North­eastern Uni­ver­sity held a his­toric ground­breaking at its Burlington campus for the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity, a secure, state-​​of-​​the-​​art facility funded by a $12 mil­lion invest­ment from alumnus George J. Kostas, E’43, H’07.

This is one of the hap­piest days of my life,” said Kostas. “It is a dream come true.”

The Kostas Insti­tute con­tinues to accel­erate Northeastern’s momentum as a national leader in security-​​related research. The 70,000-square-foot facility will give the uni­ver­sity the capacity and clear­ances to con­duct secure, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research in areas crit­ical to national secu­rity, including cryp­tog­raphy, data secu­rity, infor­ma­tion assur­ance, detec­tion of explo­sives, and energy harvesting.

Speaking at the cer­e­mony, Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun and David Luzzi, dean of the Col­lege of Engi­neering, described Kostas as a true patriot with a pro­found love for his country and a strong desire to pro­tect Amer­i­cans from terrorism.

Pres­i­dent Aoun lauded Kostas for his bold vision to build a home­land secu­rity facility that will strengthen the national defense and serve as a model for other uni­ver­si­ties to emu­late. “We are delighted, excited, and com­mitted to make your vision a reality,” Pres­i­dent Aoun told Kostas.

U.S. Con­gressman John Tierney and Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Ted F. Bowlds, com­mander of the Elec­tronics Sys­tems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, also spoke at the groundbreaking.