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Magazine spring 2022


Leveraging the Whole-Brain Network

Research centers empower interdisciplinary collaboration to confront global challenges.

Climate Change. Cancer. Public Health.

Working across more than two dozen research centers, Northwestern Engineering faculty stand at the forefront of finding solutions to society’s toughest challenges. While these centers vary in size, scope, and focus, they all cultivate talent, collaboration, and innovation at the intersection of disciplines.

“Learning from each other and seeing ourselves as both contributors and beneficiaries of a dynamic and ever-evolving whole-brain network is at the center of McCormick’s culture,” says McCormick School of Engineering Dean Julio M. Ottino. “Increasingly, our centers serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research at McCormick, complementing the strong foundation provided by our departments and linking us to other schools.”

Five centers led by Northwestern Engineering faculty have achieved recent notable success. Their stories offer insight into the world-changing potential of Northwestern research across the broad spectrum of engineering disciplines.