REV is an exciting Sherman Center and College of Engineering-sponsored mentoring program that seeks to guide engineers through the Northeastern University entrepreneurial ecosystem toward venture creation. By connecting entrepreneurial engineers with Mentorise-relevant engineering alumni, REV envisions a robust entrepreneurial engineer community that is prepared to pursue venture creation with confidence and a high level of skill.
Interested in getting involved? Contact Sherman Associate Director Ted Johnson @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Objectives & Values
- Connect Entrepreneurial Engineers with discipline-specific engineering alumni to facilitate the development of potential solutions and perform early stage testing (both technological and market-based);
- Educate students to find and evaluate technological needs in a solution-agnostic manner while fostering and strengthening their enthusiasm for technological innovation;
- Propel student concepts forward into the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, while guiding them through the hurdles of venture creation.
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The Role of REV Teams
Participation in REV is open to all students, recent alumni of less than five years, faculty and staff of the University’s College of Engineering, and, at the approval of the Program Director and Program Manager, to qualified persons in other colleges within the University. As part of the REV program, Teams are encouraged to explore other parts of the University Entrepreneurial Ecosystem while retaining their REV membership. Teams agree to enter into a mentor/mentee relationship with an open mind, and focus their efforts toward professional, academic, personal growth.
Team Relationships with Mentors
Teams will engage with Mentors in an agenda-free, information-sharing relationship for as long as the Team’s needs match the Mentor’s area of expertise, and both parties agree to continue this relationship. Teams will not solicit Mentors for investment or any other roles in their ventures. Mentors, Teams and the Program Director and/or Manager will seek to officially meet within the Sherman Center every four to six weeks, and casually via REV’s designated Collaboration Tool. Meetings may be in person or via internet-based means such as Skype or BlueJeans.
REV Advisory Board
Prof. Shashi Murthy is a Professor of Chemical Engineering, directs the Biological Surface Engineering & Microfluidics Laboratory and is a Faculty Fellow of the Barnett Institute of Chemical & Biological Analysis at Northeastern University. Prof. Murthy is also a co-founder of Quad Technologies Corp., which has brought to market polymer coating technology designed in his lab for cell purification. Prof. Murthy has co-authored over seventy scientific publications and is an inventor on seven issued or pending patents. He was also recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2015.
Saul Kurlat is the founding President of Eikonix Corporation, and an advisory board member of the Barnett Institute at Northeastern. Saul is currently a partner at Kurlat Ventures, and created the Gitta and Saul Kurlat Fund for STEM Education at The Miriam Fund. Saul earned his BS in Engineering from Northeastern.
Bret Siarkowski is an entrepreneur and investor with extensive experience in initiating and leading technology companies in the design and application of innovative market-demanded solutions. His interests spans the mobile, gaming, healthcare, software, semiconductor and electronics industries. Mr. Siarkowski serves on the board of several technology companies, and is a co-founder of Biofficient Inc. Bret earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern.
Richard Schoenfeld is the Principal and Founder at BioWorks Consulting, LLC., and serves on the Chemical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board of the College of Engineering and the REV Advisory Board of the Sherman Center. Richard has years of experience in both design and operations for clinical manufacturing for various proteins.
Steven Picheny is the former president of Stepic Medical, a high tech medical sales, marketing and distribution firm, and currently serves as a member on the National Board of Trustees Union for Reform Judaism. Steve is the Engineering Entrepreneur in Residence for Northeastern University, and serves on the boards of the Center for Research Innovation, IDEA, and the Sherman Center REV Program, as well as a number of not for profit organizations both locally and nationally. Steve earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern.
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.
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 Program Manager 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.
Past REV Ventures
These are only a few of our many past ventures!
Founded by third year Northeastern PhD student Solomon A Mensah and Queens University graduate Anwar Upal, and employing many other Northeastern University students, Therapeutic Innovations is dedicated to redesigning medical devices for developing countries without compromising on quality. They hope that someday all children across the global will have access to life saving and affordable medical devices.
Founded by Northeastern student Yoshua Rozen, PartRunner is an on-demand delivery service of parts for home service technicians.They partner up with different Supply Houses all over the Boston area and have a network of vehicles that can deliver in minutes. They have a team of people experts in logistics, operations and in the industry of Plumbing, HVAC, Burner Supplies and Electrics.
Run by Northeastern students Tuan Ho, Joseph Alim, and Francisco Calderon, ScholarJet is a web platform that help companies who want to connect with the future generation by creating action-based scholarships. Instead of writing essays, students will be able to participate in “enriching scholarship challenges” in 5 categories; STEM, Art/Media, Health/Wellness, Community/Civic Engagement and Business.
QSM Diagnostics was founded in 2014 as a spin out from the Goluch Group at Northeastern University. Their main expertise is in sensor development and they are developing a point-of-care diagnostics for identification of bacterial infections. Their initial product is being designed for assisting in the determination of urinary tract infection in human and animal samples. Tests for other infectious diseases are in development.
Founded by Northeastern student Abbey Titcomb, Knightly is a public safety device for students who feel uncomfortable walking home. It acts a relay, sending a signal from a user to campus security and emergency contacts, and it features a web portal that Public Safety can access, which shows live updates of users, so they can respond to active alerts in real time.
Founded by Northeastern student Nicholas Moretto and NYU grad student Kevin Naughton Jr, Maker Box is a low cost solution to trying new types of 3D printer filament and manufacturers. It is a subscription service that mails you samples of filament monthly or bi-monthly, and also gets their subscribers discounts from 3D printing manufacturers for printing accessories.
Founded by Northeastern student Nader Yacaman Juha, IC Health solves the problem of the lower income diabetic patient, of having access to glucose monitoring devices. Unlike competitors, this glucometer is focused in lower income communities by providing a quality product focused on their needs. Their BG-202 Glucose Monitoring System is regarded as one of the easiest to use with high accuracy and value by reducing the cost by up to 50% of leading competitors costs.They distribute in all of Honduras.