Programs by Major: Mechanical Engineering + Dialogue of Civilizations

China: Beihang/Northeastern Hyperspectral Imaging- Pending Approval

Dialogue of Civilizations | Beijing, China

Faculty Leader: Charles DiMarzio (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

NOTE: This program is still waiting approval.  By showing up on the website, it does not guarantee that the program will be approved.  If you would like to receive a notification if and when it is approved, please complete the Inquiry Form

Information Sessions: TBA

Term: Summer I


  •  Chinese Culture, XXXX


In recent years many engineering and science students have developed an interest in applying their engineering skills to diverse problems in biology, health, environment and remote sensing. At Northeastern, increasing numbers of students are working in imaging, through courses, research projects, and cooperative education assignments. Students wishing to work in this discipline in the future require not only strong technical skills (which transcend national borders), but a knowledge of the financial, political, cultural, and social issues that vary from one country to another. The theme of this program is international research and development in the US and China. This program is designed for students with an interest in optics or signal processing, or both. The program has three main components: (1) Prof. Charles A. DiMarzio at NU and Prof. Jihao Yin at Beihang University (BUAA), will offer a rigorous 4–semester–hour “technical elective” course in Hyperspectral Imaging to students from both NU and BUAA. (2) The program will also offer a 4SH course Chinese Culture. In this course we will explore such topics as the Cross-straits tug of war for Formosa, history of the country, occupation by other countries, the growth of technology and the urbanization of China up to 2015. (3) The program will include excursions around Beijing and neighboring areas to provide an experience of living and traveling abroad, along with a brief exposure to the language, calligraphy, and customs of the country. Prof. DiMarzio conducts research in biomedical optics with a group of graduate and undergraduate students and faculty collaborators in ECE and MIE. He has worked 14 years in industry prior to his career at Northeastern, and is strongly committed to introducing undergraduates to both academic and industrial research and development. Prof. Yin’s research and teaching interests include image processing and computer vision. He earned his Ph.D. at Beijing Institute of Technology in 2007. He received support from the Ph.D. Programs Fund of the Ministry of Education of China. He is the recipient of numerous other awards including most recently, from the State Scholarship Fund to Pursue Study in US by the China Scholarship Council (CSC), in 2011, to support his research in the United States.