Meet Our Faculty

Bugrara, Suhabe Ph.D

Professor, College of Engineering Information Systems 

Dr. Suhabe Bugrara is a security researcher focusing on cryptocurrency and smart contract security. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in computer science and a B.Sc. from MIT. Previously, he was the founder of a healthcare machine learning startup that optimizes profitability at world-class hospitals.

s.bugrara@northeastern.edu

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Gao, Hechen

Professor, College of Engineering Information Systems 

Hechen Gao is a Northeastern Alumni. Currently working at Unity Technologies as Senior Software Engineer on Ads Serving team-leading multiple projects related to Ads Serving Infrastructure. Before Unity Technologies, I worked at Autodesk, Inc. as Senior Software Engineer focusing on Cloud Computing and Data Infrastructure. I also worked at MathWorks, and developed Matlab Connector to HDFS/Cassandra/MongoDB. I am passionate about solving industry problems with technology.

he.gao@northeastern.edu

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Vasudevamurthy, Jagadeesh Ph.D

Professor, College of Engineering Information Systems 

Dr. Jagadeesh Vasudevamurthy has more than 20 years of experience in electronic design automation. He has worked on the design and development of commercial EDA tools at Cadence, Xilinx, Synplicity and Mentor Graphics. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.has more than 20 years of experience in electronic design automation. He has worked on the design and development of commercial EDA tools at Cadence, Xilinx, Synplicity and Mentor Graphics. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.

j.vasudevamurthy@northeastern.edu

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Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Ph.D

Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences 

Ricardo Baeza-Yates areas of expertise are information retrieval, web search and data mining, data science and algorithms. He is currently a Professor at Northeastern University, Silicon Valley campus, since August 2017. He is also CTO of NTENT, a semantic search technology company based in California since June 2016. Before he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Sunnyvale, California, from August 2014 to February 2016. Before he founded and led from 2006 to 2015 the Yahoo labs in Barcelona and Santiago de Chile. Between 2008 and 2012 he also oversaw Yahoo Labs in Haifa, Israel, and started the London lab in 2012. He is part time Professor at the Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), in Barcelona, Spain, as well as at the Dept. of Computing Science (DCC) of Universidad de Chile in Santiago. During 2005, he was an ICREA research professor at UPF. Until 2004 he was Professor and founding director of the Center for Web Research at Universidad de Chile.  He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989. Before he obtained two masters (M.Sc. CS & M.Eng. EE) and the electronics engineer degree from the University of Chile in Santiago. He is co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook, published in 1999 by Addison-Wesley with a second enlarged edition in 2011, which won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award.
He is also co-author of the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Algorithms and Data Structures, Addison-Wesley, 1991; and co-editor of Information Retrieval: Algorithms and Data Structures, Prentice-Hall, 1992, among more than 600 other publications. Within ACM he was the Chilean site director of the regional ACM Programming Contest and member of the South American steering committee from 1998 to 2005. Later he was member of the ACM Publications Board from 2007 to 2009 and of the ACM European Council from 2010 to 2014. Finally, he was elected to the ACM Council from July 2012 to June 2016. From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the board of governors of the IEEE Computer Society. He has received the Organization of American States award for young researchers in exact sciences (1993), the Graham Medal for innovation in computing given by the University of Waterloo to distinguished ex-alumni (2007), the CLEI Latin American distinction for contributions to CS in the region (2009), and the National Award of the Chilean Association of Engineers (2010), among other distinctions. In 2003, he was the first computer scientist to be elected to the Chilean Academy of Sciences and since 2010 is a founding member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2009, he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow.

r.baeza-yates@northeastern.edu

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Abraham Bagherjeiran, Ph.D

Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Abraham obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Houston in 2007, specializing in statistical learning theory. An industrial practitioner and researcher, Abraham has worked art and advised top companies and startups in the industry.  Now at Amazon, his current research area extends artificial intelligence for online advertising.

a.bagherjeiran@northeastern.edu

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Mark L. Miller, Ph.D.

Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences 

Mark L. Miller, Ph.D. founded Learningtech.org, incorporating it as The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology, a California 501(c)(3) non-profit, in March 2000. He serves as both its lead technical contributor and its President and Executive Director. The mission of the organization is to help “children of all ages” use technology more effectively for learning. The firm has helped schools throughout California and in several other states. Services include: E-rate applications; technology plan preparation; professional development relating to computer science, robotics and making; IT consultation (network design; server/router configuration/administration; technology impact assessment); and sponsored research in the areas of educational technology and computer science education.

mark.miller@northeastern.edu

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Gust, Philip

Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences 

Philip Gust has been working with computers for over 40 years. He learned to program while in high school for a science fair project to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars and return samples to earth. A NASA special award lead to a job during college, working on unmanned space crafts that have visited every planet in the solar system and beyond, including Mariner 10, Viking, and Voyager. He also taught computer science at the University of Arizona and wrote the textbook for one of the courses. Since then, he has worked at a number of companies, from large multinationals, to startups, including several on the founding team, and has developed dozens of software products. His publications include journal and magazine articles, and papers in conference proceedings. He has been active in professional societies for many years, including the ACM and the IEEE where he is a Senior Life member in both. He has served on boards of several commercial companies and non-profits. He is also an international award-winning costume designer and cosplayer, and editor of The Virtual Costumer magazine.

