Northeastern faculty members integrate professional experience with deep theoretical knowledge. They collaborate with colleagues on campus and on the other side of the world to pursue interdisciplinary research that turns discoveries into practical solutions. Meet a few of our distinguished faculty here, and learn more about our faculty experts.
Professor Mitch Wand focuses on programming-language semantics and their application to compiler correctness. Throughout the 1990s, he examined the verification of optimizing compilers, building an understanding of how a program analysis justifies the program transformation based upon it. Wand has also explored the related area of type theory, particularly as applied to object-oriented programming. He has been a leader in the study of continuations, a technique for understanding the control structure of programs. He co-authored Essentials of Programming Languages, a widely used textbook, and is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Professor Guevara Noubir’s research focuses on wireless systems. His interests lie in the theory, design, and prototyping of scalable, robust, and secure heterogeneous wireless communication systems. Most of his research centers on the design of cross-layer cooperative communication mechanisms and resiliency to adversarial attacks. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was a senior research scientist at CSEM SA (Switzerland). He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Noubir has held visiting research positions at Eurecom, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Professor Kowalski is active in thermodynamic and heat-transfer research in nanoscale calorimetry, using photonic sensors and thermal modeling of laser beam propagation for improving imaging techniques and energy systems research. He is a member of Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the SPIE Society, the international society for optics and photonics. Kowalski received his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In addition to his teaching and research, Professor Cipolla has served as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and as vice provost for graduate education. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society. Most recently, he has taught thermodynamics and mathematic methods for mechanical engineers. He received his bachelors in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, and his masters and PhD from Brown University.
As program director, Themis Papageorge oversees the curriculum and its continuing development. His 25 years of corporate experience includes a decade of executive management positions with information assurance companies. Most recently he was vice president of services at Guardium, a leader in real-time database security, auditing, and monitoring. He received a PhD in risk management and engineering economics from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in naval architecture and marine engineering from MIT, and a BS in naval architecture and marine engineering from National Technical University of Athens.
Eric Kupferberg is the senior assistant dean of academic and faculty affairs in the College of Professional Studies. He has consulted on health informatics in China, India, Singapore, and Brazil. He is also the associate director of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Trust Initiative, a research arm dedicated to studying stakeholder relations in healthcare markets. In addition to his PhD, he holds a Master of Arts in the history and philosophy of biology from the University of Maryland.
Stephen F. Amato has more than 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical-device industries. He is the managing director of Life Sciences, LLC, an organization that facilitates the global commercialization of early-stage medical technologies. In addition to a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from Boston College, he holds a bachelors degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University and an MBA from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.
Jay Laird is a faculty member in the Digital Media program. His research interests include methods for using game design to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills, methods for teaching programming logic and structures to artists, and the design of entertainment to encourage positive social change. Mr. Laird has served as script doctor for two feature-length independent films and as lead designer on several popular iPhone, iPad, and Flash games, including Game Room and Bad Apples. He also has written for several comics series, including Star Wars Tales from Dark Horse Comics, and has contributed chapters to books about Flash, After Effects, and Web design.
Previously, Mr. Laird was the founder and creative director of Metaversal Studios, a Boston-based game design company. Prior to that, he was a lecturer in Multimedia Studies and Digital Media at Northeastern University. During that time, he co-designed the curriculum for the undergraduate and graduate Game Design concentrations.
Daniel Feinberg has overseen the health informatics programs since 2009. He is the founder of the healthcare information technology and medical device company, RetinaCheck. Feinberg served as president of the New England chapter of the Health Informatics Management Systems Society in 2009–2010. He holds an MBA with a healthcare management focus from Boston University.
Leslie Hitch specializes in curriculum development and teaching in the Higher Education Administration program and the Higher Education Administration and Adult and Organizational Learning masters and certificate programs. She is a visiting lecturer for the Swinburne University of Technology–Northeastern University Global Leadership Program in Melbourne, Australia. She has held faculty and administrative positions at Babson and Simmons colleges in Boston. Hitch earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and MBA and BA degrees from Simmons College.
A full-time faculty member in the Doctor of Education program, Joseph McNabb served for 11 years as president of Labouré College in Boston, and for 17 years as a professor and dean of faculty at the school. He recently completed six years of service on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. He earned his undergraduate degree at Boston University and completed his doctoral training at Northeastern University.
Rick Arrowood has earned a reputation for creating highly interactive online learning experiences. Prior to joining Northeastern, he served for two decades in high-level leadership roles in nonprofit organizations. He also brings seven years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience in adjunct capacities at colleges and universities in the disciplines of nonprofit, business, human services, and professional studies. He received his JD from the Massachusetts School of Law.
Professor Portz’s areas of study include public policy and administration, education policy, and state and local government. He is a former Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, and has served as chair of the Department of Political Science. Portz is a member of the American Political Science Association, American Society for Public Administration, American Educational Research Association, and Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Recently taught graduate courses include “Seminar in Public Policy” and “Capstone in Public Policy and Public Management.” Portz received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Professor Vicino’s areas of expertise include urban public policy, political economy of metropolitan areas, suburbanization and smart growth, and globalization and the city. Prior to joining Northeastern, Vicino held positions at the University of Maryland, University of Texas at Arlington, and Wheaton College. Recently taught graduate courses include “Techniques of Policy Analysis” and “The 21st Century City.” He received a BSC from the University of Miami, and a Master of Public Policy and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.
Professor Lane’s research interests are focused in intercultural management and diversity management as well as in organizational learning and strategic renewal. Prior to joining Northeastern University, Lane served on the faculty at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He has served as a consultant with businesses and schools worldwide, and has been a visiting professor at Groupe HEC in France, the Koblenz School of Corporate Management and Nordakademie in Germany, the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration in Finland, IPADE in Mexico, and INALDE in Colombia.
Harlan Platt is a member of the board of directors of Republic Financial Corporation and the chairman of John Hancock Collateral Investment Trust. He has served on the boards of companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the Dublin Stock Exchange, and the NASDAQ. Platt was the faculty dean for the Turnaround Management Association from 1993 to 2003, where he created its certification exam. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Maine, an MA from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Northwestern University.
Timothy Gagnon is a partner at Coleman & Gagnon, a practice covering personal law, corporate, and taxation areas, including estate planning and administration, probate, nonprofit organizations, taxation, corporate governance and entity structuring. Gagnon is a CPA and has worked for several public accounting firms. He is a member of the American, Massachusetts, Boston, and Rhode Island Bar Associations, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received a JD from Boston College Law School, an MBA from Sacred Heart University, an MS from Bentley University, and a BS from the University of Maine.
A member of the editorial board for the journal Advances in Accounting Education, Professor Rupert’s research interests include cognitive and decision-making processes of taxpayers and tax practitioners. His research uses behavioral methodologies to examine the impact of changes in the structure of the tax system on decision-making and fairness perceptions. He holds a PhD in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, an MS in taxation, and a BS in accounting from the University of Akron.