April 17th, 2017 Meeting Minutes


Our first full meeting with the new Engineering Student Council of 2017-18!

Check out the minutes for our latest meeting above as well as the livestream of the meeting here.

Addendum to SAC’s Memorandum on Suicide Prevention and Student Wellness

In response to the recent chain of tragedies that have affected our campus community, the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) of the University Senate has composed an extensive memorandum to the Offices of the President and Provost on mental health, suicide prevention, and student wellness. In support of this memorandum, the Engineering Student Council has written an addendum, which we believe complements the recommendations in the SAC’s memorandum by offering recommendations for improving mental health and for responding to campus tragedy.

Read our addendum here, or over on the Policy Committee page. Also check out a related memorandum written by Sidney Perkins last year on mental health.



January 30th, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Check out the minutes for our latest meeting above, or here, as well as the livestream of the meeting here.

In addition, ESC passed a resolution tonight. We encourage you to take a look through it, as it pertains to our interaction with the administration and the continuing dissonance between student needs and administrative actions with regards to initiatives on reducing student stress.

A Resolution on the Community Dissonance between Student Leaders and Administrators, which Contributes to a Culture of Stress on Columbia’s Campus



Policy Committee Project Tracker

In an effort both to increase our own transparency and to demystify the workings of the administration of Columbia, the Policy Committee is excited to announce the publication of our internal projects tracker.

Please note that we have removed the direct links to survey results, but we are working to include links to the ones whose results are public. All reports and resolutions remain linked.

Check out the project tracker here: Policy Committee Project Tracker, or on our Policy Committee webpage.

As always, we welcome any and all suggestions and feedback.


ESC Policy

ESC Statement on Wrestling Team

CW: Sexism, Racism, Misogyny, Homophobia

In light of recent events regarding the statements said in a forum by several senior members of the Columbia Men’s Wrestling Team, the Engineering Student Council stands with the communities that feel victimized, silenced, wronged, and unsafe. We stand with the survivors of sexual assault and the victims of racism, misogyny, sexism and homophobia . We will provide support in any way possible. No student should feel unsafe at any time on this campus, and we are acutely aware that the aforementioned statements force students to question the foundations on which their whole community is based.

ESC Statement on Election

CW: Election

As representatives of a diverse student body, we recognize the unrest that the current American political situation has generated within the Columbia community. Therefore, it has been our priority to provide unconditional support to every member of our community. As a way to provide immediate support, council reached out to faculty and administrators in order to care for the mental and emotional well being of those who are affected. Going forward, we will continue to be a resource to any student who needs it. The members of our Engineering Student Council will not tolerate hate, in either action or speech. We will intervene, not solely as bystanders, but as devoted, passionate members of this Columbia community, to ensure our community is a welcoming place for all members of our diverse and vibrant student body...

Who are Students with Disabilities?

Who are students with disabilities?

The connotation of the word disability for the general public is often a person who faces challenges when walking and uses a cane or wheelchair to get by; or someone who has an inconvenience physically interacting with the environment, whether it is through mobility or language. Although these are indeed defined as disabilities, they are just some of the many shapes that disabilities can take.

Therefore, describing a student who happens to have a disability does not necessarily depend on physical traits: according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, an individual with a disability is a person who has an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. This impairment might be physical or mental.

Most of us are familiar with physical disabilities, or those distinguishable through our senses, but we often disregard disabilities that are not readily apparent — the ones we can’t ‘see’. A huge range of disabilities currently recognized in today’s medical community are completely invisible and can hardly be reduced to an exhaustive definition or symptom. Chronic pain, for instance, may leave one capable some days and absolutely crushed on others. On the other hand, epilepsy can create a seizure with no warning whatsoever. Anxiety might stop someone from completing the simplest of tasks; and diabetes, which is often overlooked as a disability, can affect vision and cause fatigue.

Moreover, disabilities have no set timeline. They might be permanent, meaning they are always present, such as local and generalized paralysis and dyslexia; but they also might also be chronic, which means their symptoms repetitively ‘come and go’ with time, such as Crohn’s Disease or seizure disorders. A condition might affect a person from birth, like genetic conditions such as hereditary hearing loss and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or might develop later with age such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Consequently, there is no one sign or symptom to define a student with a disability. A student with a disability is anyone who falls under the umbrella of having a condition that affects their ability to interact with their internal or external environment.

The Office of Disability Services has resources on campus available for all students who experience any condition that might interfere with their development at Columbia. If you feel that you or someone you know might have a condition that qualifies as a disability, Disability Services has walk-in hours Monday through Friday with coordinators available to answer all your questions. The hours are listed in:

If you have any questions or concerns that could not be adequately addressed otherwise, feel free to reach out to ae2502@columbia.edu.

Columbia Space Initiative Shoots for the Moon with NASA


(left to right) Leon Kim, 2019 SEAS; Keenan Albee, 2017 SEAS; Julia Di, 2018 SEAS; Brian Smiley, 2016 CC; Kristina Andreyeva, 2017 SEAS; (postered) Tamas Savary, 2017 SEAS; Jorge Orbay, 2017 SEAS; Mike Massimino, 1984 SEAS

The Columbia Space Initiative (CSI) is a group of students of all backgrounds and majors dedicated to advancing space technology through the pursuit of technical projects and space-related programming. We are involved in everything from space mission design, high altitude balloon design, miniature satellite design, space industry outreach, model rocket launching, and more!

Over the summer, CSI competed in two challenges sponsored by NASA. The first, the Micro-G design challenge, involved designing, machining, and testing a space-related tool at NASA’s National Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). In late May, CSI members visited the NBL. They had an asteroid anchor of their own design tested by professional divers. Their anchor had to hold at least 10 lbs of force when embedded into sand. It was able to withstand more than 30 lbs of force during testing!

The second challenge, the RASCAL challenge, involved designing a hypothetical mission plan for NASA. Team members designed a mission plan for visiting Deimos, one of Mars’ moons. The mission plan included technical outlines, budget specifics, and a timeline for completion. Team members were invited to Cape Canaveral in late June, where they presented their mission design to NASA judges and were awarded multiple honorable mentions!

Welcome to the Columbia Engineering Student Council Website!


Hi everyone!

As your Engineering Student Council, our goal is to make the world a better place by empowering and enabling our engineers to fix the problems that they care about most. We’re looking forward to working with you throughout your time here at Columbia.

We’ll be updating the members pages with more information soon, as well as creating an area where we will publish our survey results. In the weeks to come, we’ll also be creating a better disabilities information page, and we’ve got a blog series planned for engineering student groups on campus.

Feel free to email esc@columbia.edu with any questions or concerns, or drop us a suggestion in our suggestion box when it comes online!


The Members of Engineering Student Council



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