratory. her professors’ enthusiasm drew Joo to engineering.
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Fortunately. “they would send a writer to some small town. When he learned Joo was a chef. and bases. We had to find the right substitutes. and confrontations that sometimes ended with shattered plates and trays. She was also the only woman in the lineup.” she said. Joo was used to it. so Joo had to be at work by 3 a. and with a different cooking style than the show’s other iron chefs. at columbia engineering.m. it was a male-dominated world of commanding profanities. charged atmosphere. it has been a fast and thrilling ride. controls. when her husband transferred to london. acids. when she was dining at one of london’s top restaurants. that attitude helped Joo land a position in the Saveur test kitchen after graduating from the French culinary institute. the industry’s frenetic pace proved addictive. today. She began appearing on television. and techniques to make the recipe come out perfect. For that geeky girl from new Jersey. many of the ingredients were unavailable here. The Wall Street Journal essay attracted the attention of an agent. after nearly five years. a chef from a top restaurant demonstrating how to make her mother’s specialties in a city where korean food was essentially unknown. to prepare for 7:30 a. Within days. she was ready for a change. she is one of the four resident chefs on “iron chef uk” and executive chef of london’s swanky Playboy club. columbia engineering graduate Judy Joo described her life as the lowest of chefs in a London three-star michelin restaurant. the owner came out to greet guests.” She was a natural—witty. who sent her to a casting call for the british franchise of “iron chef.
which improve customer profits while reducing environmental impact. there was no rulebook for building businesses in emerging markets. He handled technologies as varied as aircraft engines. he passed around flyers offering free tutoring on Saturday. masinyusane added more classes. “Samsung is compelling.” mckeown said. the pass rate rose to 31 percent. there were 50 the next weekend and nearly 400 within four weeks. and guess what? our market share expanded and we exported far more from the
united States than we would have otherwise. You can’t do it remotely. mckeown is now raising funds to help bring the program to other schools. it was a huge success. their local paper needs to be the first one you read in the morning.” He started with lwandlekazi High School. it is transforming one of the region’s worst-performing high schools into a success story. at first.m. in South africa’s east coast city of Port elizabeth. He loved investment banking. they want to uplift their school and the community.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
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building business in emerging markets
sTeven FLudder ’83
teven Fludder had a job most people would envy. we live with uncertainties and constraints. where he created paradigm-shifting partnerships between ge and venture capitalists kleiner Perkins and rockport capital to fund promising technologies.” he explained. and wind energy. the pass rate reached 47 percent—despite a teacher strike that lowered pass rates at surrounding schools—and college enrollment jumped to 20 percent from none. Father Jerry. after graduating from columbia. mckeown volunteered in the poor urban townships ringing the city. to win sustainably. His uncle’s colleague. i can make a difference here. but the whole 12th grade was there with a graduate who had gone to university. worked with government officials. as a corporate vice president. Fludder. in six months. He found local partners. engineering helps me manage them.” Fludder said. “to succeed globally you need your best leaders where the action is. building infrastructure at each stop. to walk there. although the townships’ unemployment rate was 70 percent.” he said.”
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. he built a complete overseas business platform. despite intense international competition. Some students had arisen at 5 a. meals. after seeing it. and extracurriculars. a successful asian company becoming more global. he landed a job with morgan Stanley. He is especially proud of his work in china between 2002 and 2006. based on the same technology as aircraft engines. a catholic priest in nicaragua. together. “they did not have the foundations in numeracy and literacy. Fludder wrote one. he says a culture of success has to be seen and felt. He was doing good while doing well. mckeown had wanted to fight poverty since high school. ge elected Fludder a corporate officer and put him in charge of the company’s water business. it’s humbling to see how hard they work when given the opportunity. Fludder’s assignments took his family from Hong kong and Jakarta to Shanghai and beijing. he joined ge’s aircraft engine business as a mechanical engineer and rose in engineering management. managed technology transfer.” mckeown survived his bout of nerves to establish an educational organization. When those plans fell through. the next year. and boosted employment to 1. “it equals 20 percent of the korean economy and came from practically nowhere to become number one in electronics globally.
after graduation. “unless you passed the matric. from 150. and their three young children departed for Hong kong on a 2-year as-
signment. instead of just hiring salespeople.” mckeown lined up tutors from churches and universities. We couldn’t just import and grow. even then. We are ambitious.” he said. the center of his fastest growing markets.” he said. no one was addressing jobs. “they realize education is their way out of poverty. aided by local church members. Yet many learned fast. While he talks data and metrics. ge asked him to establish its turbine business in asia. He had returned to help. i couldn’t fall asleep. When they arrived.
uplifting a community
Jim m c keoWn ’05
im mckeown ’05 was excited. “the movie on the plane was about hardcore criminals in South african slums. but after two and a half years. “Samsung’s goals are breathtaking. Fludder left to become senior executive vice president at Samsung. that’s what i’m most excited about. because i don’t want to spend time fighting fires that will never go out. in 1994. we had no classes. they stayed for a 12-year overseas adventure. “my strategy was that winning in china meant winning with china. “When it comes to uplifting a community. he realized he had to leave or he never would. executed joint ventures and acquisitions. Jobs are linked to education. “one Saturday. i was more scared than i ever was before. Yet after 27 years at ge. hydroturbines. Fludder took the dramatic step of moving his global headquarters to dubai. he ran ge’s high-profile ecomagination initiative.” he said. Yet he studied operations research because he wanted the skill set. he grew ge’s energy business tenfold to more than $1 billion. built manufacturing plants. referring to high school certification.
their educational gaps shocked mckeown. masinyusane (isiXhosa for “let us raise each other up”).” His global experience in water and energy prepared Fludder to run ecomagination. where pass rates were only 16 percent. now he is bringing his vast experience to Samsung. you really need a university degree. 15 showed up.600 employees. His $18 billion portfolio included ge’s top clean energy technologies. home visits. He had quit his investment banking job and was flying to South africa to work on development projects. plus english is not anyone’s first language. Samsung recruited him to build its energy business. Fludder called the move a natural evolution of a career spent primarily in asia. and created a supply chain. we had to share the value chain with our partners.
“Suddenly. turbines generate electricity and drive pipeline and offshore platform compressors. mckeown planned to join his uncle.” in 2006. his wife beth. instead of the one or two students he expected. invited him to Port elizabeth. it also helps me get to the root of a problem. then he boarded the airplane. this is a country that respects its engineers and honors its teachers. “you have no chance of getting a job. the company’s first non-korean corporate officer.
He drew on his broad international experience to innovate. He also instituted quality systems that improved product and administrative consistency. lcd televisions.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
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Jae-un chunG ’64. in his new role. and opened company meetings to engage all workers in identifying and solving problems. He stopped tracking employee hours and broke down barriers that prevented employees from bringing problems to the attention of top management. these efforts paid off handsomely. semiconductors. chung remained vice chairman of the company until 1988. chung created the nation’s first discount hypermarket. chung joined Samsung immediately after receiving a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research. and vice chairman three years later. it proved an instant success. the
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new management policies helped Samsung boost productivity 40 percent two years in a row. it had grown into the world’s ninth largest electronics manufacturer. and in 1993. Shinsegae group (which had been part of Samsung until 1991). and applying quality principles to all aspects of the business. in 1992. Samsung electronics ranked 27th among electronics manufacturers. and that enabled Samsung to establish itself in export markets. chung has served as Shinsegae’s honorary chairman since 1996 and continues to contribute his insights to the company. chung introduced many of the same innovations he pioneered at Samsung. e-mart. and formed alliances with some of the world’s top technology companies. equally important. Shinsegae also operated several department stores and a construction firm. and mobile phones. today.
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. by the late 1990s. in addition to the hotel. by 1978. When chung joined Shinsegae. these moves laid the foundation for Samsung’s strong growth in memory chips. mobile phones. strengthened the company’s intellectual property position. Sales soared. it had grown into the nation’s largest retailer.
that was the year Jae-un chung joined Samsung electronics. samsung is a well-known international brand. in 1975. and home appliances were not ubiquitous. He spearheaded Samsung’s 10-year plan to diversify its operations. when he moved to Samsung Petrochemical and then Samsung aviation. focusing on customer needs. chung introduced many best practices from the world’s top companies. chung created a more open style of management. He became president of Samsung electronics and Samsung electro-mechanics in 1983. it is hard to imagine a time when its televisions. He then used the management skills he learned during the first half of his productive career to guide Shinsegae group in its quest to become South korea’s largest retailer. he was named chairman of the chosun Hotel. korea had few large department stores and many family stores and public markets. He—and Samsung and Shinsegae—have come a long way in the past 40 years. by 1985. He hired and promoted women employees. ms’69
Today. chairman of its parent company. the year before chung was named vice chairman. yet samsung did not even establish its electronics business until 1969. especially in advanced materials. Shinsegae operates 135 e-marts in korea plus another 27 in china. He boosted research spending. establishing a more open management style. His story and their growth are inseparably entwined. in fact. he was managing director. He eventually rose to vice chairman.
