SECRETARY BIALECKI TOURS NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY’S KOSTAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND NEW ROGERS INNOVATION CENTER
BURLINGTON – Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki today toured the Kostas Research Institute and the new Rogers Innovation Center at Northeastern University’s Burlington campus.
The Innovation Center, formally opened yesterday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, is an example of a university-corporate collaboration to accelerate the commercialization of basic research. The Center includes 9,000 square feet of laboratories, conference rooms and office space for Northeastern faculty members and students, and Rogers Corporation professionals.
“This partnership between academic and industry leaders is fueling research innovations and improving industrial competitiveness, which is imperative to strengthening our Commonwealth’s economic future,” said Secretary Bialecki. “We remain committed to supporting innovation and research in every region of the Commonwealth.”
The new Rogers Innovation Center will leverage Northeastern University’s and Rogers Corporation’s complementary research and development initiatives in advanced materials, enabling the institutions to develop cutting-edge technologies that are closely aligned with market needs.
The co-location of people and firms, and the modern, open plan for the Center will encourage robust corporate-academic collaboration, and support efforts to spur innovation. It will also provide an invaluable opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience working in the industry.
“The partnership between Northeastern and Rogers Corporation is truly innovative,” said Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun. “By housing a corporation’s research center within a university facility, we’ve created an unprecedented opportunity for symbiosis, collaboration, and the cross-pollination of ideas. Partnerships like these are a linchpin to maximizing the impact of use-inspired research on society.”
The Administration’s long-term economic development plan, “Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century,” calls for strategic investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure to help maintain our competitive edge and support the growth of our key industries, including the innovation economy. To learn more about the Plan and the work being done to support the industry, click here.