northeastern university seal
EXPLORE NORTHEASTERN
interior of building with spiral staircase
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

Abigail Koppes Receives the 2020 CMBE Young Innovator Award

ChE Assistant Professor Abigail Koppes received the 2020 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Young Innovator Award, in which CMBE publishes the most innovative and impactful bioengineering studies carried out by junior faculty in the field.

Luca Caracoglia’s Research on Artificial Intelligence for Tornado Engineering was featured by MathWorks

Recent research results by CEE Professor Luca Caracoglia and Dr. Viet Le on Artificial Intelligence for Tornado Engineering were featured by MathWorks.

Northeastern-spinoff Wins 2020 Cleantech Open Northeast

CEE Associate Professor Andrew Myers and Part-time faculty Jim Papadopoulos were named winners of the 2020 Cleantech Open Northeast for their startup, T-Omega Wind.

bajpayee looking at a vial in her lab

Developing Electrically Charged Biomaterials for Drug Delivery

BioE Assistant Professor Ambika Bajpayee, in collaboration with Ryan Porter from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, was awarded a $2.2M grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for “Intra-Cartilage Depot Delivery of Electrically-Charged IL-1RA for Targeting Osteoarthritis-Associated Inflammation and Catabolism in Multiple Joint Tissues”.