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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 Annual 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

New Open6G DOD Research Center to Jumpstart Beyond 5G Systems Research

Pioneering research institute on wireless 5G and 6G networks launching state-of-the-art research and development center. The Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University is pleased to announce the creation of Open6G, a new US Department of Defense (DoD) supported industry-university cooperative research center focused on future open, programmable, and disaggregated 6G systems.  Open6G […]

Sze Zheng Yong

Yong Receives ONR YIP Award for the Coordination of Autonomous Swarms

MIE Associate Professor Sze Zheng Yong was awarded an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award for “Distributed Coordination of Autonomous Swarms with Limited or Absent Communication and Intermittent Data.”

Xufeng Zhang

Zhang Receives ONR YIP Award to Develop THz System-on-a-Chip

ECE Assistant Professor Xufeng Zhang was awarded an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award for “Cryogenically Enabled Ultrabroadband THz System-on-a-Chip.”

Northeastern Selects First Cohort of Impact Engines

Northeastern University has selected its first cohort of Impact Engines to ignite measurable change in problem-solving, three of the five of which are led by engineering faculty.