Past Science & Engineering Workshops


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2016

Wednesday, October 19 – Make Work Simple | Which tool is best for me? Design, Model, Graph
Learn about different tools for designing, modeling, and graphing! We will help you decide which tools are best for you and your needs.

Tuesday, October 18 – Learn to Code | Basics of statistical analysis using R
This workshop introduced the coding environment, the fundamentals of the language, and demonstrated one of R’s most immediately useful capabilities: statistical analysis.

Monday, October 10 – Maker Series | 3D Printing For Everyday Solutions
Introduced users to simple but useful 3D printing projects that provide easy fixes in life; from creating a stand for your phone to replacing broken parts on your keyboard.

Thursday, October 6 – Learn to Code | Python Basics
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Wednesday, October 5 – Make Work Simple | Dissertation Bootcamp
The basic information all Ph.D. students need to know before they write their dissertations.

Tuesday, October 4 – Learn to Code | Basics of data manipulation using R
A brief introduction to R Studio and the packages Tidyr and Dplyr.

Monday, October 3 – Maker Series | Make Your Own Wearable: Arduino Gemma
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Tuesday, September 27 – Arduino Basics: Tinkering with Sensors and Servos
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Monday, March 26 – Maker Series | Decorate your Dorm Room
The basics of designing stickers, magnets, and more for vinyl cutters.

Wednesday, September 21 – Make Work Simple | Organize your PDFs
Using Zotero and Mendeley to organize PDFs and references.

Monday, April 25 – Decorate Your Laptop
The basics of designing stickers, magnets, and more for vinyl cutters.

Wednesday, March 30 – Raspberry Pi
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Wednesday, March 23 – Raspberry Pi
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Tuesday, March 22 – Getting Ahead | Research Information and Data Management
Research data management for science and engineering.

Tuesday, March 8 – Getting Ahead | Citation Management
Using Mendeley and Zotero to organize PDFs and references.

Tuesday, March 1 – Introduction to HPC
George Garrett, Lead Research Systems Engineer, Research Computing Services, presented a hands-on session on how to access and submit jobs to CUIT's High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

Thursday, February 25 – Getting Ahead | Dissertation Boot Camp
The basic information all Ph.D. students need to know before they write their dissertations.

Tuesday, February 23 – Introduction to Linux Shell Scripts
A survey of basic scripting for Linux presented by George Garrett, Lead Research Systems Engineer, Research Computing.

Wednesday, February 17 - Arduino Basics | Prototyping Your First Project
An exploration of project ideas and brainstorming activities to generate project ideas that incorporate the Arduino platform.

Tuesday, February 16 – Introduction to Linux
A survey of basic Linux commands presented by George Garrett, Lead Research Systems Engineer, Research Computing.

Wednesday, February 10 - Arduino Basics | Sensors and Servos
An introductory overview of the Arduino's hardware and software platforms; we emphasized servo motors and ulstrasonic distance sensors.

Tuesday, February 9 – Getting Ahead | Which Tool is Best For Me? Design, Model, Graph
The basic information all Ph.D. students need to know before they write their dissertations.

2015

Wednesday, November 11 - 3D Scanning for 3D Printing
An overview of useful tools and techniques for generating digital 3D models that can then be printed on a 3D printer.

Tuesday, October 27 - Research Minus the Stress | Copyright & Open Access
Rina Elster Pantalony, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office lead us in discussing our rights as authors. This workshop was designed to help develop critical knowledge and skills around copyright, publishing, and open access.

Thursday, October 22 – Introduction to High Performance Computing
Rob Lane, Manager of Research Computing Services, presented a hands-on session on how to use High Performance Computing (HPC) on Columbia's Yeti cluster.

Thursday, October 22 – NSF SEGUE Lunch
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia.

Thursday, October 15 – Professor Stolfi, Senior Design Course
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on patent-searching.

Thursday, October 15 – Introduction to Linux Shell Scripts
A survey of basic scripting for Linux presented by Rob Lane, Manager of Research Computing.

Tuesday, October 14 – Picking a Journal (to publish in)
An introduction to a few tools to help you pick the best place to submit your article.

Thursday, October 8 – Introduction to Linux
A survey of basic Linux commands presented by Rob Lane, Manager of Research Computing.

Monday, September 28 – Professor Leonard & Professor Banta, Chemical Engineering Course: E6543
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on accessing materials from off campus.

Friday, September 25 – Egleston Scholars
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia.

Friday, September 25 - Earth and Environmental Engineering Seminar
An introduction to the Science & Engineering Library and its services and resources.

Tuesday, September 22 - Research Minus the Stress | Mendeley & Zotero
Using Mendeley and Zotero to organize PDFs and references.

Tuesday, September 1 - Physics Orientation
An introduction to the Science & Engineering Library and its services and resources.

Wednesday, August 26 - SEAS Orientation
An introduction to the Science & Engineering Library and its services and resources.

Tuesday, August 25 - CS Academic Integrity Workshop
An introduction to the Citation Management and how to properly cite your sources.

