Graduate’s engineering work featured on Shark Week

Carl Fiester helped design a state-​​of-​​the-​​art autonomous under­water vehicle that last year cap­tured unique footage of great white sharks’ behavior off the coast of Mexico. Ear­lier this week, the footage was fea­tured on a Shark Week show on the Dis­covery Channel.

Child’s play: Using virtual reality to advance physical therapy

Boston middle school stu­dents vis­ited campus last week to try out some new vir­tual reality games being designed for phys­ical therapy patients. Their game-​​playing will help researchers refine patient treat­ment and advance inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research.

Marine Science Center works to protect oceans’ ‘vital role in sustaining life on Earth’

In honor of World Oceans Day, we spoke with Marine Sci­ence Center director Geoff Trussell about ocean con­ser­va­tion and what the MSC is doing to help pro­tect our marine ecosystem.

Northeastern secures academic partnerships for co-​​ops, research in Cuba

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has signed agree­ments with insti­tu­tions in Cuba offi­cially estab­lishing part­ner­ships that will lead to a range of new aca­d­emic opportunities—from global co-​​ops to research—for North­eastern stu­dents and faculty.

Do you know what’s in your drinking water?’

New fac­ulty member Ameet Pinto, assis­tant pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, is working to answer that ques­tion. Specif­i­cally, his research focuses on the role of micro­bial organ­isms in drinking water and how they con­tinue to sur­vive today’s exhaus­tive water treat­ment processes.

And the winners are…

The breadth and depth of Northeastern’s research and entre­pre­neurial spirit was on full dis­play Thursday at RISE:2016, the university’s Research, Inno­va­tion, and Schol­ar­ship Expo. Industry leaders judged some 400 projects, which detailed the work of more than 900 North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty. The judges sub­mitted their rat­ings and the top award win­ners were rec­og­nized at an after­noon recep­tion in East Village.

Good things come in small packages

Pic­ture this: A sensor the size of two match­sticks side-​​by-​​side that can detect a bac­te­rial infec­tion in two min­utes flat. It would quickly enable health-​​care providers to admin­ister an antibi­otic that tar­gets the spe­cific bug rather than a broad-​​spectrum drug that could be hit-​​or-​​miss. That describes the mind-​​boggling research project that Daniel Ost­berg, E’20, dis­played in Inno­va­tion Alley at RISE:2016.