By Marcella Bombardieri
SEATTLE — Across the street from Amazon headquarters, flanked by a prestigious biology institute on one side and a Filipino-Vietnamese food truck on the other, sitsa storefront in a booming biotech enclave of the city. The space is decked in red and white, with modernist lounge chairs and molecule-shaped sculptures suspended from the ceiling.
Northeastern University-Seattle and Seattle Works have partnered to offer scholarship opportunities to Seattle Works volunteer leaders and leadership training graduates in a variety of graduate programs at Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies. A kick off party to commemorate this partnership was held on March 6th where attendees learned about both organizations and what this partnership now offers.
Northeastern University- Seattle hosted a game design workshop where Professor Jay Laird directed a packed room through game design exercises and the Masters in Digital Media offered by Northeastern. Each group was tasked with developing their own games complete with rules and modes of play. The night was fun and full of laughs as each group creatively worked through the assigned tasks all the while learning what it means to be a game designer.
By Tayloe Washburn
The U.S. needs 144,000 new computer science workers each year but graduates only 15,500 students with computer science degrees, according to Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. This skills gap is one of the biggest challenges facing our region. In Seattle, there are thousands of open positions at Microsoft, Amazon and smaller companies, while half of millennials are unemployed or underemployed, and older job seekers struggle to find work.
Northeastern University – Seattle was thrilled to host over 100 local leaders for our speaker series “Critical Lessons from Super Storm Sandy: Will Puget Sound be resilient in the face of the next disaster?” After a presentation by Northeastern University’s Dr. Stephen Flynn, the audience of educators, public officials, emergency management professionals, students, military personnel, business leaders, and more enjoyed a panel discussion featuring Walt Hubbard of King County Emergency Management; Barb Graff of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management, Mike Harbour of Sound Transit; and Dr. Scott Miles of Western Washington University.
Jane Turlo has been in the health care industry for over 25 years. Over the course of her career, she has progressed from a radiologic technologist to the CEO of an imaging practice. But as the health care industry began to change, Jane realized that she wanted more than just her BA. “It became more and more apparent, as the health care industry continues to change and is being run more like a business, that all I was missing was that degree. I needed that MBA.”
Jane started looking for programs that she could fit into her busy life, and “it just kept coming back to Northeastern. I was looking for a challenging program that I could balance with my family and my job. I didn’t want to be so stressed out with logistics that I couldn’t enjoy my education. The way Northeastern’s program is structured made it the most manageable for my life.”
Northeastern University – Seattle celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of its campus in South Lake Union with a reception for students, staff, and the community last Thursday, January 23, 2014. Many enjoyed the reception where Regional Dean and CEO Tayloe Washburn reflected on the progress the campus has made in one year.
There’s a ping pong table now located on City Hall’s Red Room – the space just off the plaza level that has the water jet fountain. About a year ago, I was touring Northeastern University’s new Seattle campus when I came across one of their ping pong tables. I began playing and had such a good time I thought it would be worth sharing with the public. I asked the University to consider selling the City one of their ping pong tables for a dollar. And, to my surprise, they said yes!
The idea was to allow anyone to play and now they can by signing up at the security desk on the main floor of City Hall. They’ll even be provided paddles and balls if needed.
Stephanie Pure used to be a legislative aide to former Councilmember Peter Stenbrueck and now serves as Senior Director of Business and Community Relations at Northeastern. Stephanie was instrumental in persuading Northeastern to sell us the ping pong table.
Are you looking to break into the Pacific Northwest’s innovative and growing Tech Industry? Northeastern University – Seattle’s Master of Science in Computer Science ALIGN program gives you the fundamentals to jump start your career. Look at these two student profiles and you can get a better sense of our current students.
On Wednesday, December 4th The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) hosted their conference Exploring Collaborations: Successful Strategies for Increasing Equity and Access to STEM (PNW Collaborates). Here is a summary and some take away points from the day:
For a more in depth play-by-play review, read on: