Student Donor Spotlight: Megan Adams, SSH’22

By Victoria Tsang

Megan Adams, SSH’22, has been described by her coach as the “ultimate team player.” She is the committed, hardworking, and selfless goalkeeper for the Northeastern women’s soccer team. Since making her collegiate debut in 2018, Megan has recorded countless saves for her team and was awarded CAA Defensive Player of the Week.

Even with her busy soccer schedule, Megan has made the most of her five years at Northeastern. She majored in criminal justice, is currently pursuing her master’s in security and resilience studies, and interned at Bain & Company, a top management consulting firm. Her favorite Northeastern experience was traveling internationally for the first time to France and Spain with her team. This memorable trip gave Megan the opportunity to compete in games against European players, immerse herself in other countries’ histories, and attend unique cultural excursions.

Being a part of the women’s soccer program has given me the opportunity to attend Northeastern and build lifelong relationships. I’ve learned more from being a part of the team than anywhere else, and I’m grateful for all of my experiences and opportunities.”

– Megan Adams, SSH’22

Megan identifies her time on the women’s soccer team as an important and special period of her life, and she has generously made a gift in support of her team in gratitude. “Being a part of the women’s soccer program has given me the opportunity to attend Northeastern and build lifelong relationships,” she says. “I’ve learned more from being a part of the team than anywhere else, and I’m grateful for all of my experiences and opportunities.”

January 10, 2022

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Student Donor Spotlight: Nicolas Maciel, E’22

By Victoria Tsang

Nicolas Maciel, E’22, has always had a passion for engineering. Since beginning his academic career at Northeastern, he set out to immerse himself in learning the ins and outs of transportation engineering. Through multiple internships, co-ops, and extracurricular organizations, he’s done just that.

During Nicolas’s first semester, he joined Paradigm Hyperloop. This international team of students from the United States and Canada is making the Hyperloop concept—a mode of transportation consisting of levitating high-speed capsules traveling through low-pressure vacuum tubes—a reality. Now a senior, he leads the Paradigm team as project manager, working to design, build, and test the Hyperloop pods.

Outside of engineering, Nicolas has made countless memories as a member of the Entrepreneurs Club and Club Taekwondo, and through traveling abroad. His most unforgettable experience was traveling to Israel and Palestine to speak with regional and local diplomats regarding the conflict between the two nations, and immersing himself in the culture and geography of the Middle East.

With these accomplishments under his belt, Nicolas recognizes the importance of giving back to the program that made it all possible. He’s made a gift in support of Paradigm Hyperloop, contributing directly to club resources for those who will lead the group after him. “Northeastern has provided me with numerous career avenues both related and unrelated to my experience on the Paradigm team,” says Nicolas. “I feel compelled to return the favor.”

In just a few years, Nicolas has grown personally and professionally. His dedication, enthusiasm, and involvement in the university community have set an example for future Huskies, showing them that at Northeastern, the possibilities are endless.

January 10, 2022

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Northeastern has provided me with numerous career avenues both related and unrelated to my experience on the Paradigm team. I feel compelled to return the favor.

-Nicolas Maciel, E’22

Mohsen Alqunaie

Graduating senior Mohsen Alqunaie, E’21, has always been active in Northeastern campus life. From community service to athletics, he does it all, making the most of his college experience and truly embodying the university spirit. He’s a member of the Hall Council, Triathlon Team, Class of 2021 Senior Year Experience Board, and Northeastern’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mohsen has also pursued experiential learning opportunities at Northeastern to advance himself and his professional career. He’s been on co-op with Keolis Commuter Services, as well as the Public Works Department with the City of Boston. And last fall, he worked as a research assistant in the College of Engineering and analyzed the impact of COVID-19 on transit and mobility, focusing on Boston’s MBTA, highways, bike shares, and airlines. His enthusiasm for learning knows no bounds, and through his work experiences, he’s found his greatest passion in the field of civil engineering.

Not only does Mohsen commit his time to enhancing student programming as a leader on the Senior Year Experience Board, but he has generously made a gift to the College of Engineering, hoping to pay it forward to future engineering students. “I want to give future students more opportunities at Northeastern,” he says. “I also want to thank Northeastern for the incredible experience it has given me, and I hope the university keeps giving future students an amazing time.”

It’s graduates like Mohsen whose positivity, dedication, and philanthropy continue to inspire even after becoming an alumnus, leaving a legacy at Northeastern and exemplifying what it truly means to be a Husky.

March 24, 2021

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Generate: Empowering Innovative Ventures

Generate, operating under the Michael and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education, is Northeastern’s student-led product development studio. Teams of students connect with clients to work together on engineering product development for early stage startups. Aimed at fostering entrepreneurial engineering on campus, the organization has partnered with clients to help build new technologies.

The organization divides members into five teams: Management, Build Studio, Operations, Outreach, and Branding. There is huge emphasis on the Build Studio, where students contribute to hardware and software production.  

“Since working with Generate I have been doing my best to replicate the construction of that team, and re-acquire the skill sets that they possessed” says Max Thalheimer, founder of earnz. earnz is a customer loyalty platform for small restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Generate worked with Thalheimer throughout the Fall in 2020 to build a customer-facing mobile app and a supporting backend for earnz. 

