Dean charts bold vision for College of Engineering

Growing up in France, Nadine Aubry knew that she wanted to har­ness the power of engi­neering to make a pos­i­tive impact on the world. Now, as dean of the Col­lege of Engi­neering, she is shaping the future of engi­neering edu­ca­tion while being rec­og­nized for her achieve­ments through pres­ti­gious appoint­ments and major awards.

New professor creates self-​​folding, origami robots

Sam Felton, a newly appointed assis­tant pro­fessor of engi­neering, has built robots that start as a flat sheet of paper, and fold them­selves into three-dimensional,3-D func­tioning machines. He joined Northeastern’s Col­lege of Engi­neering this year, and aims to har­ness the power of this tech­nique to make every­thing from self-​​assembling build­ings to self-​​folding robots that could be launched into space.

Graduate’s engineering work featured on Shark Week

Carl Fiester helped design a state-​​of-​​the-​​art autonomous under­water vehicle that last year cap­tured unique footage of great white sharks’ behavior off the coast of Mexico. Ear­lier this week, the footage was fea­tured on a Shark Week show on the Dis­covery Channel.

Inspiration for next generation of female engineers

In honor of National Engi­neers Week, three mem­bers of Northeastern’s Society of Women Engi­neers share what inspired them to pursue degrees in the field and how they’re working to attract more young women to do the same.

NASA selects Northeastern for humanoid robot research

North­eastern and MIT are the only uni­ver­si­ties in the country chosen by NASA to per­form advanced research and devel­op­ment work on humanoid robots—robots that could play a role in NASA’s plan to send astro­nauts to Mars.

Capstone project helps people who are blind navigate city intersections

Crossing a busy city inter­sec­tion can be a pre­car­ious task for any pedes­trian, a maze fraught with var­ious obsta­cles. A new app, designed by North­eastern engi­neering stu­dents, would help blind or visu­ally impaired people nav­i­gate that maze.

Student’s materials research leads to Goldwater Scholarship

Emma Kaeli, E’18, was one of 260 stu­dents selected from a nation­wide pool of more than 1,000 appli­cants to receive this pres­ti­gious award for those inter­ested in pur­suing research careers.

Scaling up armor systems

Researchers at North­eastern University’s High Per­for­mance Mate­rials and Struc­tures Lab­o­ra­tory are looking to the char­ac­ter­is­tics of animal scales to help them develop the next gen­er­a­tion of light­weight armor systems.

Looking ahead: Cybersecurity in 2015

U.S. busi­nesses suf­fered a score of data breaches in 2014. Here, William Robertson, an assis­tant pro­fessor and web secu­rity expert, explains what we can expect from cyber­se­cu­rity in the new year.

Silicon Valley spring break leads to high-​​tech career

Marta Skomin, E’14, spent her 2012 spring break in Sil­icon Valley, net­working with high-​​tech employers and learning more about the industry. The expe­ri­ence led first to a co-​​op job and then to a full-​​time posi­tion with the same company.