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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 over 180 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

89

Young Investigator Awards (as of Jan. 2020)

129

Patents 2012-2019


Recent News

Tadigapada Awarded Biochemical Sensing Patent

ECE Professor & Chair Srinivas Tadigadapa was awarded a patent for Biochemical Sensing Using Microbubbles On A Chip Using Whispering Gallery Mode Resonance.

Yun Raymond Fu Awarded 2020 Faculty Research Award Program at JPMorgan

ECE/Koury Professor Yun Raymond Fu’s research proposal Reinforced Graph-Structured Expert Model for Business Intelligence was recently accepted and awarded into the 2020 Faculty Research Awards Program through JPMorgan Chase AI Research Team. 

Using Behaviors of Rhododendron Plants in Robotics

MIE Professor Moneesh Upmanyu is studying how the leaves of rhododendron plants react to cold temperature changes to help him design smart, foldable structures.

Bencherif’s Research Featured on the Front Cover of Trends in Biotechnology

ChE Professor Sidi A. Bencherif’s research on “Injectable Cryogels for Biomedical Applications” featured on the front cover page of the April issue of Trends in Biotechnology.