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conceptualizing. Her boats under construction are designed to require less steel.” says Frangou. the combination of conceptualizer. including the band that commandeered one of her ships and held the crew hostage for 60 days. commissioning new ships also provides an opportunity for engineering analysis. “in a period of crisis and recession. navios Partners. then traveling to South america to negotiate a port facility before arriving in the united States to meet with shipping officials. “but we need to find ways to keep moving forward. “but at the same time.”
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as ceo. political unrest in the mideast. there’s always a fear of going backwards.” Fairplay wrote.” she says. She also taps her mechanical engineering background to both address nuts-and-bolts technical problems involving her seafaring vessels and to structure solutions to thorny business issues that arise. and china are 12 navios vessels. she travels the globe. implementing. she also works with international officials to promote free trade. their engines run on crude oil. managing
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With 95 shipping vessels under her companies’ control. and find the process that can move it forward much faster. her three publicly traded companies—navios Holdings. floods in australia.” says Frangou.” Her climb to the top echelons of the shipping world began 20 years ago.” she says. analyze it in a simple way. where she earned her master’s degree in mechanical engineering. soon after she graduated from columbia. and manager in a single individual is very rare. one day negotiating acquisitions and mergers in europe. we aren’t totally affected by any one thing. as she works to make her own ships more energy efficient. and piracy in the indian ocean. There are hurricanes in the caribbean. a large part of a shipping company’s costs are related to the consumption of fuel that powers her fleet around the globe. “i’m the fifth generation of my family to work in the shipping business. “engineering shows you how to take a complex problem. “it’s in my dna. today. attract investors. which is much cheaper than refined oil products that older ship engines burn. ranging in capacity from 50.000 tons. “in the business world. making the ships lighter and more fuel efficient.
“our business is affected by everything you can imagine. currently under construction in shipyards in Japan. Frangou launched her own company. She credits lower tariffs over the past decade with fueling economic growth and wealth creation. as a truly global business. South korea. and navios acquisition—have an enterprise value of approximately $5 billion. with one vessel. who lives in athens. “Frangou is one such individual.”
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.000 to 300. after spending two years as an analyst on the trading floor for republic bank of new York. and manage a far-flung shipping empire that transports dry cargo and liquid goods. navios ceo angeliki Frangou keeps an eye on global affairs that may affect international trade.” the british shipping publication Fairplay credits Frangou’s success to her ability to structure financial deals.
in a way. we should take into account all the complexities of the social. but simply applying it was not interesting. a truism. perhaps a philosophy as well. the great conductor of the berlin Philharmonic. He started
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maTT basinGer ms’07. and when the first ferry in 15 years will launch on lake Victoria in uganda in 2011. reading novels and history. by combining the two. his modification of its engine will make it possible for passengers.” to that end. then. never would i have thought i could sell. the first day. His recordings of beethoven and bruckner have received critical acclaim in Fanfare. they added other Venezuelan and international clients. it was a love he developed when most people were first tuning into the beatles. the biggest obstacle to the engineering getting done is often the social.” he said. “anyone can apply a formula. and economic situation in the design and implementation of the solution. but for chibás. basinger collaborated with earthWise Ventures in Seattle to modify diesel engines to run on straight vegetable oil. he has helped advance the en-
t’s a good thing matt basinger has a big heart. and then indonesia. He explained how he broke apart measures and sung them out. and cultural aspects.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
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eduardo chibás ’69. He keeps leaving pieces of it around the world. You have to live there. a leading classical music magazine.” he says. chibás built on the concert’s success. the engineering/technical side is the easiest part. and devised a diesel generation system that got the village on a micro-grid. “For two years at Wkcr. the heroic and romantic.” he says. it gave chibás the freedom to pursue orchestral music. His time spent working on the project was as rewarding for him as it was for the communities the ferry will now serve.”
basinger wishes the organizational side of development work were as easy as the engineering side. “i’ll be able to apply my environmental engineering skills to meet the need for clean water and alternative energy on the island of Papua. he had spent many years as a professional communicator. he took a job with Procter & gamble in Venezuela. chibás conducted
symphonies in his mind. they merged with Saatchi & Saatchi. “i believe that.” he related. “i thought i was going to have a heart attack. political. “the reality is that development work is incredibly complex and difficult. Yet he also spent the long subway rides to bronx High School of Science. a country he had grown to love. He was my mentor. speak the language. “most especially i like tackling interesting problems with alternative/renewable energy solutions. “i couldn’t catch up with the orchestra. their first client was Pepsi. mail. “i want to spend my life helping poor people in developing countries. in 1982. germany. it took three rehearsals to get ahead of them so i could lead. going on to conduct orchestras in Venezuela. mS’70 always had a talent for math. after basinger finishes his postdoctorate appointment. He discovered beethoven and chopin. “i was shocked. “this was very hands-on and. it is a fitting way to live a life that transcends the formulaic. cultural. although i never met him. he studied ieor and earned a master’s degree in applied mathematics. He did well enough to land a marketing job and then cofound an advertising agency with his stepfather in 1976. the son of cuban immigrants who once supported castro but escaped his growing tyranny. at columbia. he and his family are planning to move to cambodia. ideally. and really understand the people.” like many passionate music lovers.” he said. He spoke to musicians like old friends and then cajoled them to express emotion.” he says. “i used lessons learned from my doctoral research involving plant oil–fueled engines used in uganda for agroprocessing. he lacked the formal training to convey his musical ideas.” basinger has a heart for the neediest of the world’s population and an intellect for problem solving. as engineers who want to tackle a problem in developing countries. He was troubled by the drought in ghana and helped establish a rainwater harvesting program to alleviate the problem.” chibás said of his first day of rehearsals. He listened to different interpretations and latched onto the work of Wilhelm Furtwängler. yet worried about following rules too closely.” he said.
the doctoral student at the university’s earth institute saw a lack of electricity in Sao tome. ms’70
duardo chibás ’69. “to do this work well you can’t be half a world away doing the research.
gineering capacity of developing countries through sustainable infrastructure design and development. i feel like i got a mechanics license. he studied engineering because it promised the stability of a good job. and took on more multinational clients. his arm felt like it was under water.” he says. although very knowledgeable. a fast-moving british agency. basinger sees a way to overcome some of that frustration—live with the people whose lives you want to improve. to one of the most remote islands in the archipelago. First projects on his list include designing and implementing infrastructure to address food vulnerability issues. and products to travel safely and securely under the power of biofuel. the oil to power the ferry engine will come from a local crop called jatropha. “it was a great opportunity to develop skills and understanding related to alternative/renewable energy and impact in the developing world. “math was fascinating to learn. chibás was 13. Success was a gift. For the uganda ferry project.” he says. political. Yet his first operations research job bored him.” he jokes. “i can’t wait!”
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. He has never taken a formulaic approach to life. on the other hand. and then columbia engineering. chibás grew up in new York city. instead. You really understand it only when you know when it doesn’t apply. like many exiles. and his interest in the French revolution led him to “the marseillaise” and then tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. then a friendship with the conductor of the Venezuela Symphony orchestra led to an opportunity to conduct the overture to Die Meistersinger. and Portugal. West africa. but that doesn’t mean you truly understand it. i did a program of just his recordings. e ng s c d’10
by selling products to bodegas in the andes.
” he says. tokyo. or china. with one-third of the group based in europe. the group builds computer models that analyze financial risks for goldman’s clients—in stock equity markets. His studies at columbia brought him a solid. it was difficult to invest in korea. global trade has flourished. “twenty-five years ago. came to morningside Heights for his master’s degree in engineering while working at the common Subsystems laboratory at bell labs in new Jersey.000 engineers. the Soviet union and china did little business with the West. and financial experts across the globe. Sachs. when the finance ministers of the world’s top seven industrialized nations gathered at the g8 meeting to address global economic issues.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
understanding Global markets
armen a. and Hong kong. “We have 1. chair emeritus of the School’s board of Visitors and a member of columbia university’s board of trustees since 2007. He also worked with companies involved with acquisitions of overseas companies. developing systems to analyze fluctuating exchange rates so goldman and its clients could make timely investments to take advantage of favorable conditions. fueled by free-trade agreements and the split-second speed of online communications. managing director at Goldman. the g8 has morphed into the g20.” says avanessians. practical understanding of mathematical algorithms. recruited to Wall Street by a headhunter looking for someone with topnotch analytical skills and an interest in applying those talents to the financial industry.” understanding international global markets is essential for avanessians. and we have more than 30. the group also creates financial products to manage that risk. He joined goldman in 1985 as a foreign-exchange strategist. and the mathematical aspects of pricing. sachs & co.000 computers in 10 locations that run the simulations. you didn’t think of most of the world as areas for investment or opportunity. derivatives. and the developing world was far on the periphery of world trade. twentysix years later. during his year at columbia engineering. avanessians ms’83
conventional wisdom holds that the internet and our increasingly globalized economy have made the world much smaller. “today.”
