When curiosity leads to improved bikes, boogie boards, and Batsuits

For North­eastern asso­ciate vice provost for cur­riculum Katherine Ziemer, ques­tions like “why” and “what if” are the ulti­mate cat­a­lysts for solving prob­lems and making dis­cov­eries. To answer those ques­tions, she turns to the smallest unit of matter: the atom.

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.