Communication devices ‘enable’ children with disabilities

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty have com­bined their knowl­edge of engi­neering and phys­ical therapy to design, develop, and then deliver two low-​​cost com­mu­ni­ca­tion devices to dis­abled kids living at a pair of orphan­ages in Ecuador.

Thanks to Northeastern’s ‘true heroes’

The ded­i­cated and tire­less work of those in the North­eastern com­mu­nity who are on duty during snow days is the reason the campus has remained safe and oper­a­tional during the snow blitz in recent weeks.

Boldly going where no robot has gone before

By devel­oping dynamic legged robots that emu­late animal move­ments, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert, E’73, says machines will be able to reach new heights.

Cloudy with a chance of pumpkins

On Thursday, first-​​year engi­neering stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the annual fall event dubbed an “egg drop on steroids,” in which pump­kins are hurled off atop Gains­bor­ough Garage, all in the name of learning about impor­tant engi­neering principles.

The power of leaving your comfort zone

Taking advan­tage of oppor­tu­ni­ties and being your­self were among the lessons Marcy Reed, pres­i­dent of National Grid Mass­a­chu­setts, shared with fellow women in engi­neering and tech­nology at the Women Who Inspire Engi­neering Lead­er­ship Recep­tion on Tuesday night.

Students build community through robotics engineering

Nutrons 125, Northeastern’s robotic engi­neering stu­dent club, offers area high school stu­dents the chance to design, build, and test a robot in com­pe­ti­tions around the region.

Climate change research goes to the extremes

In a new paper, North­eastern researchers show how they’ve used advanced com­pu­ta­tional data sci­ence tools to demon­strate that despite global warming, we may still expe­ri­ence severe cold snaps due to increasing vari­ability in tem­per­a­ture extremes.

Where are the whales?

New research from Purnima Ratilal, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering whose exper­tise is in under­water acoustic sensing methods, pro­vides high-​​resolution local­iza­tion data of sperm whales swim­ming in shallow con­ti­nental shelf waters.

A simpler way to test for water pollution

Assis­tant pro­fessor Loretta Fer­nandez has devel­oped a straight­for­ward method for deter­mining the con­cen­tra­tion of con­t­a­m­i­nants likely to end up in the tis­sues of organ­isms living in pol­luted waterways.

Take 5: Get to know Northeastern’s Baja SAE team

Northeastern’s chapter of Baja SAE just com­pleted another suc­cessful season, fin­ishing eighth overall at the final com­pe­ti­tion of the year. Here are five fun facts about the motor­sports team and the vehicle designed by engi­neering students.

How to fix the Internet’s plumbing problem

Edmund Yeh, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering, is working to design a better Internet, one that’s more equipped to meet its growing traffic demands. His approach: create a net­work of Internet drains.

A beautiful, peculiar molecule

In the latest install­ment of the Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series, Nobel lau­reate Sir Harold Kroto dis­cussed his dis­covery of Buck­min­ster­fullerene with a standing-​​room-​​only audience.

The wonder of human movement

North­eastern pro­fessor Dagmar Sternad received the 50th annual Robert D. Klein Uni­ver­sity Lec­turer Award on Tuesday and dis­cussed her inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research on how the brain con­trols the human body.

3Qs: An engineer’s breakdown of a landslide

In the wake of the recent deadly mud­slide in Wash­ington state, Tom Sheahan, pro­fessor and senior asso­ciate dean for aca­d­emic affairs in the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, breaks down the anatomy of slides and offers poten­tial pre­ven­ta­tive measures.

Face value

Assis­tant pro­fessor Ray­mond Fu is devel­oping facial recog­ni­tion soft­ware with appli­ca­tions ranging from adver­tising to crim­inal inves­ti­ga­tions. His research recently earned him a Young Inves­ti­gator award from the Inter­na­tional Neural Net­work Society.

Northeastern breaks ground on state-​​of-​​the-​​art science and engineering complex

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the city of Boston opened a new chapter in their long part­ner­ship on Friday morning when city offi­cials joined uni­ver­sity leaders to break ground on Northeastern’s state-​​of-​​the-​​art Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Complex.

3Qs: New ways to treat injuries like Gronk’s

Pro­fessor Thomas Web­ster, chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, is exploring nanomed­i­cine approaches that could have a major impact on healing sports injuries like those suf­fered by Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, who tore his ACL and MCL.

Robotic inspectors on disaster duty

Jerry Hajjar, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, is helping to design an autonomous low-​​flying vehicle capable of under­standing and pre­dicting struc­tural damage in unsafe and remote loca­tions fol­lowing dis­aster events and for longterm maintenance.

Blog:  The Works

Happier after working at Hap​pier​.com

It was an honor to have the oppor­tu­nity to inter­view stand-​​​​out stu­dent, Andrew Barba. A 3rd year com­puter sci­ence major set to grad­uate in 2016, he recently fin­ished his co-​​​​op […]

Hey, bacteria are individuals too

Advances in obser­va­tional tech­nolo­gies show that pop­u­la­tions of bac­te­rial cells are as diverse as any other species, but ana­lyt­ical tools have yet to evolve to study this indi­vid­u­ality, says asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering Ferdi Hellweger.

Northeastern students tackle healthcare

At the bian­nual meeting of the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Center for Health Orga­ni­za­tions Trans­for­ma­tion, grad­uate stu­dents from pro­fessor James Benneyan’s Health­care Sys­tems Engi­neering Insti­tute pre­sented the results of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary projects aimed at fixing the health­care system.

Blog:  iNSolution

Egg drop on steroids

For 10 years, engi­neering pro­fessor Richard Whalen has held what he calls an “egg-​​​​drop com­pe­ti­tion on steroids.” If you haven’t par­tic­i­pated in an egg drop com­pe­ti­tion your­self, chances are you’ve at least […]