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.” says avanessians.” he says. advising his clients how to hedge the risk of investing in volatile economic times. He left bell labs two years after earning his master’s degree at columbia. the iron curtain has fallen. india. who heads the financial giant’s “Strat group..” overseeing the work of 1. and there were much higher barriers to capital and trade flows.” avanessians. and the credit markets. thinks otherwise.
“i think the world’s a much bigger place. most of the opportunity is international.000 different models to price our books. and you have to think globally. software development. taking courses that ranged from network topology to computer science. which are used in the models his group develops at goldman. both for the clients and goldman. he embraced the school’s broad curriculum. “implementing the models is a massive computer science issue. “information gets transmitted instantaneously around the world. to include ministers from the growth economies of china and india. computer scientists. “Wall Street touched on a broad range of my skills—empirical analyses. but armen avanessians. the international financial world has changed dramatically since the mid-1980s.
“i’ve learned that you don’t want to sell a majority of your production to any one country. with engineers in line for top positions in a wide range of fields. “i like to spread my exports to many regions in order to diversify our company’s risk.500 employees. where he visits up to five times a year. who majored in chemical engineering. metro-Ply’s doors are made from mediumdensity fiberboard (mdF) and covered with a thin veneer. “You have equal vote. 300 of bilkent’s 1.
the global economic downturn in 2008 hurt the uS housing market. with a growing portfolio of four bangkok office towers. mr. today. an apartment complex. ltd. and kanapouch ’13 is studying engineering management systems. korea. after serving for 17 years as the university’s rector—the position equivalent to president of an american university. has continued his connection to columbia.” Piyasombatkul came to columbia in the late 1970s to study financial engineering. without using resin.”
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. “columbia appointed me based on merit. founded bilkent university. He hopes they will succeed him at the helm of metroPly in the future. from 2005 to 2010. and the tools of mathematics. engineering is a highly prized profession. the veneer comes from oak and birch logs. dogramaci’s father. equal say. thailand’s largest cash crop.” says Piyasombatkul. and then pressed into wood panels. with professors from the united kingdom and ireland currently empowered to vote on policy there. and a 200-room hotel that is now under construction. and maintains a home in the riverdale section of the bronx.”
international faculty at bilkent also can serve in its university Senate. While his competitors built their doors from plywood. and i’m so glad they are here. “We are in the production world. a developmental psychologist.” says mr. with enrollment now at 12.” says dogramaci. “to bring our company to the next level. He returned to join the family business. including china. Phd’75 was asked to teach industrial and management engineering here. Vorawit. to offset the decline. “it lets you draw from a wider pool.000 and international educators taking notice. taiwan. to serve as provost of bilkent university. Piyasombatkul launched the company’s door division in 1992. “i’d like them to run the family business. an international group started in 2005 that includes leading educators from around the world. which sells doors and wood paneling to builders around the world. that brings in many different colors. ali dogramaci mS’72. he was metro-Ply’s president. donating large tracts of land and an endowment to launch the ambitious educational initiative. including the secretary general of the united nations and columbia President lee c. He taught at cornell university’s School of operations research and industrial engi-
neering and the graduate School of management at rutgers university in new Jersey before returning to ankara. imported from the united States. believing that his design would do well in the global competition with manufacturers from malaysia and indonesia. who taught at columbia for five years. His family continues to build its network of private nonprofit educational institutions in turkey. “that’s what makes you a world university. with 95 percent of the students on full scholarships in anatolia’s rural eastern provinces. and Japan. a prominent turkish pediatrician and educator. While turkish state universities have foreign visiting professors in the classroom. president of a leading manufacturer of wood products in thailand (metro-Ply co. the mdF is made from the wood of rubber trees. He started in the sales department in their plywood factory and ultimately assumed management of that plant. bilkent’s president and chairman of its board of trustees. in turkey. (columbia was ranked 18th. bollinger. metro-Ply turned to other housing markets. metro-Ply has 15 factories and about 3. who opened a small sawmill. today. it was columbia’s core curriculum that prompted me to introduce these humanities courses as ‘must courses’ for bilkent engineers. founded 60 years ago by his father. P h d’75
fter earning his master’s and doctorate at columbia’s School of engineering and applied Science. a multidisciplinary field involving financial theory. in the global colloquium for university Presidents.” dogramaci became the chair of bilkent’s board of trustees in 2010. we
needed to sell more than just the wood commodity. regardless of the nationality of your passport.” says dogramaci. “So we have a liberal arts component embedded in our curriculum. since production of rubber latex ceased more than 20 years ago. followed an academic career in the united States that began in 1975 at columbia’s department of industrial and management engineering. “it was always my passion that they would attend columbia. including private high schools. dogramaci says bilkent has patterned its course of study for engineers in part on columbia’s curriculum. we need to value-add to the product. He also participated. His two sons are now enrolled at SeaS: Vipas ’11 is majoring in financial engineering. “We want our students to not just master the technical material. not on my passport. with foundational courses in the humanities required for its undergraduate engineering students.) dogramaci’s return to turkey in 1991. turkey’s first nonprofit private university.” Piyasombatkul.. the methods of engineering. cutting significantly into metroPly’s sales in the united States. who also serves as vice minister to the office of the Prime minister. there’s better understanding across cultures and a better understanding of the world’s needs. during his years as bilkent’s rector.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
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Leading a university
aLi doGramaci ms’72. a 2010 ranking of universities by the Times Higher Education in the uk ranked bilkent 112th best in the world. in 1984. and in order to compete in the export market. hired a large number of international scholars to serve on equal footing with turkish professors. that offer of employment—and his election to columbia’s Faculty Senate—had a profound influence on the turkish scholar. because you just don’t know the future. the university blossomed. under ali dogramaci’s leadership. and we are always looking for new markets. He led production at a teak-veneer factory and then was assigned by his father to run a fiberboard factory. where wood is made into chips. bilkent.”
creating doors to new markets
chaTchai PiyasombaTkuL ’82
niche in the global economy can be a beautiful thing. ayse.).000 faculty members are foreign-born. which is considered scrap wood. by 1995. it has also expanded into real estate development.” says dogramaci.” he says. He lives in ankara with his wife. Just ask chatchai Piyasombatkul. Piyasombatkul. put into water to make a pulplike mixture. and okoume wood from gabon and the democratic republic of the congo.
a native of india. while attending the World economic Forum.
“essentially. with industrialized countries looking to sell their products to this rapidly expanding market. they do better. serving some of the world’s largest companies. in december 2010. he earned his bS and mS degrees in electrical engineering.” says Pandit. citigroup ceo vikram Pandit says it’s time to turn the tables. With an estimated 2. what needs to happen is a role reversal.5 billion people in the world “unbanked. and global transaction services provide one of the world’s leading financial networks. With the standard of living in the developing nations now rising.”
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. by 2007. as it recovers from the 2008 meltdown that hit citigroup hard.” says Pandit.” with foreclosure prevention programs to keep nearly one million americans in their homes. the uS government. ms’77. PandiT ’76. sold its remaining citigroup stock. rebuild their manufacturing bases. the developed world has relied on the emerging economies to provide low-cost manufactured goods. emerging economies play a crucial role in Pandit’s vision for citigroup’s future. He rose to become president and coo of morgan Stanley’s institutional securities and investment banking businesses. Pandit’s tenure as citigroup ceo caps a career in finance that began to take shape at columbia. then his mba and Phd at columbia business School. now he’s moving the company forward. as well as small. “the developed economies need to appeal to the burgeoning emerging market consumer bloc to review their own economies.” Pandit believes the banking industry can provide leadership to improve communities in the developing world with mobile-computing technologies that allow banking over mobile phones.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
improving the developing World
vikram s. promoting “responsible finance. with more than $10 billion in profits. he joined citi as chairman and ceo of citi alternative investments and soon became ceo of its institutional clients group before becoming citigroup ceo.” Pandit told cnn in davos. making $12. and drive exports.and medium-sized businesses. the bank was back to prosperity. Switzerland. mP hil ’80bus.000 people working together. “We have good financial strength—more than $40 billion in reserve—and our goal going forward is to turn that into responsible and sustainable growth.3 billion in profit. P h d’86bus
For years. and individuals.” Pandit. whose bank operates in more than 160 nations. trading floors. the uS government eventually invested $45 billion in citigroup to prevent a collapse. which are ubiquitous in much of the developing world. who serves on columbia university’s board of trustees. meanwhile. maintains a vigilant watch on the volatile international financial system. studies show that economies grow faster. He taught economics at columbia and the university of indiana before joining morgan Stanley in 1983. “the most important part of what got us here is 260.” says Pandit. and developing strategies to build the citi brand worldwide. “this wasn’t done by one person or two people. “once you get people into the financial system. and they do better for their families. its network of offices. Pandit became citigroup’s ceo in december 2007. by 2010. just as the financial crisis began crippling several top international banks.
