Meet the Faculty

Khoury College

Ian Gorton

Ian Gorton

Professor of the Practice, Director of Khoury College of Computer Sciences in Seattle

Educational Background:
Ian has a PhD in computer science from Sheffield Hallam University and an extensive background in the field of computer sciences. Prior to Northeastern, he was a senior member of the technical staff at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, working on projects focused on the principles of designing massively scalable software architectures for Big Data applications and building knowledge bases both manually and using machine learning to support engineering tasks.

Personal Background:
Before joining the SEI, Gorton was a laboratory fellow in computational sciences and math at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he managed the Data Intensive Scientific Computing research group and was the chief architect for PNNL’s Data Intensive Computing Initiative.

Role at Northeastern:
He is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society and a fellow of the Australian Computer Society. Until July 2006, he led the software architecture R&D at National ICT Australia in Sydney, and previously worked at CSIRO, IBM, Microsoft, and in academia in Australia. His passion is analyzing and designing complex, high-performance distributed systems, and embodying design and architecture principles in methods and tools that can be exploited by architects in other projects. You can see all Gorton’s publications and citations on Google Scholar and in dlbp.

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Tamara Bonaci

Tamara Bonaci

Assistant Teaching Professor

Educational Background:
Tamara received her doctoral degree in 2015 from the University of Washington. Her dissertation research merged several different areas—privacy and security, robotics, bioengineering, networking, and ethics. This interdisciplinary research allowed her to recognize and experience the importance of diverse voices, perspectives, and expertise in computer science research and education. It has also inspired her long-term research focus—privacy, security and societal impact of emerging technologies.

Role at Northeastern:
As a teaching professor, Tamara gets to interact and collaborate with many amazing students, through classes, mentoring, and various research projects. Interacting with students is absolutely the best part of her job.

Personal Background:
Tamara grew up in Europe, in beautiful Croatia. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, she lived in Vancouver, BC. Each of these places has inspired her and helped shape her into who she is today.

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Raman “Chandra” Chandrasekar

Raman “Chandra” Chandrasekar

Clinical Professor

Educational Background:
Chandra has a doctoral degree in computer science from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research at the University of Bombay. His background is in research, engineering management and consulting, with a focus on addressing real-world problems in artificial intelligence specifically in the areas of natural language processing, information retrieval, and machine learning. After working at the National Centre for Software Technology, Bombay, Chandra spent three years at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998 to 2010, he was a researcher at Microsoft and Microsoft Research, Redmond, working on search, text mining, news dissemination, human computation, and related areas. He then worked at the news-dissemination startup Evri.com, and later at ProQuest, Seattle. More information about his papers and patents are available via Google Scholar, USPTO , and Semantic Scholar.

Role at Northeastern:
At Northeastern, Chandra enjoys getting students to understand that learning is fun by itself, and in turn learning with them as they ask thought-provoking questions. He finds great joy in the achievements of his students as they go through life.

Personal Background:
Chandra spent about half of his life in India, in Chennai, New Delhi, and Mumbai. The rest has been mostly in Seattle, with stints in Philadelphia, Beijing and Pittsburgh.

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Abigail Evans

Abigail Evans

Lecturer

Educational Background:
Abigail completed her undergraduate degree in English at Bowdoin College in Maine. After graduating, she worked for an education technology company in the United Kingdom for a number of years. She then returned to the United States to complete a master’s in technology, innovation, and education at Harvard University, and finally a PhD in information science at the University of Washington. Her research has been at the intersection of human-computer interaction and learning sciences.

Role at Northeastern:
At Northeastern, Abigail teaches courses in the Align bridge and electives in human-computer interaction. She particularly enjoys seeing the Align students grow in skills and confidence.

Personal Background:
Abigail grew up in Norwich, England.

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Tony Mullen

Tony Mullen

Associate Teaching Professor

Educational Background:
Tony received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Washington. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in linguistics at Trinity College, Dublin, and finally a doctoral degree in natural language processing at the University of Groningen. This led to his research work in natural language processing and machine learning, and eventually to academic work in computer science.

Role at Northeastern:
Working with highly motivated, passionate graduate students throughout the master’s program is wonderful. But as someone who came to computer science via an indirect path, Tony feels a particular affinity for students making the challenging transition into computer science from another background.

Personal Background:
Tony grew up in the Seattle area, but spent most of his 20s and 30s living in Europe and Japan.

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Adrienne Slaughter

Adrienne Slaughter

Computer Science–Assistant Clinical Professor

Educational Background:
Adrienne Slaughter holds a BS in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MA in learning, design, and technology from Stanford University, and a PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of Washington. Previous to Northeastern, Slaughter worked at multiple startups and spent many years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She has also spent time at MSR, Intel Research Seattle, and Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory.

