Internship Opportunity – PROJECT:2040

We are glad to announce the start of the PROJECT:2040  Fellows Program that matches talented Black and Latino engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships, providing them with insight, networks, and support to ensure their successful participation in the high tech innovation economy.  PROJECT:2040 is looking to recruit 5-10 students for the 2012 summer program.

For students who are interested in applying, please contact Alison Desir at  Talented students may also apply directly through the application website:

Click the link below to view a summary document that gives some background on the program and its founders as well as information about the 2012 summer application process.

Summary document: PROJECT: 2040

More information is available on our website,



Xerox CEO Ursula Burns MS’82 ME to Speak at Class Day


Ursula Burns, CEO Xerox

The leadership organizations of both undergraduate and graduate students at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University are pleased to announce today that alumnae Ursula M. Burns, chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation, will be the keynote speaker for Columbia Engineering’s Class Day ceremony, which will be held on May 14, 2012. The Engineering Senior Class Council, representing undergraduates, and the Engineering Graduate Student Council, representing MS, PhD, and professional degree students, jointly selected Ms. Burns as their graduation speaker for 2012.

Burns, who earned her M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1982 from Columbia Engineering, was named chief executive officer of Xerox in 2009 and, shortly after, made the largest acquisition in Xerox history—the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services, catapulting the company’s presence in the $500 billion business services market and extending its reach into diverse areas of business process and IT outsourcing. In 2010, she became chairman of the company, which has 140,000 people serving clients in more than 160 countries.