Engineering @ Northeastern
I am pleased to present the 2012-13 issue of Engineering @ Northeastern, which provides a glimpse of the College and its accomplishments.
I can think of no better way to introduce myself as dean than in an issue of Engineering@Northeastern devoted to the impact our college makes in advancing growth and innovation, in the U.S. and around the world.
In our cover story, we highlight the role Northeastern engineering graduates have played and continue to play in fueling the American economy—as leaders of many of the country’s biggest and best-known companies, and as innovators and entrepreneurs. As most of you probably know, this is no coincidence. Innovation and entrepreneurship powered by experiential learning are in our DNA, and I am confident that our college will continue to drive new ideas and new ways of working and living in the world.
Knowledge creation and the desire to innovate are tied directly to use-inspired research. Within these pages, you’ll find a sampling of some of the important work being conducted by our faculty, with particular focus on challenges in health, security, and sustainability. You’ll also learn about the advanced research our students pursue, ranging from devices that aid stroke survivors to an energy-control system that powers down homes.
We also wish to take special note of the contributions of our proud alumni, whose philanthropic support is helping ensure Northeastern’s place in the top tier of engineering schools. In the alumni pages, you’ll read about the achievements of two—Arthur Zafiropoulo and William DiPietro—whose generosity and support provide a road map for us all.
Finally, if you’d like to learn more about my background and about the inspiring achievements of our faculty—including Thomas Webster, our new chair of chemical engineering— please turn to “Faculty Advancement” on page 20.
I am excited to join you, and thrilled at the opportunities we have to make a new impact in the world every day. I invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and ideas, and to follow us throughout this coming year of accomplishment.
Dean of Engineering