Northeastern celebrated the opening of the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex on April 3, 2017.
This new science center not only offer its students a new facility to conduct research, but also showcases Northeastern’s determination to usher itself as a key institution for technological and scientific innovation.This state-of-the-art facility is designed to encourage collaboration amongst all the scientific disciplinary, which will provide learning opportunities and scientific breakthroughs.
On the day of its opening, numerous public officials and members of the Northeastern and local community gathered to witness the featured panel discuss the highlights that this complex brings. This included U.S. Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and France A. Córdova, director of the National Science foundation and the ceremony’s keynote speaker. President Joseph E. Aoun advocated the depth of Northeastern’s commitment to offer the world innovative technology and ideas which heavily rely on the three research pillars of the university – health, security, and sustainability. Amongst this will be the robotics research center which was introduced by the NASA robot named Valkyrie whose function is to pave the way for humans to reach Mars.
Here is a youtube video of the NASA robot, Valkyrie:
However, with all the optimism that surrounds this grand opening, it was met with great hostility from many students from Northeastern who showcased their discontent over Northeastern’s connection to fossil fuel companies who continue to invest into the university. A protest was conducted outside the ceremony, the DIVEST NU club stated:
“While research at NU is an important contribution to efforts towards a more sustainable future, it’s incredibly hypocritical for the university to continue to be invested in the fossil fuel industry while promoting itself as a university dedicated to the future of sustainability through its personal development and research. If NU wants to truly be on the forefront of scientific research and sustainability, it can’t continue to financially endorse the fossil fuel industry and the misinformation it propagates around science and climate research. These investments are directly in conflict with research and values here at NU.”
Here is a video clip from the on-campus divestment club:
There will always be drawbacks, but nevertheless, one can only see the positive path this will bring to advance Northeastern’s already impressive achievements of highest classification for research activity in the United States. As this marks Northeastern alongside with the nation’s elite colleges and universities, we can’t wait to see what possibilities this will bring!