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Competition Organized by Arts Administration Students Leads to Promising Pitch

January 2nd, 2019 in MET News.

Hult Prize Pitch

Misty Ouyang (Sargent’20) (from left), Jessica Thai (CAS’20), and Sheila Phillips (CAS’20) hatched their education start-up, MadrasaTech, this summer while visiting the Saadnayel settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, home to thousands of Syrian refugees. Photo by Katie Clifford.

A pair of MET students organized a BU chapter of a national innovation competition, and now the chapter victors will try and take their winning idea to the next step at regionals. Considered “the Nobel prize for students,” the Hult Prize is an annual competition that sees students generate start-up style solutions to social issues. Priya Krishnamoorthy (MET’19) and Mia Zhu (MET’20), graduate students in the Master of Science in Arts Adminstration degree program, worked together with Innovate@BU to stage BU’s first foray into the competition, which included a $750 cash prize funded by MET.

“The Hult Prize is a fantastic opportunity for BU Terriers across disciplines to come together, innovate, and create value for an entire generation of youth in the coming decade,” Krishnamoorthy, who serves as BU’s Hult Prize campus director, said.

Learn more about the winning proposal in BU Today.

Chef Pépin Dishes on Eventful Visit with Obamas

December 19th, 2018 in MET News.

Jacques Pépin

Photo Courtesy : Jacques Pepin

As a world-renowned chef, Jacques Pépin has spent time in many high-stakes kitchens and gardens. But in a recent interview with DC Eater, the cofounder of MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and MLA in Gastronomy shared a particularly eventful story about how a White House visit made during the Obama years came to require a security intervention. “I closed down the White House,” he said.

Get the full tale of how Chef Pépin’s cooking demo with Michelle Obama led to “a situation at the White House” in DC Eater.

Boston University Faculty, RINA Pioneers Attend Annual Workshop in Barcelona

December 19th, 2018 in Computer Science and Information Technology, MET News.

MET’s John Day explains RINA principles at the workshop in Barcelona.

BU MET’s Department of Computer Science visited Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year to join the 5th Annual RINA Workshop where they explored the latest in internet architecture and explained their work as principal investigators in a European Commission-funded effort to implement RINA, or Recursive InterNetwork Architecture.

Dr. Lou Chitkushev, associate dean for academic affairs, associate professor of computer science, associate director of BU’s Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security, and MET director of health informatics and health sciences, was joined by MET lecturer John Day and Jeremiah Small (MET’12), graduate of the MS in Computer Science program.

Read more about the event below

Culinary Arts Gala Deemed a Ball

December 13th, 2018 in MET News.

The year-long festivities to honor three decades of Boston University’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts kicked off with a smash, with the Boston Globe calling last week’s Culinary Arts 30th Anniversary Gala “a sold-out success.” The celebration of Jacques Pépin, who co-founded the program with Julia Child and Rebecca Alssid, was able to raise $210,000 in support of the program and the Jacques Pépin Legacy Fund.

Read more in the Boston Globe.

Actuarial Science Program Excels in Basics and Complexities of the Field, Says Master’s Student

December 13th, 2018 in Actuarial Science, MET News.

Xiaotian Zhou

Xiaotian Zhou, a MET student set to graduate with his Master of Science in Actuarial Science later this month, spoke with about the positive experiences he’s had in the program. “The courses here are not limited to helping you prepare for actuarial exams. We have the opportunity to learn advanced techniques, such as using SAS to analyze data. We also learn the basics that you need to know to be an actuary, such as Microsoft Excel and Access,” he said. “I think it is a great program for students who want to learn advanced knowledge about actuarial science or for students who did not major in actuarial science as their undergraduate major and want to be in the insurance industry.”

Speaking of Associate Professor of the Practice Hal Tepfer, who serves as director of the program, Zhou said, “His class teaches you to understand the complex math and concepts, but besides that, he also teaches you how to explain those complex ideas in an easy way for people without an actuarial background.”

Read more here.