Inside Silicon Valley: November 2018

Dean's Corner

Dear Students, Faculty and Partners,

This year, we are excited to announce our third year anniversary.  Our Silicon Valley campus has grown significantly since our launch in 2015, and we haven’t done it alone.

Officially opening in Fall 2015, Northeastern University Silicon Valley is based on a distinctive new model for higher education: educational hubs embedded directly in select companies across the Bay Area that offer sector-specific degree programs and research collaborations to benefit the entire region.  This is a powerful way to boost workforce talent and promote innovation in high-growth sectors of regional economies.

We want to take this opportunity to thank local community members, Northeastern alumni, industry-aligned faculty, and eager and engaged students for your tremendous support.  To celebrate this important milestone, we will be hosting our third anniversary party on-campus on November 16.  We hope you could join us and we look forward to meeting all of you.

PK Agarwal
Regional Dean and CEO
Northeastern University – Silicon Valley

Northeastern University Silicon Valley Third Year Anniversary

Join us as we celebrate this important milestone for the Silicon Valley Campus!

November 16, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
6024 Silver Creek Valley Road, San Jose, CA 95138
Register here!

Student Events

Save the dates!

We are hosting a few fireside chats on-campus with professionals from top companies.  Learn about their backgrounds, career journeys, and experiences. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about hot topics in the industry.  For more information, email Lily at

Tues 11/13 @ 11 AM
*SALESFORCE Industry Fireside Chat*

Wed 11/14 @ 4:30 PM
*Young Global Leaders ENTREPRENEURSHIP Panel*

  • RSVP:
  • PANELISTS: Nick Naraghi (Alumni), Co-Founder of Team Machine and Louis Desbois (Alumni), Business Development Director of Business France (Invest in France)
  • IMPORTANT: Please make time to attend this panel as our university president, President Joseph Aoun, will be joining!

Thurs 11/15 @ 4 PM
*OHMNILABS Industry Fireside Chat*

  • SPEAKER: Tra Vu, PhD, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Fri 11/16 @ 2 PM
*INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) Edge Computing Demo Workshop*

Fri 11/16 @ 4 PM
*SONY PLAYSTATION Industry Fireside Chat*

  • SPEAKER: Troy Varela, Sr. Development Manager

Fri 11/16 @ 6 PM
*Silicon Valley Campus 3-Year ANNIVERSARY Celebration*

Thurs 11/22 @ 2 PM
*THANKSGIVING Potluck with Angelina*

Events Recap

Fireside Chat with Google


Our students had the opportunity to chat with Liang Zhang, a Software Engineer at Google working on Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM).  He graduated from Northeastern University in 2016 with a PhD in Computer Science.  Dr. Zhang shared his journey and experience in his current position and provided relevant technology trends to our students.



Fall Open House

We would like to thank everyone who made our Fall Open House a success!  The event was attended by prospective and current students, faculty members from our partner colleges as well as our enthusiastic staff members.  Sessions included:

Lifelong Learning by Alanta Hider
Project Management for Everyone by Christopher Bolick
Big Data.  Big Opportunity by Dr. Alice Mello
Break into Tech Workshop by Dr. Chris Gregg

The Break into Tech workshop allowed professionals with no technical background to learn the basics of computer science.

Halloween Party and Costume Contest

We would like to thank our students, faculty and staff members for participating in this year’s Halloween costume contest!




Exploring “Technical Innovation and Product Prototyping” in Silicon Valley

Last October, Northeastern University Professor Bala Maheswaran of the Col­lege of Engi­neering led a five-week-long Dia­logue of Civilizations program, titled, “Technical Innovation and Product Prototyping” in San Jose, CA. The program explored the customer-driven market, technology innovation, and rapid product prototyping via experiential and interactive team-based, skill- and knowledge-integrated approaches using real-world situations.

The dia­logue offered two courses on customer-driven technical innovation and product prototyping, which included activities, such as, visits to several established and start-up companies, visits to Tech Innovation and Company Museums, listening numerous guest seminars by Silicon Valley companies, customer interviews, and social events. Stu­dents were required to present a case study on Silicon Valley companies, their failure and success stories, proposals for projects to the company guests, designing, building and presenting prototypes, and write project reports. Learning about Silicon Valley start-up and large corporation culture provides valuable opportunities for education, research and professional careers for Northeastern University students.

Check out our calendar to register for upcoming events!

Program Updates

Northeastern University offers scholarship for domestic students who are interested in applying for the following programs in the Bay Area:

BS in Biotechnology          MS in Biotechnology
MS in Bioinformatics         MS in Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices

For more information and eligibility details, you may contact:


MS Biotechnology
Jared Auclair, Ph.D.
Director of Biotechnology Professional Science Masters and Training
Program Director for MS in Bioinformatics
Affiliated, Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis (140TF-412)
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

MS Bioinformatics
Jared Auclair, Ph.D.
Director of Biotechnology Professional Science Masters and Training
Program Director for MS in Bioinformatics
Affiliated, Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis (140TF-412)
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

MS Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices
Stephen F. Amato, PhD, MBA, RAC (US/EU)
Faculty Director, Graduate Regulatory Affairs and Life Sciences
Associate Teaching Professor
College of Professional Studies

Welcome Our New Staff Members

Dawn Girardelli
Associate Dean, Northeastern University Silicon Valley

Dawn serves as a member of the leadership team, responsible for the planning and coordination of academic delivery, effective delivery of student services, operational planning, licensure, compliance, accreditation processes and protocols. She plays a key role in fulfilling the vision of Northeastern University Silicon Valley and all the activities that position us as a strong asset in the region.

Dawn loves spending time with her husband and 3 kids traveling, hiking and doing high adventure activities. In her down time, Dawn is an avid reader, novice gardener and loves going to the spa.

Gloria Balderas

Assistant Director of West Coast Development and Operations

Gloria Balderas is the Assistant Director of West Coast Development and Operations and she is based out of Northeastern University’s San Francisco location. She is excited to help enhance operations delivery and support experiential programming across regional campuses as part of the Lifelong Learning Network. Gloria’s previous experience in higher education includes positions at UC Berkeley and Babson College. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from San Jose State University.  Gloria loves to work strategically, support innovative academic programs, and interact with diverse populations.



Meet Our Student Ambassadors
Andy Wang and Shen Wang

Say hello to Andy and Shen, our enthusiastic Silicon Valley Student Ambassadors!  Our ambassadors play an important role in representing  and promoting Northeastern to prospective students and campus visitors.  Additional tasks include maintaining campus cleanliness and order, leading campus tours, updating our student calendar of events and assisting with on-campus sessions. Andy and Shen also support on-site operations for faculty and staff, such as assisting with classroom setups.  During their free time, Shen likes to go to gym, learn the guitar and try surfing while Andy enjoys bowling, hiking and playing the piano.

Partners with Us

Do you need a space for your next meeting?

At Northeastern, we are always looking for partners to provide our students with invaluable insights from various Silicon Valley industries and hot topics that impact our learners.

We would love to provide a venue for your next event.  From workshops to panels, we can assist in making your event a successful one.

Contact Alanta Hider at for more information.