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It does show, however, that our region needs greater investments in K-12 and higher education, infrastructure and global visibility. This attached link highlights that all too often we fail to convey around the nation and world what a hotbed for innovation Seattle has been and continues to be.

Northeastern’s presence in the Seattle region is intended to increase the much-needed state capacity for graduate degrees in STEM, leadership, project management and business fields. Last week we hosted Tristan Johnson, Director of Online Education for Northeastern’s College of Engineering and Dr. Sara Wadia-Fascetti, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. These leaders met with local firms and public officials to focus on our Engineering Management and Energy Systems degree programs.  

This week our focus turns to Health Informatics. As Microsoft’s Brad Smith noted in his comments at the Leadership Conference, the integration of this region’s healthcare expertise, combined with the software, big data and cloud expertise, create the possibility to become a global leader in the field of Health Informatics, which combines all these fields. The Director of Northeastern’s Health Informatics degree program, Dan Feinberg, will be meeting with local healthcare companies and hosting an informational meeting here on campus tonight.

Our engagement in the Seattle region takes another form in the field of Sports. Last week Dr. Robert Prior, Director of Northeastern’s Sports Leadership program visited many of Seattle’s sports teams to talk about our Masters in Sports Leadership Program. Designed for mid-career athletic administrators, coaches and individuals seeking careers in the sports industry, the Master of Sports Leadership is a practice-oriented graduate degree examining the social and business issues that are critical to sports. The program evolved from Northeastern’s Sport in Society nonprofit program, which uses the power and appeal of sport to create positive social change. Due to its central place in society, sports can bridge cultural gaps, resolve conflict, and educate people in a way few other activities can. In coming months we will reach out to more professional and informal sports organizations to see how, as a region, we can use this medium to reach our kids and promote their positive development.

Whether it’s in engineering, health informatics, or sports leadership areas, Northeastern is now firmly engaged in helping the Seattle region move forward.

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