2012-2013 ReDI Cohort


Jay Aslam

Professor of Computer and Information Science, Associate Dean of Faculty

Professor Aslam earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include information retrieval, machine learning, and the design and analysis of algorithms. In machine learning, he has focused on developing algorithms that are capable of learning in the presence of noisy or erroneous training data. In information retrieval, he has applied techniques from machine learning, information theory, and social choice theory to develop algorithms for efficient search engine training and evaluation, automatic information organization, and metasearch and data fusion. He has also been involved in the fields of scheduling, ad hoc networking, computer security, and functional magnetic resonance imaging. Prior to joining Northeastern University, Professor Aslam was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College and he held a postdoctoral position in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Current Activities: Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Computer and Information Science; Chair of the Academic Plan’s working group on “Faculty of the Future”


Penny Beuning

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Professor Beuning received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in the field of RNA-protein interactions and RNA biochemistry. She completed postdoctoral research focused on protein-protein interactions that regulate cellular responses to DNA damage at MIT. Her current research interests in DNA damage tolerance, DNA replication, and protein engineering have been recognized with a Cottrell Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award. She has additional research interests in the structure-function-dynamics relationships of proteins. Professor Beuning has been active in efforts to enhance the recruitment and retention of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, and she is currently a board member of the Boston chapter of Graduate Women in Science.

Current Activities: 2015 Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator Award from the Chemical Toxicology Division of the American Chemical Society; Author of Teach Better, Save Time, and Have More Fun: A Guide to Teaching and Mentoring in Science (2014)


Tim Bickmore

Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science

Professor Bickmore received his Ph.D. in media arts and sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S. in computer science from Arizona State University. Professor Bickmore develops and studies relational agents, computer agents designed to build and maintain long-term, social-emotional relationships with people. His recent work has focused on the healthcare domain particularly on health education and health behavior change applications.

Current Activities: Senate Agenda Committee; Academic Plan Working Group, Ph.D. Joint Task Force


Heather Clark

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Science

Heather Clark earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Michigan. Her research interests lie in Optical nanosensors for biological analysis. Professor Clark focuses on the development of fluorescent nanosensors for in vitro and in vivo analyte detection, and she is currently expanding the range of sensors into other areas, including redox-active species and small molecules, and focusing on applying the sensors to real problems in biology and medicine.

Current Activities: Academic Plan Working Group on Research and Scholarship for Impact


Erin Cram

Associate Professor of Biology

Professor Cram received her Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a postdoctoral scholar at Princeton University before joining Northeastern University as an Assistant Professor in 2006. She has a long-term interest in how cells get structural and biochemical information from their surroundings and convert that information into cell behaviors, like cell migration. Professor Cram is also interested in improving production of drug compounds by medicinal plants.

Current Activities: Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator, Biology Department; University Scholars Faculty Fellow


Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

Professor and Chair of English

Professor Dillon received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches courses in the fields of early American literature, transatlantic print culture, and Atlantic theatre and performance. She is the author of The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere, which won the Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the Humanities at Yale University. She has published widely in journals on topics from aesthetics, to the novel in the early Atlantic world, to Barbary pirates. She is the co-director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College and the former the chair of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association. Her new book, New World Drama: Liberty, Slavery, and the Atlantic Public Sphere, 1649-1849, was published by Duke University Press in 2014 and she is co-editing a volume of essays on early American culture and the Haitian Revolution.

Current Activities: Chair of the English Department; Provost Tenure and Promotion Committee; Co-Director of the NULab for Text, Maps, and Networks; Senate Agenda Committee; Academic Plan Working Group, Ph.D. Joint Task Force


Auroop Ganguly

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Ganguly earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He directs the Sustainability & Data Sciences Laboratory (SDS Lab) at Northeastern University, where his research encompasses weather extremes, water sustainability and marine or urban ecology under climate change as well as the resilience of critical infrastructures and lifelines under natural or man-made hazards. He has developed and adapted computational solutions, especially in so-called “Big Data”, to solve problems in sustainability, security and business. His research in climate, hydrology and ecology has been accepted and published in interdisciplinary journals such as Nature, Nature Climate Change, PNAS, Scientific Reports, as well as the top disciplinary journals in hydrology, geophysics, and climate, and highlighted by scientific venues and by the national and international media.

