Alumni forge lifelong connections
Nurturing young innovators
James Pallotta, MBA’81, and his family gave $10 million to Northeastern for innovation initiatives they are planning in consultation with President Joseph E. Aoun. Pallotta, who founded the investment firm the Raptor Group and owns a controlling interest in the Italian soccer team A.S. Roma, wants to propel Northeastern’s students to the forefront of innovation.
Supporting PhD student-researchers
Parents Sami Alsaif and Hend Dabbous, PNT’21, established the Alsaif Family Doctoral Fellowship in the College of Engineering, one of the first ever endowed at the university. Fellow Jennifer Rodowicz studies the effect of the internet of things on smart medical implants, while Vikrant Shah is creating autonomous robots for use in harsh arctic environments.
Preparing tomorrow’s coders
More than $3.2 million in gifts for scholarships in Northeastern’s master’s degree program in computer science, Align, came from anonymous donors, as well as corporations that include Dell, Providence St. Joseph Health, and Wayfair. The scholarships will enable non-computer science majors to reinvent their careers and find success in the high-demand field of coding.
Sustaining the seafood supply
Northeastern’s Ocean Genome Legacy received support from the Paul Angell Foundation and the Seafood Industry Research Fund for research on seafood fraud, the unlawful mislabeling of species. Part of the Coastal Sustainability Institute, OGL works to preserve marine diversity and sustain the global seafood supply.
Creating new tools to fight cancer
The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation bestowed a Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research to Assistant Professor Bryan Spring to develop techniques to visualize and study brain cancer. Spring’s group bridges biophysics, biomedical optics, and cancer biology to target micrometastases that, left behind by standard therapies, limit our ability to cure many cancers.
Promoting justice, curbing violence
The Arnold Foundation awarded nearly $250,000 to Anthony Braga, director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, to enhance procedural justice in "hot spots policing," which focuses on high-crime urban areas. Braga’s work in reducing violence in disadvantaged neighborhoods has earned national recognition.
Advancing study of the humanities
Ronald Rossetti, DMSB’66, H’06, and his wife, Linda, established the Rossetti Family Program for the Advancement of the Humanities and the Ronald L. and Linda A. Rossetti Chair for the Humanities at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. The first incumbent, Associate Professor of Philosophy Rory Smead, will inspire students majoring in science, engineering, and business to explore the liberal arts.
Deepening understanding of international business
University Distinguished Professor Sheila M. Puffer has been blazing trails in international business and entrepreneurship, particularly in Russia, for three decades. Her recent bequest to endow the Sheila M. Puffer Research Professorship of International Business in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business is a gift to students in perpetuity.
Championing coaching excellence
Ice hockey fans united to create the first endowed coaching fund at Northeastern, the Fernie Flaman Endowed Men’s Hockey Coach Fund. Men's ice hockey coach Jim Madigan, DMSB'86, is the first beneficiary. The late, legendary Flaman coached for 19 seasons, achieving 255 victories, a Northeastern coaching record.