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May 13, 2021

Creating Synthetic Bone Graft Materials

Biochemistry student Morgan Pfaff is working with MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb and Post-Doctoral Researcher Jessica Faust to create synthetic materials for bone graft applications. She’s building better bones while encouraging diversity in science Main photo: Morgan Pfaff, who studies biochemistry, conducts biomaterial research for bone graft applications in Egan Research Center. Pfaff recently received […]

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

May 12, 2021

He’s Traveled the World, from the North Pole to Antarctica—and Still Dreams of Landing on the Moon.

In 1956, during one of Ken Bronstein’s first engineering classes at Northeastern, a professor made predictions about what might change by the year 2000. The Space Race was on, and personal jet packs and regular trips to the Moon were a couple of the possibilities that sparked Bronstein’s imagination. He dreamed of embarking on a lunar journey, and today, he’s disappointed that technology hasn’t made it a reality for himself or many others—but other travels awaited him.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

May 12, 2021

A Legacy that Lives On

The College of Engineering was sad to learn of the recent passing of alumnus John R. Nelson. He will be remembered for his scientific achievements during a nearly 40-year career and also his commitment to philanthropy, including a recently endowed engineering scholarship fund at Northeastern. John grew up on Fairview Street in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston. One of nine children and the son of a Boston Police Department patrolman, he loved building and fixing things and was destined for an engineering career―but funds for college were limited. At the time, Northeastern’s coop program offered the perfect means for John to finance his education. He graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and then earned an MBA in 1978 from Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

May 05, 2021

When Work is Play

Always driven to see how things worked, mechanical engineering student Amanda Vasconcelos, E’22, now uses those talents to build better toys while working on co-op at Hasbro.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Apr 21, 2021

Combining Energy and Leadership Programs to Make an Impact

AbdurRehman Rashid, ME’20, energy systems, and certificate in engineering leadership, knew early on that he wanted to make the world a better place through engineering. Growing up in Pakistan, at 18 he moved to Medford, Massachusetts, to attend Tufts University for his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, which he completed in 2016. After working for […]

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Apr 18, 2021

The Power of Community

The S-POWER scholars program helped Juan Mesa, E’21, mechanical engineering, find a true community and gave him the opportunity to become the best version of himself. Awarded a GEM Fellowship, he will be attending Carnegie Mellon University to pursue a PhD in advanced hydrogen energy systems.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Apr 12, 2021

Working Toward a World with Clean Energy

After completing his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Iowa, Pengyang Xiang, who is an MS in Energy Systems student graduating in 2021, felt limited by the programs offered by most universities on the graduate level in his area of interest. He wanted to specialize in the energy field with a master’s […]

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Mar 22, 2021

Featured Galante Fellow: Noah Switek

Get Involved and Takeoff! Noah Switek is currently a 5th-year student at Northeastern. This May, he will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Master’s degree in Engineering Management. His involvement with the Galante Engineering Business Program goes back to when he first heard Professor Jaeger-Helton talk about the program at an IISE […]

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering