Seattle Campus News

Media Coverage | May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Northeastern U. goes Northwest, hunting for master’s degree students

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Why has Northeastern University opened two campuses in recent years far from its namesake geographic region?

What would drive a well-regarded school in Boston to open branches in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) and the South (Charlotte, N.C.)?

Read the full article via The Washington Post


Media Coverage | May 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Geekwire: UW’s Ed Lazowska: ‘Washington is the ass end of the donkey in just about every aspect of education’

The incredible talent that the University of Washington pumps out every year was on display during Tuesday’s Seattle Tech Meetup, as five startups with UW ties gave five-minute pitches to the crowd at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.

But unfortunately for the state, the UW is one of the few bright spots amidst an otherwise struggling education system with regard to producing tech talent. While Washington ranks fourth in the nation for tech-related companies, the state comes in a disappointing 46th for participation in science and engineering graduate programs.

And that’s exactly why Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the UW, stood at the podium as the final speaker on Tuesday and implored the crowd to start supporting education in Washington. 

Read the rest of the article here.


Seattle Campus News | May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Tradeshow 2013

Gina Takasugi, Assistant Director of Admissions Recruitment & Student Services, is ready for questions!


On Wednesday, May 15, the Seattle campus held a booth at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s annual tradeshow. Over 1000 individuals attended the event at the Century Link Field Event Center in the SODO district of Seattle. There were over 100 exhibitors representing local businesses as well as nationally recognized brands. The night included food and fun prizes!

The Seattle team was present to talk to businesses and potential students about the new campus and our graduate degree programs. Dr. Brian Murphy Clinton from the Boston campus was also present to speak about his role at the university and his personal experience in a graduate degree program at Northeastern. 

Mary Hannon and Amy Charette, Director and Associate Director of Enrollment Management Contact Center, were also out from Boston as representatives of the university. 

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse business association in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization representing 2,200 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 700,000.

If you are interested in learning more about the event and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, click here.

 

Media Coverage | May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Via Geekwire: Northeastern Univ. CEO: ‘Gaming in Seattle is a submarine industry’

On Tuesday, May 14, Geekwire posted an article highlighting Dean Washburn’s thoughts on the gaming community in Seattle. There are nearly 100 gaming companies in this region that have the potential to forward innovation in areas such as education and healthcare.

The article also highlights the MPS Digital Media with a concentration in Game Design, which will be offered at the Seattle campus in the future.

Read the full article here.

Watch the recording of our Speaker Series event on this topic.


Seattle Campus News | May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

From the Academic Dean: What is on-line learning?

On-line learning at Northeastern Seattle will include rigorous courses taught by Northeastern faculty in a web-based environment.  On-line learning may be incorporated to hybrid course programming for a particular program, but it might also be the main means of learning for other programs.  The Northeastern Seattle model supports seamless learning which is learning that occurs in a continuum of time, space, and technologies (Open University Innovation Report, 2012).  Faculty leverage the technologies available that emphasize both synchronous or real time learning in both virtual and physical spaces, and asynchronous or not real time learning that occurs within personal and social online spaces.  A student can expect faculty to student interactions as well as student to student interactions. 

What does a student need to successfully take a course on-line?

A student requires a computer with a strong Internet connection, email, and basic computer skills.  A camera and microphone is also helpful.  Courses at Northeastern University-Seattle are taught on-line using Blackboard, a web-based course management system where interactions between students and faculty take place in addition to content, exams, discussions, etc.  You can see an example of Northeastern University on-line course information here.  While your individual course may be different, the demonstration of Blackboard will be helpful in understanding the course management system used.

Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D.

Associate Dean – Academic

Northeastern University-Seattle

a.walmsley@neu.edu

(206) 732-1385

Dr. Walmsley is the Associate Academic Dean for Northeastern Seattle; she focuses on the academic programs offered a the Graduate Campus.  As a former professor in research methods and education, Dr. Walmsley focuses on high quality graduate programming for working adults pursuing a higher degree.  


Media Coverage | May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dean Washburn Writes Guest Column in Puget Sound Business Journal

Dean Tayloe Washburn was a guest columnist this week for the Puget Sound Business Journal. In his post titled, Sound Perspectives: Importance of education access, transit, income inequality and the green transformation, he talks about four key areas that need to change for the future prosperity of this country and the rest of the world. He states that Seattle is in a unique position to lead these innovative breakthroughs and that collaboration between our region’s companies is key for success.

