New Student Orientation


The orientation for incoming Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Program graduate students is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in the Rotunda of Low Library. Check-in will take place between 9:00am - 9:30am. The schedule is as follows:  

9:00 AM Check-in and breakfast
10:00 AM Welcome and introduction to the department (EE Dept. Chair: Prof. Keren Bergman) 
10:15 AM Introduction to the EE program (Prof. Gil Zussman)
10:30 AM Introduction to the CE Program (Chair of CE Program: Prof. Steven Nowick)
10:45 AM Overview of courses in Photonics, Solid State Devices, and Electromagnetics (Prof. John Kymissis)
11:00 AM Overview of courses in Signal and Information Processing (Prof. John Wright)
11:15 AM Break
11:30 AM Overview of Graduate Career Services (Rani Roy, Ph.D.)
12:00 PM Overview of courses in Communications and Networking (Prof. Gil Zussman)
12:15 PM Overview of courses in Systems Biology and Neuroengineering (Prof. Predrag Jelenkovic)
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch / Student Panel
1:45 - 2:30 PM Overview of courses in Computer Engineering - for Computer Engineering students only in 414 CEPSR (Chair of CE Program: Prof. Steven Nowick)
2:00 - 4:00 PM MS advising schedule (CEPSR and Mudd) / Open Labs (locations listed below)
2:15 - 3:00 PM Introduction to the Ph.D. program and overview of the library resources - for Ph.D. students only in the EE Conference Room (1300 Mudd) (Prof. Xiaodong Wang, Danianne Mizzy)

Open Labs

Lab Name Professor Room 
Bioelectronic Systems Lab Shepard 701 Northwest
Bionet Lab Lazar 8LE5 CEPSR
Columbia high-Speed and MmWave IC Lab (CoSMIC) Krishnaswamy 1226 Mudd
Columbia Integrated System Lab (CISL) Kinget, Tsividis 422 CEPSR
Digital Video and Multimedia (DVMM) Lab Chang 7LE3 CEPSR 
Wireless and Mobile Networking (WiM.Net) Lab Zussman 8LE1 CEPSR
Integrated Photonics Lab Osgood 1327/1333 Mudd
Lightwave Research Lab (LRL) Bergman 8LW1/8LW2 CEPSR

Other Resources 

A lot of useful information about how to obtain a UNI, register for courses, etc., can be found on the school's New Student page.  In particular, there is a detailed Guide for New Graduate Students that includes a new student checklist that everyone should check.

Useful information for course planning can be found on the department's EE course flowcharts page.  Please carefully check the requirements for your program on the corresponding page:  EE MS program (in particular, see the MS Checklist), Computer Engineering MS program, Professional program, Doctoral program.

Students looking for part-time work may apply for an EE grader or MS-TA position.  Details and a simple application form can be found on the Jobs for Students page.

MS students are assigned temporary advisors by research area when they arrive, but can consult with any of the MS program advisors as they progress through the program.

Note that information in official sources such as the school bulletin takes precedence over conflicting information that may appear in the above overview slides. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Elsa Sanchez (elsa at or check other portions of the EE website for more information.

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