Centers, Laboratories and Initiatives

The College of Engineering is home to numerous federally-funded multi-institutional research centers. Learn more by clicking on the logos below.

Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT)

a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence that is conducting transformational research and technology development for effective detection, mitigation and response to the explosives related threats facing the nation.


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

a multi-university National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center 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.


Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN)a National Science Foundation Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center,

a National Science Foundation Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, 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 Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT)

a multi-university National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, jointly supported by NSF and the Department of Energy. Its mission is to build a more reliable, secure and efficient electric grid transmission system that uses renewable energy sources.


Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT)

a multi-university healthcare systems National Science Foundation Industry-University Collaborative Research Center partnered with Texas A&M University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and over 4 dozen leading hospitals to develop systems engineering solutions to broad problems throughout health care.

CMS Innovation Center for Healthcare Systems Engineering

a regional systems engineering extension center funded by the Department of Health and Human Services that will embed proven evidence-based industrial and systems engineering (ISE) improvement methods into local healthcare organizations, similar to as used in other complex industries.

Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT)

a Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, {PROTECT brings together experts in engineering, public health, and biomedical and environmental sciences, with the dual goal of reducing exposure to environmental contamination and reducing the preterm birth rate in Puerto Rico and beyond.


Versatile Onboard Traffic Embedded Roaming Sensors (VOTERS)

funded by National Institute of Standards and Technology, VOTERS is developing new multi-sensor technology systems for cars and trucks that will allow for real-time assessment of road and bridge infrastructure across the country.

Other Northeastern Centers and Initiatives

George J. Kostas Nanoscale Technology and Manufacturing Research Center

The George J. Kostas Nanoscale Technology and Manufacturing Research Center is the primary facility for micro and nanofabrication at Northeastern University.

Center for Nano and Microcontamination Control

The Center for Nano and Microcontamination Control’s goal is to develop state-of-the-art techniques for micro and nanoscale contaminant control, mitigation, removal and characterization in manufacturing and fabrication processes.

Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits (CM3IC)

The Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits(CM3IC) combines multidisciplinary expertise to develop novel microwave magnetic materials and device solutions for use in microwave electronics and multifunctional integrated circuits.

Center for Communications and Digital Signal Processing (CDSP)

The Center for Communications and Digital Signal Processing (CDSP)  is a hub of research and graduate education in the areas of communications, digital signal & image processing, and dynamics & control systems.

Center for STEM Education

Our research centers work in collaboration with The Center for STEM Education to support education outreach efforts and partnerships with school districts and community colleges in MA and beyond.

Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute

The Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute focuses on improving efficiency, quality, logistics, safety, flow, effectiveness, and access in healthcare.

Institute for Information Assurance (IIA)

The Institute for Information Assurance is developing cross-disciplinary methodologies to provide robust and reliable transmission of physically distributed information.

Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC)

The MGHPCC Consortium (made up of Northeastern, MIT, the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and Harvard University – as well as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Holyoke, EMC and Cisco Systems) has developed a world-class, high-performance academic research computing facility in Holyoke MA, and a statewide collaborative computational research, education and outreach program. MGHPCC is powered by a combination of green and cost-competitive energy, making it a cost-effective and environmentally sound facility.  Learn more at