meanwhile. who lives on Hong kong island. “i’d like to see columbia flourish while introducing columbia to more of my countrymen. and the math i learned at columbia trained me to analyze systematically. he explored the wonders of new York city and cracked the books. the lightSquared network relies on cell towers and satellites. but the probability of spring following winter is very high.” recalls lo.” as chairman and ceo of augere. with plans to launch a network in the central indian state of madhya bradesh later this year. “it was too attractive. and learned from it. after his successful four-year tenure as chief executive officer of orange.” that pull brought him back to the united States. and other provinces as well. Pakistan. He’d come to new York from delhi. is focused on china. “i knew i wanted to go into business.” says lo. and gearing up for c++.” the Hong kong economy was in the doldrums in 1982 when he returned to Hong kong from morningside Heights. which created an integrated satellite-terrestrial network. he says.” With lo’s studies at columbia playing such a critical role in his personal and professional development. You know there’s a probability of winter. he now wants more young people from china to have that experience. there’s his construction business. combining lightSquared’s 4g-lte terrestrial network with satellite coverage. new delhi. but i have to admit i like building higher-income housing because that allows you a wider range of creativity. and it’s still growing and becoming more affluent. “columbia taught me how to take very large problems. who splits his time between residences in london and new York. and he got back to work. “there was this pull to do the right thing and get more people connected to the internet. Sun Fook kong group ltd. which builds in Hong kong. the field was in its early days. deputy managing director of the great eagle group. and i’ve performed relatively well. He said it was a good time for him to face the challenge. learning about systems. make progress at my own pace. with a substantial portfolio of all kinds of projects he put up for the Hong kong government.” he says. the united kingdom–based wireless provider with 175 million customers worldwide. but the challenge of connecting the globe through wireless technology called. like the seasons. it was also good.”
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. the 4g system—the fourth generation of cellular technology—allows internet accessibility from wireless devices.” he says. mobile phones have penetrated about 60 percent of the market. it will help fulfill the Federal communications commission’s plan to bring broadband to all ameri-
cans. as he looks back over the past 29 years. and solve them. in bangladesh. “if i can tie the two together. lo says those studies provided a firm foundation for his work in construction and property development in asia. lo.” that approach has served him well in his companies as they have navigated the economic cycles of boom and bust in the asian economy over the past three decades. and founder of his own company. and too big a pull to say no.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
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analyzing business opportunities
kai-shui (Lu) Lo ’82
connecting the World. but in hindsight. he knew he wanted a career in business. which is fun. “china has 1.” says lo. “and what i learned about probability i used in my decision making every day as i assessed the probability of reaching certain targets and finding the higher probability of going forward more successfully. is “www”—the World Wide Web.
“i tend to be conservative. those lessons have stayed with me for the rest of my life. “it actually stands for Western World’s Web.3 billion people. says wireless communications pioneer Sanjiv ahuja mS’79. good times and bad times come and go. it would help accomplish certain higher priorities on my help list.”
he biggest misnomer in the internet age. “engineering education teaches you how to solve complex problems—be they financial. “You don’t see too many people living in emerging markets who are connected to the internet.
“our intent is to get broadband to people who aren’t connected to the internet today. it’s expected to provide capacity to uS wireless providers by late 2011 or early 2012. but internet service is available to less than one percent. He’s working with columbia to broaden its outreach in china. the great eagle group also owns office buildings in california and several hotels around the world. Wirelessly
sanJiv ahuJa ms’79
hen kai-Shui lo ’82 came to columbia in 1978. and probability. i build for all incomes.” he says.” says ahuja. “it was bad. and uganda. He’s chairman and ceo of lightSquared. When ahuja arrived at columbia in 1978 to study computer science. “i have a schedule that i adhere to. “there’s a huge market for better designed houses. lo has two major businesses. lightSquared launched its Skyterra 1 satellite from kazakhstan in november 2010.” says ahuja. So he majored in operations research at the School of engineering and applied Science. which is building a nationwide wireless broadband network that will sell access to major mobile carriers and provide service to rural regions where many residents now lack internet access. says he has had success building apartments in china. which
borders Hong kong. where he’s involved in several residential projects in the guangdong Province. where he’d earned his bachelor’s degree at the university of delhi. in one sense. ahuja is providing wireless broadband conductivity in bangladesh. not overly aggressive. learning the “c” computer programming language. in the business sense. which is his family’s company. computer science students were building relational data bases. or engineering issues.” ahuja contemplated retirement at age 50. “and we want to do it in a way that’s affordable. break them into smaller pieces. His property development business. business. the best way to do it is with mobile technology. because i got to see the bad side of things. 54. the wireless signal for wireless phones is too narrow to carry much more than voice and text messages. once in morningside Heights.” he says. who grew up in india’s capital city.
He was appointed president of mtV networks international in 2007. He put those skills to work at at&t shortly after it was divested into competing companies. commentary. he returned to corporate to help split the company into two entities. bakish’s task is to meld them into global brands while preserving their local flavor. “i never had it all figured out. when he called a direct marketing plan “a ridiculous way of achieving a simple goal. nickelodeon.” bakish said. and the two stayed up all night revising the plan. He never envisioned this job while studying operations research at columbia. he was consulting on packaged goods at booz allen Hamilton. and musical works around the world.” he said. mtV was providing updates. Shortly after making partner.” bakish said. he joined Viacom to work on long-term planning. for example.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
Leading international media
bob bakish ’85. recently named president/ceo of viacom international media networks. He reached a crossroads unexpectedly at an evening meeting. asked bakish to join his group. afterwards. one crossroad followed the next. including a stint as chief operating officer of mtV networks advertising sales. “but i couldn’t get his parting words out of
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my head: ‘if you ever want to play the game on the field. “this reinforced our position as a truly global network and resulted in unprecedented viewership. Life is made up of a series of crossroads. He shuttled between Viacom and mtV networks. we should really talk. Viacom and cbS.” he concluded. this freed the individual networks to concentrate on local content. bakish restructured the company to leverage its scale and further integrate it with digital tV distribution and web technologies. then a Viacom executive asked him to join the company. the new infrastructure was a hit with audiences. although he has traveled a long way from engineering. including mtV. Within a year of graduating. He spent years developing increasingly sophisticated plans for large media businesses. bakish is still solving problems and seeking challenges. and comedy central. “i was just about to be elected partner. and go. Within hours of michael Jackson’s death. you evaluate the opportunities. You work hard and build your capabilities. they reach more than 600 million households in 160 countries via 166 tV channels and more than 550 web and mobile sites.” he said.” the partner in charge of the engagement asked how he would change it.
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. bakish explained. is always amazed when young professionals map out their careers. who did media consulting. so when you get to a crossroad. you can pick a direction and dive right in. then returned to columbia for an mba.” he said. especially when news broke. but we hit it off and i jumped in. He entered school unsure of his interests and pursued engineering because it taught problem solving. not a real multinational. “You never know what’s going to happen. “We were a confederation of national networks. “i didn’t know a thing about radio. the partner. mba’89bus
bob bakish. Just when he was getting comfortable.
that approach has made him the leading man for Viacom’s Hispanic and international networks. When you get to one.’” the words continued to resonate. make your decisions.
His penchant for action led him to columbia
engineering. so you can’t use the same turbine for each site. india. europe.” he recalled. these projects don’t run into the environmental issues faced by huge dams. turkey.” says Shetty. today. africa. “We can take a longer view and compromise growth to build the process and the foundation to see accelerated growth in the future. and water industries. and said. manufacturing. interpharm. Shetty decided to help columbia engineering recruit more top indian students by endowing a fund that supports annual trips by admissions counselors to top indian high schools. ‘let’s give it a try. His company designs and manufactures the turbines and does the system design. and corporate offices. “it has the capability to help alleviate poverty in regions where so many people currently have no access to power. came to columbia in 1992. geller transferred. that is not ehud geller ’70. “the lack of partners allows us greater flexibility in how we run our business. geller’s firm.700 employees. installation. which create electricity that gets sent to the power grid. generating up to 25 megawatts per turbine—enough to power a small community and feed more power into the electric grid. Fouress ltd. at columbia.”
