Faculty, staff, and students recognized for contributions to fields from engineering and literature to physics

The achieve­ments of North­eastern fac­ulty, stu­dents, and staff garner numerous awards, grants, and acco­lades throughout the year in fields from engi­neering and busi­ness to physics and lit­er­a­ture. Here, we share some of the recent honors.

Small’ transformation yields big changes

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of researchers led by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has devel­oped a novel method for con­trol­lably con­structing pre­cise inter-​​nanotube junctions—an inno­va­tion that could have major real-​​world appli­ca­tions in a range of industries.

From stronger Kevlar to better biology

With sup­port from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion, assis­tant pro­fessor Mar­ilyn Minus will apply her research into designing mate­rials stronger than Kevlar to create better syn­thetic col­lagen fibers and flame-​​retardant coatings.

The plight of the modern coalminer

Open-​​pit coalminers who drive heavy-​​duty vehi­cles face a unique brand of whole-​​body vibra­tion caused by oper­ating this equip­ment. Backed by a new grant from the Alpha Foun­da­tion, phys­ical therapy pro­fessor Jack Den­ner­lein will explore its effect on the body.

To treat cancer, is the force strong with nanorobots?

Dinos Mavroidis, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering, and his team are devel­oping com­puter soft­ware to sim­u­late cancer drug delivery, guided by the force of a mag­netic field.

New research takes aim at heart’s ‘safe zone’

Backed by a $1.2 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health, physics pro­fessor Alain Karma is part of a research team studying how a par­tic­ular class of gene muta­tions in humans sig­nif­i­cantly increases the risk of sudden car­diac arrest by dis­turbing the heart’s elec­trical signaling.