Engineering success

Two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity math­e­matics pro­fes­sors have won a grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to help stu­dents pursue careers in sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering and math.

Immersing youth in math and science research

Northeastern’s Young Scholars Pro­gram lets local high-​​schoolers broaden their knowl­edge through stim­u­lating university-​​level lab projects.

From Northeastern lab bench to field test in Africa

Ven­ture firm founded by recent alumnus is bringing solar food dryer devel­oped by North­eastern stu­dents to farmers in Cameroon

A brainy innovation takes flight

Engi­neering stu­dents develop a brainwave-​​control system for piloting a sim­u­lated air­plane — and cor­po­rate and gov­ern­ment researchers are interested

Students design system to power down home appliances

For engi­neering cap­stone project, North­eastern seniors develop an energy-​​control device that can auto­mat­i­cally cut off power to low-​​priority appli­ances, and pos­sibly help util­i­ties avert blackouts

3Qs: Train safety on track, but at what cost?

Sen­ator Charles Schumer called for increased Amtrak secu­rity and sug­gested that a “do-​​not-​​ride” list, sim­ilar to the no-​​fly list used in air­ports, be imple­mented to pre­vent sus­pected ter­ror­ists from boarding trains. Engi­neering pro­fessor Carey Rap­pa­port, the deputy director of Northeastern’s ALERT Center (Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​Related Threats), explains the fea­si­bility and effec­tive­ness of a nation­wide rail secu­rity system and dis­cusses public reaction.

3Qs: Assessing the effects of Japan’s earthquake

On Friday, a mas­sive 8.9-magnitude earth­quake struck off Japan’s north­east coast, causing wide­spread destruc­tion and thou­sands of deaths. It was one of the world’s largest quakes of the last cen­tury. Jerome Hajjar, chair of the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, studies earth­quakes as a struc­tural engi­neer. Here, he assesses the impact of this quake and the field of earth­quake engineering.