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. geller left Yozma to start medica. an $80 million governmentbacked fund of funds designed to jumpstart israel’s venture industry. he was not excited.” Shetty.” he says. manages $200 million. and commissioning for all the electromechanical equipment that goes into a small hydro power plant. geller tried that reasoning on the vice president of r&d at pharmaceutical maker Wyeth laboratories. and china. and the Philippines. in the early 1980s. where he brings his hands-on management style to many new start-ups. Shetty was impressed by the intellectual passion and dedication of his classmates. invested in more than 30 pharmaceutical and medical device companies. “He looked at me. He described teva as a well-oiled machine with not enough problems to keep him busy. italy France.
s the 21st century dawns. He also enrolled in drexel university. the electric generators that create power from the spinning turbines are made in brazil. processes. then recruited him to run its pharmaceutical business. power. but often naive about business. millions of people around the globe live in communities without electricity. Success left geller bored.” says Shetty. Fouress are small. india. after two years at israel’s wellregarded but highly regimented technion. Shetty bought out ge and it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fouress. one proposed that chemical engineers were uniquely qualified for life sciences because they thought of the body in terms of systems. developing the expertise needed to return to india to work in the family business. the family company had started a joint venture with kvaerner boving. at Wyeth. “You can’t use a cookie-cutter approach. “So this was a way to ensure that columbia’s name becomes better known throughout india.” says Shetty. they are dedicated enough to risk everything on a new technology. after leaving interpharm.” the plants developed by b. he studied operations research and industrial engineering. Sameer Shetty mS’93 is working to change that by building small-scale hydroelectric plants to help bring these rural areas into the modern age. he rotated between research. he and several seniors began talking about job prospects. and catalysis. “We never worry about getting our hands dirty. it was the start of the company’s transformation into the world’s largest generic drug maker. “i got a feeling like the students were interfering with the good life of the professors. He builds companies the hands-on way.” he said. romania. in bangalore. among other countries across the globe. and Southeast asia. india. it’s the largest supplier of small hydroelectric equipment in india and is now working on projects in Honduras. india. smiled. just about helping companies move forward and overcome impediments. “Hydro power is clean and renewable. While at columbia. He eventually left for a biotech start-up. His projects are “water-to-wire”—the plants take in water to turn the turbines. project management. who helped found israel’s vibrant biotech venture scene. He gravitated to chemical engineering. When a columbia student told him about his school. others are larger but struggling to break into the big time. teva. He was an intrapreneur before anyone had a name for it. their entrepreneurs command geller’s attention. medica Venture Partners. which he built into a company worth $380 million.’” geller moved to Philadelphia. “Sometimes we have to go in there and get the technology guy to move over for a business manager. Shetty’s turbines are creating electricity at hydro plants being built in central and South america. the nation shares top ranking with the united States as a center of venturebacked innovation. “the technology is dependent on the quantity of water at any given site. one day at mudd cafeteria. the group
now has 1. operations. or focus their strategy to take advantage of a great product. which was subsequently sold to general electric. procurement. geller played a key role in establishing Yozma. a conglomerate with a large pharmaceutical business. Spain. transport. Some consist of nothing more than a handful of academics and a clever idea. in 2008. “columbia provided me with a great education and great memories.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
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Founding biotech ventures
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building small-scale hydroelectric Plants
sameer sheTTy ms’93
ost people’s vision of a venture capitalist involves a black-suited professional in aseptically clean offices.” geller said. after his father died in 2007. which flood large areas and displace residents. which at the time was primarily specializing in industrial valves for the oil and gas. managing director of b. the norwegian hydro giant. steel. who grew up in mumbai. he returned to israel and took a position as ceo of ikapharm. after earning his bachelor’s degree at dePauw university in indiana. who created the atmosphere that inspired him to delve deeply into analyzing engineering problems and using technology to resolve them. where
he built an Fda-approved plant to export generic drugs to the united States. after seven years at Wyeth. where he completed an mba he had started at columbia and a Phd in chemical engineering. israel’s first dedicated life science and healthcare investment fund. made with specifications for each particular location.”
the business is truly global. geller and his partners are former senior healthcare executives. geller proposed to quintuple teva’s size to $1 billion by establishing a pharmaceutical business in the united States.
when she went to the trading floor.” these financial instruments. “Finance is a technical business. meanwhile. the Parisbased bank. which carries a risk with fluctuating commodity prices. with companies faced with volatile exchange rates. “there are regulations. heads the team that structures financial products for corporations that want to hedge those risks. which at the time was building up internationally. pricing and promoting financial instruments called derivatives. managing director at bnP Paribas in London. “We have to be able to demonstrate that the hedge they put on is the proper hedge for the risk they have. at Salomon. twenty-one years later. must conform to international accounting standards. which also carries a risk with exchange rates changing by the day. she’d come to bnP Paribas. with their strong foundations in quantitative analysis. “the company is worried about the aluminum price going up and the dollar weakening.” Sportelli didn’t plan for a career in finance. “in finance. then transferred to london for what was to be a one-year assignment. including several who majored in operations research. she became enthralled by computer science and came to morningside Heights to deepen her knowledge. she’s still there. Sportelli creates the mathematical models for tailor-made products that bnP Paribas provides to its international clients. it needs to buy the aluminum. in her post.” she says. it sells the product in dollars.” she says. by 2004. “From early in my career. and tariffs. and engineering students have the right skills. i’ve been surrounded by really bright people. she moved to the london office of cibc. where she now heads the structuring team for all asset classes within the bank’s fixedincome division.” says Sportelli. commodities prices. Sportelli also recruits talent from graduate schools around the world. it hasn’t been so bureaucratic. When the derivatives market collapsed in 1995. She came to columbia in 2010 to make a presentation about bnP Paribas to engineering students.” Sportelli arrived at columbia in 1985 after majoring in math at bates college. i was encouraged to be entrepreneurial. “So i work between the sales people and the traders to put in a structure that hedges both.makinG a GLobaL imPacT
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kara LemonT sPorTeLLi ms’87
international trade carries substantial risks. creating computer models for risk management. but she says the field was a good fit. While at bates. such as interest rate swaps and options. kara Lemont sportelli ms’87. a canadian bank. the team has recently expanded to develop expertise in structuring derivatives in emerging markets. and they have to be able to demonstrate to their auditors that it’s a good hedge.” she says. she worked on the arbitrage desk until 1992. She worked in tokyo. “You need quantitative abilities to do well in trading and structuring.
With a master’s degree in computer science from columbia engineering. She landed a job on the arbitrage desk at Wall Street investment bank Salomon brothers.”
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. consider the european company that makes aluminum cans. She says graduates of engineering schools do well in finance. i stayed open-minded and took the opportunities as they came.
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he 188. love. a pan-disciplinary center devoted to science and engineering that opened in the fall. When fully occupied. work flow and programming solutions.
endowed Professorships double c
olumbia engineering school has in effect doubled the number of named professorships. have been made possible through the generous financial support of columbia engineering alumni and parents. technology-based seminars. representing $30 million in investment in named chairs for our faculty. a number of columbia engineering’s faculty have been housed in the northwest corner building. and behavior. and biochemistry and synthetic chemistry. this new research facility serves as an intellectual and physical bridge to maximize the synergy in exciting new research areas. who have committed matching funds toward this major initiative to recruit international faculty of the highest caliber. journals. nearly doubling the current number of named positions available to support and recognize the school’s faculty. ranging from visual analyzing of spatial imagery. single molecule physics and chemistry. the center will serve as the intellectual home for columbia’s expanding initiative in mind. says Jane e. “The students love. “armen and Janette avanessians have been key to our achieving the unprecedented goal that we set only 11 months ago: the funding of 10 new professorships at the school of engineering and applied science. where students and faculty are able to access a wide range of specialized software. director of the science and engineering Libraries. We undertook this expansion of our faculty on an incredibly ambitious timeline during one of the most challenging economic periods in recent years. an additional number of columbia engineering faculty will be based in the Jerome L. multivariate calculation. and Professor ken shepard of electrical engineering—have already set up their labs in the new building.” These additional 10 chairs will bring the total number of new endowed professorships at columbia engineering to 20.000-square-foot northwest corner science and engineering building officially opened in december. a new research and teaching facility being built as part of columbia’s campus expansion into manhattanville. valued at $30 million. teaching. designed by the world-renowned architect José rafael moneo. making our accomplishment all the more remarkable. i would like to thank. leadership. dean Feniosky Peña-mora said. dean Peña-mora noted that “our
school is fortunate to have exceptional faculty doing extraordinary work and it is fitting that they be recognized with an appointment as a named professor. where the digital. in announcing this gift in october 2010. students are busy using the new library. adding 20 to the current 23 for a total of 43 endowed faculty positions. from the bottom of my heart. interior lobbies flow from the sidewalk level at 120th street and broadway to a publicly accessible 1. Greene science center.” This extraordinary show of support for columbia engineering faculty is a fitting complement to the efforts the university is making to provide the necessary infrastructure to empower pioneering research at the school. brain. featuring a state-ofthe-art science and engineering Library and labs as well as a lecture hall and café. print reference. “an unambiguous statement that columbia engineering is. love the new facility. graphing. the building will provide research. indeed. assistant Professor James c. one of the top places in the world for engineering innovation.” The library in mudd—now known as the monell engineering Library—continues to house engineering books.” said columbia engineering dean Feniosky Peña-mora. easy molecular rendering and equation balancing. “This new science and engineering building is a major asset for columbia engineering. “it will foster even greater excellence.400-square-foot café above and are connected visually and spatially to the campus-level lobby. over the next year columbia engineering will establish 10 more endowed professorships to recognize outstanding research and teaching among the school’s faculty. and physical sciences fuse to create new areas of knowledge. The new science and engineering Library features the digital science center (dsc). among the first areas of research in the labs are nanotechnology. and impact in engineering and applied science as it enhances our faculty’s ability to continue pioneering research.
