Working Groups

University Clusters: Mission, Makeup, and Organizational Structure


Ron Sandler

Professor and Chair, Philosophy; Director of the Ethics Institute, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Marilyn Minus

Professor and Chair, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering


Emily Zimmerman

Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Casper Harteveld

Associate Professor, Game Design, College of Arts, Media and Design

Ke Zhang

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, College of Science

Uwe Hohgrawe

Professor of the Practice, Analytics and Applied Machine Intelligence, College of Professional Studies

Fernando Suarez

Jean C. Tempel Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group Chair, D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Tim Bickmore

Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Rashmi Dyal-Chand

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Interdisciplinary Education, School of Law

Jack Dennerlein

Professor, Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty Senator, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Theodore C. Landsmark

Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, College of Social Sciences and Humanities


University Clusters Strategic Planning Group: Town Hall Recording


April 2021, Strategic Planning document: University Clusters

Our unwavering ambition is for Northeastern to become one of world’s great universities.

To accomplish this, we seek to leverage the achievements of our institutes and departments and empower the university to create dynamic transdisciplinary communities focused on complex intellectual domains and pressing social issues. For now, we are calling these university clusters. We will create clusters where, with focused investment in faculty, staff, and facilities, Northeastern could plausibly attain a leading research position in 3-5 years. Clusters will:
  • generally focus on addressing complex social, environmental, technological, and economic problems requiring multidisciplinary expertise and deep transdisciplinary collaboration;
  • address timely industrial, economic, and policy needs in cooperation with employer partners;
  • foster a culture of entrepreneurship, social responsibility and engagement; and
  • build an experiential educational ecosystem that spans all program levels and equips students with opportunities to train, serve, and lead in a variety of settings.

Your charge is to develop our university cluster strategy addressing issues such as the cluster selection process, relationships with colleges and institutes, cluster lifecycle, cluster administration, and clusters as a means to address diversity and inclusion.

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