Northeastern University and Rogers Corporation announced their intention to establish the Rogers Innovation Center at Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security in Burlington, Mass. This partnership demonstrates the emergence of a new opportunity for university-business collaboration aimed at accelerating the commercialization of basic research.
As a global technology leader in advanced materials and components for consumer and power electronics, transportation, telecommunications and defense systems, Rogers’ expertise closely aligns with Northeastern’s focus on research inspired by use in the fields of health, safety and sustainability.
The partnership will allow Northeastern and Rogers to leverage their complementary research and development initiatives in the area of advanced materials. Rogers is a global leader in the development and manufacture of unique high performance materials used in high frequency circuit boards, power electronics, impact protection and sealing applications. Northeastern brings to the partnership a wide range of materials research expertise in fields as diverse as super strong carbon fibers and metamaterials designed to mask invisibility.
“We are incredibly excited about this unique partnership with Rogers Corporation, a partnership that can be a model for how universities and businesses should interact in the future for the benefit of both parties,” said Melvin Bernstein, vice president principal for research and higher education in Northeast. “The benefits of co-locating researchers from the two entities include identifying research projects that meet both academic standards and market needs, helping to prepare a skilled workforce and successfully addressing challenges. common and separate intellectual property issues. This partnership provides a model to meet the national need to better leverage intellectual prowess and the innovative academic environment to improve industrial competitiveness.
Focused on the early stages of technical and commercial development, the center will foster a collaborative environment for the development of new high-tech material solutions in close alignment with market needs. A robust communication infrastructure is one of the initial application areas targeted by the partnership.
Bob Daigle, Chief Technology Officer at Rogers, said: “Our team looks forward to collaborating with academic researchers in the entrepreneurial environment being created at the Kostas Institute. With Northeastern, we’re excited to share scientific knowledge and capabilities to create new material solutions that will help power, protect and connect the world in new and better ways.
To be completed by the end of the year, the innovation center will be housed in 4,000 square feet of the 70,000 square foot Kostas Institute and will include laboratories, conference rooms and offices for members. of faculty from the Northeast and a core team of R&D, marketing and new business development professionals from Rogers. The co-location of staff and the modern “open office” structure aim to encourage collaboration between companies and universities and innovation, from basic research to commercialization. The center will also provide a unique opportunity for Northeastern students to gain first-hand insight into the inner workings of the industry.
In addition to research, development and commercialization activities, Rogers is committed to providing substantial multi-year funding for Northeast research programs and graduate student training.