Accelerate discovery through the power of networks


Increase in external research funding, 2006–2017


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  • 2006–2007


  • External research funding
  • 2011–2012


  • External research funding
  • 2014–2015


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  • 2016–2017
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Propelling solutions through faculty partnerships

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Northeastern University was selected as a founding member of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, established to promote the development of robots for manufacturing. Taskin Padir, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and mechanical and industrial engineering, led Northeastern’s initiative to co-found the national institute—a con­sor­tium of uni­ver­si­ties, nonprofit insti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ment agencies, and industry.

A Northeastern team directed by Tommaso Melodia, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, leads a National Science Foundation initiative called Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research. The team is overseeing the selection and management of projects to develop next-generation wireless communication networks across the U.S.

A study by Northeastern and the Environmental Working Group showed toxic levels of largely unregulated chemicals in tap water systems serving 15 million Americans in 27 states and more than 48 industrial and military sites.

Northeastern University received $5 million from the National Science Foundation to establish an innovative scholarship and mentoring program for students from underrepresented backgrounds who are studying and doing research in energy-related fields.

A transformative research strategy


$1M+ faculty awards since 2006

Early career excellence

Northeastern’s 2016–2017 recipients of national grants and awards recognizing significant contributions to science, engineering, and computer science by junior faculty

Five professors were recognized with the National Science Foundation CAREER Award:

  • Yunrong Chai, assistant professor of biology
  • Seth Cooper, assistant professor of computer and information science
  • Randall Hughes, assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences
  • Yongmin Liu, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and electrical and computer engineering
  • Jose Martinez-Lorenzo, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and electrical and computer engineering
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Kaushik Chowdhury, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was named a winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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Pau Closas, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, earned an Institute of Navigation Early Achievement Award.

Experiential PhDs extend our research network

"The technology and problem-solving skills I learned on my graduate co-op at Bristol-Myers Squibb further advanced my research at Northeastern. I tested the feasibility of a new processing platform for monoclonal antibodies."

Junyan Zhang,
Doctoral student in chemical engineering

"My doctoral co-op in bioengineering at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems introduced me to the notion that robotics research could benefit from insights in human motor learning, and vice versa. This view is the driving force behind my current research as a postdoctoral associate in mechanical engineering at MIT."

Meghan Huber, PhD’17

"At Microsoft Research, I looked for patterns and machine-learning algorithms that could automatically translate pages from desktop to mobile. At Google Research, we were trying to accurately identify and extract medical information from forms filled in by patients and other non-physicians. Both experiences helped shape and further my PhD work in information retrieval, an important element of artificial intelligence."

Matthew Ekstrand-Abueg,
doctoral student in computer science

Chemical Engineering

Graduate co-op at Bristol-Myers Squibb


Doctoral co-op at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Computer Science

Doctoral co-op at Microsoft Research and Google Research

Widening the network of faculty innovation


Tenured and tenure-track hires since 2006, including 47 in 2016–2017


Undergraduate and graduate programs of study in emerging fields added since 2006

Benita Bamgbade

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences

Bamgbade’s work on mental health and health disparities focuses on how to reduce mental health disparities among African Americans. Her initial goal is to develop a targeted and evidenced-based intervention.

Samuel Chung

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

Chung’s research seeks the discovery and articulation of novel pathways in neuronal regeneration, with profound implications for our understanding of regenerative biology and new therapeutic strategies.

Woodrow Hartzog

Professor of Law and Computer Science

Hartzog is internationally recognized for his research digging deeply into the legal issues surrounding digital privacy, data protection, digital technologies, and robotics.

Meg Heckman

Assistant Professor of Journalism

Heckman is a journalist and media scholar whose research explores the intersections of gender, race, technology, and journalism. As a reporter and editor, she has deep expertise in digital storytelling.

Ted Landsmark

Distinguished Professor, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Landsmark’s research and practice interests include diversity in design, environmental design, design education, community-based economic development, historic preservation, and African American art and artisanry.

Charn McAllister

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Development

McAllister looks at how we navigate politics and cope with stressors in the workplace, including the effects of abusive supervision and deviance. He also examines the role of political skill in helping people thrive at work.

Lichuan Ye

Associate Professor of Nursing

Ye’s research focuses on sleep quality in clinical settings. She’s developing a prototype of a sleep promotion toolkit that will engage patients in their own care and educate clinicians on how to improve sleep quality.

Expanding the creative ecosystem


Patent applications filed since 2006, including 211 in 2016–2017


One-year increase in patents issued in 2016–2017


Spinout companies formed by faculty and students since 2006