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Research

Boldly innovating to impact society and transform the world.

Northeastern University has achieved the prestigious recognition as a top-tier institution for research activity among U.S. colleges and universities by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Our tradition of partnership and engagement guides a use-inspired and interdisciplinary research enterprise that is strategically aligned with three global imperatives: health, security, and sustainability. Our annual Scholarship Report highlights pioneering research and achievements over the past year.


The College of Engineering has 185 tenured/tenure-track faculty, each bringing complementary areas of research expertise to address pressing global challenges. Their state-of-art-research looks at critical issues in materials, processes, systems, infrastructure, hardware and software at every scale—nano to macro to global—grounded in a translational approach that integrates the values of fundamental and applied research.

Our faculty boldly innovate by collaborating across engineering disciplines and the university, as well as with government, academia, and industry. The College of Engineering has 17 multidisciplinary research centers and institutes with funding from eight federal agencies. Our commitment to conducting transformative research to better the world can be seen by a 94% increase in external research funding from 2013 to 2019, and by an investment in research capabilities such as our 223,000 square foot, six-story Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex.

Government and Industry Partnerships

Industry and government partner with Northeastern for basic and applied research. The reason is simple: they know that at Northeastern, our two guiding principles are interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement with the real world. These principles are reflected in our research programs, which are driven by critical issues in materials, processes, systems and infrastructure. Our research collaborations are a win-win-win: our partners receive knowledge and products tailored to their needs, our researchers validate and extend their work, and our students receive training and experience to become the next generation of effective technologists.


Research At-A-Glance

$67M

External Research Funding (2019)

17

Research Centers and Institutes

90

Young Investigator Awards (as of Sept. 2019)

98

Patents 2012-2018


Recent News

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Developing an Oral Time Released Drug Delivery System that Lasts a Month

BioE Assistant Professor Ambika Bajpayee is developing a drug delivery system that can remain in the stomach for weeks releasing medication slowly over the course of a month.

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Desnoyers and Leeser Awarded $1.55M NSF Grant to Accelerate Innovations in Cloud Technologies

ECE Affiliated Faculty Peter Desnoyers (PI), Khoury College, and ECE Professor Miriam Leeser (co-PI) are the Northeastern University leads of $1.55M five-year NSF grant that is part a $5M total award in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst (lead) and Boston University.

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Networking for Big Data: Landmark SC19 Demo Shows High-Performance Delivery of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Data with NDN

The multi-university (Northeastern, Caltech, and Colorado State) research SANDIE team led by ECE Professor Edmund Yeh has finished a landmark demo at SC19 in Denver.

Investigating the Source of Oceanic Black Carbon

COS/CEE Associate Professor Aron Stubbins is investigating the source of the black carbon located at the bottom of the oceans.