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. spurred by university Trustee and columbia engineering board of visitors chair emeritus armen avanessians ’83 and his wife Janette. to 3-d modeling and animation.” in addition. This record-breaking expansion will greatly enhance columbia engineering’s efforts to recruit and retain exceptional faculty in key research areas from around the world.” some columbia engineering faculty—assistant Professor Latha venkataraman of the department of applied Physics and applied mathematics. and library and technology instruction. making. Within the last few months. Ten of these new endowments. as dean Peña-mora says. including cyberbioPhysicalTm systems. and study space for a community of faculty members and students working in 21
different labs. The dsc includes more than 60 software applications accessible from 50 workstations configured for both individual and collaborative work. biological. Their action was instrumental in securing the support of additional alumni and parents in funding these new faculty endowments. The facility also includes multipurpose spaces that support presentation preparation and practice. and engineering course reserves. our steadfast alumni and supporters for their confidence that a large investment in columbia’s outstanding engineering faculty was truly an investment in the future of the school. biophysics. hone of mechanical engineering.
“For our seniors. who spoke about his company’s driving simulators and how they can be used to improve defensive driving programs.
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. shown here is ceaa board member hitoshi Tanaka ’63. each featuring the school’s crossed hammers emblem. and the engineering office of alumni and development hosted a reception for sae students and alumni. center. speaking with students. senior vice president of designatronics inc. the society of automotive engineers (sae). energy. Leboff. and impact—a tradition that you very well represent. engscd’76. and communications.”
ean Feniosky Peña-mora and the columbia engineering alumni association (ceaa) hosted “Just desserts” for the classes of 2012 and 2013 and alumni. leadership. a tradition that stands on a foundation of excellence.” said the dean.. ms’65. finance.Alumni Events
Ties and Scarves
ean Feniosky Peña-mora presided at the annual event celebrating the beginning of senior year. we have instituted the tradition of giving special engineering ties to the men and scarves to the women. with students from the sae. owner of hot seat chassis. “These ties and scarves bear the logo of the school and show your clear connection to the columbia engineering tradition.
SAE Alumni Reception
he columbia engineering alumni association. shown here is mr. more than 80 students attended the reception and had an opportunity to network with more than 30 alumni from fields such as civil engineering. members of the class of 2011 were presented with scarves for the women and ties for the men. consulting. The program included a presentation by Jay Leboff. information technology.
an office he held until his retirement in 1984. and his Phd in physics in 1945 from miT. following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. a memorial service was held for her on Wednesday. as his disease made his retirement imminent. it was during her research work at columbia engineering that dr. “i think that my greatest pleasure comes from hearing the musicians say that they don’t have to bow or blow so hard—that i’ve added 10 or 20 years to their careers. in 2001. he was also. Paul’s chapel. his renovation of the hall. from the university of Toronto. in 2008. The hall had so many dead spots that he suggested to architects Philip Johnson and John burgee that they start over again. 2011. at the age of 88 at his longtime home in mount kisco. eich joined combustion engineering. associate professor (1978–1980). dc. Ward is survived by his wife of 64 years. she was 83. mr. neumark conceived the doping process that has been the basis for devices improving the quality of consumer products ranging from flat screen Tvs to mobile phone screens. Philips electronics created a professorship in columbia’s department of applied Physics and applied mathematics in The Fu Foundation school of engineering and applied science in honor of Professor rothschild’s pioneering role as a woman engineer. Ga. Cyril M. two grandchildren. he cofounded curtis instruments
Frank R. and in numerous other lighting applications. seven grandchildren. he published more than 55 papers. december 15. his two children. he was an internationally renowned expert in polymer science. eich enjoyed travel and traveled the world with ellen. Following the war. where he graduated from stuyvesant high school. critics were thrilled with the results. he published on many subjects in this area and appeared frequently as an expert witness in complex litigations involving the manufacture of these materials as well as their roles in major accidents. Professor Gryte earned his basc in 1964 and masc in 1966. he deflected all efforts to honor him toward the creation of a fund to support needy and deserving graduate students and to award seniors showing the greatest promise for service to chemical engineering. he would have added that he is also survived by more than 1. managing development and production of advanced doppler radar systems at General Precision Laboratory in Pleasantville. and Professor harris said in a Newsweek interview. at 5:00 p. died at his home on december 31. in 1960. whom he married in 1949. flat screens. he enjoyed playing golf and was an avid gardener. ma. Professor Gryte was an active advocate for polymer science’s beneficial uses for the public and he gave. Professor Gryte was an extraordinary teacher and a passionate advocate for his students. and the discovery of nylon at duPont. eich was named “volunteer of the year” by the state of new Jersey division of Parks and Forestry in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the canal society. the chairman of the division of architectural Technology in the Graduate school of architecture. at the age of 90. The renovation of avery Fisher hall cemented Professor harris’s reputation as the preeminent acoustical engineer in the country. carol ann. Clarence C. and renamed Harris’s Shock and Vibration Handbook for its fifth edition in 2002. Professor Gryte is survived by his wife of 43 years. after he graduated from columbia. on January 8. in 1956. in corridors.000 students for whom he had extraordinary concern and with whom he maintained contact during his active life and in retirement. he served as treasurer of st. particularly the formulation of polymers into gels. eich was issued a number of patents for new designs and products for power generation. Planning and Preservation at columbia. passed away on november 11. Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. one of the world’s foremost experts on doping wide bandgap semiconductors and the first woman to hold a named chair in columbia university’s Fu Foundation school of engineering and applied science. his two children. academia. sorbents. professor of electrical engineering from 1952 until his retirement. after
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. his last doctoral student was joyfully shepherded by him through his final doctoral examination early in december 2010. a former commodities trader at Philipp brothers. she is one of 83 women whose work appears on the archival website maintained by ucLa entitled. worked on the manhattan Project in oak ridge. professor emeritus of chemical engineering. at st.m. he received his Phd from the Polytechnic institute of brooklyn in 1970 and did postdoctoral studies at the university of Louvain in belgium from 1969 until 1971. as the background color for mobilephone screens. his office. 2011. ny. They thickened the ceiling plaster. one colleague noted that Professor harris “personified the ideal combination of real-world achievement and warm commitment to his students and to our educational goals. Ward died on January 1. now retired. mr.” she is also listed in Who’s Who in America. st. and two great-grandchildren. she is survived by her husband. Peter’s episcopal church in morristown. When the war ended. from 1974 to 1984. received a Phd in chemistry from columbia’s Graduate school of arts and sciences. instrument panels. Professor harris was well-known far beyond engineering as the acoustic consultant for a number of well-known concert halls. and san diego. other survivors include his three children. he was a positivist who never failed to see merit and a path for advancement in a student.” Professor harris is survived by his wife ann. where he oversaw a major renovation of its facilities. Eich ’42CC died peacefully in decatur. he developed several new varieties of gesneriads and won awards for his flowers at several local and national american Gloxinia and Gesneriad society shows. during his career mr. mr. he became an executive vice president of Foster Wheeler corporation in 1981. after a long illness. and full professor from 1980 until 2008. which only continues to grow. she was elected a Fellow of the american Physical society in 1982 and has been a panelist for the national research council. almost all with coauthors from among his many graduate students. horse racing. and. Joan. first published in 1961. 2010. commercial uses for blue and shorterwavelength lasers range from increasing sharpness of a laser printer to increasing the information storage capacity of a dvd. ny. a groundswell of response from his former students created this fund. and two brothers. when he went to work for Foster Wheeler corporation in new Jersey. Gertrude Neumark Rothschild. she holds a number of patents on wide bandgap semiconductor technology. and moved to Lynchburg. Marwell ’43. he spent his subsequent professional career entirely at columbia engineering as assistant professor (1972–1978). 2010. traffic lights. infamous for its poor acoustics since its opening in 1962. Louis. and three grandchildren. he supervised 24 doctoral students. in 2006.” as members of his department recently reminisced. the metropolitan opera in new york city. Edward M. he settled with his family in mount kisco. ’43CC died september 7. he saw beyond language difficulties. and grew up in new york city. Harris. after retiring. minneapolis. and American Men and Women of Science. at the age of 93. and personal misfortunes in his students who continued after graduation to seek his advice and approval around the world. and took away curved side balconies and the curved back wall. 2010. and government. at the age of 67. dr. nJ. ny.in memoriam
Carl Campbell Gryte. he served in the us navy and tested depth charges. Professor harris received his bs in mathematics in 1938 and his ms in physics in 1940 from ucLa. both in chemical engineering. neumark graduated summa cum laude from barnard college in 1948. her patented processes led to blue and ultraviolet Leds (light-emitting diodes). henry rothschild. he was born in brookline. and baseball (the baltimore orioles were his favorite team). including the Shock and
graduation from columbia. with engaging enthusiasm. Ward left the atomic energy commission in Washington. where he worked for babcock and Wilcox. during World War ii he served as an officer in the us army air Forces. his many interests included gold. many of whom have risen to high positions in industry. and retired from kavanaugh industries in virginia beach.
