Meet the graduates: Wendy Chu

Wendy Chu chose to attend North­eastern because she felt the uni­ver­sity “stretched the def­i­n­i­tion of a col­lege stu­dent.” Chu’s many accom­plish­ments include a co-​​op at a White House ini­tia­tive, studying polit­ical theory and sus­tain­able urban devel­op­ment on Dia­logues in China and the Nether­lands, and working across mar­keting, busi­ness devel­op­ment, and project man­age­ment teams at student-​​led and tech star­tups. “I’ll remember that any­thing felt pos­sible here,” she says. This fall, she will attend Har­vard Law School.

3Qs: IMF names Chinese yuan one of world’s elite currencies

Kamran Dad­khah, asso­ciate pro­fessor of eco­nomics, dis­cusses the inclu­sion of the Chi­nese yuan as a world reserve cur­rency, and the impli­ca­tions this deci­sion might have for the inter­na­tional economy going forward.

Researchers aim to thwart targeted cyberattacks

North­eastern cyber­se­cu­rity expert Engin Kirda and his col­leagues have pro­duced ground­breaking research that sheds light on tar­geted attacks, which rep­re­sent the growing majority of cyberes­pi­onage world­wide taking place today.

Nigerian delegation visits Northeastern

Mem­bers of the Nigerian National Assembly recently met with more than 120 Nigerian stu­dents who are studying at North­eastern this summer as part of a pro­gram that aims to pre­pare them to enter a U.S. col­lege or university.

Professor to lead U.S. biomaterials research society

Thomas Web­ster, pro­fessor and chair of Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, has been named pres­i­dent of the U.S. Society for Bio­ma­te­rials, a 3,000-plus-member orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to enhancing human health and quality of life through bio­ma­te­rials research.

Can China become an innovation hub?

The answer is yes, according to Michael Gasiorek, a fourth-​​year stu­dent in the Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness pro­gram who is spending two years studying and working in China.

3Qs: Buying into the knockoff factor?

Retail titans Apple, Nike and Ikea have to com­pete with impostor replicas of their retail stores that have popped up in the southern dis­trict of Kun­ming city in south­west China and other parts of the world. These stores hawk knockoff prod­ucts to some­times unknowing cus­tomers. Tony Gao, an assis­tant pro­fessor of mar­keting in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, inter­prets the broader impli­ca­tions to con­sumer wel­fare, intel­lec­tual prop­erty rights pro­tec­tion and how these com­pet­i­tive behav­iors affect inter­na­tional marketing.