Welcome to South Lake Union!

The Northeastern University – Seattle campus is located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood — at the heart of the Amazon campus. This is a very trendy neighborhood where you can study, work, shop, eat, and play! Bordering the Lake Union waterfront, South Lake Union is quickly becoming the hub of innovation in technology, healthcare, and education.

Recent construction has transformed what was once an industrial neighborhood into a glimmering beacon of hope for future technology and growth. Today the neighborhood boasts many local restaurants, businesses, and public space along with great views of the Space Needle.

The Seattle team loves to dine at Serious Pie & Biscuit for their gourmet pizzas – it is only two blocks away from the campus! For a map of restaurants, click here.

To learn more about this unique neighborhood and what it offers, watch this video or visit Discover SLU.

Neighborhood Series: Seattle Center and The Space Needle

Adjacent to the South Lake Union neighborhood where Northeastern-Seattle is located, the Seattle Center is a popular destination for many visitors. Known for the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Center is the central hub for “exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities.”

It is home to many museums including the Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project (EMP), and the Seattle Children’s Museum. It is also home to the Chihuly Garden and Glass, which was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston two years ago.

In addition to the museums, there are many theaters including the Seattle Children’s Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, and The VERA project. Key Arena houses the Seattle Storm basketball team and hosts many big name music artists.

You can even hop aboard the monorail to the downtown area!

To learn more about Seattle Center and tickets to the museums and exhibits, click here.

Neighborhood Series: Pike Place Market

A neighborhood you are likely to visit while in Seattle is the downtown area, which is home to the iconic Pike Place Market. Make sure you stop by the first Starbucks Coffee storefront, the infamous gum wall, and the world famous fish market. If you venture down to the waterfront, there are spectacular views of the Puget Sound and, on a clear day, the Olympic Mountains.

Anne Maria suggests during the summer to dine at the French restaurant, Maximilien, for a romantic meal overlooking the bay or The Pink Door for Italian-American food.

“Established in 1907, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously operating and most historically authentic public market in the country. The Market (as the locals call it) is internationally recognized as America’s premier farmers’ market and is home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and more than 300 apartment units, most of which provide housing for low-income elderly people.  When the Pike Place Market was threatened with demolition and replacement, citizens of Seattle voted in 1971 to establish a seven-acre Pike Place Market Historical District and a Market Historical Commission to preserve its physical and social character. The Market attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington state’s most frequently visited destinations.”  Learn more at www.pikeplacemarket.org

A fun fact: Pike Place Market is one of eight historical districts in Seattle.  Learn more here: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/historic_districts.htm

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Tradeshow 2013

Last week, the Seattle campus welcomed many visitors from the Boston campus!

Dr. Brian Murphy Clinton, Executive Director of Enrollment Management, was present to host the welcome reception for our inaugural EdD cohort and share his personal experience in a graduate degree program at Northeastern.

Mary Hannon and Amy Charette, Director and Associate Director of Enrollment Management Contact Center, attended a conference in the city and stopped by the campus as well!

On Wednesday, May 15, the Seattle campus held a booth at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s annual tradeshow. Over 1000 individuals attended the event at the Century Link Field Event Center in the SODO district of Seattle. There were over 100 exhibitors representing local businesses as well as nationally recognized brands. The night included food and fun prizes!

The Seattle team and Boston visitors were present to talk to businesses and potential students about the new campus and our graduate degree programs.

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse business association in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization representing 2,200 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 700,000.

The Seattle Campus Launches Newsletter

The Seattle team is proud to launch the first edition of their bi-weekly newsletter!

The newsletter is designed to promote our website news and events, as well as promote local relevant news articles. We are excited for this opportunity to bring the Seattle and Northeastern communities closer together.

If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, enter your e-mail into the form here.

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Dr. Lackaye Hosts ALIGN Information Sessions

Dr. Lackaye and Seattle Admissions Recruiter Claire Lewis

Bryan Lackaye was on campus to promote the ALIGN program, which is set to begin this fall.  He also held two well-attended sessions at the University of Washington campus; these sessions marked the first steps of positive partnerships with local universities.The MS Computer Science ALIGN Program is an Accelerated Link to Industry through Graduate education & the Northeastern Network.  ALIGN students will build their analytical and problem-solving skills through a custom curriculum created to link their undergraduate foundation to M.S. Computer Science graduate studies.  It will be a unique opportunity for students who have existing quantitative aptitude and are interested in transitioning into a lucrative career as a Computer Science professional.

To read more about the ALIGN program and Dr. Lackaye’s visit to Seattle, click here.