Vibration Handbook. in addition to these lasers. she is the author of more than 140 publications and a contributor to McGrawHill Yearbook of Science and Technology. mr. where he worked as a mechanical engineer until 1962. learning problems. dc. howe Professor emerita of materials science and engineering. columbia college. innumerable public lectures on the subject. his wife of 65 years. he is sorely missed. and many others across the us in such cities as seattle. salt Lake city. Tn. was lauded by music critics for converting it to one of the finest acoustic spaces in the world. dr. in his home. “contributions of 20th century Women to Physics. laboratories. died on January 4. when he was named professor emeritus. 2011. at the age of 93. mr. in 1951. he was a member of the norfolk and virginia beach sports club and of the day Lily society—he loved his flowers. he wrote a number of standard references. and columbia school of engineering. received an ms in chemistry from radcliffe in 1949. and was working on some 15 additional papers at the time of his death. he also worked on dozens of other prominent concert spaces—more than one hundred in all—including the kennedy center in Washington. who survives him. he was acknowledged as an eagle scout by President Woodrow Wilson and. and four great-grandchildren. which are now used for computers. and membranes. neumark received an honorary degree from columbia university in 2008 and was selected as a recipient of barnard’s distinguished alumna award for 2008 for her outstanding achievements in materials science and engineering. 2010. elected president and chief executive officer of Foster Wheeler Limited (canada) in 1980. a leading authority on acoustics engineering. four children. he taught incessantly: in classrooms. replaced concrete floors with wood. including the renovation of avery Fisher hall at Lincoln center in the mid-1970s. in multicolor displays. va. Dr.
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William M. school board member. he was the general manager and vice president at Westinghouse electric corp. and one of the first talking books.” three children. Joe finished his graduate work at the university of michigan. he finished high school and then served in World War ii in broadcasting operations. mr.. and his family. 16. he did radio and editorial commentary. member of the electrochemical society and the national association of corrosion engineers. 2010. While working at Time Warner. the navy. during this time. Pa. 2010. and four grandchildren. surrounded by his loving family. Gennari enjoyed the arts. mr. family vacations at the beach (including body surfing on his 80th birthday). ’40cc duane r. he was a member of the 303rd engineer combat battalion during
Michael John Gennari Prof. he worked at raytheon company. and nema. sesa. and Garden state Parkway in new Jersey. at his home in Washington
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Thomas Henry “Hank” McVicar died in an automobile accident in Los angeles on January 3. Wilson passed away on January 13. where he taught courses in hydrology and hydraulics. the order of merit. Grace Glass marwell. Freiman spent 30 years with ibm research. at his home in Lafayette. born in new york city in 1919.inc. the manatee dam Project in Florida.
Maurice Ani ’49MS died november 2. and friends. reamy ’47. mr. mr. three children. mr. William breslin scanlon. mr. ’60LaW Frank e. science. during his time at Westinghouse. ieee. mr. and he sang for 20 years with the mendelssohn choir of Pittsburgh during the robert Page era. the richmond expressway project in virginia. his three children. General dynamics corporation in Fort Worth. passed away november 11. he was mastering the art of writing poetry. krainin’s original studio recordings made during these years now reside in the Library of congress in Washington. retiring as scientific associate at aLcoa research Laboratories. opened a new plant in sophia. Freiman ’56MS. kearfott Guidance and navigation corporation in Wayne. he worked for almost 50 years at Westinghouse as a mechanical engineer solving shock and vibration problems found in manufactured equipment from home appliances to steam topping turbines. after graduation. 2010. carolina meadows. Golding died on January 24.
was predeceased by his wife. engaged with sports throughout high school. a Professional engineer. after leaving the california energy commission. and taking elderhostel trips. chicoine ’46 vincent J. curtis instruments is now a leader in integrated control systems for electric vehicles with subsidiary companies in eastern europe and china. and the atlanta airport and miami airport improvement projects. a man of many interests and avocations. his three children.. he finished up his civilian career at ilex in June 2008. mr. ’38cc James a. passed away on november 27. Deg. ’56cc Gerald a. and four nieces. and cousins. Laster ’57. Joyce ani. and six grandchildren. he also enjoyed listening to jazz and playing the saxophone. marwell was a resident of mount kisco for more than five decades and. where he worked on the development of new energy technologies. two sisters.
Alan D. 2011. a daughter. Horst Jr. and Fairfield. mr. during the 1950s. mr. Golding wrote 12 books on the use of computer applications in engineering. and church elder and clerk of the session. in kingston. peacefully at home with his family at his side. as an engineering specialist. and three grandchildren. ssa. ’54CC died in november 2010. mr. he held six patents. With his degree in mechanical engineering. at his place of retirement. Litton systems. bader ’60 emil G. he served in many charitable endeavors including as a board member of the Jenny clarkson home for Girls. following a massive cerebral hemorrhage. 2010. he is survived by his parents and his sister. and launching of the technology for telemedicine.
Ralph L. after a long illness at the age of 87. where he served from 1975 through 1979. and two grandsons. mcclellan ’80 christian david rea ’05
Edward G. 2010. mr. nc. just weeks shy of his 23rd birthday. Golding taught continuing education programs for the american society of civil engineers and prior to retirement was an adjunct professor of engineering at valencia community college in orlando. four children. and apollo space flights at cape canaveral in Florida. stationed at dover air Force base. When the war ended. kattelle ’48. after graduating from columbia.
state. where he was awarded seven patents for his research and development of new medical instruments. hope.
Charles H. 2010. over the years. ’69 daniel k. 2010. including the southern state Parkway. he is survived by his wife. he was the grateful recipient of a kidney donation from his sister Leslie. kenneth bird of mass General hospital. he received the order of the madara horseman (First degree) from the republic of bulgaria for his contributions in establishing scientific and economic ties to the country. after a short illness. We sincerely regret this mistake and apologize for the concern it has caused dr. whom he married in 1956. cT. his family. Pasternak ’55CC. 2011. including cinerama (the forerunner of what we now refer to as “surround sound” and “home theaters”). the northern state Parkway. and chairman of the mount kisco human rights commission. b-57s. his main passion was for symphonic chorus. boy scout leader. Taute ’48 menelaos doumas ’49 max halebsky ’49 marvin J. other professional accomplishments included teaching engineering students. ’48MS died december 31. after serving four years in the navy. his capstone application. he recorded Franklin delano roosevelt at the historic casablanca conference. mr. krainin began developing the technology for interactive television that one day would become what we now know as home shopping. and the bruckner expressway in new york.
Harold I. Fischer died at the age of 94 on January 28.
