International Students

August 20: Reception for New International Students

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International students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20  at 3 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow international students. Please click here to respond.

257 Recognized at Commencement

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What a beautiful day for commencement! On May 17 at 3 pm, the Graduate School recognized 257 graduates from September 2013, January 2014 and May 2014. Of that number, 43 earned an MA, 34 an MBA, 3 an MFA and 177 a MS. The grads represent 15 nations from around the globe. Altogether, those are indeed impressive numbers!

Speaking of numbers, professional photographers on campus that afternoon captured 218 pictures of grads, their families and friends, and more before, during and after the ceremony. In addition to those shown above, see another 212 here!

Outstanding MIT Graduate Student

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The Management of International Technology program has selected Nishant Gurung as its Outstanding Graduate Student for 2013-2014. Program director Marvine Hammer lauds not only Nishant’s exemplary academic achievements — including the highest GPA in the program — but his compassion and integrity as well.

“Nishant continuously engages in community service, helping others with caring and dignity, here and in Nepal, his home country. He is dedicated to improving conditions there. Further, he is engaged with his Graduate School classmates and the program at large, giving time to others even when others might take that time to concentrate only on themselves.”

Winner in National microMedic Contest

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Rattanaphan Boonbutra , a December 2013 graduate of Hood’s master’s in computer science program, has won a prize in the 2013 National microMedic Contest. Ms. Boonbutra’s Mobile Doctor-In-A-Box (mDocInABox) project was a Specialist Rank Winner in the Education Division category, which came with a $500 hardware prize.

The contest challenged entrants to use microcontroller and sensor systems to create medical applications and products for possible use in the healthcare industry, medical simulation training, and the battlefield. Ms. Boonbutra’s project focused on the re-purposing of a microcontroller board, typically used in robotics applications, to develop a small, portable, mobile health and biometric sensor platform and application. Her faculty advisor for the project was George Dimitoglou, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science.

The national contest was hosted and sponsored by the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, and Parallax Inc. Ms. Boonbutra holds a B.S. in Engineering from Assumption University, Thailand.