Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) provides programming and services to Graduate Engineering students that support and enhance the student experience and success. GSA offers holistic guidance from orientation to graduation, including academic advising, class registration, and events that promote student life and wellness. Our office seeks to be your go-to resource for navigating Columbia University and assisting with any questions or challenges that arise during your time here. We look forward to meeting you!

Graduate Student Affairs Team

Kristy Barbacane

Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Services, 212 854 5379


Kristy Barbacane completed her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at Columbia University and previously worked with Columbia College and Engineering students at the Berick Center for Student Advising. She is the academic liaison to the departments of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Earth and Environmental Sciences, IEOR, and Mechanical Engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, exploring museums, and playing the flute. She assists students and postdoctoral fellows and scientists with questions about academic resources, support and resources for wellness and quality of life issues, or general questions or concerns. You can connect with her via email or make an appointment.


Areas of Responsibility:

  • Academic Support and Guidance
  • Fellowships and Research Opportunities
  • Academic Policies and Procedures
  • University and SEAS Resources


Remi Moss

Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs, 212 854 6901


Remi Moss completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration/Counseling in Student Affairs at University of California, Los Angeles. She primarily works with students and postdocs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Computer Science, Data Science, and Electrical Engineering departments. In her capacity as Assistant Dean, she provides academic resources and general wellness and quality of life support to SEAS graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Prior to joining GSA, she worked in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University and also in the Center for Data Science at New York University. You can contact her via email or make an appointment.


Areas of Responsibility:

  • Academic Support and Guidance
  • Fellowships and Research Opportunities
  • Academic Policies and Procedures
  • University and SEAS Resources

Alvaro Rojas-Caamano

Associate Director of Graduate Student Affairs, 212 854 8930

Higher Education professional with  15 years of experience working in the higher education space including student advising & development, international education programming, student recruitment, and college internship management.


Areas of Responsibility:

  • Graduate student life, programming & events
  • Graduate Student Organizations
  • Engineering Graduate Student Council
  • Housing
  • Collaborations with other Columbia schools & departments


Betty Hsu

Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services, 212 854 6499

Betty is responsible for advising the Columbia University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CUCSSA) and other graduate student groups. She plays a key role in graduate student affairs administration at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and other Columbia schools by developing and implementing programs and services to support the diverse needs of graduate students and communicating and enforcing academic policies and procedures.


Areas of Responsibility:

  • Advisor for the Columbia University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CUCSSA)
  • Graduate student life and programming
  • Financial administration


Shadman Islem

Graduate Student Affairs Officer, 
212 854 6438

Previously a member of the Office of Graduate Student Affairs as a Graduate Assistant, Shadman joined the team full-time in 2018. He assists with various aspects of student life and academic affairs at Columbia Engineering, from planning programming to graduation clearances to financial administration. He is passionate about indie music, urban design, and contemporary issues in higher education. Shadman completed his MA in Higher & Postsecondary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has a BS in Brain & Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.

Areas of Responsibility

  • SEAS Disability Services Liasion
  • Graduate student programming and events
  • Degree clearances and Class Day communications
  • Approving Leaves of Absence, Advanced Standing, Degree Concentration Changes, and Add/Drop forms for APAM, BMEN, EAEE, IEOR, and MECE students
  • Financial administration for EGSC and student groups (paying vendors, managing budgets, disbursement of EGSC Professional Development Scholarship, etc.)

Graduate Assistants

Our Graduate Assistants are crucial members of the GSA team, helping every day with the planning and execution of events related to graduate student life. As graduate students themselves, they offer a unique perspective on supporting our population.


Zachary Beaudoin
MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, SPS'20

Yijuan Qiu
MA in International Educational Development, TC'19

Ziren (Violet) Yin
MA in Higher & Postsecondary Education, TC'19