Hey, bacteria are individuals too

Advances in obser­va­tional tech­nolo­gies show that pop­u­la­tions of bac­te­rial cells are as diverse as any other species, but ana­lyt­ical tools have yet to evolve to study this indi­vid­u­ality, says asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering Ferdi Hellweger.

Northeastern students tackle healthcare

At the bian­nual meeting of the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Center for Health Orga­ni­za­tions Trans­for­ma­tion, grad­uate stu­dents from pro­fessor James Benneyan’s Health­care Sys­tems Engi­neering Insti­tute pre­sented the results of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary projects aimed at fixing the health­care system.

How to develop cutting-​​edge technologies faster

North­eastern hosted the first in a series of regional work­shops for the Mate­rials Genome Ini­tia­tive, an Obama admin­is­tra­tion effort to reduce the time and cost needed to develop novel mate­rials that can advance man­u­fac­turing and strengthen the economy.

The ultimate molecular chess match

New pro­fessor Hicham Fen­niri, an inter­na­tional leader in nan­otech­nology, has built organic nan­otubes that could lead to break­throughs in research areas ranging from drug delivery to alter­na­tive energy.

A storm in our veins

New assis­tant pro­fessor Eno Ebong studies the effect of mechan­ical flow on the vas­cular system with the hope of finding new tar­gets for pre­venting, diag­nosing, or treating vas­cular disease.

A wave for the future in faster computing

New research by elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering pro­fessor Hos­sein Mos­al­laei lays both the the­o­ret­ical and phys­ical foun­da­tion for an entirely new form of com­puting that will be faster and capable of trans­fer­ring 1,000 times more data than tra­di­tional methods.

Cultural immersion sparks innovation

As part of Northeastern’s inau­gural Dia­logue of Inno­va­tion and Civ­i­liza­tion pro­gram, stu­dents con­ducted field­work and devel­oped inno­v­a­tive, engineering-​​based solu­tions to the eco­nomic and agri­cul­tural chal­lenges facing local farmers in Cameroon.

A new light wave

Assis­tant pro­fessor Yongmin Liu and col­lab­o­ra­tors at Penn State and M.I.T. have devel­oped the world’s first recon­fig­urable fluid lens with the capacity to enable ultra-​​small, ultra-​​fast devices.