Columbia Reunion

Columbia 2024 will move forward as planned! The safety and security of our Columbia community is paramount for all of us.

Each year, Columbia alumni are invited back to campus for a weekend of festivities hosted by Columbia Engineering, Columbia College, and the School of General Studies. This Reunion, SEAS is hosting a series of engaging lectures, talks, and other programs alumni across the University won't want to miss. 

Celebrating a milestone reunion? Graduates of class years ending in 4 and 9, are invited to exclusive milestone class programming throughout the weekend.

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Columbia Engineering | Reunion

Thursday, May 30

Dean's Alumni Welcome Dinner & CEAA Awards Presentation

Dean Shih-Fu Chang and the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) invite you to a formal dinner to kick off the weekend and recognize notable alumni and faculty recipients of the prestigious CEAA awards. 

2024 CEAA Award Recipients:

Thomas Egleston Medal For Distinguished Engineering Achievement

James R. Scapa BS'78 for significant contributions to the fields of computational science and artificial intelligence, his development of engineering software platform solutions, and his impactful role as supporter of students and young engineers that has helped shape a generation of leaders in engineering.

This award is given in honor of Thomas Egleston, who founded the School of Mines of Columbia College, the first of its kind in the United States, in 1864.

Samuel Johnson Medal For Distinguished Achievement Beyond Engineering and Applied Science

Armen Avanessians MS'83 in recognition of his leadership and innovation in leveraging mathematical, quantitative, and algorithmic approaches across different security classes, investment management, and banking divisions, and for his long-standing service and commitment to higher education as a member of numerous boards.

This award is given in honor of Samuel Johnson, the first president of King’s College, predecessor of Columbia University, who strove to provide an exceptional, well-rounded education.

Michael Pupin Medal for Service to the Nation In Engineering, Science, or Technology Beyond the Candidate’s Professional Field

Shu Chien '57GSAS for his pioneering work in cardiovascular physiology and hemodynamics, his fundamental cardiovascular disease research, his visionary leadership in the fields of Bioengineering and Mechanobiology, his publication of learned articles and books, and in recognition of his lasting contributions to engineering, to science, to medicine, and to the promotion of health in our society.

Robert Lefkowitz '62CC, '66VPS for his contributions to understanding the basis of cellular signal transduction and receptor Biology, for his leadership in furthering health care in our society, his fundamental cardiovascular disease research, his publication of learned articles and books, and in recognition of his lasting contributions to engineering, to science, to medicine, and to the promotion of health in our society.

This award is given in honor of Given in honor of Michael I. Pupin, a legendary teacher, inventor, and engineer.


Friday, May 31

On-Campus Events & New York City Tours and Culture

Revisit campus with lectures, tours, and programming. Revisit the city by joining walking tours, visiting a museum or attending a Broadway show.

Chelsea Piers Party

Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing with Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, and Barnard College classmates and friends as the sun sets at Pier Sixty, one of Manhattan’s most spectacular waterfront venues!

GS Presents: A Celebration of the Performing Arts at Columbia

Columbia General Studies has long been home to some of the world’s leading performing artists. Open to all schools, attendees will enjoy live music and dance performances by some of Columbia’s most talented students and alumni. Performances will be followed by a conversation with the artists, a Q&A, and a dessert reception.


Saturday, June 1

Dean’s Breakfast and State of the School Address

All alumni are invited to start the day with inspiration and camaraderie at a special breakfast! Get a glimpse into the latest developments at Columbia Engineering with Dean Shih-Fu Chang, share in the excitement of what’s to come, and join in a celebratory toast to the Classes of 1974 and 1999 on their golden and silver anniversaries.

Engineering Master's and Doctoral Alumni Reception

Join graduate program alumni and Columbia Engineering leadership at Casa Italiana for an opportunity to catch up with friends and expand your network.

Class Receptions and Dinners

Join your class to reminisce over al fresco drinks and dinner. You’ll also take your class photo!

Engineering Lectures

Friday, May 31

AI & Causality

2 - 3:30 p.m. | Davis Auditorium

Explore AI and Causality with Associate Professor of Computer Science, Elias Bareinboim.

Saturday, June 1

From Columbia to Space

10:30 - 12 p.m. | Lerner Auditorium

Join Michael Massimino, SEAS ‘84 as he takes you on an exhilarating journey "From Columbia to Space." Discover the captivating narrative of his trajectory from Columbia University to the prestigious corridors of NASA. Delve into the invaluable insights gleaned from his remarkable 18-year tenure as a NASA astronaut, which encompassed two awe-inspiring spaceflights and four exhilarating spacewalks dedicated to the maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope.  Hear first hand the unparalleled wonder of space travel and just how exhilarating it is to soar among the stars!

Please bring your questions to the session! There will be plenty of time for discussion. 

Rehabilitation Robotics: Improving Everyday Human Functions

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. | Davis Auditorium, CEPSR

Neural disorders, old age, and traumatic brain injury limit activities of daily living. Robotics can be used in novel ways to characterize human neuromuscular responses and retrain human functions. Columbia University Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory designs innovative mechanisms/robots with these goals and performs scientific studies to improve human functions such as standing, walking, stair climbing, trunk control, head turning, and others. Human experiments have targeted individuals with stroke, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and elderly subjects. The talk will provide an overview of these robotic technologies and scientific studies performed with them to demonstrate strong potential of rehabilitation robotics to improve human functions and quality of life of people.


Register now!

General registration will be open March 28-June 1.

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