Read his article here. (Subscription Required)


Seattle Campus News | April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Seattle Urban Trek Recap

On Saturday April 27th, the Northeastern University – Seattle campus sponsored a checkpoint at the Seattle Sports Commission’s first occurrence of their annual urban race adventure, the Seattle Urban Trek.  Braving the urban environment and the natural elements, 38 teams of 3 participants competed in a 7-10 mile race around the downtown Seattle area stopping at various checkpoints and local landmarks to complete physical and mental challenges along the way.  Challenges included obstacle courses, relay races, and artistic re-creations.  Safeco Field, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Seattle Great Wheel were some of the other checkpoints on the race course.

The Seattle campus sponsored a checkpoint for the race at the downtown location of the Seattle Public Library.  The Seattle team and Seattle University student volunteers had racers answer library trivia and take a picture while re-enacting a pose from famous sport movies.  The movies included RockyThe Karate Kid Old School, and Jerry McGuire.  The Seattle team enjoyed cheering the racers on and evaluating their performances.  


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Seattle Campus News | April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dr. Lackaye Hosts ALIGN Information Sessions

 
The Seattle campus was pleased to host Dr. Bryan Lackaye from the College of Computer and Information Science from the Boston campus this week.  Dr. Lackaye was on campus and in Seattle to promote Northeastern University – Seattle’s new Computer Science ALIGN program, which is slotted to begin this fall.  
 
The ALIGN program (An Accelerated Link to Industry through Graduate education and the Northeastern Network) is a Master’s of Science in Computer Science program developed for those with a non-computer science degree (for example, those with a STEM-degree or who possess a strong mathematical or analytical background) who would like to move into the computer science field.  
 
Students that enroll in the ALIGN program will:
  • Embark on a life-changing journey to earn their MS in Computer Science and gain relevant work experience at our graduate campus in Seattle.
  • Build analytical and problem-solving skills through a custom curriculum created to link student’s undergraduate foundation to their graduate studies.
  • Have access to co-op and employment opportunities at companies that lead the industry, including Amazon, Microsoft, Microsoft Game Studio, F5, Hulu, Google, Big Fish, and others.
 
Dr. Lackaye held one session on the Seattle campus and two sessions on the University of Washington campus.  For more information about the ALIGN program, click here
 
 

Seattle Campus News | April 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

April 17th “Games For Good” Speaker Series Recording

Thank you to the Seattle Channel for recording this event!

Read our recap on this event here.


Seattle Campus News | April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

April 17th Local Leaders Global Impact Speaker Series Recap

Left to Right: Dr. Magy Seif El-Nasr, Jeff Pobst, Jason Robar, John Williamson, Tayloe Washburn

The Interactive Media Video Gaming industry is a major economic engine in the Puget Sound region, driving over $9 billion in revenue each year.  While 5 years ago Washington State had 150 companies in this sector, in 2013 there are almost 400, and it continues to grow.  Northeastern is a national leader among universities with experts both in the Game Analytics side, as well as in the Game Design field.  Dr. Magy Seif El-Nasr is Northeastern’s Director of Game Educational Programs and Research, and has conducted award-winning research focused on enhancing game designs by developing tools and methods for evaluating and adapting game experiences.  On her visit to Seattle last week, she met with leaders at Microsoft and Amazon Gaming groups, visited faculty at the University of Washington, and met with leaders at Popcap, Arena.net and Big Fish.
 
We hosted a Speaker Series event at our Seattle campus last week which brought together Professor Saif El-Nasr and three local Gaming Company CEOs, to discuss ways to move games beyond the entertainment and casual area and help us as a society improve training in education and health care areas.  177 million Americans now play video games, and children under 18 play an average of 2.1 hours per day.  We must as a society find ways to channel some of this energy and time into education, health care, and other areas that benefit our community.  The challenge is to get the funding at the front end to develop fun and engaging games in, for example, helping kids learn algebra, engaging middle school kids into STEM fields, or promoting citizens to engage more in wellness and personalized medicine approaches.
 
Our seminar discussion confirmed that it is unlikely that the large commercial gaming companies will soon switch their resources from the entertainment and recessional games that drive their bottom line.  But our discussion, attended by over 60 people, made it clear there is strong interest in exploring a possible regional initiative to promote good games for education.  To move beyond existing products in this field and reach far more kids in an effective way will require funding from foundations and philanthropists, combined with a core of STEM leaders and advocates, and a few interested and capable game developers.
 
Dean Washburn and Professor Seif El-Nasr invite the general public and companies interested in this initiative to contact them, and will be reaching out to those who have already expressed interest to see if we can bring this vision into a real project that makes a difference.