Sherman Center Values
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.
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.
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.”