Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
321 Snell Engineering Center
Rifat’s home country is Turkey but has lived in the US since 2000. He earned his BSc degree from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey before earning his MSc and PhD at the University of Connecticut in mechanical engineering. After having earned his degrees, Rifat became a researcher in France for one year before joining the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 2006.
“Since the first time I started teaching, I have always enjoyed the interactions with students, whether it is related to teaching, research, or advising on career opportunities. To further continue my interactions with students, even outside the classroom, I have decided to be a part of the Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) program.”
You can find Rifat challenging students in a match of ping pong, participating in soccer events and watching the NBA games. He is passionate in expanding his love of learning different cultures by traveling, improving his French, cooking and dining at many of the ethnic restaurants to practice his love of enjoying fine cuisine with his wife, Alix, and son, Maxime.
“As a scientist, I so much enjoy living in Boston - one of the major cities in the world where the heart of science beats. I blend my hobbies, passion, and excitement into the FiR programs I run for the International Village residents.”
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
201 Renaissance Park
Originally from San Pablo, CA, Mindelyn relocated to the East Coast in 2004. Mindelyn earned her B.A. in Sociology with minors in Anthropology and Policy Studies from UCLA and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. She joined the Northeastern University Department of Sociology and Anthropology in August 2010. Mindelyn’s areas of specialization include Social Inequality and Mobility, Racial and Ethnic Minorities, International Migration and Qualitative Methodology.
Mindelyn and her husband, Augustus, welcomed their twin daughters, Olivia and Vivian, in July 2013; making them the youngest residents of International Village. Mindelyn enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, international cuisine, multicultural events and the company of good people.
The Department of Residential Life sees the value of the interaction between students and faculty and thus has created multiple opportunities for out of classroom experiences that bring both together. “The more students interact with faculty in a variety of formal and informal settings, the greater the degree of students will be committed to the institution,” (Pascarella, 1980).
Not only does this type of involvement improve the experiences of students, but research has shown that faculty also have a lot to gain from these interactions. “Faculty tend to have a greater understanding of students’ needs, expectations, strengths and challenges to help guide faculty in the classroom when teaching and meeting with students about their academic expectations and challenges they may face,” (Pascarella, 1975).
There are a number of opportunities for faculty to become more involved with students’ academic and personal experiences.
These opportunities and commitments can range from a simple one time in residence hall program to a field trip within the Boston area to a commitment of living in a residence hall as a Faculty in Residence (FiR). Faculty who participate can request to work with first year students only or second years and above. Outlined below are examples and time commitments for out of classroom interactions with faculty and students.
There will always be a student staff member (Resident Assistant) or professional staff member (Residence Director) to help plan and facilitate programs.
If you’re interested in becoming more involved in the lives of our students outside of the classroom, please complete this quick interest survey or contact Kara Curcio, Assistant Director for Residential Life.
Spooky Science w/ Professor Courtney Pfluger
Meditation and Quality of Life w/ Professor Carey Nolan (Faculty in Residence ’09-’12)
How to Run a Cookie Factory and Other Lessons from Professor Susan Freeman
A Knice Knitting Class w/ Professor Ben Caras