Career advice for future biotech leaders

At the sixth event in Northeastern’s Women Who Inspire series, CEOs of three of the area’s top phar­ma­ceu­tical com­pa­nies dis­cussed the chal­lenges and rewards of being a leader in the drug dis­covery industry.

When smaller is better

Assis­tant pro­fessor of phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences Tania Konry has devel­oped a system that effi­ciently tests for a wide range of bio­log­ical spec­i­mens. Whether you’re looking for com­plex cancer cell bio­markers in a sample or simple bac­teria in drinking water, the system costs sig­nif­i­cantly less than stan­dard approaches and spits out results in a frac­tion of the time.

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.

Give the gift of voice

In a recent talk at TED Women, asso­ciate pro­fessor Rupal Patel announced The Human Voice­bank Ini­tia­tive: a crowd-​​sourced plat­form that will help give per­son­al­ized syn­thetic voices to people with severe speech impairments.

Particle physics goes public

North­eastern is part of an inter­na­tional con­sor­tium working to make all data from the field of high-​​energy par­ticle physics avail­able to the public.

Parking made easy

North­eastern alumnus Onur Erikoglu, E’12, and his cousin have launched a crowd­sourcing appli­ca­tion to help people find parking spots in cities throughout the country.

The (second) life of an inventor

Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering Con­stan­tinos Mavroidis cites Northeastern’s spirit of inno­va­tion as a cat­a­lyst for his recent elec­tion to the National Academy of Inventors.

Never heard me before’

At a TED­Women talk on Thursday, North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Rupal Patel described a new project to give per­son­al­ized voices to the voiceless.