Charles V. his mother. altitude control systems group. Gemini. command & control divisions before his retirement in 1985. served as a village trustee. brigitte. he served as executive director of The engineering Foundation. malcolm Jr. and college. nJ. baumgarten ’57. he served on many technical committees and was a member of asme. a daughter. and consulting the air Force on the Titan missile. Wilson spoke three languages. he retired from Perkinelmer. was also active in his community and very involved in the lives of his children. as senior engineering technical specialist. and great-grandchildren. benefiting those who could not afford health coverage. he is survived by his wife. he received its highest honor. mr. Scanlon died on october 17. mr. 2010. in chapel hill. with his family at his side in media. traveling. neugroschl ’41. his wife of 55 years. and his son. telemedicine was an application
through which expert medical advice and information would one day be transmitted via interactive technology to isolated and remote areas of the world.” is the only one created by an individual that was accepted by Fema for flood plain information studies. he served as a navy officer from 1956 to 1959. ’50 richard T. some of his engineering contributions there included the atlas missile flights and the first unmanned space flights. mr. he retired as a major in 1980 and continued to work for the department of defense at Fort monmouth. and 17. a former navy officer and veteran of World War ii and korea. in 2003. mr. Golding also worked on the Terror Lake hydroelectric project in alaska and was chief engineer on the Woodstock dam project in ontario. highway commissioner. naming. soon became the recording engineer at nbc studios during which time arturo Toscanini conducted the nbc symphony orchestra. he went on to fly the c-5 Galaxy as a navigator. Falke died unexpectedly at the age of 54 in union. helen. he was named the mount kisco chamber of commerce’s citizen of the year in 2000. TX. and all aspects of aviation. Joseph A. krainin was an active member of the columbia alumni association and spent many years mentoring young people through his leadership in the Police athletic League. The brainchild of dr. FL. From 1990 to 2001. in 1990 he returned to Livermore part time to resume his work on energy policy. sue. krainin’s biggest contribution to society was the development. he remained in the naval reserves and worked at aLcoa for 40 years. scanlon
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by more than one hundred engineering firms and municipalities. he also coauthored Total Customer Service for Profit Improvement. boeing defense and space Group. died december 3. where he was engaged in the capture of enemy broadcast facilities in italy and north africa. an enthusiastic member of both the experimental aircraft association and the civil air Patrol. ma. he also worked at the Pentagon on antiballistic missile system technology. he studied electrical engineering at columbia and. 2011. he began working for new york Telephone company in 1948 and worked his way from lineman to corporate vice president of aT&T. after retiring. Joan burke. and many nieces. who was an avid salesman. he was program manager at General electric in its missile and space division. asa. and a great-granddaughter. Parker ’56CC. he is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years. he was one of then-Governor Jerry brown’s original appointees to the california energy commission. he was the holder of six patents. bruce a. in chapel hill. mr. the new Jersey Turnpike extension. ny. he was also a great athlete. he was 85. which ran interdisciplinary conferences around the world. and eight grandchildren. a company that developed special battery monitoring equipment for the apollo manned space flights and supplied instrumentation for the fuel gauge for the lunar rover on apollos 15. with boeing defense and space Group in Washington. Falke got his pilot’s license at 16 and loved flying. ’40cc eraldus scala ’48 andries h.
the battle of the bulge. metz ’69 was erroneously included in the list of deaths reported for the Fall 2010 issue of Columbia Engineering magazine. and was fascinated with everything technical. and c-141s. he was deployed in 1967 to vietnam and flew more than 200 combat missions as an electronic warfare officer on the eb-66. match ’49 Walter mielziner ’49 ettore c. three sons. passed away september 24. nJ.
Bernard L. mathematics. of Toms river. helicopters division. in his later years. ’47. mr. a grandson. nimbus. over the years. most notably the mercury (first monkeys in space). mr. richards ’47 alan d. 75. and. Today. playing golf and bridge. ralph leaves behind his wife of 56 years. loved audio recording. Parker was a commissioned second lieutenant in the air Force and flew c-124s. earning the meritorious air medal. Little League coach. including coal gasification and the use of methyl alcohol for fuel. meta. he is survived by two brothers. he worked for 30 years at Pratt and Whitney aircraft and hamilton sundstrand. he also wrote many papers that were published by the asce Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. Wilson was a spokesman for aT&T during the period of its deregulation and appeared on the Today Show. grandchildren. mr. four children. which allowed him to live and enjoy excellent health for the last eight years of his life. dc. he was previously a member of the scientific staff of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. including in Japan from 1985 to 1987. and two grandchildren. he was 85. his wife of 54 years. the nickel cadmium battery. two sons. and performed in several local readings of plays. he excelled at bridge and was an avid philatelist. performing mechanical shock analysis for the navy on the nuclear submarine Polaris missile. ’61EngScD. on december 20. four sisters. then lobbyist and technical director of the california radioactive materials management Forum. Richard H. at the age of 87. anderau ’63 osman T. connecting doctors worldwide to major medical centers. equipment development Laboratory in Wayland. marwell served as president of the company from 1960 to 2000 and as its chairman from 1960 to 2003. he worked on many engineering projects. metz. three children. police commissioner. he is survived by his wife of 67 years. mr. was an accomplished artist and woodworker. in 2000. Pa. those in need on military ships. margaret “rita. cercone ’53 herbert J. nephews. airplanes. ca. Falke was also an avid photographer. as well as regularly reading to his visually impaired friends. in Penn hills. canada. FL. after college. Pasternak worked as a consultant. uyemura ’67 bruce d. and his four children and eight grandchildren. teleconferencing between points around the world has become commonplace. ralph enjoyed reading. Parker is survived by his wife of 53 years. inal ’65. he is survived by margaret. scanlon. from 1998 until his retirement in 2005. curtis instruments has been manufacturing products in bulgaria for several decades and. he is survived by his wife of 67 years. in california. and 12 grandchildren. Golding is survived by hilda. dora. ’40 seth G. and the blue mountain dam project in Jamaica. cT. and six grandchildren. he was known for his fine speaking voice and was sometimes called upon to read in church. “The drainage basin runoff model (dbrm model). Guidance and control systems division. as principal engineer. Hill ’87MS of mt. at the conclusion of his tour. Stanley Krainin passed away in october 2010. the new Jersey Turnpike. hill is survived by his wife. during his life. 59. a specialist in microeconomics. he remained active in private practice on the design and testing of earthquake-proof electrical systems for nuclear power plants. he is survived by his wife of 24 years. We also have learned of the passing of the following alumni: robert martin Jensen ’40. 2011.
dean Feniosky Peña-mora welcomed the gathering that included more than 50 donors and students. stanley dicker ’61. mladinov scholarship in honor of her late husband. and machine translation. “There is tremendous strength in computer science and related areas at columbia. michael J. president of the engineering student council and the evening’s guest speaker.” collins’s work. Freda imber dicker scholar courtney Giannini ’12. his development of new learning algorithms has enabled significant advances in a broad class of language-processing applications. ceo of citigroup. are: Judy and robert Pearlman ’55. Jack dicker scholar bijan salari ’11. including a huge amount of talent in natural language processing. those students who are sitting right at your table this evening. MPhil’80bus. it is your gift of an endowed scholarship that allows us to continue to admit the very best and brightest students in the world.” shown in the photos above.2011 Donor-Scholar Dinner
he annual donor-scholar dinner held at Faculty house on February 10 provided the perfect setting for informal conversations between donors of endowed scholarships and fellowships and the students who are the recipients of their generosity. information extraction. a member of the class of 1943. and university Trustee. one of the world’s leading researchers in statistical natural language processing (nLP). “you are leaving a legacy that will have an impact on future generations. which involves both machine learning and computational linguistics. “i’m thrilled to be joining columbia engineering at such an exciting time. haight Family scholar stacy ramcharan ’12. and other areas of artificial intelligence. henry michel scholar andrew knowlton ’11 and nickolas and Liliana Themelis Fellow yani dong. Pearlman scholar Taylor breen ’13. Pandit
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olumbia engineering dean Feniosky Peña-mora has announced that vikram s. Photos to the left: (top) deborah haight ’00. has been extraordinarily influential. (bottom) chris elizondo ’11.
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. ms’77ee. collins is the first of 20 new appointments to endowed chairs that will be made in the coming months. a graduate of cambridge university. machine learning. daughter of barbara mladinov. he has developed parsers that have obtained unprecedented accuracy levels and that have revolutionized the field of nLP. ’56 with robert i. from left to right. Collins
vikram s. Pandit. with ann mladinov. and dean Feniosky Peña-mora. he earned his Phd at the university of Pennsylvania.” said collins.
Vikram S. including speech recognition. The overarching thrust of his research has been the use of machine learning along with linguistic methods to handle difficult problems in language processing.” said the dean. and eileen shapins dicker. Pandit and his work that is making a global impact. Pandit
’76ee. columbia engineering alumnus. To read more about dr. and to thank you for giving the gift of a columbia education to exceptional students. please go to page 20. our school’s very committed donors. collins. This faculty expansion is part of a major initiative announced by dean Peña-mora in the fall (see story on page 31). i see columbia as the ideal place to carry out my research and advance knowledge in this evolving and critical field. who endowed the John k. has created the vikram s. Pandit Professor in computer science. “This evening has given me the opportunity to meet again with you. has been named the inaugural vikram s. Pandit Professorship. and formerly on the faculty at massachusetts institute of Technology.
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