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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 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


External Research Funding (2019)


Research Centers and Institutes


Young Investigator Awards (as of Jan. 2020)


Patents 2012-2019

Recent News

Protecting a Museums Health and Collections

CEE Associate Professor Matthew Eckelman is part of a team working with the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works to receive continued funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to establish a life cycle assessment tool and preventive conservation library.

In Vitro Implementation of Robust Gene Regulation in a Synthetic Biomolecular Integral Controller

ECE/BioE Professor Eduardo Sontag’s research on “in vitro implementation of robust gene regulation in a synthetic biomolecular integral controller” was published in Nature Communications.

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Wang Receives SRC Grant

ECE Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang, together with collaborators at Syracuse University, received a $280K grant from SRC (Semiconductor Research Corporation), entitled “Reliable Perception and Control for UAV Navigation in 3D Space”.

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Wang Receives Supplement Grant for a NSF CPS Grant

ECE Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang, together with collaborators at Syracuse University, received a $133K supplement grant for the NSF CPS grant, entitled “CPS: Medium: Enabling Multimodal Sensing, Real-time Onboard Detection and Adaptive Control for Fully Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems”.