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Research Centers
Research Centers & Institutes

The College of Engineering has 17 multidisciplinary research centers and institutes with funding by eight federal agencies.  Click on the links below to learn more; you may also be interested in our Research Initiatives, and recent Scholarship Reports for the college and each engineering department. View the faculty profiles to learn about faculty laboratory research efforts.


  • abstract image showing bomb, alarm and airplane Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT)

    ALERT seeks to conduct transformational research, technology and educational development for effective characterization, detection, mitigation and response to the explosives-related threats facing the country and the world.

  • Gordon CenSSIS Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS)

    The Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS) is dedicated to revolutionizing the detection of biomedical and environmental-civil objects or conditions that are underground, underwater, or embedded within cells or inside the human body.

  • Beyond Traffic Innovation Center Beyond Traffic Innovation Center

    Beyond Traffic Innovation Center; designated by the US Department of Transportation, BTIC leads interdisciplinary research on transportation challenges of the next three decades for the Northeast region.

  • Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust (CHEST)

    CHEST will coordinate university-based research with the needs of industry and government partners to advance knowledge of security, assurance, and trust for electronic hardware and embedded systems.

  • Center for High-rate Nano-manufacturing Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN)

    The Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) is focused on developing tools and processes to enable high-rate/high-volume bottom-up, precise assembly of nanoelements (such as carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles) and polymer nanostructures.

  • Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing (CIBC)

    The Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing (CIBC) is dedicated to producing open-source software tools for biomedical image-based modeling, biomedical simulation and estimation, and the visualization of biomedical data.

  • CRECE Research Center Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE)

    The Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development (CRECE, Spanish for “grow”) in Puerto Rico studies how mixtures of environmental exposures and other factors affect the health and development of infants and children living in the heavily-contaminated island of Puerto Rico – an underserved, highly-exposed, and low-income population with significant health disparities.

  • TANMS Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TANMS)

    Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TANMS) works to engineer a revolution in miniature electromagnetic electronics through development of a new class of nanoscale multiferroic materials.

  • CURENT Research Center Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT)

    The Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Network (CURENT) mission is to build a more reliable, secure and efficient electric grid transmission system that uses renewable energy sources.

  • HSyE Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE)

    The Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) will embed proven evidence-based industrial and systems engineering (ISE) improvement methods into local healthcare organizations, similar to as used in other complex industries.

  • Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems

    The Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems focuses on in vivo chemical analysis and imaging, and leverages key university strengths, including nanosensors for in vivo chemical analysis, imaging, soft robotics, and embedded systems. At its core is an imaging center open to the Northeastern community

  • Institute for Experiential Robotics Institute for Experiential Robotics

    The Institute for Experiential Robotics focuses on the development of robots able to learn and adaptively execute autonomous behaviors from human partners and/or other robots.

  • Institute for Wireless IoT Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things

    Northeastern’s Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things is pioneering research in wireless systems and networks to make the next generation of Internet of Things a continuum of connected devices able to interact in new ways with people and the environment— from connected cars and drones, to implantable medical devices and smart communities.

  • Institute of Information Assurance Institute of Information Assurance (IIA)

    The Institute of Information Assurance (IIA) focuses on protecting the integrity and security of information and reducing the vulnerability of hardware and software systems to attacks.

  • ALERT Research Center Northeastern SMART

    The Northeastern SMART research center focuses on conceiving and piloting disruptive technological innovation in smart devices and systems that are required by a number of industries including the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, Digital Agriculture, Robotics and Healthcare to make everyday life safer, easier, and more efficient.

  • PROTECT Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT)

    The PROTECT Center will study exposure to environmental contamination in Puerto Rico and its contribution to preterm birth (less than 37 completed weeks of gestation). PROTECT also seeks to better understand the phenomena affecting fate and transport of hazardous substances in karstic aquifers and to develop green remediation strategies that attenuate and mitigate exposure to protect human health and ecosystems.

  • VOTERS Versatile Onboard Traffic Embedded Roaming Sensors (VOTERS)

    VOTERS develops multi-sensor technology systems for cars and trucks that allow for real-time assessment of road and bridge infrastructure across the country.