Current Activities: College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, 2015


Jessica Hoffman

Associate Professor of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology

Professor Hoffman received her Ph.D. in school psychology and her M.Ed. in human development from Lehigh University. She is a school psychologist who specializes in school-based prevention of childhood obesity. Professor Hoffman was the principal investigator of a 5-year NIH-funded research project to explore ways to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among elementary school students attending the Boston Public Schools. Currently, she is the co-investigator of Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures (HKHF), a community-based obesity prevention program for preschool children in Boston. In 2007 Dr. Hoffman received the Lightner Witmer Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 16) for exceptional early career scholarship.


Pete Manolios

Professor of Computer Science

Professor Manolios earned his Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in computer sciences from Brooklyn College. His main research interest is mechanized formal verification and validation of computing systems. What guides this research is the vision that formal methods can be used to revolutionize the design and implementation of highly reliable, robust, and scalable systems in a variety of important application areas, ranging from large component-based software systems to hardware systems to aerospace systems to computational biology to public health. Professor Manolios’ other areas of interest include programming languages, distributed computing, logic, software engineering, algorithms, computer architecture, aerospace, and pedagogy.


Shashi Murthy

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Professor Murthy earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Engineering Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Professor Murthy is a Scientific Investigator at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. He is an expert in microfluidics and its applications to medical and industrial applications. Professor Murthy was awarded the U.S. National Science Foundation’s CAREER award (2008) and the Søren Buus Award for Outstanding Research in Engineering at Northeastern University (2009). He is also an entrepreneur, a co-founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of Quad Technologies Corp., which is commercializing a polymer get created in his lab for cell purification to address a broad range of needs in the life sciences industry.

Current Activities: Founding Director of the Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education, Faculty Fellow at Barnett Institute of Chemical & Biological Analysis


Rupal Patel

Professor of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and Computer and Information Science

Professor Patel earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in acoustics and speech science. She directs the Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory, an interdisciplinary group that conducts research along two broad themes: 1) the acquisition and impairment of speech prosody (the melody of speech) in healthy speakers and those with neuromotor disorders, and 2) the design of speech enhancement and learning technologies that leverage the residual and/or developing capabilities of users. Professor Patel founded VocaliD Inc, a spin out aimed at creating custom vocal persona for text-to-speech applications.

Current Activities: Director of Cadlab @ NEU, Founder of VocaliD, Speaker @TED Women


Nate Rickles

Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences

Professor Rickles earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He did a Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Professor Rickles’ research focuses on improvement of health communication/collaboration for vulnerable patient populations, medication adherence and safety, and expansion of pharmacist roles in community settings. He is board certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy.

Current Activities: Program director for the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Aging


Jeff Ruberti

Professor of Bioengineering

Professor Ruberti received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. He did his post-doctoral work at both Northwestern University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Ruberti is the director of the EMERL. He has extensive industry experience having worked on helicopters at Sikorsky Aircraft, the International Space Station life support system at Hamilton Sunstrand, and on polymeric systems at Cambridge Polymer Group. His research interests include Tissue engineering of load-bearing matrix (bone,cornea), bioreactor design, multi-scale mechanobiochemistry, statistical mechanics, energetics microscopy, and high-resolution imaging.


Heather Streets-Salter

Chair of History, Associate Professor of History

Professor Streets-Salter earned her Ph.D. from Duke University in Modern Britain/British Empire. Her research focuses on world history, the structure of empires and colonial relationships, and the scholarship of pedagogy. She is the author of Martial Races: The Military, Martial Races, and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914 (2004), Empires and Colonies in the Modern World (2015), and Traditions and Encounters: A Brief Global History (2006, 2009, 2012, 2015). She is completing a monograph entitled Southeast Asia and the First World War, which explores the multiple impacts of World War I on this region.