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  • STEAM‬ night in ‪‎Needham
    On‬ March 19th, our students demonstrated arts-infused science, technology, engineering, and mathematics projects to students at the Newman Elementary School. Projects included a 3D designed laser maze and other 3D projects designed and printed through MassBay’s Engineering Design, Computer Aided Design, and other ‪STEM‬ courses. Next stop, ‪Wellesley‬ STEM Expo!
    MassBay students at Newman Elementary School
    MassBay students at Newman Elementary School
  • MassBay Students Bring Interactive Laser Maze and STEAM Cube Game to 2015 Boston Public School Science Fair
    Our engineering and math students assisted in the Boston Public School annual science fair held at Northeastern University on March 7. 2015. They participated in the activities presented to the middle school and high school students attending the science fair. The interactive laser maze exhibit and 3D printed STEAM Cube game were a hit among science fair participants and judges alike. MassBay students will be active in upcoming local STEAM nights and STEM Expo events.
    MassBay students at Northeastern
  • MassBay Students Present at IEEE SoutheastCon - March 13-16, 2014
    IEEE SoutheastCon 2014 - 400

    Explore our IEEE SoutheastCon 2014 Photo Gallery »

  • MassBay Professor Chosen to Represent 2-Year Colleges on Advisory Board of NSF Project Administered by Harvard University
    Project will research how STEM secondary education techniques affects success at college level

     Professor Susanne Steiger-Escobar-160
    Professor Susanne Steiger-Escobar

    Read press release >>

  • The Hour of Code is Here!!!!

    Join millions to learn for one hour.
    When? Wednesday, December 11th
    Time? 12-1pm
    Where? Room 242, The Open Lab, MassBay Wellesley Hills Campus
    This event is open to all.
    The Hour of Code kickoff video (2min)


  • FOX25 Boston's College Tour broadcasted live from MassBay on October 17, 2013 from 6-10am. At 7:45 am, there was a check presentation totaling $10,000. The donation will fund two scholarships for students enrolled in MassBay's Cyber Security Certificate program, which was launched this semester.

    From left to right: Lilly Hopkins from FOX; Michael Lyons, CIO MassBayMary Shia, Assistant Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations; Michelle Drolet, MassBay Foundation Board Chair and CEO & Founder of Towerwall; Lynette Stracke, Channel Account Executive at Sophos; Steven Sullivan, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Development.


  • FOX25 Boston's College Tour broadcasted live from MassBay on October 17, 2013 from 6-10am. At 9:15 am, students Maria Del Mar Monculleano and Hannah Riggs joined Professor Susanne Steiger-Escobar in a presentation of Artbotics, a demonstration of computer programming.


  •  On Friday, October 4th, MassBay celebrated National Manufacturing Day with a program of events including:

    Thirty MassBay students, Professor Susanne Steiger-Escobar (Chair of the Computer Science Department and Professor of Computer Science at MassBay) and Professor Afsaneh Ghanavati (Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Department at MassBay) visited Artaic Innovative Mosaic in Boston, MA, on Drydock Avenue.  Artaic was founded by Dr. Ted Acworth, a scientist and engineer who also serves on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and is a Steering Committee member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Initiative. (Travel was funded by the DOL Grant).

    Framingham High School students came to a Manufacturing workshop at MassBay with Professor Marina Bograd, Department Chair of Engineering and Assistant Professor of Electronics Technology & Engineering Design at MassBay and Professor Janine Lloyd, Department Chair of Mathematics and Assistant Professor of Mathematics at MassBay. The MassBay students simulated the entire manufacturing process from concept development to design to final product for the high school participants.  Students from Quantitative Reasoning discussed packaging redesign and engineering students assisted students using SolidWorks 3D design and modeling software to design a bottle and then 'print' the design on the 3D printer.

    A luncheon discussion led by Carol Staffier, Dean of the Center for Corporate Training and Community Education (CCTCE) at Massbay with MassBay students, faculty and staff and industry partners Bill Holt of Web Industries in Holliston, MA and Charles Dougherty of the Charles River Center to discuss the skills students need for the manufacturing industry, the types of equipment in industry and how MassBay Programs align with the needs of industry.

    Explore our Tour of Artaic Photo Gallery >>

    National Manufacturing Day

    Thirty MassBay students, Professor Susanne Steiger-Escobar and Professor Afsaneh Ghanavati toured Artaic Innovative Mosaic in Boston, MA, on Drydock Avenue. 

  • You may have thought that submersibles were only designed and built by students from MIT and Woods Hole.

    Students in the Marine Biotechnology and Engineering Programs at MassBay not only design and build submersibles; they also use them to conduct important research in places such as Montserrat (West Indies) and Puerto Rico. If marine science and engineering are your career goals, MassBay is the perfect place to start.

    Intrigued? You can become part of the ongoing discovery and development by getting involved.

    Register for some interesting classes at MassBay this Fall. There are still some Biotechnology (BT), Engineering (EE, MN), Biology (BI), Chemistry (CH) classes that might still be enrolling students.

    Explore our RUSS submersible photo gallery >>


    Students in MassBay's Biotechnology and Engineering programs recently tested a novel Robotic Underwater Surveillance System (R.U.S.S) at the Regis College Pool with MassBay’s Biotechnology Professor Dr. Bruce Jackson.

