Northeastern University: Igniting innovation with graduate engineering degrees
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Northeastern University: Igniting innovation with graduate engineering degrees

Northeastern University: Igniting innovation with graduate engineering degrees

Named one of the most innovative schools in the US News & World Report rankings 2019, Northeastern University is where graduate engineering degrees blend with real-world solutions and success.

With an established College of Engineering, Northeastern University unites the current and future generations of tech-savvy engineers to progressive graduate programmes.

As Dr. Nadine Aubry, Dean of Northeastern’s College of Engineering, explains, “Our students develop as innovators and leaders through Northeastern’s distinctive model of experiential learning, anchored by our world-leading cooperative education programme and augmented by novel initiatives in innovation, entrepreneurship, business, management and international opportunities.”

With programmes that address fast-changing industry and societal challenges, Northeastern is on the edge of possible. By encouraging their students to explore the engineering sector without limits, revolutionary resolutions to the world’s most pressing issues are enabled here.

This distinguished, top-ranked engineering school has seen unprecedented growth since 2011. The college now has 178 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, has doubled its enrollment to 8,080 students, and also received USD $67 million in external research funding in 2018.

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Engineering students develop ways to enable a human support robot to assist people. Source: Northeastern University

Graduate degrees that drive innovation

Northeastern’s College of Engineering has a content-rich selection of MS and PhD degrees with opportunities for students to personalize their pathway.

The Master of Science in Robotics programme is a degree that investigates the interdisciplinary fields of robotics from the three connected angles of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. As a degree that allows students to draw upon each area, there’s also the ability to concentrate in one of the contributing disciplines using flexible in-demand electives such as artificial intelligence, medical robots and machine learning.

For graduate students who wish to build on their existing knowledge of engineering and get into the burgeoning field of the analysis and optimization of data to solve problems and support decision-making, the Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering is a smart move—just take a look at this student’s experience if you’re uncertain. Students can even tailor their degree with a variety of electives in areas like big data, smart manufacturing, network science, and more.

A unique program combining civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, the MS in Sustainable Building Systems teaches students about the design and operation of effective and innovative building systems with minimal energy and environmental impact. Paired with an exclusive opportunity to develop leadership and decision-making skills to implement sustainable building practices in either the private or public sectors, many graduate students enjoy this multidimensional course.


Interested in entering the potentially explosive area of developing new internet of things (IoT) applications and architectures? Northeastern has a new MS engineering programme for IoT offered in the Boston and Silicon Valley, California campuses—both located in vibrant hubs of the high-tech industry. Continually staying at the forefront of industry engineering needs, Northeastern is one of the first to offer a specialization in cutting-edge blockchain technology, as part of its widely popular MS in Information Systems program.

Another high growth area of interest is the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering with concentrations in computer vision, machine learning and algorithms, the MS in Mechanical Engineering-Mechatronics, and the MS in Energy Systems.

Alternatively, if you don’t have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field, but want to pursue the exciting field of engineering, there’s the flexible Energy Systems Academic Link Master of Science programme, which can also be completed online.

As one of only a few universities offering cooperative education to MS and PhD students, and providing influential leadership certificate programmes, Northeastern is proactively redesigning the routes of postgraduate pathways.

As Northeastern PhD in Computer Engineering student, Nicolas Bohm Agostini from Brazil highlights, “Once I enrolled at Northeastern and started attending classes, I realised how strong my programme was and how lucky I was to be a part of it.

“I mastered my knowledge of machine learning and compilers, which eventually helped me get my co-op. I have gained an amazing set of computer engineering skills here and my professors and advisors have been guiding me ever since I enrolled at Northeastern,” Nicolas adds.

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Zhuohan Yu, Data Analytics Engineering Masters student, worked on co-op as a Research and Evaluation Associate. Source: Northeastern University

Engaging entrepreneurial initiatives at Northeastern

An engineering college that continuously inspires students to unleash their true potential, there are many engaging entrepreneurial and leadership initiatives available at Northeastern.

For instance, the Michael J. and Ann Sherman Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education enables interdisciplinary student entrepreneurship in the broadest sense, providing the tools, concepts and resources to foster creativity and the ability to develop commercially-viable ideas.

Fully integrated into Northeastern’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the centre partners with clubs such as Mosaic, IDEA, Entrepreneurs Club and more. It even has a student-run product development studio that supports the next-generation of entrepreneurial product-builders!

To gain an insight into the productive progress and student innovation happening at Northeastern, have a look at how one Bioengineering PhD student, Solomon Mensah, developed an innovative device called ‘Airbaby’ which helps deliver oxygen to premature babies.

Then there’s the two College of Engineering teams that were named MassChallenge winners. With mentorship, coaching and support from IDEA, the students benefited from the university’s entrepreneurial initiatives.

“The North­eastern entre­pre­neur­ship com­mu­nity has been great at sup­porting us,” commented Karlo Delos Reyes, one of the MassChallenge winners.

With a network of ambitious and aspiring students ready to spark new ideas and solutions to complex societal and industry challenges, Northeastern points engineering careers in the right direction.

Ignite your innovation now.

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