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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 R1 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 195 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 18 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 82% increase in external research funding from 2015 to 2021, 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

$82M

External Research Funding (2021)

18

Research Centers and Institutes

104

Young Investigator Awards (as of Dec. 2021)

140

Patents 2015-Aug. 2021


Recent News

Alireza Ramezani

Designing a Bat-Inspired Robot for Operation in Confined Spaces

ECE Assistant Professor Alireza Ramezani, in collaboration with Khoury Assistant Professor Lawson Wong and Koushil Sreenath from the University of California-Berkeley, is leading a $1M NSF grant for “Design, Flight Control, and Autonomous Navigation of Bioinspired Morphing Micro Aerial Vehicles for Operation in Confined Spaces.”

Nature Communications Engineering Paper on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Above 100 GHz

ECE researchers had their research on “Dynamic Spectrum Sharing between Active and Passive Users Above 100 GHz” published in the first issue of Nature Communications Engineering journal.

Kristen Dorsey

NSF CAREER Award to Develop New Class of Soft Deformation Sensors with Origami Patterns

ECE/Bouve Associate Professor Kris Dorsey was awarded a $500K NSF CAREER award for “Rigidity tuned elastomer origami tessellations for fast, reconfigurable, and soft mechanoreceptors.”

Safa Jamali

Using Spark Fund Award to Design New Machine Learning Techniques for Fluid Dynamics

MIE Assistant Professor Safa Jamali is using the Spark Funds he received earlier this year to create a machine learning program for fluid mechanics. Simplifying Old Fluid Dynamics Through New Machine Learning Photo by Joshua Brown For even the most knowledgeable of engineers, fluid dynamics can be a tricky topic to tackle. When it comes […]