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Michael Tormey

Economics, BS
Civil Engineering, BS


Michael Tormey’s journey through Northeastern, as a double major in civil engineering and economics, included hands on learning of  city planning through co-op and an education in climate change and green spaces on a global scale in three Dialogues of Civilization visits. He has been awarded a 2020 Marshall Scholarship, which will allow him to study transportation for the next two years in the United Kingdom. The Marshall Scholarship Program was launched in 1953 as a gesture of appreciation to the U.S. for the assistance it offered to the U.K. after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Pulitzer Prize winners and Supreme Court Justices have benefited from the scholarship, which enables Americans to study at U.K. universities for up to three years.  

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12/02/19 - BOSTON, MA. - Michael Tormey, who studies civil engineering and economics, poses for a portrait at Ruggles Station on Dec. 2, 2019. Tormey was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and hopes to use it to study transport engineering at Leeds and Regional and Urban Planning at the London School of Economics. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

Michael’s Path

“Civil engineering gives me the technical problem-solving skills. The economic side gives me the big policy picture,” he said. “I really find economics interesting when dealing with how people make decisions, and shaping decisions through incentives.”

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