Neel Shah

Hometown: Burlington, MA
Major: BS/MS in Computer Engineering
College: College of Engineering

What was you favorite Honors class?

My favorite honors class has been HONR 3302: Limits on Scientific Knowledge: Chaos, Complexity and Computability, taught by Professor Waleed Meleis. The class consisted of complex technical topics but Prof. Meleis provided a historic and philosophic perspective on the material. This was both fascinating and eye opening for me as I had seen most of the topic technically before in ECE curriculum.

During your time at Northeastern, what experiences shaped who you are today as a graduating senior?

I have always been fascinated by computers and their ability to solve problems rapidly and efficiently. As an undergraduate researcher at NEU, I came to recognize my goal of using computer engineering to improve security in a wide variety of contexts. In NSF-REU program, I conducted research on parallel implementation of a computer vision algorithm to develop state-of-the-art facial recognition applications. My contribution accelerated real-time facial recognition for government agencies with many safety-critical applications, from preventing terrorism to speeding up the immigration process. Currently, I am working on an NSF-supported project, for which my team was named the winner at a top cybersecurity conference for “discovering the next big thing in cybersecurity.” These experiences has provided me hands-on research experience at the graduate level, motivating me to collaborate with teams of scientists to find creative security solutions. While I continue to grow intellectually, I am equally proud of my accomplishments as a community leader. As a first-generation American, I recognize that my success has been built upon the support of great teachers and mentors. Last year, my colleagues and I created the Student Research Engagement Committee to increase student involvement in research and allow others to access similar opportunities. My education, especially my involvement in research and community outreach, has shaped my career and given me a deeper understanding of the importance of my work. My professional, academic and research experience will allow me to enhance my leadership abilities to make substantial contributions in the field of computer engineering security.

What is your best memory from being a part of the Honors Program?

The most memorable part of Honors Program is being an Honors Ambassador. Being an ambassador has given me opportunity to share my experiences with fellow honors students and perspective Northeastern students. As an ambassador, we went to various places around the Boston from the Warren center in Ashland, MA for leadership re-treat to rock climbing. I have been involved in other organizations as well and I am pretty confident to say that Honors Department takes very good care of the ambassadors and I have been proud to be one!

Where are you headed after you graduate?

After completing my BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, I will be working as a Hardware Security Architect at Intel Corporation in Hudson, MA. In this role, typically reserved for “more experienced” engineers, I will lead a team to create the next-generation of secure hardware—microprocessors in the computers, tablets, phones, and devices we have yet to imagine.