Provost and Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Aca­d­emic Affairs James C. Bean has appointed David E. Luzzi vice provost for research inno­va­tion and devel­op­ment and vice pres­i­dent for the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Inno­va­tion Campus in Burlington, Mass­a­chu­setts, effec­tive Jan. 1, 2016.

In these new roles, Luzzi will con­tinue his lead­er­ship of the university’s secu­rity ini­tia­tives and will coor­di­nate the devel­op­ment of the Inno­va­tion Campus including the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity, Research Park, and the Eliot Building, home of the Waters Cor­po­ra­tion Labs and the Lowell Insti­tute School.

We have taken sub­stan­tive strides as a uni­ver­sity, building and exe­cuting inno­v­a­tive research pro­grams, part­ner­ships, and new facility con­struc­tion,” Luzzi said. “Our Inno­va­tion Campus in Burlington now hosts activ­i­ties of five of Northeastern’s col­leges with growing pro­grams at the leading edge of sci­ence, engi­neering, policy, and busi­ness. I thank Provost Bean for his con­fi­dence in me and look for­ward to working with the provost, the senior vice provost for research and grad­uate edu­ca­tion, and my fac­ulty, staff, and admin­is­tra­tion col­leagues to fur­ther their suc­cess and that of the university.”

Since fall 2011, Luzzi has served as exec­u­tive director of the university’s Strategic Secu­rity Ini­tia­tive. As the founding leader of this ini­tia­tive, Luzzi has played a key role in building on Northeastern’s existing strengths in security-​​related research and helping the uni­ver­sity become a national leader in this domain. He played a crit­ical role in the cre­ation of the Inno­va­tion Campus, anchored by the Kostas Research Insti­tute. He was instru­mental in securing the $12 mil­lion gift for the insti­tute from alumnus George J. Kostas, E’43.

Under Luzzi’s lead­er­ship, security-​​related research awards grew from $12 mil­lion to $32 mil­lion, or 13 per­cent to 29 per­cent of the total new uni­ver­sity research awards, over a three-​​year period and major part­ner­ships were estab­lished with gov­ern­ment depart­ments and cor­po­ra­tions. The uni­ver­sity launched new advanced degree pro­grams and was des­ig­nated a Center of Aca­d­emic Excel­lence in Cyber Oper­a­tions by the National Secu­rity Agency.

David is an excep­tional leader and a strategic thinker who, throughout his tenure here at North­eastern, has worked tire­lessly to advance our secu­rity research pro­file and build strong pro­grams and part­ner­ships across the uni­ver­sity,” Bean said.

Luzzi also pre­vi­ously served as dean of the Col­lege of Engi­neering from Sep­tember 2007 to December 2011. During Luzzi’s tenure, the Col­lege of Engi­neering achieved new levels of excel­lence in edu­ca­tion and research. He led the recruit­ment of 37 new tenured and tenure-​​track fac­ulty, devel­oped new cen­ters and schol­arly direc­tions, oversaw a sig­nif­i­cant invest­ment in research and teaching infra­struc­ture, strength­ened the college’s alumni engage­ment and phil­an­thropy, and was a forceful spokesperson for the power of coop­er­a­tive education.

Luzzi is a renowned expert in nan­otech­nology with exten­sive expe­ri­ence advising polit­ical and mil­i­tary leaders around the world. He has authored more than 120 sci­en­tific arti­cles, and holds mem­ber­ships on the Defense Sci­ence Board Task Force on Cyber Supply Chain Risk, the Inno­va­tion and Col­lab­o­ra­tion Board of Hanscom Air Force Base, and the Mass­a­chu­setts High Tech­nology Council’s Defense Tech­nology Initiative.

Prior to North­eastern, Luzzi was also a member of the Air Force Sci­en­tific Advi­sory Board from 2003 to 2008—including serving as sci­ence and tech­nology chair in 2006–07—and in 2008 he was awarded the Mer­i­to­rious Civilian Ser­vice Medal by the Air Force in recog­ni­tion of his service.

In addi­tion to his new dual role, Luzzi will also serve as interim senior vice provost for research until May 1 while begin­ning his lead­er­ship role in Burlington. Arthur F. Kramer will assume that role on May 2.