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Faculty in Residence

Our Faculty in Residences work closely with our Residence Directors in International Village and the Honors Program with our first year residents. Rifat and Mindelyn have been great assets to the International Village community and the Department of Residential Life. 

Photo: Courtesy of Mary Knox Merrill/Northeastern University


Professor Rifat Sipahi

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
321 Snell Engineering Center
email: rifat@coe.neu.edu

A little bit about Rifat’s background…

Rifat’s home country is Turkey but has lived in the US since 2000. He earned his BSc degree from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey before earning his MSc and PhD at the University of Connecticut in mechanical engineering. After having earned his degrees, Rifat became a researcher in France for one year before joining the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 2006.

“Since the first time I started teaching, I have always enjoyed the interactions with students, whether it is related to teaching, research, or advising on career opportunities. To further continue my interactions with students, even outside the classroom, I have decided to be a part of the Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) program.”

A little bit about Rifat’s interests…

You can find Rifat challenging students in a match of ping pong, participating in soccer events and watching the NBA games. He is passionate in expanding his love of learning different cultures by traveling, improving his French, cooking and dining at many of the ethnic restaurants to practice his love of enjoying fine cuisine with his wife, Alix, and son, Maxime.

“As a scientist, I so much enjoy living in Boston - one of the major cities in the world where the heart of science beats. I blend my hobbies, passion, and excitement into the FiR programs I run for the International Village residents.”

FiR Programs hosted by Rifat

Some of Rifat’s most successful programs include:

  • Crepes Night: several times a semester, Rifat and his wife invite residents to their apartment to make cultural desserts and hold
  • Competitions: “My Freshman Year” video competition, design competitions: egg drop and paper airplane
  • Workshops: “how to be successful in college”
  • Fieldtrips: Museum of Science, theater, local festivals

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Professor Mindelyn Buford II

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
201 Renaissance Park
email: m.buford@neu.edu

A little bit about Mindelyn’s background…

Originally from San Pablo, CA, Mindelyn relocated to the East Coast in 2004. Mindelyn earned her B.A. in Sociology with minors in Anthropology and Policy Studies from UCLA and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. She joined the Northeastern University Department of Sociology and Anthropology in August 2010.  Mindelyn’s areas of specialization include Social Inequality and Mobility, Racial and Ethnic Minorities, International Migration, and Qualitative Methodology.

A little bit about Mindelyn’s interests…

Mindelyn and her husband, Augustus, welcomed their twin daughters, Olivia and Vivian, in July 2013; making them the youngest residents of International Village. Mindelyn enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, international cuisine, multicultural events, and the company of good people. 

FiR Programs hosted by Mindelyn

Some of Mindelyn’s most successful programs include:

  • International Dessert Night: several times a semester, Mindelyn and her husband invite residents to their apartment to enjoy desserts from around the globe
  • Game Nights: The Newly-roommate Game; Family Feud; INV Pi Day Challenge
  • Field Trips: Museum of Fine Arts, The Freedom Trail, Huntington Theatre Company
  • Exploring Boston: Haley House Community Tables; Villa Victoria Chinese New Year Festival; Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

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