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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

Using Radio Fingerprinting as an Efficient Authentication Mechanism

William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor Tommaso Melodia, ECE Assistant Professor Francesco Restuccia, and Research Assistant Professor Salvatore D’Oro were awarded a patent for “Real-time channel-resilient optimization of radio fingerprinting.”

Jeffrey Ruberti

Device for Collagenous Tissue Repair

BioE Professor Jeffrey Ruberti was awarded a patent for a “Collagenous tissue repair device.”

Line of travelers.

Expect a Busy Thanksgiving Travel Week

CEE Assistant Professor Qi “Ryan” Wang has been studying mobility models to see how people move and predicts that travel during the Thanksgiving break will be that similar to pre-pandemic levels.

Collaborative Work Between Cognitive Systems Laboratory and MERL Wins at NeurIPS 2021 BEETL Competition

Khoury computer science student Niklas Smedemark-Margulies, PhD’23, and his advisor ECE Professor Deniz Erdogmus were part of the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) Signal Processing team that placed first in the cross-subject transfer learning task and fourth place overall at the NeurIPS 2021 BEETL AI Challenge for EEG Transfer Learning.