Honors & Awards

Grants, fellowships, awards and other honors that recognize and support innovative research and world-class teaching.

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  • Hajjar begins service as president of Structural Engineering Institute

    “Jerome F. Hajjar, PhD, PE, F.ASCE, F.SEI, CDM Smith Professor and chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University, and member of the National Academy of Engineering, becomes the president of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) in October 2023. With over 30,000 members, SEI, one of nine Institutes within the American Society of Civil Engineers, is a premier professional organization for structural engineers nationally and internationally.”

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  • Detecting arc faults in photovoltaic systems

    “Electrical and computer engineering professor Bradley Lehman was awarded a patent for ‘Arc Fault Detection Based on Photovoltaic Operating Characteristics and Extraction of Pink Noise Behavior.'”

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  • As president-elect of neuroscience society, Northeastern professor advocates for access to the scholarly community

    Assistant professor of psychology Ajay Satpute was recently made president-elect of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society. Over the course of his three-year appointment to society leadership, Satpute will pursue initiatives that increase access to the academic community for undergraduate, international and diverse scholars.

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  • Patent awarded for novel contaminated water treatment

    “Senior Associate Dean for Research and Global University Campus Akram Alshawabkeh was awarded a patent for a ‘Robust Flow-Through Platform for Organic Contaminants Removal.'”

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  • Vincent Harris, research and industry leader in magnetic ceramics, receives lifetime achievement award

    University Distinguished Professor Vincent Harris accepted a lifetime achievement award from the American Ceramic Society on Oct. 2 for his work on magnetoceramics, helping to usher in 5G technology.

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  • Ostadabbas selected as Eureka Award finalist within 2023 Oracle Excellence Awards

    “Electrical and computer engineering associate professor Sarah Ostadabbas was selected as one of the finalists of the Eureka Award of the 2023 Oracle Excellence Awards. With Oracle for Research, researchers in academic, commercial and governmental settings, across all disciplines, are exploring novel ways to achieve ground-breaking results to make the world a better place.”

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  • Researchers win best paper award for content distribution framework

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    “A team of researchers from Northeastern University, MIT and EURECOM won the best paper award at the 21st International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad-hoc and Wireless Networks (WiOpt 2023) for their paper on ‘Joint Optimization of Storage and Transmission via Coding Traffic Flows for Content Distribution.'”

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  • Landherr wins Best ChemE Division Paper at Annual ASEE Conference

    “Chemical engineering teaching professor and associate chair of undergraduate studies Luke Landherr was named to receive the Joseph J. Martin Award for the most outstanding Chemical Engineering Division paper presented at the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference. Their paper, entitled ‘Teaching Fugacity Through Comics and Assessing the Impact on Student Confidence and Understanding,’ is based on their research using comics as visual learning tools in undergraduate education.”

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  • Academy of Management 2023 Publication Awards

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    Northeastern faculty and post-docs were the recipients of numerous awards at the 2023 Academy of Management Conference.

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  • Enhancing antenna defense using smart metamaterials: A patent

    “Vincent Harris, University Distinguished and William Lincoln Smith Professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded a patent for ‘Magnetodielectric Metamaterials and Articles Including Magnetodielectric Metamaterials.'”

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  • Ratilal-Makris selected to serve on Ocean Research Advisory Panel

    “Electrical and computer engineering professor Purnima Ratilal-Makris is one of eighteen members selected for the newly formed Ocean Research Advisory Panel, who will serve as advisors to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the interagency Ocean Policy Committee. It is expected that the Panel will help carry out the administration’s goals regarding the Blue economy, resilience, ecosystem health and renewable ocean energy.”

