Award Recipients


Gregory W. Allan, E/S’16, electrical engineering and physics combined major
As a freshman, Gregory was invited to work on a research project at the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems, where he helped develop algorithms for two applications: detecting suicide bombers at standoff distances and whole-body imaging for airport security. Called “one of the most prolific undergraduate researchers,” Gregory has a deep understanding of complex mathematical concepts, which enabled him to propose two innovative solutions for reducing the cost of an advanced imaging system; these were published in an IEEE journal. His long-term goal is to teach and to develop space-based instruments for observational cosmology.

Theodore Bowe, S’16, biology major, history minor
A critical thinker with the intellect, curiosity, and collaborative personality for scientific research, Theo received invitations to work in two laboratories. At Boston Children’s Hospital, he investigated the toxicity of an antiepileptic drug with the potential to transform the care of patients taking the drug. Theo’s current project on transgenerational immunity in the lab of Northeastern professor Rebeca Rosengaus crystallized his desire to pursue a career in research. He plans to earn a doctorate in infection and immunity, where his genuine patience for and understanding of the scientific method will serve him well.

Tushar Swamy, E/S’15, electrical engineering and physics combined major
Tushar’s 3.98 GPA is the highest in both the electrical and computer engineering and physics departments. He has pursued multiple research tracks in biomedical engineering optics, as well as computer architecture/cybersecurity. As a freshman, he worked in Northeastern’s Biomedical Optics Research Lab, which resulted in a paper that appeared in Physics in Medicine and Biology. His innovative work with the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research group has generated an entirely new thread of research. Tushar’s latest NUCAR project, which focuses on hardware/software cybersecurity, has drawn the attention of both industry and the research community. He intends to pursue a doctorate in hardware security.


Julia Ebert, S’15, behavioral neuroscience
Upon arriving on campus as a National Merit Scholar, Julia channeled her talents and passion into championing the field of science to others. In her first year, she joined Northeastern’s PRISM (Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics) program, and has continued as a mentor ever since. She has also been a research assistant in the Northeastern University Action Lab—both as a volunteer and then as a co-op responsible for a study on human motor control. She plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.


Neel Shah, E’14, electrical and computer engineering
Neel, who emigrated from India to the United States in 2005, has channeled his intellectual curiosity and determination into the field of electrical and computer engineering—with impressive results. As a research assistant in the Northeastern University Computer Architecture lab, he is helping to develop state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms and using them to build innovative face-recognition and object-detection applications for security, national defense, and immigration purposes. He is currently on co-op as a design engineer at Advanced Micro Devices, a multinational semiconductor company.