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  • The Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory’s research includes brazing alloys, composite coatings, enhancement of forgings, hydrogen permeating membranes, and ultrasonic weldings.
  • The Biomedical Mechatronics Laboratory specializes in the design, control and testing of novel robotic systems.
  • The Biomedical Signal Processing Laboratory develops signal and image processing algorithms to extract useful information from biomedical and biological signals.
  • The Bio-Nano Robotics Laboratory uses the tools of molecular biology and protein engineering to identify, express, and purify natural protein-based nanoActuator and nanoSensor motifs.
  • The Cognitive Systems Laboratory performs research at the intersection of signal processing, machine learning, and their applications to contemporary problems in biological sciences and biomedical engineering.
  • The Complex Dynamic Systems and Control Laboratory has the primary focus of understanding the stability mechanisms of linear time-invariant (LTI) systems with “multiple delays”.
  • The Computational Energy and Combustion Laboratory (CEC) conducts research in turbulent chemically reacting flows by mathematical modeling and computational simulations.
  • The Directed Assembly of Particles and Suspensions (DAPS) laboratory research starts with colloids, bioparticles, polymers and emulsions as building blocks. These can be manipulated and functionalized to produce advanced materials.
  • The Electron Devices Group Laboratory capabilities include microfabrication, microwave materials fabrication and characterization, plasma measurements and processing, noise measurements, microwave device characterization, and VLSI design.
  • The Extracellular Matrix Engineering Research Laboratory (EMRL) determines how collagen is aligned naturally by cells and how we can align it ourselves.
  • The HPVLSI Laboratory focuses on methods and tools for the design of high-speed and low-power digital/analog integrated circuits.
  • The Intelligent Human-Machine Systems (IHMS) Laboratory has the goal of developing intelligent machine systems that assist and interact with human operators.
  • Jung’s Research Group focuses on controlled synthesis, assembly, and integration of low dimensional nanomaterials for nanoelectronics, flexible devices, and biomedical applications.
  • The Laboratory for Information and Software Fusion (LISF) is pursuing a control theory based approach to self-controlling software.
  • The Laboratory for Responsible Manufacturing (LRM) conducts research in areas such as Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing, Mass Customization, and Sensor-assisted Monitoring and Diagnosis.
  • The Laminar Burning Speed Laboratory conducts fundamental research in flame speed measurement and autoignition using constant volume vessel with high speed photography.
  • Macromolecular Innovations in Nanomaterial Utilizing Systems Laboratory (MINUS Lab) is focused on the study of polymer-based nano-carbon composites.
  • The Nanoelectromechanical Systems Laboratory (NEMSLab) conducts research in Nano fabrication, NEMS sensors for physical, chemicaland biological detection, Radio Frequency (RF) NEMS devices and NEMS metamaterials.
  • The Nanomedical System Laboratory conducts research on nanobioscience involving artificial cell membrane nanoarray-based-in-vitro drug discovery, single biomolecule recognition using nanoarray electrochemical analysis, and nanosafety based on material chemistry for next-generation medical industry.
  • The Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Group (NUCAR) pursues research questions in the areas of Computer Architecture, Performance Evaluation, Emerging Software Technologies, and Advanced Storage Systems.
  • The Northeastern University Energy-efficient and Secure Systems (NUEESS) laboratory conducts research in the design and optimization of energy-efficientembedded system and sensor networks, secure computer architecture and systems,and hardware-oriented security and trust issues.
  • The Optical Science Laboratory uses light in combination with another type of wave, such as microwave or ultrasound, for biological and medical imaging, landmine detection, and remote sensing of the environment.
  • The Piezoactive Systems Laboratory (PSL) mainly focuses on research activities involving modeling and control of next-generation micro/nano-electromechanical sensors and actuators, as well as control and manipulation at the micro/nanoscale with new applications ranging from precision manipulation to imaging and sensing.
  • The Power Electronics Research Group improves the performance and reliability of high-frequency switch-mode converters.
  • The Quality and Productivity Laboratory conducts theoretic and applied research in statistical quality control, experimental design, process improvement, and probabilistic optimization in a wide range of industrial and service applications.
  • The Reconfigurable Computing Laboratory focuses on mapping image and signal processing applications to reconfigurable hardware.
  • The Systems Modeling And Radio Technology (SMART) Laboratory is a partnership between Northeastern University and Mathworks to develop cutting edge research and innovative curricula in a variety of areas related to technical and scientific computing, heterogeneous processing, simulation and model-based design.
  • The Thermodynamics and Combustion Laboratory concentrates on thermodynamics and combustion. The thermodynamic research involves equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics dealing with fundamental relations and determination of Onsager’s coefficients for reacting gas mixtures.
  • The Virtual Environment Laboratory builds virtual environments, develops and implements scenarios, measures driver performance and designs and develops driving simulators.

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Northeastern University’s College of Engineering is home to numerous federally-funded research centers and an array of leading-edge projects and initiatives that advance discovery and new knowledge in health, sustainability, and security.