Monday, August 24 - Chemistry Graduate Orientation
An introduction to the Science & Engineering Library and its services and resources.

Thursday, April 16 - Search Strategies
Tips and tricks for improving your research results.

Thursday, April 9 - How to Get an Article Published
A publisher's perspective on how to get an article published, what happens once you submit the article, and what makes published articles successful. As an author, it is important that you understand your rights and have the tools to get your paper noticed! An editorial representative from Elsevier explained what goes on behind the scenes at a leading scientific and medical publishing company.

Thursday, April 2 - Know Your Rights as an Author
Rina Elster Pantalony, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office lead us in discussing our rights as authors. This workshop was designed to help develop critical knowledge and skills around copyright, publishing, and open access.

Wednesday, March 25 – Mathematica
Dr. Gautam Dasgupta, Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from SEAS led a workshop that focused on illustrating how the numerical, symbolic and graphical calculations are uniformly programmed throughout Mathematica in tandem. Included a demonstration of simple calculations and a brief description of concept development in Professor Dasgupta’s research. Students can now download Mathematica for free.

Thursday, March 5 - Citation Management
Using Mendeley and Zotero to organize PDFs and references.

Tuesday, March 3 – Introduction to HPC
Rob Lane, Manager of Research Computing Services, presented a hands-on session on how to use High Performance Computing (HPC) on Columbia's Hotfoot cluster. This was the second in a series of workshops about using HPC to enhance your research.

Friday, February 27 – Writing Workshop for Chemists
General overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. Focus on SciFinder, Web of Science, and patent searching.

Thursday, February 26 – Introduction to Linux
A survey of basic Linux commands presented by Rob Lane, Manager of Research Computing.

Thursday, February 19 - 3D Modeling for 3D Printing - DSC Software Series
An overview of 3D printing, 3D modeling programs, and an introduction to Tinkercad.

Friday, February 13 – Summer Research Fellows
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on data management.

Tuesday, February 3 - Getting Started with LaTeX
The basics of using LaTeX, and suggestions for the best LaTeX editors to use. Led by Professor Gautam Dasgupta, Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

2014

Wednesday, November 19 - 3D Modeling for 3D Printing - DSC Software Series
An overview of 3D printing, 3D modeling programs, and an introduction to OpenSCAD.

Monday, November 17 - Sketchup for Critical Colloquium
An overview of Sketchup and its use to model the Wallach Art Gallery for student exhibition proposals.

Monday, November 17 – Graphics in Mathematica - DSC Software Series
Dr. Gautam Dasgupta, Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from SEAS led a workshop that focused on creating and manipulating plots and graphics in Mathematica. Students can now download Mathematica for free.

Wednesday, November 5 - Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator - DSC Software Series
Using Photoshop and Illustrator to create publication-worthy graphics.

Thursday, October 23 - Citation Management Workshop - DSC Software Series
Using Mendeley and Zotero to organize PDFs and references.

Monday, October 13 – Professor Leonard, Chemical Engineering Course: E6543
Using Mendeley to organize PDFs and references. A focus on avoiding plagiarism.

Friday, October 10 – OpenSCAD in The Art of Engineering
A presentation on using OpenSCAD as a 3D modeling tool; students will be required to produce a 3D printed nosecone for a rocket to safely carry an egg throughout a flight, without the benefit of a parachute for landing.

Thursday, October 9 – Introduction to High Performance Computing (HPC) on Yeti
Rob Lane, Manager of Research Computing Services, presented a hands-on session on how to use High Performance Computing (HPC) on Columbia's Yeti cluster. This was the second in a series of workshops about using HPC to enhance your research.

Monday, October 6 – Professor Leonard, Chemical Engineering Course: E6543
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on accessing materials from off campus.

Thursday, October 2 – Mathematica Workshop - DSC Software Series
Dr. Gautam Dasgupta, Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from SEAS led a workshop that focused on illustrating how the numerical, symbolic and graphical calculations are uniformly programmed throughout Mathematica in tandem. Included a demonstration of simple calculations and a brief description of concept development in Professor Dasgupta’s research. Students can now download Mathematica for free.

Tuesday, September 30 – Introduction to Linux (for HPC)
A survey of basic Linux commands presented by Rob Lane, Manager of Research Computing.

Thursday, September 25 – Professor Stolfi, Senior Design Course
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on patent-searching.

Thursday, September 25 – NSF SEGUE Lunch
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia.

Tuesday, September 23 – Koberstein Research Group
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on content-sharing with Mendeley, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

Tuesday, September 23 – Lab Notebooks Best Practices
A discussion of lab notebook best practices in the sciences for Pamela Smith's 'Making and Knowing' course.

Friday, September 12 – Egleston Scholars
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on patent-searching and executing the students' research projects.

Friday, September 5 – Arts & Sciences Faculty Orientation
An overview of Libraries resources for new Sciences faculty in Arts & Sciences.

Friday, September 5 - Make-Up Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
In conjunction with SEAS administrators, a workshop on Academic Integrity as well as Plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it.