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  • Center for Research Innovation awards $300K to ‘commercially valuable inventions’

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    “The Spark Fund supports commercially valuable inventions from university researchers in earlier stages of development,” the Center for Research Innovation wrote, “from any field. The goal of the award is to advance a technology or suite of technologies from academia toward commercialization.” Each cycle, award recipients receive a grant up to $50,000. In Fall 2023, those recipients were professors Rebecca Carrier, Eno Ebong, Randall Erb, Leigh Plant, Dori Woods and Yi Zheng. Follow the link to read more about their individual projects.

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  • How a deep dive into the internet’s vital protocols earned a ‘Best Paper’ honor

    Milton Posner, for the Khoury College of Computer Science, details how “A Formal Analysis of Karn’s Algorithm,” a paper written by professor Cristina Nita-Rotaru, PhD. student Max von Hippel, and “Lenore Zuck at the University of Illinois Chicago, and Ken McMillan at the University of Texas at Austin,” has won a best paper award for its exploration of a protocol important to the basic functioning of the internet.

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  • Ozone Tattoo project empowers citizen scientists to track pollution in their communities

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    The revolutionary Ozone Tattoo project, created by professor Dietmar Offenhuber, teaches observers how to identify the specific damage patterns of ground-level ozone on plant leaves. The project is now a Falling Walls 2023 award winner.

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  • Hajjar receives leadership award for contributions to civil engineering education

    “The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded … Jerome F. Hajjar, CDM Smith Professor and chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University, the 2023 Thomas A. Lenox Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Leadership Award for extraordinary leadership in civil engineering education. The award was presented at the Civil Engineering Division Banquet at the 2023 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education in Baltimore, Maryland.”

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  • Northeastern researchers claim two editorial roles for Written Communication

    Mya Poe, associate professor in the department of English and Tieanna Graphenreed, PhD. student in English, have become co-editors of Written Communication, along with Dylan B. Dryer, University of Maine. They write that they “hope to further enrich Written Communication in four ways: First, we aim to increase the journal’s visibility as a potential home for work by scholars based in Asia, Africa, and South America. … Second, Written Communication will continue to advance methodological representation. … Third, we are planning to roll out a series of novel text-types. … Fourth, … we hope to reanimate the journal’s important role…

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  • Improving efficiency of data-centric computing

    “Electrical and computer engineering professor Edmund Yeh was awarded a patent for ‘Network and Method for Servicing a Computation Request.'”

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  • ACM Distinguished Papers Award for paper on adversarial attacks in deep learning models

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    “Computer engineering graduate students Ruyi Ding, PhD’24, Cheng Gongye, PhD’23, Siyue Wang, PhD’22, mathematics professor A. Adam Ding and electrical and computer engineering professor Yunsi Fei were awarded a Distinguished Papers Award at the 18th ACM ASIA Conference on Computer and Communications Security for their paper on ‘EMShepherd: Detecting Adversarial Samples via Side-channel Leakage.'”

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  • Research on de-centering damage and trauma in human-computer interactions wins Best Paper Award

    The paper “Flourishing in the Everyday: Moving Beyond Damage-Centered Design in HCI for BIPOC Communities,” written by several contributors, including assistant professor Alexandra To and PhD. student Dilruba Showkat, has won a Best Paper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery: Designing Interactive Systems Conference. The abstract reads, in part: “Research and design in human-computer interaction centers problem-solving, causing a downstream effect of framing work with and for marginalized communities predominantly from the lens of deficit and damage. … However, we observe an additional need to center positive aspects of humanity … particularly for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.”

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  • Chowdhury selected as finalist for Blavatnik National Award in Physical Sciences & Engineering

    “Electrical and computer engineering professor Kaushik Chowdhury was selected as a finalist for the 2023 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering for addressing the global need of telecommunications spectrum scarcity, as well as improve connectivity by designing next generation wireless systems and machine learning-based network operations. The prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists is the largest unrestricted prize for early career scientists and honors outstanding young scientists and engineers under the age of 42.”