Role at Northeastern:
Her work has straddled the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and mobile devices, user research, and data science.

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College of Engineering

Andrei Guschin

Andrei Guschin

Assistant Teaching Professor- Information Systems

Educational Background:
Guschin has a PhD in mathematics and physics from the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as an MS in applied mathematics and physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He also studied at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan."

Role at Northeastern:
"Andrei Guschin joined Northeastern University–Seattle in 2015. He is teaching at the MSIS program, specializing in digital product management and other managerial courses for engineers. Prior to this role, he taught graduate students at the Foster School of Management, University of Washington, where he specialized in technology entrepreneurship, product management, and sustainable product design and development. Gus chin previously taught at the College of Business and College of Engineering at the American University of Armenia, the first and only U.S.-accredited institution in the former Soviet Union. Courses included Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Managing Information Systems, Production and Operation Management, and Supply Chain Management. He also taught corporate innovation to MBA students at the Sauder School of Management at the University of British Columbia.

Personal Background:
Before getting into teaching, Dr. Guschin was a research scientist at MIT, Ford and Russian Academy of Sciences. He also cofounded a clean tech company, Bionavitas, where he led research and development of the LIT™ photobioreactor technology. Guschin was also a consultant to technology startups and large companies, specializing in product, partner, and business development.

Dr. Guschin has been serving on Advisory Council, Business Leaders for Climate Solutions, since 2010. He also was chairing several committees at MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest, where he helped technology entrepreneurs to make fewer mistakes.

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Jie Zhang

Jie Zhang

Assistant Teaching Professor- DAE

Educational Background:
Jie has a doctoral degree in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her research focusses on stochastic optimization and machine learning for different application problems.

Role at Northeastern:
As a teaching faculty in data analytics engineering, she teaches courses in machine learning, operations research, and statistics. She also would like to mentor students and explore collaborations with faculty members on research problems in these areas.

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Kelsey Kaul

Kelsey Kaul

Cooperative Education Faculty

Educational Background:
Kelsey holds a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She is currently pursuing Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, studying women and minorities in STEM through Northeastern University.

Role at Northeastern:
Kelsey supports the West Coast campuses for the College of Engineering, focusing primarily on the cooperative education program. As faculty of cooperative education, Kelsey supports students from the moment they arrive on campus to help them realize their career goals and begin their internship search. She takes great pride in being able to support students in this important and exciting journey and help them to develop their professional identity.

Personal Background:
Kelsey is a native of Boston, and prior to moving to Seattle in 2018 she taught sustainability at Harvard University, spending as much time around the Charles River as possible. Kelsey has lived and taught in multiple countries in South Asia. She received a Fulbright Fellowship in Malaysia and teaching fellowships in India and Indonesia. Kelsey’s work in cross-cultural exchange has been recognized by former Secretary of State John Kerry and former President Barack Obama.

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Sarmann Kennedyd

Sarmann Kennedyd

Assistant Teaching Professor- Project Management

Educational Background:
Dr. Kennedyd has over 20+ years of experience in business process reengineering, IT systems development, managing complex projects, data analysis and strategic business consulting with various companies such as AOL, Fannie Mae, Charles E. Smith, Verizon, and USAC before transitioning into a full-time academic teaching in operations management, project management and strategic management.

As an educator, before joining Northeastern University graduate school, he has served as an Assistant Professor of Management at Kean University – Wenzhou China and Northern New Mexico College in Espanola New Mexico, where his primary responsibilities included teaching, research and developing undergraduate level curricula for operations management and project management. In addition to teaching, he has been providing corporate training sessions in project, program, and agile management to professionals from all backgrounds across many countries.

Dr. Kennedyd has earned a PhD in Strategy, Program and Project Management from SKEMA Business School in Lille – France, an MBA in eBusiness from John Hopkins University. He has also achieved the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI). His research is currently concentrated in the areas of agile project management, electronic commerce, virtual communication in projects and the connected workplace issues."

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Fei Fei

Fei Fei

Part-Time Lecturer

Educational Background:
Fei Fei received her PhD in second language studies from Michigan State University. Her research interests include computer-assisted second language learning and teaching, second language reading, writing and vocabulary acquisition, and task-based language teaching. Previously, Fei was an instructor in the Department of English at the University of Indianapolis, where she taught the psycholinguistics course at the TESOL master program. She also taught writing and ESL courses at various levels in China and in the U.S.

Personal Background:
A life learner of foreign languages, Fei is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, and intermediate in German.

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