David Luzzi has been appointed to the dual role of Vice Provost for Research Innovation and Development, reporting to Senior Vice Provost for Research, and Vice President for the Northeastern University Innovation Campus in Burlington, reporting to the Provost.
In these roles, David will continue his leadership of our security initiatives and will coordinate the development of the Innovation Campus including the Kostas Research Institute, Research Park, and the Eliot Building, home of the Waters Corporation Labs and the Lowell Institute School.
As an exceptional leader and a strategic thinker who, throughout his tenure here at Northeastern, has worked tirelessly to advance our security research profile and build strong programs and partnerships across the university. Since fall 2011, David has served as Executive Director of the university’s Strategic Security Initiative. As the founding leader of this initiative, David has played a key role in building on Northeastern’s existing strengths in security-related research and helping the university become a national leader in this domain.
David played a critical role in the creation of the Northeastern University Innovation Campus, anchored by the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. He was instrumental in securing the $12 million gift for the institute from our alumnus George J. Kostas, E’43. Under David’s leadership, research in the security domain grew from 13 percent to 29 percent of new university research awards in three years and new partnerships were established with government departments and corporations. The university launched new advanced degree programs and was designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency.
Prior to this role, David served as Dean of the College of Engineering from September 2007 to December 2011. During David’s tenure, the College of Engineering achieved new levels of excellence in education and research. He led the recruitment of 37 new tenured and tenure-track faculty, developed new centers and scholarly directions, oversaw a significant investment in research and teaching infrastructure, strengthened the college’s alumni engagement and philanthropy, and was a forceful spokesperson for the power of cooperative education.
David is a renowned expert in nanotechnology, with extensive experience advising political and military leaders around the world. He has authored more than 120 scientific articles, and holds memberships on the Defense Science Board Task Force on Cyber Supply Chain Risk, the Innovation and Collaboration Board of Hanscom Air Force Base, and the Massachusetts High Technology Council’s Defense Technology Initiative.
He was also a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2003 to 2008, and in 2008 he was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal by the Air Force in recognition of his service.