The First Year Engineering Learning and Innovation
Center is available for students to work on their
projects for their freshman engineering courses.

The First Year Engineering Program provides new students with tools they need to succeed at Northeastern University. The first year of engineering at Northeastern is a common curriculum in which all students regardless of intended major enroll in math, chemistry, physics, GE 1000 Introduction to EngineeringGE1110 Engineering Design, GE1111 Engineering Problem Solving and Computation, GE 1501 Cornerstone of Engineering 1 and GE 1502 Cornerstone of Engineering 2. Through these courses, special seminars and social activities, students are provided an opportunity to explore the different engineering majors currently offered at Northeastern University. Students are supported by one-on-one meetings with their academic advisor several times a year to help them register for courses and plan their academic career in the college. Students are challenged with real-world service learning projects.

"Gateway" faculty (listed below) who teach the first-year courses in math, chemistry, physics and engineering have diverse backgrounds and professional job experiences in both industry and academia so they deliver a unique first year experience that emphasizes hands-on learning, technical immersion in engineering concepts, problem solving strategies and time management skills.

Tools available with Husky ID: rulers & tape measures, scissors, hot glue guns, pliers, handsaws, screwdrivers (big/small), small hammer, drill & drill bits, clamps, T-squares, multimeters, soldering irons, safety glasses REQUIRED!

Spring 2017 Schedule (subject to change):

Mondays - Thursdays: 10am - 9pm, Fridays: 10am - 7pm, Sundays: 2pm - 8pm

Gateway Faculty

Gateway Faculty

"Setting first-year engineering students up for success" in an engineering curriculum has always been the stated goal of the NU Gateway Faculty Team. Their personal commitment to the profession of engineering, and dedication to effective teaching and mentoring are fueled by their seemingly boundless energy, imagination and creativity. Consistently experimenting with new educational strategies, measuring the outcomes and sharing the results with the broader engineering education community have led to continuing improvements in NU’s first-year engineering program and have resulted in national recognition of the team and its efforts as well as leadership roles in the American Society for Engineering Education.
    ~Richard Scranton
    Former Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

News Highlights

Publication Abstracts and Proposals Submitted

  • Freeman, S, Jaeger B, & Whalen, R, (2014). Making a First-year Impression: Engineering Projects that Affect and Connect. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Pfluger, C & Schulte Graham, K, (2014). Introducing Sustainability into Engineering Design: A First Year Course. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Love, J, Freeman, S and Sullivan, D, (2014). What Sticks with First Year Engineering Students and Engineering Faculty in STEM Education Service-Learning Projects, Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Forman, S & Freeman, S (2012). The Unwritten Syllabus. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Jaeger B, Whalen, R, & Freeman, S, (2012). Programming is Invisible –or Is It? How to Bring a First-year Programming Course to Life. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX.
  • Freeman, S, Forman, S, Whalen, R, & Jaeger B, (2011). Service Learning vs. Learning Service in Engineering Design. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Jaeger, BK (Coordinator, Northeastern University) with Estell, J (Ohio Northern), Freeman, S (Northeastern), Moor, SS (Purdue University Fort Wayne), & Whalen, R (Northeastern) (2010 for 2011) Workshop Proposal to American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Approved and Sponsored by First-year Programs Division; pending ASEE approval.
  • Whalen, R, Jaeger, BK, & Freeman, S (2010 for 2011). R U All There? Texting, Surfing, and E-Tasking in the Classroom and its Effects on Learning. Abstract Submitted to American Society for Engineering Education for Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Freeman, SF, Forman, S, Whalen, R, & Jaeger B (2010 for 2011). Service Learning vs. Learning Service in Engineering Design. Abstract Submitted to American Society for Engineering Education for Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Jaeger, B, Whalen, R, Payne, R, & Freeman, S (2010). Successful Students: Smart or Tough?  Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Freeman, S, Jaeger B, & Whalen, R, (2006). Active Teaching, Active Learning: Infusing the Design Process in a First-Year Course. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL.

Papers & Proceedings

Technical Presentations and Research Dissemination

  • Jaeger, BK & Freeman, SF, with Abbamonto, C*, Bowman, C*, Durfee, E*, and Hoey, M* (2006). Team Extreme: Pair programming Leverages the Power of Two Minds, Women in Science and Engineering Exposition, Northeastern University, Research Poster Presentation.
  • Freeman, S & Jaeger, BK (2005). Pair Programming Applied Successfully in a First Programming Course. Scholarship of Teaching and Leaning Publication, Center for Effective University Teaching, Northeastern University. Also presentated as a Research Poster at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium.