Meet the Team


PDL Committee

Jenny Mak

Dr. Jenny Mak is the Executive Director of Graduate Career Placement for Columbia Engineering.

Jenny Mak

Executive Director, Career

Ellie Bastani

Ellie Bastani is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Services & Post-Doctoral Affairs.

Ellie Bastani

Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Services

Alvaro Rojas-Caamano

Alvaro Rojas-Caamano is the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Affairs.

Alvaro Rojas-Caamano

Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs

Tiffany Simon

Tiffany Simon is the Associate Dean of Graduate Student Affairs.

Tiffany Simon

Associate Dean, Graduate Student Affairs

Elizabeth Strauss

Elizabeth Strauss is the PDL Program Manager.

Elizabeth Strauss

Program Manager, PDL

PDL Core Instructors

Chuck Garcia

Chuck Garcia is the instructor.

Chuck Garcia

PDL Instructor

Fred Garcia

Fred Garcia is the instructor.

Fred Garcia

PDL Instructor

Tamar Hofer

Tamar establishes and maintains relationships with employers in the Financial Engineering industries to encourage the hiring of students.

Tamar Hofer

Career Placement Director For MSFE, Industrial Engineering & Operational Research

Jenny Mak

Dr. Jenny Mak is the Executive Director of Graduate Career Placement for Columbia Engineering.

Jenny Mak

Executive Director, Career

Career Placement Officers (CPOs)

Rachel Cohen

Rachel is the Career Development Officer for the Data Science Institute. She partners with students, corporations, and industry affiliates to leverage student talent into career opportunities.

Rachel Cohen

Career Placement Officer, Data Science Institute

Jessica Rosa

Jessica Rosa is the Career Placement Officer for CS students. She is also the Manager of Academic Administration and Student Services for the Computer Science Department.

Jessica Rosa

Career Placement Officer, Computer Science

​Raina M. Ranaghan

​Raina M. Ranaghan is the Career Placement Officer for Electrial and Computer Engineering graduate students.

​Raina M. Ranaghan

Career Placement Officer, Electrical Engineering

​Mindi Levinson

Mindi has been working as the dedicated Career Placement Officer for students in the M.S. in Management Science and Engineering program since its inception in the fall of 2011.

Mindi Levinson

Career Placement Officer, Industrial Engineering & Operational Research

Gerald Cotiangco

Before joining the IEOR Career Team at Columbia, Gerald worked for two New York City based nonprofits, where he coordinated volunteers, events, and programs.

Gerald Cotiangco

Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Tamar Hofer

Tamar establishes and maintains relationships with employers in the Financial Engineering industries to encourage the hiring of students.

Tamar Hofer

Career Placement Director For MSFE, Industrial Engineering & Operational Research

Irina Khenkin

Irina establishes and maintains relationships with employers in the Chemical Engineering industries to encourage the hiring of students.

Irina Khenkin

Career Placement Officer, Chemical Engineering

Emily-Anne McCormack

Emily establishes and maintains relationships with employers in the Chemical Engineering industries to encourage the hiring of students.

Emily-Anne McCormack

Career Placement Officer, Chemical Engineering

PDL Staff

Elizabeth Strauss

Elizabeth Strauss is the PDL Program Manager.

Elizabeth Strauss

Program Manager, PDL

Di Wang

Di establishes and maintains relationships with employers in the Chemical Engineering industries to encourage the hiring of students.

Di Wang

Program Manager, PDL

Amanda Gong

Amanda establishes and maintains relationships with employers in the Chemical Engineering industries to encourage the hiring of students.

Amanda Gong

Career Placement Officer, Chemical Engineering