Northeastern University announced on Wednesday plans to build an innovation center in Burlington with a manufacturing company, which will include laboratories, conference rooms, and office space for Northeastern faculty and company officials.
Northeastern said in a statement that it will partner with the Rogers Corporation, an American speciality materials manufacturer, to found the Rogers Innovation Center at the school’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security in Burlington.
“We are incredibly excited about this unique partnership with Rogers Corporation, one that can be a model for how universities and corporations should interact in the future for the benefit of both parties,” Melvin Bernstein, senior vice provost for research and graduate education at Northeastern said in the statement.
The center is slated to be finished by the end of this year, the statement said. Northeastern and the Rogers Corporation aim to “encourage corporate-academic collaboration, and innovation from basic research,” according to the statement.
The corporation has promised to provide “substantial, multi-year funding” for research programs and graduate student education.
Bob Daigle, chief technology officer for Rogers, said in the statement that “Our team looks forward to collaborating with academic researchers in the entrepreneurial environment being created at the Kostas Institute. Together with Northeastern, we are excited to share capabilities and scientific knowledge to create new materials solutions that will help power, protect, and connect the world in new and better ways.”
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