About the Sherman Center

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Our Mission

Our mission is to enable interdisciplinary student entrepreneurship in the broadest sense by providing education about tools, concepts, and resources to foster creativity and the ability to develop commercially viable ideas.

Since its opening in May 2014, the new program’s cur­riculum is designed to arm engi­neering students with the appro­priate entre­pre­neurial skills to suc­cess­fully pitch and com­mer­cialize their inno­va­tions. Work­shops and courses are led by Northeastern fac­ulty and inno­va­tors from industry.

Our Team

Andrew Gouldstone

Director & Generate Faculty Co-Advisor

Professor Andrew Gouldstone received both his degrees (B.S. Materials Science 1996, Ph.D. Metallurgy 2001) from MIT. From his advisor, Dr. Subra Suresh, he learned of the importance of developing and expanding one's own expertise, but also the value of helping others strengthen theirs, no matter the situation. The subject of his dissertation was incipient plasticity under nanoscale contact, where he showed that decades-old modeling techniques could be used to interpret emerging experiments at the atomic scale.

From here he went to work at a hospital.

At Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center and Harvard School of Public Health, he worked as a postdoc with Dr. Stephen H. Loring, Dr. Richard E. Brown and Dr. James P. Butler to understand how the lung slides against the chest wall. With these scholars, Dr. Gouldstone learned to question everything and became acutely aware that medical doctors know a lot more engineering than many people assume. He also learned that any experiment is significantly more valuable if one has a plan for the results at its conclusion. Or, put more succinctly by Dr. Butler, ``Ok, you do your experiment. I give you every number you ever wanted. Now what?`` There's a lesson there, for any of us.

After this, Dr. Gouldstone worked at Stony Brook University, at the Center for Thermal Spray Research, as an Assistant Professor. Here he was mentored by Professor Sanjay Sampath, where he learned that with a combination of respect, intelligence and indomitable spirit - it was possible to create an entirely new scientific field around a century-old coating technology.

Dr. Gouldstone's research expertise lies at the intersection of mechanics of materials and... anything else. He has published papers involving thin films, thick films, bubbles, lungs, soap, volcanoes, strain gages, optical coherence tomography and Parkinson's Disease. At Northeastern he has found nothing less than beautiful collaboration with mentors and colleagues in MIE and COE, and spends most of his time and effort trying to keep up with our students.

He currently co-coordinates Mechanical Engineering Capstone with Professor Bridget Smyser, advises several clubs in COE, and serves as Director of the Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education. His current mission is to question the terms of ``entrepreneurship`` and ``innovation`` as well as many other words used in this exciting field, and to build opportunities for startup ventures at different levels of technological readiness level.

As far as learning is concerned, Dr. Gouldstone is passionate that education be equitable, and that we all should ask ourselves the very difficult questions as to what that means, and bravely face the sometimes uncomfortable answers we discover about ourselves and our society. That's the only way we can move forward.

Ted Johnson

Associate Director & Generate Faculty Co-Advisor

For over ten years, Ted J. Johnson has worked in multiple industries in order to perfect his business, leadership and relationship-building skills. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality Management from UMass-Amherst, and a Master’s of Education from Northeastern University. As the Associate Director of the Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education, Ted utilizes his high energy and commitment to building student opportunities to bring new possibilities to the college’s entrepreneurial repertoire.

Noah Joseph

Sherman Lab Technician

Noah Joseph has an Sc.B. In Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and enjoys the hands-on aspect of bringing ideas to realization. He has three years of experience teaching ideation and prototyping techniques to engineering students looking to become better makers as part of the Brown Design Workshop Mentoring program. He also has undergraduate teaching experience in Robotics for both high school and undergraduate engineering courses. His proudest achievement to date is his Computer Aided Design and manufacturing contribution to the EQUiSat CubeSat, Brown's first nanosatillite launched into low Earth orbit in late Spring 2018.

Mark Sivak

Course Instructor & Generate Faculty Co-Advisor

Mark Sivak has a PhD from Northeastern University in Interdisciplinary Engineering and serves on the faculty as a joint hire between the College of Engineering and the College of Arts, Media and Design. His research is in the areas of games for impact, rehabilitation robotics, consumer device design, additive manufacturing and experience design. He has written several book chapters on game design for the Well Played series of books as well as numerous journal and conference papers in his areas of research and has several patents in the area of health devices.

Our Benefactors

Michael J. Sherman, College of Engineering alumnus and tech inno­vator, is the man behind North­eastern University’s Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engi­neering Entre­pre­neur­ship Education.

Mr. Sherman has 40 years of expe­ri­ence in com­mu­ni­ca­tions hard­ware and soft­ware devel­op­ment, including wire­less appli­ca­tions for mil­i­tary, gov­ern­ment, and com­mer­cial use. His busi­ness, AES Corp., of Peabody, Mass., pro­duces and installs leading-edge secu­rity prod­ucts for orga­ni­za­tions and house­holds in more than 130 coun­tries around the world.

“We need to ensure that engi­neering stu­dents are able to com­mu­ni­cate in the com­mer­cial world,” says Sherman, who grad­u­ated with a bach­elor of sci­ence from Northeastern’s Col­lege of Engi­neering in 1968. In some ways, he said, the “com­mer­ciality of inno­va­tion is more impor­tant than the inno­va­tion itself. “It doesn’t matter how good your product is,” he explained. “If you can’t make a busi­ness case for its via­bility then you won’t be able to bring it to market.”

“Michael’s pas­sion for turning inno­v­a­tive engi­neers into savvy entre­pre­neurs res­onates deeply with our mis­sion at North­eastern,” says Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Our stu­dents thrive on infusing their knowl­edge with real-world expe­ri­ences. Michael’s sup­port will be instru­mental for our engi­neering stu­dents and the sus­tain­ability of their inventions.”

Sherman grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Boston in 1963 to attend North­eastern. He cred­ited co-op with giving him the con­fi­dence to excel in the busi­ness world. “Gaining expe­ri­ence in the work envi­ron­ment made me realize that I could accom­plish the busi­ness objec­tives I desired,” he said. “I have always con­sid­ered North­eastern inte­gral to my career success.”