Northeastern welcomes 119th entering class

At the President’s Con­vo­ca­tion on Tuesday morning, Pres­i­dent Aoun, along with other uni­ver­sity and stu­dent leaders, under­scored the diver­sity of the incoming freshman class and pointed to the myriad opportunities—from global co-​​op, to cutting-​​edge research, to stu­dent organizations—that lie ahead.

Three ways the Northeastern community is addressing ocean plastics pollution

A big emphasis of World Oceans Day this year is bringing aware­ness to the problem of marine plastic pol­lu­tion. Mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity are already focused on this chal­lenge by building sus­tain­able skate­boards, visu­al­izing ocean plas­tics data, and building sen­sors to iden­tify microplas­tics in the sea.

Biotech entrepreneurs pitch their startups

Biotech entre­pre­neur­ship took center stage at North­eastern on Friday, when four teams of grad­uate stu­dents pitched their star­tups to a panel of judges at a com­pe­ti­tion that wrapped up an eight-​​week boot camp. The win­ning pitches included a coating for med­ical implantable devices that would repel bac­teria, and 3-​​D mag­netic printing that would create cus­tomized, com­posite prosthetics.

Graduates called to ‘transcend boundaries,’ address global challenges

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity cel­e­brated its 114th Com­mence­ment on Friday, as grad­u­ates were rec­og­nized for their many achieve­ments. U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry deliv­ered the Com­mence­ment address at the under­grad­uate cer­e­mony at TD Garden. Charles Elachi, director of the NASA Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­tory, deliv­ered the address at the grad­uate cer­e­mony at Matthews Arena.

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.

Building businesses piece by piece

Entre­pre­neur­ship fever is sweeping North­eastern, and stu­dents all across campus are catching the bug. A host of student-​​run oper­a­tions is springing up to sup­port North­eastern star­tups, offering skills and exper­tise in fields from accounting to graphic design to soft­ware coding. To help these groups forge an alliance, fac­ulty member Dan Gre­gory made a lead gift last fall, inspiring par­ents, alumni, and fac­ulty to join in. To date, sup­port for the new initiative—which stu­dents named Mosaic—comes to $425,000.

Bright IDEA: Student-​​run venture accelerator celebrates fifth anniversary

Mem­bers of Northeastern’s thriving entre­pre­neurial ecosystem came together Friday night to com­mem­o­rate the fifth anniver­sary of IDEA and cel­e­brate the announce­ment of a gift endowing the student-​​run ven­ture accelerator’s CEO position.