Meet the Faculty

Khoury College of Computer Science

Ian Gorton

Ian Gorton

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

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.

Educational / Professional 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.

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Tamara Bonaci

Tamara Bonaci

Assistant Teaching Professor

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.

Educational / Professional 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.

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

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.

Educational / Professional 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.

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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Tony Mullen

Tony Mullen

Associate Teaching Professor

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.

Educational/ Professional 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.

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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Divya Chaudhary

Divya Chaudhary

Assistant Teaching Professor

Role at Northeastern: As a Teaching professor, Divya loves to interact with students and other faculty members. She enjoys learning new things and always look forward to them. She also finds immense joy in the success and achievement of her students.

Educational / Professional background: Divya received her doctoral degree in computer engineering from NSIT, University of Delhi in 2018. Her research domain in PhD degree was based on optimizing and load scheduling in cloud computing. She was also a University topper and gold medalist in her master's program in computer science. Over the years, she has published research papers in various journals and conferences. She has also worked on many research projects with undergraduate students. She has over seven years of experience working in academia. She has taught undergraduate courses in the roles as an Assistant Professor and as a teaching assistant at Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT, NSUT) in New Delhi, India for five years. She has also taught undergraduate courses in various capacities at several governmental departments of Delhi, India. For over two years, she even taught high school students the basics of computers and programming languages.

Personal background: Divya grew up in New Delhi, India. Before moving to Seattle, she has lived and worked in Delhi.

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Sarita Singh

Sarita Singh

Associate Teaching Professor

Role at Northeastern: Conducting lectures and labs for Khoury students in Seattle.

Educational / Professional background: PhD (Computer Science)' MTech ( Software Engineering)

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College of Engineering

Ram Hariharan

Dr. Ram Hariharan

Associate Program Director in Seattle and Full-Time Faculty

Role at Northeastern: Dr. Hariharan joined Northeastern University in January of 2018, teaching classes in the areas of data science, big data systems, and intelligence analytics.

Educational / Professional Background: Dr. Hariharan currently works as Head of Applied Artificial Intelligence at macro-eyes, where he also has experience as a Lead Data Scientist. Dr. Hariharan completed his PhD at the University of Kerala before going onto Post Doctorate studies at the University of Washington in 2014. Dr. Hariharan also has experience as a Research Scientist at the Instituted for Systems Biology and a Senior Data Scientist at Fred Hutch. Dr. Hariharan’s work revolves around AI projects at the intersection of healthcare and economics.  

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Andrei Guschin

Andrei Guschin

Assistant Teaching Professor- Information Systems

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.

Educational / Professional 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."

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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Kathy wong

Kathy Wong

Assistant Coop Coordinator

Educational/ Professional background: Kathy came from University of Washington with experience in a variety of roles and offices, from academic advising to immigration advising to recruiting & admissions. She has diverse experience working with undergraduate, graduate, international students in disciplines ranging from STEM to business and everything in-between. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Washington and a Master of Education in Student Development Administration at Seattle University.

Personal background: Kathy is a Seattle native, born and raised. She likes to explore new places with friends or a tour group to get out of her comfort zone. She also enjoys cooking and eating as well as spending time with her Shih Tzu, Mr. Bailey (aka Mr. B).

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Terri Gu

Yingqian "Terri" Gu

Assistant Cooperative Education Coordinator

Role at Northeastern: Terri is excited to transit into the new role as the second Assistant Cooperative Education Coordinator for COE at Seattle, supporting the students with their career development and creating a meaningful learning experience together. She will be teaching the Career Management for Engineers courses and support COE students with career development and employment outreach.

Educational/ Professional background: Terri came to Los Angeles in 2012 to attend the University of California - Los Angeles and graduated with a BS in Economics in 2016. That same year, she moved to Seattle to complete her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Washington. After graduating, Terri joined WholeRen Education Group, a private higher education institution that focuses on serving the international student community in America. She worked as an Academic Tutor and Counselor to drive academic support, tutoring, and mentorship for college students. Terri started as an Academic Advisor for the College of Engineering in May 2020, with her primary responsibility to support the rapid growth of COE at the Seattle Campus and on the West Coast and got promoted last year as a Senior Academic advisor.

Personal background: Terri was born and raised in Beijing, China.

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College of Professional Studies

Sarmann Kennedyd

Assistant Teaching Professor- Project Management

Educational / Professional 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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Megan Kennedy

Megan Kennedy

Assistant Teaching Professor

Role at Northeastern: Assistant Teaching Professor in the Doctor of Law and Policy Program

Educational/ Professional background: Megan has earned her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. She worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts for six years. During her time as a prosecutor, she worked in the sexual assault and family violence unit. She has also earned a PhD. in criminal justice from the University at Albany - State University of New York.

Personal background: Megan currently lives in Seattle. She enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and reading.

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Shanu Sushmita

Shanu Sushmita

Assistant Teaching Professor

Role at Northeastern: Assistant Teaching Professor in the Master of Professional Studies in Analytics programs.

Educational / Professional background: PhD in Computer Science. 10+ Years of research and teaching experience in computer Science. In particular, machine learning, information retrieval and user behavior. Shanu loves using data to investigate and build products/solutions to improve user experience. She has had opportunities to use and apply various machine learning and information retrieval techniques in areas like: search engines, digital libraries, social media, healthcare, and music. Her passion is teaching, she loves the energy of being amongst students. She has taught courses at both graduate and undergraduate level for computer science and business school.

Personal background: Shanu is a proud mother of two daughters (5 years and 1 year old). She is very mindful of ways in which she contributes to the world in making it an open and respectful place. As family, they love to travel and enjoy music.

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Global Learner Support

Jeremy Walter

Jeremy Walter

Director, Global Learner Support

Role at Northeastern:
At Northeastern, Jeremy manages the Global Learner Support program on the West Coast regional campuses, which provides students, staff, and faculty with cultural, academic, language, and professional support. In addition, he advises and teaches students enrolled in the Global Pathways program and collaborates regularly with the International Enrollment Management team on international student recruitment efforts. Jeremy enjoys getting to know the students and understanding their journey from pre-arrival to graduation. Additionally, as a lifelong learner and lover of cultures, he benefits daily from the interactions and conversations with the students whom he teaches and supports.

Educational/ Professional Background:
Jeremy holds a Master of Arts in applied linguistics and TESOL as well as a Doctor of Education with a focus on curriculum, teaching, learning, and leadership. He taught English as a second language in various capacities for 10 years to adult learners in South Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Personal Background:
Jeremy is originally from Central Illinois but was educated in England and spent most of his adult life living and teaching in Asia.

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