Northeastern alumnus the genius behind life-​​saving EpiPen

Sheldon Kaplan “always wanted to be an engi­neer and to go to North­eastern,” recalls his son, Michael. Kaplan lived out those dreams, and the world-​​famous EpiPen he invented has saved count­less lives. Kaplan, who died in 2009, was inducted this year into the National Inven­tors Hall of Fame. Here’s his story.

Northeastern senior wins award as national engineering Co-​​op Student of the Year

Kelly O’Connell, E’16, came to col­lege with inter­ests in envi­ron­mental issues and cli­mate change. Today she credits Northeastern’s co-​​op pro­gram, backed by rig­orous engi­neering courses, with guiding her toward her career goals.

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Researchers’ metallic glue may stick it to soldering and welding

Northeastern’s Hanchen Huang and col­leagues, experts in nan­otech­nology, have devel­oped a glue that binds metal to metal to glass to you-​​name-​​it, sets at room tem­per­a­ture, and requires little pres­sure to seal.

Researchers develop novel 3-​​D printing method for creating patient-​​specific medical devices

North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Ran­dall Erb and Joshua Martin, PhD ’17, have devel­oped an inno­v­a­tive 3-​​D printing tech­nology that could rev­o­lu­tionize impor­tant bio­med­ical equip­ment, enhancing treat­ment for everyone from pre­ma­ture babies to patients needing implants.

Students design ‘farm arm’ to help operate machinery

The pro­to­type pros­thetic device, which was designed by five mechan­ical engi­neering majors for their senior cap­stone design project, aims to help amputee farm and agri­cul­tural workers con­trol and maneuver tractors.

From stronger Kevlar to better biology

With sup­port from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion, assis­tant pro­fessor Mar­ilyn Minus will apply her research into designing mate­rials stronger than Kevlar to create better syn­thetic col­lagen fibers and flame-​​retardant coatings.

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Drive it to break it

Recent mechan­ical engi­neering grad­uate Andy Benn isn’t used to having time on his hands. Spending an after­noon playing tennis and eating lob­ster rolls, is well, unprece­dented for the former Baja […]

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Stronger than Kevlar, light as a tee-​​shirt, and cheap all over

Forty years ago, Dupont Com­pany rev­o­lu­tion­ized pro­tec­tive gear when they intro­duced Kevlar, a fiber made of super-​​​​strong, rigid polymer mol­e­cules belonging to a small class called aramids. Since then, improvements […]

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Human-​​machine interactions, the natural way

When mechan­ical and indus­trial engi­neering pro­fessor Yingzi Lin was pur­suing her PhD in vehicle engi­neering, one of the driver test sub­jects became so dis­tracted by the sensing equip­ment in the […]