Solve Real-World Problems
At Northeastern, faculty and students collaborate in our more than 30 federally funded research centers, tackling some of the biggest challenges in health, security, and sustainability.
Northeastern’s dedication to interdisciplinary research has sparked advances in cybersecurity, drug discovery and delivery, infrastructure resilience, and urban sustainability. Faculty members cross colleges, departments, and industries to find solutions to the world’s emerging 21st century threats.
From Discovery to Real-World Application
Northeastern gained more than $127 million in external research funding in 2014-2015. In that same year, faculty and students filed 182 patent applications and spun out nine new companies.
The university offers a variety of resources to help faculty and students turn their academic research discoveries into real-world applications. Our Center for Research Innovation provides a pathway for identifying and developing discoveries with promising commercial potential. And Northeastern’s venture accelerator IDEA offers entrepreneurs the mentorship, in-kind resources, and funding necessary to commercialize their research and grow their business.
World-Class Facilities Inspiring Cutting-Edge Advancements
Students pursue their research interests in state-of-the-art facilities alongside faculty who are recognized thought leaders in their field. Here at Northeastern:
- The Nano-OPS Lab in the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security unveiled a manufacturing technology that can print sensors and devices as small as 20 nanometers—about 4,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair—at a speed 100 to 1,000 times faster than current inkjet-based electronic and 3-D printing.
- Northeastern Professor Mansoor Amiji’s Laboratory of Biomaterials and Advanced Nano-Delivery Systems is developing innovative multi-compartmental systems for cancer vaccine delivery, which allow for more targeted drug delivery and create less toxicity than today’s traditional chemotherapies.
- Researchers from the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy created a performance metric to determine the social equity of the walkable urban places (WalkUPS) in and around Greater Boston.
- The Marine Science Center is building robotic technology to detect underwater mines and coastal threats.
You can access a full list of Northeastern’s research centers and institutes.
Creating Tomorrow’s Problem Solvers
Students pursue more than research at Northeastern. Our goal is to create well-rounded problem solvers—professionals with deep scientific expertise, who understand the basics of business, intellectual property, and patent law and can effectively communicate their discoveries to a broader audience.
Northeastern offers thesis graduate degree programs, as well as non-thesis professional science master’s programs in biotechnology, bioinformatics, marine biology, and biomedical nanotechnology. The variety allows students to learn in a way that helps them achieve their personal and professional goals, whether that’s pursuing their research on a doctoral level or taking a job in industry.
Laboratory-based courses provide students with the practical, hands-on experience they need to receive a co-op in their field of choice. Through co-op, students discover how their research applies to industry, leaving them better prepared for the next phase of their career.