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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

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Using Deep Learning to Customize Cancer Treatment

Ram Hariharan, an associate teaching professor and associate director of program management in Seattle, is using deep learning techniques to sift through a ton of medical data to find which are the most effective cancer treatments based on a person’s specific health. How deep learning is transforming the way we treat cancer patients Main Photo […]

Invest in Infrastructure Now to Prevent Damage Later

CEE Professor Auroop Ganguly believes that more can be done to prepare for extreme weather events which will help save lives and reduce damages. The death toll in the Kentucky floods is climbing. Could this have been prevented? Main photo: Bonnie Combs, right, hugs her 10-year-old granddaughter Adelynn Bowling and watches as her property becomes […]

Cristian Cassella

Using Subharmonic Tags to Sense and Navigate

ECE Assistant Professor Cristian Cassella, in collaboration with Rogers Corporation, received a grant for $148K for “Subharmonic Tags on Magneto-Dielectric Substrates.”

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GelMA/MeTro Composites for Peripheral Nerve Repair

ChE Associate Professor Abigail Koppes and Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes were awarded a patent for creating “Gelatin/elastin composites for peripheral nerve repair.”