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  • Huselid named SIOP and NAHR fellow for ‘highest level of achievement in the human resources profession’

    “D’Amore-McKim School of Business Distinguished Professor Mark Huselid was recently named a fellow by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR). SIOP fellows must have made significant and sustained contributions that have shaped the field of Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology–the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. Huselid joins D’Amore-McKim professors Paula Caligiuri and Cynthia Lee who are also SIOP fellows.” NAHR fellowship, which “he was also recently inducted as … is regarded as the most prestigious honor in the human resources field.” h

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  • Hoitash and Pei win 2023 Ronald Copeland Best Paper Awards

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    “Udi Hoitash, Lilian L. and Harry A. Cowan Professor of Accounting, and Amy Pei, Assistant Professor, Marketing, have authored papers awarded the 2023 Copeland Best Paper Awards. Each Group Research Committee nominated a paper published in 2022 by a faculty member in the Group to be considered for a Ronald Copeland Best Paper Award. Two papers were selected as this year’s winners as recommended by the DMSB Research Committee and confirmed by Dean Emery Trahan. Each D’Amore-McKim author will receive a $1,000 stipend.”

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  • Sanders awarded Sushil K. Gupta Distinguished Service Award for contributions to ‘premier professional society’

    Distinguished professor Nada Sanders has been awarded the Sushil K. Gupta Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the Production and Operations Management Society, which she described as “our premier professional society” in a LinkedIn post.

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  • Dean Abowd receives lifetime achievement award for work in human-computer interaction

    Dean Gregory Abowd received the Lifetime Achievement Award from SIGCHI, the premier conference on human-computer interaction. He later re-presented his award acceptance speech at an event on Northeastern’s Boston campus. Abowd hopes “to inspire others to dispel fear of the unknown and unlock their potential,” he says in the presentation abstract. “Life, like research, is best when shared with others whom you can respect and befriend.” Find the recorded speech on YouTube.

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  • Closas receives Best Paper in Track Award for work on signal jamming

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    “Associate Professor Pau Closas received the Best Paper in Track Award at the 2023 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) for the work ‘Jammer Classification with Federated Learning,’ with electrical engineering students Peng Wu and Helena Calatrava, and Associate Research Scientist Tales Imbiriba.”

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  • Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Science, College of Arts, Media and Design, and College of Engineering each have strong representation at ACM CHI 23 this year, the premier conference on human-computer interaction. Read more about the conference, the papers, and the various awards won by Northeastern faculty researchers at the Khoury College of Computer Science.

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  • Bucar wins John G. Cawelti Award for Best Textbook

    Elizabeth Bucar, professor of religion, has won the John G. Cawelti Award for best textbook from the Popular Culture Association for her book “Stealing My Religion: Not Just Any Cultural Appropriation.”

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  • Carrier receives honorable mention for advancing macular degeneration research

    “Chemical engineering professor Rebecca Carrier received an honorable mention during the National Eye Institute 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge. Carrier’s team created an organoid-microvessel co-culture system that proposes to add vasculature embedded in a biomimetic hydrogel to organoids to increase oxygen and nutrient flow and mimic the chemical and physical cues present in developing eye tissue. The system also includes retinal pigmented epithelium and can be used to model and study age-related macular degeneration.” Read more about the associated research at the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Hashmi receives NSF CAREER Award for work illuminating blood clots

    “Chemical engineering assistant professor Sara Hashmi was awarded a $550,000 NSF CAREER award for ‘In situ Polymer Gelation in Confined Flows’ to examine how polymer gels flow through tight spaces to better predict clogging behavior such as blood flow through a vessel.”

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  • Melodia inducted into collaborative Air Force Honorary Commander and Director Program

    “Electrical and computer engineering William Lincoln Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia is one of ten local directors to be inducted into the Hanscom Air Force Base Honorary Commander and Director program.” The program “pairs military-connected commanders and directors with civic counterparts to foster relationships, collaborate and share ideas, and build rapport between key community members and senior leaders at Hanscom” Air Force Base, the base wrote in a press release.

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