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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

Creating the World’s Most Powerful Emulator of Wireless Systems

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia is working with NSF and DARPA to create the next generation of wireless technology by building a testbed named Colosseum, which will be the world’s most powerful emulator of wireless systems.

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Improving the National Healthcare Model

MIE Professor Vinod Sahney believes that presidential candidates should look at the healthcare model that Massachusetts has developed in order to reshape the system at a national level.

David Medina, a doctoral student at Northeastern, is using bacteria to produce nanoparticles that are particularly effective at killing whatever type of cell was used to create them, including strains of bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

ChE Professor Thomas Webster and his colleagues are using bacteria to develop nanoparticles that will combat antibiotic-resistant infections.

Improving the Capabilities of Humanoid Robots in Nuclear Facilities

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir, in collaboration with Holly Tanco from University of Massachusetts Lowell, was awarded a $500K NSF grant for the “Cooperative Control of Humanoid Robots for Remote Operations in Nuclear Environments”