Northeastern University offers opportunities to its students to experience the nuances of research laboratories by organising Undergraduate Lab Fair for its engineering students to help in expanding their knowledge in the field. This fair also intended to provide the students with some ideas which will help them after their completion of their academic while working with co-operatives. These fairs every year cover the works of more than thirty research laboratories to showcase the clear vision of the contemporary system and also include everything from fluid mechanics and microbial ecology to nanosensors and robotic systems for the students for better understanding of this field.
Nicholas Fresneda, one of the former engineering students of the Northeastern University shares the experience of his first year of engineering in a lab fair where he intends to find an opportunity to work in one of College of Engineering’s research labs and engage with research scientists and faculty members at the annual CEO Undergraduate Lab Fair. According to the computer engineering major he wanted to learn new things that the classroom did not already provide him. He said, “I also wanted to add to my resume and thought that working in a research lab might help me decide if I had picked the right discipline.”
Fresneda met the director of the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Lab; David Kaeli who also is a COE distinguished professor and connected with him to start with his first-hand experience in a research lab. The NUCAR lab works with around thirty students every year and focuses on performance evaluation, emerging software technologies, and advanced storage systems. Fresneda coordinated with doctoral student Xun Gong to sharpen his understanding of the Linux operating system and the C programming language to work on his interest in the graphic processing unit through an architectural simulator. Kaeli said that the lab fair offers two-ways opportunities, both for the undergraduate students to help gain career-building experience and to the research scholars in passing on their knowledge to the next generation.