p.gust@northeastern.edu

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Anurag Phardwaj, Ph.D

Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences 

Anurag Bhardwaj is a Director of data science at eBay where he focuses on using Machine Learning to fight fraud and risk in eCommerce marketplace. Prior to eBay, he led machine learning efforts at Wiser - a bay area start-up where he worked on building a unified structured product catalog for retail. His research interests include Large Scale Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Deep Learning. He also teaches an online course "Text Mining" on statistics.com and just published a book titled "Deep Learning Essentials". Anurag received his PhD and MS from the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds a B.Tech in computer engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India.

a.bhardwaj@northeastern.edu

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Mamoun Samaha

Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences 

Professor Samaha got his MSEE at Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands. He has extensive industrial experience. He worked for Hewlett Packard, as an Architect & Technology Strategist in corporate IT, as a Software Architect, and then became a Wireless and Mobility Chief Technology officer. Later, he worked for Motorola Mobility as their Enterprise Chief Technology Officer. Currently he is Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Strategy Officer for MobWee Inc.. Professor Samaha’s areas of interest include: mobile security identity and authentication, mobile device management, mobile applications, Android, iOS, Windows mobile, enterprise architecture & security and workflow, process automation.

mamoun@northeastern.edu

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Prasad Saripalli, Ph.D

Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences 

Prasad Saripalli teaches CS graduate courses at NEU Silicon Valley, including AI and Distributed Systems.  He serves as Vice President of Data Science at Edifecs, leading the building of Smart Decisions ML and AI Platform and App Store for Healthcare Payer and Provider.  Prior to joining Edifecs, he was CTO and VP of Engineering at Secrata.com, which provides military-grade cloud security solutions. Previously, he served as CTO and EVP at ClipCard and as Chief Architect for IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise and a member of IBM research, as GPM of Microsoft's Client Virtualization team, responsible for shipping  VM stack on Windows 7, and as a Dev Manager on the Citrix group that built Citrix Presentation Server (now Citrix XenApp).  Prasad has a Master’s in Computer Science from Washington, Doctoral training in engineering and computer science from the University of Florida and post-doctoral training from The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), the University of Texas at Austin.

k.saripalli@northeastern.edu

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Jodi Tims, Ph.D

Professor of the Practice, Director of Computer Science - California

Prior to joining NEU, Dr. Tims was Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland, OH. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh with a research area of Programming Languages. Dr. Tims is very active in service to the women in computing community, currently serving as Chair of ACM-W. She has served as a member of the Northeast Ohio Regional IT Engagement Board (RITE) and the OHTech Board of Directors. She is also active in the computing education community as a member of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education and a member of several SIGCSE symposia committees, including serving as SIGCSE 2016 co-chair.

j.tims@northeastern.edu

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Chuhua Zhong, Ph.D

Professor, College of Science 

Degree/Education
Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge-Cambridge UK
M.S., Biochemistry, Yunnan University-Kunming China
B.A., Biology, Jiangxi University-Nanchang China

Area(s) of Expertise
Biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, protein chemistry, immunology, hematology, cancer biology, leukemia, protein and antibody engineering, immuno-oncology, CAR-T cell therapy, cell culture, process engineering.

c.zhong@northeastern.edu

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Amanda Welsh, Ph.D

Professor of the Practice

Amanda Welsh is a professor of the practice in the Master of Professional Studies in Analytics program. In addition to teaching, she focuses on expanding Northeastern’s collaborations with industry partners in analytics and digital research and supports the innovation and growth of analytics programs at the university’s West Coast campuses.

Dr. Welsh worked for 25 years at the intersection of big data and media, founding two data-driven start-ups—Integrated Media Measurement Inc. and Garageband.com—and serving as a Media Research Scientist at Google. Most recently, she was executive vice president, data science, for The Nielsen Company, designing and running a global data sharing program. She has published numerous articles and a book on data collection and privacy.

