Northeastern Inks $20.4 Million Research Deal with U.S. Army
Northeastern University has secured an agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, providing up to $20.4 million in expedited funding for defense research over the next three years.
The agreement will make use of Northeastern’s 70,000-square-foot Kostas Research Institute in Burlington, including its NanoOPS, a nanoscale printing system used for flexible electronics, medicine, and energy storage.
“A world that is resilient and secure is a world that is powered by innovative research,” Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun said in a release. “Northeastern’s research enterprise is leading the way with a multi-year strategy that combines the ingenuity of our scientists with the funding support to sustain it. The generous investment from our alumnus, George Kostas, is a clear example of the mutually reinforcing ecosystem of academia, philanthropy, and government funding.”
Two projects will make immediate use of this new funding. Eight Northeastern faculty members, led by professor Sinan Muftu and associate professor Andrew Gouldstone of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, will be studying high-velocity spraying materials, or “cold spray,” which can be used to repair military infrastructure. Successful applications so far have included submarine periscopes and discontinued panels on Air Force’s B-1 bombers.
In addition, Vincent Harris of Northeastern’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will work in collaboration with the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground facility in Maryland, using magnetic particles to align nanoparticle ceramic materials in order to develop lightweight bulletproof vests and vehicle armor.
“This agreement signals the Army’s recognition of Northeastern’s leadership in developing new strategic materials for use in defense applications, David Luzzi, executive director of Northeastern’s Security Research Initiative, said in a release. “We see the Army agreement as the first in a set of strategic cooperative agreements with agencies responsible for research on security, intelligence and resilience.
Northeastern, which boasts more than 90 ongoing U.S. Department of Defense-funded research projects, signed an agreement with the National Guard earlier this year, creating an accelerated master’s degree program in homeland security for guardsmen.