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Friday, April 1st, 2022

Happy Friday, Huskies! This week, hear directly from the man behind the Sherman Center, Mr. Michael J. Sherman, about the Center's inception, current state, and plans for the future. 💭

Michael J. Sherman
Sherman Center Benefactor

Michael J. Sherman graduated from Northeastern University's College of Engineering in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He currently runs the electronic security business AES Corporation, based in Peabody, Massachusetts.
What inspired you to fund and establish the Sherman Center?

"As an alumni, I have always been involved within the Northeastern Community. In 2011, I attended a start up show for young engineers. During the show, I asked some participants a few basic business questions and they had no idea what I was talking about. The College of Engineering generates a wonderful group of students that excel in their profession, but they know almost nothing about business. And so I said we gotta make more businessmen, they will be dealing with venture capitals and business people. This is where the motivation to start the Sherman Center comes from, it was to increase the business level of the engineer so that they can become a successful entrepreneur."

What are your thoughts on some of the ventures that have come out of the Sherman Center? 
"I love that there are different and new ideas that are coming out of the Sherm. BusRight is a tremendous idea and they have a great future ahead of them."
What is your favorite aspect of the Sherman Center?

"The thing that I love about the Sherman Center the most is the Sherman co-op. To give her full rights, my daughter came up with it; she wanted something like a Sherman internship, and I figured 'Hey listen, this is the school of co-ops!'. We've heard a lot of really good things about it. When you get a lot of like-minded people together, good things usually happen."

What are your thoughts on how the Sherman Center has evolved and what do you want for its future?
"Co-ops have always defined Northeastern—at least in my mind—but maybe co-ops and entrepreneurial efforts will define it in the future. The Sherman Center is also getting more involved in some of the other campuses; we actually have two co-ops at the Roux Institute. We also plan on extending and expanding the co-op program because we feel that that's a level of education that's not attainable at any other school, any other place."

Former Sherman Center co-ops Andrew Purdy and Justin Lin (Northeastern '20) have officially launched their joint venture Bryn Mill, an accessories brand for modern work! 

 Check out SOAR Vending's protein powder at Marino Center! 

Summer course registration is still open! 📕

 Look out for the new Shermcast episode, Starting a non-profit with David Smith, CEO of the Affordable Housing Institutes

Click on the image to tune in!

Extra Credit with Professor Mark Sivak! 📝

Here I share something design or tech related from the week for those looking for just a little extra credit.

This week I wanted to share another podcast and website that is great for design and it is based locally here in Boston! Design Museum Everywhere is a non-profit virtual design museum that has a magazine, events, articles, and a pod cast. The most recent episode covers design in science communication which was already an important topic before COVID-19 showed up. 
One of the hosts this week is from mad*pow which is running the 12th annual conference on Health Experience Design here in Boston in April. Design Museum Everywhere is also running a design week in April and there will be more to come on that in a future Extra Credit. Have a good weekend!
Thoughts and feedback about the extra credit this week or want to submit one for next week? Email Professor Sivak at

Bookmark and use our Sherman Events Calendar to stay updated on upcoming events (social and educational) to help you grow and connect with our community.
Current Events

Celebrate Diversity Month
April 2022
Celebrate Diversity Month was started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will gain a deeper understanding of one another.

Upcoming Dates

Day of Silence
Friday, April 8th
An annual day of action to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students. 

Northeastern Giving Day 
Thursday, April 14th
Join the fifth annual Giving Day. A day where you will be able to make an impact on others with an act of philanthropy! 

The Launch Lab Venture Mentoring Network Event
May 2022
Fill this form out if you are actively fundraising or will be in the coming months!
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Join Sherman Center Director, Ted Johnson, for a simple, step-by-step template for effective team leadership every other Friday. Topics include defining your personal leadership, setting your vision & team structure, leadership soft skills, setting team expectations, team motivation, retention, and more!
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