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Jul 20, 2020

Floating Wetlands: Cleaning Up the Charles River

CEE PhD student Max Rome, his advisor Professor Ed Beighley, and the Charles River Conservancy created about 700 square feet of man-made wetland floats near the Longfellow Bridge to provide shelter to algae-eating zooplankton which can prevent algae bloom.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Jun 26, 2020

A Planned Gift: It’s Just Good Chemistry

Jeffrey Kontoff, E’74, ME’76, knew that landing a full-time job during the deep recession of the mid-1970s would be challenging. As a chemical engineering major at Northeastern, he had held co-ops in his home state of Connecticut—but after earning his bachelor’s degree, the economy tightened and businesses pulled back on hiring. “There weren’t many companies […]

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Jun 26, 2020

Living the American Dream

Growing up in rural New Zealand, David Salmon, ME’65, electrical engineering, seized every technical opportunity, building radios, electric motors, and model planes from scratch. His school-vacation jobs included laboring on wharfs, houses, and barns. He scraped sludge from the feeder of a fertilizer factory and the tanks of a paper mill. He surveyed land for a new road and measured the strength of concrete samples. “I realized I would not be satisfied with any of those jobs as a career,” Salmon says. “I was motivated to continue studying.”

Electrical & Computer Engineering

photo of Loretta and Bob Maddock

Jun 26, 2020

Giving Back and Forward

When it comes to supporting his alma mater, Bob Maddock, E’72, is proud to follow the example set by his father Tom, a 1942 Northeastern graduate who, like his son, earned a chemical engineering degree, achieved professional success, and went on to give back to the university through generous financial support.

Chemical Engineering

Jun 26, 2020

Hard Work Pays Off

No one knows the value of hard work more than David House, ME’69, electrical engineering. Growing up in Muskegon, Michigan, where nearly everyone worked in a factory, House had an early love of science and a dream of becoming an engineer. But because he lacked the financial resources to spend four years at a university, […]

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Jun 11, 2020

Her Engineering Degree Was the Launchpad for a Wide-Ranging Career

Michele Lezama, E’88, arrived at Northeastern on a scholarship for Black engineering students and now is President and CEO of the organization that made her education possible.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Jun 11, 2020

Making Her Mark

Xuezhu Cai, who is earning her PhD in bioengineering and participating in the Experiential PhD program, has a theory about early detection of Parkinson’s Disease.

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Jun 11, 2020

Distinctive Excellence

Kritika Singh, E’20, has achieved a rare distinction by being named a Rhodes Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and a Goldwater Scholar.  Most candidates for the Rhodes Scholarship, widely viewed as the most prestigious academic honor for U.S. college students, are likely overwhelmed by the process of writing a personal essay, submitting the application, undergoing an […]

Bioengineering