University Distinguished Professor

Appointment to the rank of University Distinguished Professor is the highest honor Northeastern can bestow upon a faculty member. Those named University Distinguished Professor have earned international recognition and distinction for educational, artistic, and/or scholarly contributions that have been transformative in their fields.

2020 Honorees


David Lazer
Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences

Dagmar Sternad
Professor of Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics


Laura Lewis 
Cabot Professor of Chemical Engineering

Daniel Medwed 
Professor of Law and Criminal Justice


Margaret Burnham
Professor of Law

Ravi Ramamurti
Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy and Director of the Center for Emerging Markets


Mansoor M. Amiji
Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Daniel McCarthy
Alan S. McKim and Richard A. D’Amore Distinguished Professor of Global Management and Innovation

Srinivas Sridhar
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics


Alexandros Makriyannis
Professor, George D. Behrakis Endowed Chair, and Director of the Center for Drug Discovery

Jonathan Tilly
Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology


Nadine Aubry
Dean of the College of Engineering

Arun Bansil
Professor of Physics

Albert-László Barabási
Distinguished Professor of Physics and Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science

Ahmed Busnaina
William Lincoln Smith Chair and Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Arthur Coury
Professor of Chemical Engineering

Stephen W. Director
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Terry Fulmer
Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Vinod Sahney
Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Lisa Feldman Barrett
Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Phil Brown
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences

Andrei Zelevinsky
Professor of Mathematics (awarded posthumously)


Richard Daynard
Professor of Law

Vladimir Torchilin
Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences


William Dickens
Professor of Economics

Judith Hall
Professor of Psychology

Sheila Puffer
Professor and Cherry Family Senior Fellow of International Business

Vincent Harris
William Lincoln Smith Chair and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kim Lewis
Professor of Biology