B.S. in Economics
B.S. in Civil Engineering
Graduated in 2020
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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In his Dialogue of Civilizations stay in India, Michael studied climate-change science and policy.
Michael's 2nd Dialogue took him to Indonesia with a focus on green space to promote resilience and sustainability in cities.
Michael's third Dialogue of Civilizations journey took him to Tokyo where he studied political science and urban development.
Michael's last two co-ops (Boston Planning & Development and City of Boston Transportation Department) immersed him in transit and city planning.
Tormey’s eventual goal is to develop an efficient and reliable public transit system working with city planners and a team of engineers.
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
Michael believes he will broaden his perspective in the U.K., which has been a global leader in public transportation dating back to its development of the first steam locomotives.
“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.”
More Student Paths
- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...