One of two sessions at the University of Washington

Dr. Magy Seif El-Nasr and “Games For Good”

Left to Right: Dr. Magy Seif El-Nasr, Jeff Pobst, Jason Robar, John Williamson, Tayloe Washburn

The Interactive Media Video Gaming industry is a major economic engine in the Puget Sound region, driving over $9 billion in revenue each year.  While 5 years ago Washington State had 150 companies in this sector, in 2013 there are almost 400, and it continues to grow.  Northeastern is a national leader among universities with experts both in the Game Analytics side, as well as in the Game Design field.  Dr. Magy Seif El-Nasr is Northeastern’s Director of Game Educational Programs and Research, and has conducted award-winning research focused on enhancing game designs by developing tools and methods for evaluating and adapting game experiences.  On her visit to Seattle last week, she met with leaders at Microsoft and Amazon Gaming groups, visited faculty at the University of Washington, and met with leaders at Popcap, ArenaNet and Big Fish.

We hosted a Speaker Series event at our Seattle campus last week which brought together Professor Saif El-Nasr and three local Gaming Company CEOs, to discuss ways to move games beyond the entertainment and casual area and help us as a society improve training in education and health care areas.  177 million Americans now play video games, and children under 18 play an average of 2.1 hours per day.  We must as a society find ways to channel some of this energy and time into education, health care, and other areas that benefit our community.  The challenge is to get the funding at the front end to develop fun and engaging games in, for example, helping kids learn algebra, engaging middle school kids into STEM fields, or promoting citizens to engage more in wellness and personalized medicine approaches.
Our seminar discussion confirmed that it is unlikely that the large commercial gaming companies will soon switch their resources from the entertainment and recessional games that drive their bottom line.  But our discussion, attended by over 60 people, made it clear there is strong interest in exploring a possible regional initiative to promote good games for education.  To move beyond existing products in this field and reach far more kids in an effective way will require funding from foundations and philanthropists, combined with a core of STEM leaders and advocates, and a few interested and capable game developers.

The Seattle Campus Explores Global Health

Northeastern University – Seattle moved into the global health area last week, connecting Ghana, Kenya, and the Boston and Seattle campuses. One of Northeastern’s Global Health leaders, Professor Richard Ellis, who has worked extensively on health issues in Kenya and other African countries was connected via videoconference to the Seattle campus, where Dr.  Ellis Owusu-Dabo, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director of  Ghana’s Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) met with Professor Richard Wamai. Richard G. Wamai, Ph.D., is the Assistant Professor of Public Health of Northeastern’s Department of African-American Studies and Northeastern’s Integrated Initiative for Global Health.

The discussions confirmed the overlap between the pioneering work in Ghana of KCCR with global health research and student exchanges in Ghana and throughout Africa.  Based on this meeting, KCCR and Northeastern are now considering a draft Memorandum of Understanding which could cover student exchanges, research and other forms of collaboration.

The development of Northeastern’s Integrated Initiative for Global Health is perfectly timed with the commencement of the Seattle Graduate Campus; the campus is located in the heart of South Lake Union, in close proximity to The Gates Foundation and many other institutions which make up the world’s No. 1 global health cluster.  See Washington State Global Health Alliance’s website for more information.

Professor Steve Vollmer Visits Seattle Campus!

Last week, Professor Steve Vollmer took time out of his program in Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands to visit the Seattle campus!   Vollmer is Assistant Professor, Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences; Director, Bioinformatics PSM program and Associate Director, Marine Science Center.  During his visit he met and answered questions for prospective students about the Professional Science Master in Bioinformatics. During his trip Professor Vollmer also met with the Benaroya Research Institute and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Personal note from Dean and CEO Tayloe Washburn on his recent trip to the Boston campus:

I have just returned from a productive week at Northeastern’s main campus in Boston.  It was a very productive trip.  First I accompanied Ken Stuart, former CEO of Seattle BioMed.  Ken is a Northeastern alumni who has gone on to establish Seattle BioMed, which is a world leader in devising solutions to  infectious diseases in Africa and South Asia, such as malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and sleeping sickness, which kills millions of people every year.  Ken gave a presentation in Boston on the work Seattle Biomed is doing in these areas and its important research collaboration with Northeastern researchers to tackle these global problems.  Ken and his team’s biology expertise is complemented by the chemistry and drug discovery expertise at Northeastern.

I went on to meet with several Deans who are introducing their top quality academic programs here in Seattle. We are at an exciting phase of identifying possible adjunct faculty from Washington State who can supplement the existing faculty on courses we deliver in a hybrid format.  I also met with my counterpart at our Charlotte campus, Dr. Cheryl Richards, to compare notes of how we can best meet the needs of working professionals and companies in our respective regions.  We are excited at the prospect of pulling all three campuses together by using our advanced video-conferencing capability in Seattle to connect speakers and audiences in all three regions.

Cheryl and I gave a presentation to a large group in Boston on what is going on at the graduate campuses.  A link to my powerpoint can be found here. I am always surprised at the breadth and depth of support throughout the Boston campus for what we are pioneering here in Seattle.  It makes our job a lot easier, and more fun.

Finally I met with faculty in Boston who are giving serious analysis to how they can partner with some of our region’s leaders in preventative medicine.  We are launching our Speaker Series on this topic next Friday: Read Here.