ROGERS, CT--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - Rogers Corporation (
As announced last year, Rogers' Innovation Center is a unique academic-industry partnership focused on building closer linkages between academic research, industry know-how, and commercialization of research. The Center's goal is to develop breakthrough innovations in advanced materials to address global challenges for clean energy, safety and security, and internet connectivity. Rogers' expertise closely aligns with Northeastern's focus on use-inspired research in health, security and sustainability.
"In dedicating our new Innovation Center, we are celebrating a new model for collaborative partnership with Northeastern University," commented Bob Daigle, Chief Technology Officer for Rogers. "Working closely with the University's materials research scientists leverages and complements our own expertise in advanced materials while helping Rogers to accelerate cutting-edge technologies to solve market challenges."
Northeastern brings to the partnership a broad range of materials research expertise in areas as diverse as super strong carbon fibers and metamaterials designed for invisibility cloaking.
"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."
Occupying 4,000 square feet of the 70,000-square-foot Kostas Institute, Rogers' Innovation Center includes shared laboratories, conference rooms, and office space designed to connect Rogers' team of R&D and marketing professionals with Northeastern researchers and students. The Center leverages an open collaboration approach while providing security and restricted access to protect intellectual property and confidentiality of new products. The partnership will also provide educational opportunities through student research co-ops, sponsored R&D programs, and other industry-classroom interactions.
Keynote speakers for the dedication event included Rogers' President and CEO, Bruce Hoechner and Northeastern University's President, Dr. Joseph Aoun. The celebration also honored special guest, Dr. George Kostas, the benefactor who brought the Kostas Institute to life through his vision and financial support. In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the event featured tours of the Innovation Center and the Kostas Institute.
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About George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern
The mission of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security is to advance resilience in the face of 21st century risks. The institute will foster collaborative, use-inspired research aimed at expanding the capacity of the nation and its communities, critical systems, and infrastructure to withstand, respond to, and recover from manmade and natural catastrophes. The institute provides a high-trust environment to bring together academia, industry, and government researchers and practitioners. For more information, visit www.northeastern.edu/kostas.