The student team helped build a foundation for the startup, and since then earnz has continued developing their platform. The mobile app is roughly 30 to 40 percent complete. “earnz has onboarded a front end developer and accepted another full time engineer, making up the current team of six. The team is targeting a Summer 2021 launch of their product in Boston.” 

In 2019, Matthew Swenson collaborated with Generate for SmartyPill, an automatic pill dispenser to address the issue of medication noncompliance in an inexpensive and easy to use fashion. “Generate was instrumental in giving us a barebones implementation of the SmartyPill idea,” says Swenson.  

SmartyPill came to Generate with three prototypes, aiming to create a fourth. Together they sought to address two central challenges: accurately dispensing single pills of any size and decoupling the client and server of their software in order to introduce other user cases to the product workflow. “It was very easy for me to understand Generate’s process, and the documentation and handoff materials helped a ton in continuing development after I was a client. Since Generate, I have been working with my co-founders on improving our hardware, software, and business strategy. We are hoping to obtain a patent for the most recent iteration of our hardware prototype. ” 

SmartyPill was Generate’s first client to have two teams in the same semester: one focused on the hardware components of the product, and the other focused on the supporting software infrastructure. The Software team designed and implemented an API, web portal, and device interface which are extensible and forward-compatible with anticipated future products in the larger Smarty Pill ecosystem. The hardware team was able to design and test a novel universal pill canister design that is modular and can dispense a single pill of a large range of sizes, as well as developing a custom PCB to house the power components required for this prototype. 

Generate is an integral part of what defines the Sherman Center, and by extension what defines the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.” 

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With dedicated university students providing their expertise and skills, Generate provides great opportunities for entrepreneurs in the Northeastern community. Read more about their mission, development process, and some previous works here. Their website details client applications, and the interest form is open year round for prospective clients. For Northeastern entrepreneurs, perhaps this organization can help you generate your startup ideas.  

February 23, 2021

Miracle Olatunji

STUDENT DONOR

An ambitious leader. An incredible mentor and friend. A true inspiration to her peers and community. Miracle Olatunji, DMSB’22 brings a positive attitude, generous outlook, and unmatched work ethic to everything she does.

Miracle continues to make her mark on Northeastern. She’s part of the D’Amore-McKim Building Belonging Fellowship, the Women in Finance Club, Women Who Empower, the Entrepreneurship Club, Finance for the Community, the Huntington 100, the No Limits Dance Crew, and Innovation at Thrive, the financial literacy education center on campus. Miracle’s favorite part of Northeastern is the myriad of different communities, clubs, and organizations available to its students—and she has made sure to take full advantage.

Through her active roles in women’s programs and initiatives, Miracle has seen firsthand how important, imperative, and urgent the need to support women is—and says that “we have to take bold, purposeful steps toward gender equality,” which “will take a collective effort of stakeholders across government and policy, industries, institutions, and communities.” She is proud to be part of this joint action.

To advance a cause that’s near and dear to her heart—and one to which she devotes much of her time—Miracle made her gift in support of Women Who Empower, a community that has inspired and supported her greatly during her experience at Northeastern. Miracle was part of the university’s inaugural group of Women Who Empower Ambassadors, an opportunity that enabled her “to help further the mission of the community and help build a network of fellow students and alumni who are also passionate about it.” She is also heavily involved in the Women in Finance Club, having served as the club’s vice president of access and now as a mentor.

Miracle believes the relationships built and memories made at Northeastern have been a catalyst for her personal and professional growth. She wants to help ensure this is the case for her fellow Huskies—and that’s why giving back is so important to her.

January 25, 2021

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Maria Oliveira

STUDENT DONOR

A true people person and enthusiastic changemaker. With experiential learning in mind and an eagerness to get out of her comfort zone, Maria transferred to Northeastern as a third-year student. Here, she majors in psychology and minors in film production and behavioral neuroscience, blending her passions for critical research and cinema. An aspiring doctor, Maria has put countless hours into these interests and exploring how she can use them to better the lives of others.   

Maria made her gift to the Psychology Department Research Fund because of her ties to the field and appreciation for the impact psychology has on society. Her hope is that supporting this fund will lead to new advancements and discoveries, and improve people’s lives. She says, “I believe Northeastern has the right people and initiatives that can do that.” Through her work with the Senior Year Experience Board, her Northeastern pride will continue long after she earns her degree this year. With her time as an undergraduate coming to an end, Maria is working closely with members of the Senior Year Experience Board to ensure fellow students have unforgettable experiences, opportunities, and moments at Northeastern, just like she did. Among her favorite memories is her co-op, the university’s signature feature.

Maria also cherishes her membership in Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society. The goal of the Northeastern chapter is to encourage both new and experienced student researchers to reach their fullest potential. Through her generous gift to the Psychology Department Research Fund and invaluable efforts in the organizations she’s part of, Maria is elevating the Northeastern experience for her fellow Huskies. Students who go on to become proud alumni, like her, build a crucial base for continued giving—and we are beyond grateful for her role in making this happen.

January 25, 2021

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