Dr. Laura Engel is the Director of Experiential Partnerships and oversees the Experiential Network (XN) program at Northeastern University, leading a team of faculty consultants and relationship managers in the sourcing and embedding of experiential projects into Northeastern’s academic programs and courses. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Laura’s scholarly and professional focus centered around accessible experiential opportunity with heightened career impact for students at the graduate, undergraduate, and pre-college levels. The first XN pilot began in 2015 and, with Laura coming on as the dedicated industry-level contact as few months later, XN’s reach scaled from a handful of students and sponsors/projects to over ten thousand students and two thousand sponsoring organizations to date. Laura’s published and doctoral work posits demonstrable academic-industry alignment at the university through experiential project implementation within coursework.
EducationEdD from Northeastern University (2021)
At Northeastern, Laura has taught INT2964 Experiential Projects (undergraduate), INT5964 Projects for Professionals (graduate), and INT5965 Engaging Industry Partners for Rising Professionals (graduate) and built curriculum to complement student experiential opportunities with relevant professional development content.