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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 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 139% increase in external research funding from 2014 to 2020, 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


External Research Funding (2020)


Research Centers and Institutes


Young Investigator Awards (as of Dec. 2020)


Patents 2014-Aug. 2020

Recent News

Ruberti Awarded Patent for Mechanochemical Collagen Assembly

BioE Professor Jeffrey Ruberti was awarded a patent for designing a “Mechanochemical collagen assembly.”

Bajpayee Nominated as Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator

BioE Assistant Professor Ambika Bajpayee was nominated as Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator 2021 for her paper “Milk exosomes with enhanced mucus penetrability for oral delivery of siRNA.”

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Wang Receives Multiple Funding and Gift Awards from Industry

ECE Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang received multiple funding and gift awards from industry, including DiDi USA, Kwai USA, Snap Inc., Perception Inc., and Tencent USA.

Behroozi Receives PTC Grant for Augmented Reality

MIE Assistant Professor Mehdi Behroozi was awarded $135K by PTC Inc for his project “Routing, Motion, and Space Optimization for Humans and Robots in an Augmented Reality Environment”.