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George J. Kostas, E'43, standing in front of a clear room in the Egan Research Cener. Kostas' gift will greatly enhance the monoscale technology and manufacturing research facilities at Northeastern.

Kostas Commits $2 Million for Nanoscale Technology and Manufacturing Research

Enhanced facilities will advance Northeastern’s reputation as an early leader in the field

A generous $2 million commitment from George J., E’43, and Angelina P. Kostas will enable Northeastern to significantly expand its Nanomanufacturing Research Institute.

“This gift will help elevate Northeastern’s reputation as an early leader in the
fast-growing field of nanoscale manufacturing.”

The new facility, to be renamed the George J. Kostas Nanoscale Technology and Manufacturing Research Center at Northeastern University, will provide students and faculty with the most advanced equipments for testing, evaluation, and characterization of fabricated nanostructures and devices. Initially, the facility will comprise 8,800 square feet on the fourth floor of the Egan Research Center.

Most of today’s information technology can be attributed to nanotechnology, the science of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

Research in this field is most likely to produce the breakthroughs of tomorrow, with far-reaching economic implications for the semiconductor, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries in particular.

“This gift will help elevate Northeastern’s reputation as an early leader in the fast-growing field of nanoscale manufacturing,” said Allen Soyster, dean of the College of Engineering.

The Kostas Research Center will be the University’s focal point for all nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing activities, and will strengthen and complement the existing nanofabrication and microfabrication facilities on campus.

The Kostas’ commitment will also make possible the addition of a nanolithography and characterization facility, and will incorporate new facility offices, room for entrepreneurial activities, and space for corporate outreach initiatives.

A native of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and a pioneer in synthetic rubber manufacture, Kostas earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Northeastern in 1943 and completed the executive MBA program at Columbia University in 1967.

Upon graduation from Northeastern he was recruited to the U.S. Synthetic Rubber program while at its embryonic stage, and, in 1946, Kostas was promoted to the position of director of research and development for synthetic elastomers of the General Tire and Rubber Corporation.

In 1947, he was named to the twelve-member U.S. Research and Development Committee for Synthetic Rubber and served on this committee until it dissolved in 1955. He later founded Tesco (Techno-Economic Services, Inc.), where he has served as president for thirty years.

Under his direction, the company developed “Xenoclad,” a revolutionary process based on his patents to plate aluminum in an atomic form on metal substrates to render them resistant to corrosion.

George and Angelina have four daughters and reside in Houston, Texas.


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  This article originally appeared in the Vol. 1, No. 1 edition of Pathways: The Leadership Campaign.          

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