Columbia Energy Alumni Network (CEAN)

The Columbia Energy Alumni Network, or CEAN, is a group of alumni from all Columbia University schools working in all areas of the energy industry. Since 2010, CEAN has hosted events in various cities to strengthen ties among alumni, and has leadership in Boston, NYC, Houston, Dallas, and DC, as well as “school captains” from each school. New leadership from graduating students is encouraged to build these clusters and school-groups in the future. These bonds as alumni will help us all in our professional careers and in turn enhance the professional footprint on campus for years to come. Join CEAN’s event email list here, and their LinkedIn group here.

Key Members


Don Curry, SIPA 2012 – CEAN Founder, 2011 Symposium Director; Senior Analyst at Tri Global Energy in Dallas, TX; working in Wind Electricity Project Finance.


Jing Xiao, SIPA 2012 – Consultant, Petroleum Economist at IHS.
Melany Vargas, SIPA 2011 – Business Strategy Manager at Accenture Strategy.

New York City:

Omar Valdez, SIPA 2009 – Senior Credit Analyst at AIG.
Michael Dreibelbis, CLS – Associate at Latham & Watkins.


Interim DC Chief:
Fernando Arias, GSAPP ’12 and SIPA ’13 – Director of Strategic Initiatives at American Society of Interior Designers.


Claudine Ellyin, SEAS 2012 – Manager of Project Implementation and Emerging Markets at Acadia Micro.