  • MassBay Professor of Engineering, Chitra N. Javdekar, Ph.D. quoted in recent MetroWest Daily News article regarding the structural integrity of local area bridges

    Read the entire MetroWest Daily News article, "Many structurally deficient bridges in MetroWest, Milford" >>

    Professor Chitra Javdekar and Engineering Students at MassBay - 470

    Professor Javdekar in Engineering Lab at MassBay with Engineering students

  • MassBay Honors its 19th Goldwater Scholar - Carolyn Lanzkron

    Read Carolyn's story >>

    Click image below to view event photo slideshow  >>

    Left to right: NASA Astronaut Dr. Al Sacco, guest speaker and NASA Astronaut Captain Robert Curbeam, honored guest.


  • Video from the PBS NOVA Series - The Secret Life of Scientists:

    Bruce 10 Questions   In the PBS NOVA series The Secret Life of Scientists, MassBay Professor Bruce Jackson answers 10 Question.

    Watch this video from the PBS NOVA series The Secret Life of Scientists>> 
    10 Questions for Bruce 

    30 Second Science: Bruce Jackson   30 Seconds of Science with Professor Bruce Jackson.

    Watch this PBS NOVA video from The Secret LIfe of Scientists series (select 30 Second Science: Bruce Jackson on the right after clicking the link below) >>
    30 Second Science: Bruce Jackson 

    Bruce DNA   The PBS NOVA series The Secret Life of Scientists spotlights MassBay Professor Bruce Jackson - using detective work in the lab and under water to trace people's roots.

    Watch this video from the PBS NOVA series The Secret Life of Scientists (select A DNA Mystery on the right after clicking the link below) >> 
    A DNA Mystery 

    Cue the Jaws Soundtrack   Bruce Jackson is a busy scientist. He studies DNA, and uses it to trace the ancestry of African Americans. He scuba dives. He empowers his students at MassBay Community College to live up to their full potential. Can you guess DNA Scientist Bruce Jackson's secret life?

    Watch this PBS NOVA video from The Secret Life of Scientists series
    Cue the Jaws Soundtrack

    Dr Jackson with Student at MassBay-120   Opportunities, posted by Tom Miller on December 6, 2012 - A Profile of Dr. Bruce Jackson

    Read this PBS NOVA article from The Secret Life of Scientists series >>

    * The Secret Life of Scientists is an Emmy-nominated web-series from the acclaimed PBS series, NOVA. “Secret Life” profiles today’s leading scientists…and shows what they’re like when the lab coats come off – like a biochemist who competed for Miss America and a microbiologist who’s a professional wrestler. By combining science/engineering content with questions like "Could you beat Bill Nye in an arm wrestling match?" the series engages viewers in an intimate, humorous way. Follow Secret Life on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.

  • Using MassBay facilities in a collaboration with University of Massachusetts at Lowell, professor Sudad Saman presented a poster entitled “Tau secretions of human neuroblastoma cells occurs via the release of exosomes” in February in Taos, New Mexico at the Keystone Symposia 2011- Neurodegenerative Diseases: The Molecular and Cellular Basis for Neurodegeneration. Exosome-associated tau is secreted in tauopathy models and is selectively phosphorylated in cerebrospinal fluid in early Alzheimer disease.
  • Dr. Bruce A. Jackson, professor and coordinator of the Biotechnology Program, was awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in January 2011, which recognizes the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science or engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in those fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators reflect the full diversity of the United States.
  • A Mechanical Engineering Laboratory will be established at the Wellesley Hills campus.
  • A transfer program is being developed with Northeastern University.
  • A new computer science laboratory technician will be hired.
  • Professor Bonnie Stevenson has been elected to be the Chair of the Sciences Department
  • Dr. Sarmad Saman and Professor Sudad Saman published an article this year in Life Sciences and Medical Research (LSMR 18) on their work with bacteria in snow-covered soil.
  • Two new initiatives are being put into place by faculty in the Biotechnology Program: Preparation Emerging Technologies (PET) Program, a collaboration with science faculty of local secondary schools which will provide professional development opportunities for teachers, raise up secondary school applicants who possess strong, interdisciplinary research skills for Mass Bay’s technology programs, create a virtual community of community college and secondary school science faculty so that curriculum and instructional ideas can be discussed, developed, and shared, and create a model for the integration of secondary school science and technology curriculums with those of community colleges. Virtual Research Opportunities On Montserrat (VROOM) will allow secondary school students to participate in scientific research done on the Caribbean island of Montserrat by members of the Marine Biotechnology Program via online discussions, blogging, and video conferencing.
  • New courses in DNA methods in criminology will be implemented within a year. A DNA Law Certificate program has been proposed as well.
  • Life Sciences student Yvonne Visnick and STEM Division Dean Dr. Sarmad Saman presented at a meeting of a branch of the American Society for Microbiology in Albany, NY in November.  Their research focused on biodiversity at different ocean depths, in which they postulated to have found three new species of marine bacteria. They have also presented research on the bacterial biodiversity of Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, where they identified several new species and genera of bacteria. They will present research in February of 2011 in Washington D.C. at the American Society for Microbiology on neurotoxins produced by several species of bacteria.
  • The Math Club was approved by the Student Government Association in late October. It already has over 40 members who are ready to have fun, gather to discuss math related topics such as gambling and sports, share experiences and ideas, promote math, and help MassBay students.