Urban Informatics, MS
Lautaro Cantar holds a bachelor’s degree in economics. After graduation, he worked for two and a half years as a financial analyst for a multinational consulting firm. “I didn’t want to be the usual economist: banks, the trade market, analyzing multiple indicators designed by someone else,” he explained. “I wanted to do something different.” That’s when he discovered data science. When he was awarded the Argentine Presidential Fellowship in Science and Technology to pursue a degree in data science, he knew that the ideal program for him would be one at the crossroads of technology, public policy, and design. The Master of Science in Urban Informatics met that ideal. “The program consists of a perfect blend of computer and programming skills, urban studies, visualization, and mapping tools.”
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Big Data for Cities provides an amazing overview of urban data science. By the end of the semester, he knew how to code and to do cool visualization and maps.
Lautaro was invited to join the Boston Area Research Institute to continue his research on the spatial effects of commercial gentrification determinants using open data.
In addition to his program and research internship, Lautaro was an intern at The American City Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on neighborhood revitalization.
Lautaro developed a tool that allows voucher holders to find websites for housing listings in an effort to gather sociodemographic information about a potential place to live.
Lautaro was selected for the Argentine Presidential Fellowship in Science and Technology, a Fulbright-managed scholarship.
Post-graduation, he joined the Argentinean Federal Government as a data analyst, working first for the Open Data Office and now with the equivalent of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
I would like to thank all the faculty and staff of CSSH for being kind, helpful, and patient with me in my two years there. Being away from home for such a long time is not always easy, but the staff made sure that the third floor became a very special place for me, an extension of my house. I also would like to thank Prof. Dan O’Brien and all the folks at BARI for the amazing time. They all were a fundamental part to make my experience at Northeastern and Boston unforgettable.
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- Savita is from Boston and is a graduate of the Boston Latin School.
- Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita later became an English major with minors in Africana Studies and Writing Studies.
- Through the service-learning course, Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English. She is now a service-learning teaching assistant.
- For her final project in Post-Colonial Women's Writers with Professor Aljoe, she researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago.
- Inspired by Professor Aljoe, Savita joined the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, working on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival and creating and gathering teaching materials.
- In 2020, she began a co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita wants to work to better her own community. In the future, she hopes to become a high school teacher or a college professor. ..
- Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
- Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
- When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
- Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
- From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
- During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
- With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
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- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...