An award-winning video game designer and a private pilot, Dr. Welsh is executive director of the nonprofit Foundation for Scholarly Culture and serves on the board of Raising a Reader, a national literacy/family engagement program. She lives in California and teaches in San Jose, CA, and online.

a.welsh@northeastern.edu

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Alina Adams

Part-Time Lecturer

Alina Adams is a serial entrepreneur founded high tech companies across multiple industries. With advanced degrees in both engineering and business, she has an emphasis on new technologies in the Biotech, Hardware/IoT space. She works with companies, investor groups, accelerators and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and beyond to build a supportive ecosystem for innovation and value creation. Alina is a member of several global organizations that help entrepreneurs, assisting startups with business development strategy, fundraising, and growth strategy.

a.adams@northeastern.edu

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Aleks Gollu

Part-Time Lecturer

Aleks Gollu is a veteran of the Bay Area venture start-up eco-system, with expertise in supply chain, transportation, and telecommunication. Dr. Gollu holds a BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MS and Ph.D. degrees from University of California, Berkeley, all in EECS with a focus on system management. He was Co-Founder of OTelNet, a pioneer of SMS-based cell phone applications, which was acquired by Telecommunication Systems (TSYS) in 2002. He founded PINC Solutions in 2004. PINC has since become the premier provider of yard management and transportation visibility solutions. His most recent start-up 11Sight provides a video interaction platform for businesses to establish the first contact and to accelerate lead conversion. Gollu is a member of Keiretsu Forum. He holds 4 patents with 2 pending.

a.gollu@northeastern.edu

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Katherine Hamilton

Part-Time Lecturer

Katherine Hamilton is a consultant specializing in environmental policy, education, and communications. She’s worked on climate policy and finance with organizations including The Nature Conservancy, the Governor’s Climate and Forest Task Force, and the philanthropy initiative Joyride Collective. Her consulting work has also included designing and implementing the City’s Boulder’s strategy for community engagement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. She has taught at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and served as a Board Member for the Colorado Carbon Fund and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.

Katherine previously served as Director of Forest Trend’s Ecosystem Marketplace, non-profit news, data, and analytics service focused on incentives for conservation. There she co-authored The book Voluntary Carbon Markets: A Business Guide to What They are and How They Work. She has also held positions with Yale Environmental Law and Policy Center, Natural Capitalism Inc., and The International Council for Science. Katerine holds of a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and Bachelors from University of Michigan. She is currently accepted to the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

k.hamilton@northeastern.edu

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John Kohler

Part-Time Lecturer

John Kohler has been Director of Impact Capital at Santa Clara’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and has also been a mentor to social entrepreneurs at the Global Social Benefit Accelerator. In 2011 he authored a report on impact investing entitled Coordinating Impact Capital: a New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses, co-authored a chapter on equity investing in New Frontiers of Philanthropy (Oxford Press-2014), and recently published a study on Total Portfolio Activation for Impact (Miller Center-2016). He is now pioneering a new investment vehicle – the Variable Payment Obligation – that presents investors with a ‘structured exit’ alternative to equity. In addition, he is co-founder of Toniic, a syndication network of impact investors. John manages investments through Redleaf Venture Management, a venture capital operating company founded in 1993. John’s earlier background includes twenty years of executive level positions at Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics, Convergent Technologies and Unisys. He was one of the founding executives at Netscape Communications. He led investments at AdRelevance (JMXI), Mosaic Communications (TWX), NetGravity (DCLK), RedCreek Communications (SNWL), and Wireless Online. John serves as a board member at PACT, an NGO based in Washington D.C., and on Pact’s microfinance company in Myanmar. He received his bachelor’s degree concentrating in international economics from UCLA and completed executive programs at Wharton and Stanford business schools. Over the last 15 years, he was a managing member of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund and currently advises ACDI/VOCA’s impact fund and USAID. Other recent advisory roles include the Vatican Impact Investing Conference and Catholic Relief Services. He is a nationally accredited soccer coach, an avid skier and sailor.

j.kohler@northeastern.edu

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Rick Rasmussen

Part-Time Lecturer

Rick Rasmussen is a Silicon Valley native with entrepreneurial, executive, government and academic experience focusing on startups and growth stage companies. He works extensively with governments and economic development agencies looking to connect with Silicon Valley. He is an active member of the Sand Hill Angels investment group. Rick earned an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a dual MBA degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Columbia’s Graduate School of Business in New York City with honors. He currently lectures on Entrepreneurship at both UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

r.rasmussen@northeastern.edu

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R. Paul Singh

Part-Time Lecturer

R. Paul Singh has been a founder and CEO of five startups with Veraz going public and Espresso Logic, CyLAN and Internetware being acquired. He is now the CEO of Startup Strategies where he works as a mentor to startup CEOs regarding various business and go-to-market issues. Paul has co-authored three books on internet related topics. He has taught various classes at TiE Silicon Valley and IEEE besides being a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, CMU, UCSF and Univ. of Rochester. Mr. Singh holds a BSEE from Delhi University, India and an MBA from St. John’s University, NY.

rp.singh@northeastern.edu

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Naeem Zafar

Program Director

Naeem Zafar is a faculty member at the University of California Berkeley, Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology and the professor of the Practice at Brown University. He has taught entrepreneurship and New Venture Finance since 2005. As a serial entrepreneur he co-founded and served as the CEO of several companies including Bitzer Mobile, that was acquired by Oracle in November 2013. He is currently the CEO of TeleSense, an Industrial IoT company. Naeem has published several cases in Harvard Business School publishing and has authored five books. He has an Sc.B. degree from Brown University.

n.zafar@northeastern.edu

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