Friday, August 29 - SEAS Orientation
General overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians offer to students throughout the students' careers at Columbia University.

Wednesday, August 27; Thursday, August 28 - Introduction to Library Resources
A general library services overview for incoming General Studies students.

Tuesday, August 26 – Physics Orientation
General overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians offer to students throughout the students' careers at Columbia University.

Friday, August 22 - Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
In conjunction with SEAS administrators, a workshop on Academic Integrity as well as Plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it.

Monday, August 18 – Chemistry Orientation
General overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians offer to students throughout the students' careers at Columbia University.

Monday, April 21 - Research Data Management Workshop
Research data management for science and engineering.

Thursday, April 17 - Social Media for Scientists and Engineers
In this 3-part session: Rebecca Fowler about the use of Reddit AMAs by researchers at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory while they are abroad doing research; Summer Ash about how Twitter is impacting science communication, networking, and outreach; and Jeffrey Lancaster about using social media to develop your own professional identity.

Thursday, April 17 - Mendeley Workshop
An overview of Mendeley for students in Prof. Cooper's class at Teacher's College.

Monday, April 7 - Behind the Scenes with Elsevier: How to Get an Article Published
A publisher's perspective on how to get an article published, what happens once you submit the article, and what makes published articles successful.

Monday, April 7 - SEAS Accepted MA Student Orientation
An overview of the resources provided by the Libraries for admitted MA SEAS students.

March 24 - April 7 - Undergraduate Writing Program
Library instruction sessions in courses focusing on sustainable development, American studies, film studies, and more.

Thursday, March 27 - Data Visualization in Research
Showcase of quality data visualization in science and engineering. Speakers include: Candice Heberer, Wan Yang, Annelie Berner, and Jeffrey Lancaster.

Wednesday, March 5 - Mendeley & Zotero
Using Mendeley and Zotero to organize PDFs and references.

Monday, March 3 - Photoshop & Illustrator
Using Photoshop and Illustrator to create publication-worthy graphics.

Friday, February 28 - 3D Modeling and Digital Fabrication in the Arts
Already in use in various disciplines, computer-assisted imaging and digital fabrication allows artists, architects, and scientists of all kinds to produce innovative, compelling, and conceptually interesting work in their fields. A discussion of 3D modeling and printing methods, issues in digital modeling and fabrication as they pertain to the arts, and the work of artists utilizing these tools.

Thursday, February 6 - Writing and Grammar for Scientists and Engineers
Writing techniques and a grammar review focused on the writing styles used by scientists and engineers.

2013

Wednesday, December 4 - Twitter & RSS Feeds
Introduction to the power of RSS feeds and various academic uses of Twitter.

Thursday, November 21 - "3D Printing!"
The basics of 3D printing with a demonstration of OpenSCAD and SketchUp for 3D modeling.

Wednesday, November 20 - LaTeX
The basics of using LaTeX, and will suggest the best LaTeX editors to use.

Monday, November 18 - EESC W2330 - Sustainable Development
Library resources related to sustainability and sustainable development.

Thursday, November 14 - "Time-Saving Tips for Word!  Templates and advanced document formatting"
Using templates as writing tools in Microsoft Word and demonstrating some advanced formatting capabilities of Word.

Thursday, October 31 - "Write Like an Engineer! Grammar, mechanics, and style"
The basics of writing with proper grammar, mechanics, and style for engineering publication.

Wednesday, October 23 - "Get Published! Preparing an article for submission"
Preparing an article for submission to a journal and what no one tells you beforehand.

Wednesday, October 23 - ChemDraw
An introduction to using ChemDraw for drawing chemical structures.

Thursday, October 10 - Pain Point: Mendeley and Zotero
The basics of using the reference managers Zotero and Mendeley, including an overview of when you would choose to use each.

Tuesday, October 8 – Koberstein Research Group
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on patent-searching.

Friday, October 4 – Egleston Scholars
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on patent-searching and executing the students' research projects.

Thursday, September 26 - Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
In conjunction with SEAS administrators, a workshop on Academic Integrity as well as Plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it.

Tuesday, September 17 – Professor Stolfi, Senior Design Course
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on patent-searching.

Friday, September 13 – Professor Vallancourt, Gateway Course
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on patent-searching.

Thursday, September 12 - Pain Point: Dissertation Writing Workshop
The basic information all Ph.D. students need to know before they write their dissertations.

Tuesday, September 10 – Professor Leonard, Chemical Engineering Course
An in-depth overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians can offer to students throughout their careers at Columbia. A focus on patent-searching.

Friday, August 30 - Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
In conjunction with SEAS administrators, a workshop on Academic Integrity as well as Plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it.

Tuesday, August 27 - CS Orientation
General overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians offer to students throughout the students' careers at Columbia University.

Monday, August 26 - SEAS Orientation
General overview of the Libraries, its resources, and the services the librarians offer to students throughout the students' careers at Columbia University.

Monday, August 19 - Chemistry Orientation
An introduction to the Libraries for students in the Chemistry Department.