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Visit our Multimedia page for video recollections and time capsules of Columbia Engineering throughout the decades.
Three Generations of Columbians
We are proud to have three generations of Columbians in our family. Our son Donald SEAS’15 had a great-uncle, Mr. John Lovejoy, who graduated from the School of. . .
Walter Rautenstrauch, who founded the industrial engineering department, was the truly inspirational teacher of the School. His humane views towards the lowly of society, his respect for us—young,. . .
The Columbia Engineer yearbook, resuming publishing after a five-year wartime hiatus, is dedicated to 13 Columbia engineers lost in World War II: C. Leslie Bruns '09, David Leonard Neuman '13, Frank T. Leighton '16,. . .
Englund and Condon
It was 1949 and I had Professor John Englund or machine design. He was in the hospital for surgery and the class gave him a record album as a gift.. . .
From the 1952 Yearbook
The entrance to Camp Columbia, located near Litchfield, CT, which until the 1960s was an annual rite of passage for Columbia Engineering students.
I have been fortunate to attend three graduations—mine in '58, my son Michael's in '88, and my grandson Brian's in '10. The common memory at each was the rain. . .
From the 1959 Yearbook
A Quonset hut used at Columbia to accommodate the massive expansion of higher education following World War II.
Memories of Columbia Engineering
Four years a graduate student starting in 1959; fifty as a Civil Engineering faculty member until 2013; and now, in the 150th year of the School, professor emeritus: What is it that. . .
Rock & Roll Is Here to Stay
Perhaps not the funniest, but amusing memory: A freshman roommate, who really didn't care for rock and roll music, built a radio which had no tuning knob. He. . .
Early Drafts and April Fools
In our Fields and Waves course our professor had written the textbook, but it wasn't published in time for the start of classes so we were given a paperback . . .
Balloon Fights and Test Plights
I remember the high jinks that went on at Camp Columbia, like throwing water balloons in each other's dorm rooms. But, I loved the softball, the card games,. . .
100th Anniversary Year
As the co-editor of the Engineering School newspaper (Pulse) in 1964-65, I had the privilege of having a front row seat at the 100th anniversary celebrations. It was an. . .
1965 Computer Critical Race
It was 1965 when I created as a EE graduate student a laboratory computer to model critical races (not even sure if modern engineers use the same terminology for potential errors. . .
During my freshman year, students ran around campus in penny loafers and wore blue blazers with the Columbia insignia, as well as skinny or striped ties. During the junior. . .
Memories of a Great Teacher
My contemplations of the 37 years that have elapsed since first setting foot in Morningside Heights as a freshman Engineer focus a clear image in my mind of former Professor. . .
It was early 1980's that I set foot in this great institution. It has certainly shaped me as a person and a professional for the last 30-plus years. Prof. Y.. . .
From the 1990 Yearbook
Mining student David Bikerman uses what was then state-of-the-art technology.
Memories Living Again
I have been an ARC member in Taiwan since 2010. Interviewing prospective students is a very rewarding activity; it allows going back in time to more than 10 years ago, talking about. . .
Engineering Girls Floor
The all girls engineering floor in our Suite in 2006-2007 with Liz Strauss Chem E '08
Start Up of Me
I started at SEAS almost 10 years ago. I always knew it was the right place for me, but I honestly couldn't have told you why it was perfect for. . .
A Sense of Community
I love SEAS because of the sense of community you feel within your major. I love SEAS because we are excellent engineers. I love SEAS because we are. . .
Columbia Engineering recognizes that technical training alone will not produce a successful engineer; humanities, entrepreneurship, and culture are equally important parts of a comprehensive education. As a result, Columbia engineers. . .
Story Time Snapshots
Okay, story time with a few memories: 1. One of the things about SEAS that distinguishes it from more traditional engineering schools is the emphasis on the liberal arts in addition. . .
Work Hard, Play Hard
Everyone, especially SEAS students, knows how rigorous academics at Columbia Engineering can be. It is a commonplace sight at all hours of the night into the next morning to see. . .
Columbia Commencement: My View from the Stage
Attending Columbia was an absolute dream come true for me and I have experienced the most incredible moments as a part of this community. I have traveled the world,. . .
Learning without Borders
The moment I realized that I was absolutely in love with my Columbia Engineering experience occurred under bright lights in our nation’s capital (though sadly I wish it. . .
I wouldn't have a direction in life if it weren't for the people I met and the classes I took at Columbia Engineering. When I got to Columbia. . .
Four of us met in July 2010 at Andy Callegari’s home—Stefan Schrier BS'64; Andy Callegari BS'62, PhD'66, '61CC; Mickey Greenblatt BS'62, '61CC; Mike Myers BS'62, PhD'66
An Exact Solution
"An exact solution to an approximate problem is an approximate solution to an exact problem" —My memorial quote of Professor Jordan L. Spencer, Department of Chemical Engineering
My fond memory: I was one of several summer interns at Con Edison under the tutelage of Professor Jordan L. Spencer. We were all traveling in a Con Ed van,. . .
I remember my time in Thermodynamics with Professor Castaldi. He was always an enthusiastic professor, always looking for ways to engage the students. This one particular time, in his passion,. . .
Too Much Fun for Grad School
I used this picture for a Facebook profile picture sometime my third year of my Columbia SEAS tenure, and immediately got a comment from a friend that went to. . .
Let It Snow
We were working to finish the last problem set of the semester for an engineering class that my entire suite was in. All eight of us living in Ruggles 6 were. . .
Engineering for the World
SEAS is an amazing community of creative, dedicated and solutions-oriented people that I feel honored to be a part of. When I look at the types of problems that arise. . .
I think about the Primal Scream a lot. Every semester, at midnight the day of the first final, everyone on campus would stick their head out a window and scream. . .
A Day in a ‘Time Machine’
I found this commemorative plaque on a visit to 300 Park Ave, birthplace of Columbia University SEAS—now the corporate headquarters of Colgate Palmolive.
Senior Class Dinner
Our BME class always stuck by each other for all the seemingly endless nights of problem sets and design projects. The night of our class dinner will always be a. . .
My four years at SEAS were some of the best four years of my life. They were filled with so many memorable events, it is difficult to pinpoint just one... . .
The Notorious All-Nighter
It was just before midnight. My Biomedical Engineering Design teammates and I were putting the finishing touches on the most important academic work of our undergraduate career. Over nine months,. . .
It was 3 AM when I finally made an iron ball levitate under an electromagnet. For the two weeks preceding that moment, I built, calibrated, and debugged the op amp circuitry. . .
The People by My Side
I think what makes the experience at Columbia Engineering so unique is the type of individual that is attracted to this environment. We come from across the world to. . .
Experiencing Columbia Overseas
The summer before my junior year I had the opportunity to complete an internship in Singapore (through the Columbia Experience Overseas, a program that is a truly tangible example of. . .
"It's kind of a dark art." —Computer Science Professor Michael Collins on natural language processing, Fall 2013