Columbia Engineering COVID-19 Response

The Columbia Engineering community has come together to combat the coronavirus pandemic on multiple fronts. In close collaboration with the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, we're leveraging our expertise and innovation to address short term medical needs and long term societal impacts.

Our Response

Columbia Engineering is responding to this crisis through a number of initiatives.

Columbia COVID Innovation Group

The Columbia COVID Tech Innovation Group helps health professionals connect and collaborate with engineers to rapidly solve together emerging problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Opportunities

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, SEAS will maintain an updated list of relevant funding opportunities for Columbia University students, faculty, and staff here.

SEAS Grad Virtual Hub

From this site, SEAS students will have access to upcoming event opportunities as well as groups across the globe offering programs that can be accessed from anywhere.

Design Challenges

Columbia Engineering launched design challenges to give students and faculty the opportunity to address challenges posed by COVID-19.

DIY Ventilator Challenge

Students, faculty and staff from across Columbia University, as well as makers, inventors, and clinicians, designed a DIY Ventilator as part of Columbia Enginering’s design challenge.

Columbia Virtual Campus

This design challenge invites students to address the challenges of remote living by designing a virtual campus.



Several Columbia students have been working hard to recreate the Columbia campus before Commencement in May. Working under the guidance of Computer Science Professor Lydia Chilton, they have founded LionCraft, a server with over 100 registered players and a diverse Columbia community.

LionCraft Video

Fall Updates for Students

To learn more about the fall semester, please visit the Fall Updates for Students page.