Connecticut – Rogers Corporation [NYSE:ROG] has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the company’s new Innovation Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. More than 125 government officials, community leaders, technology company representatives, and other guests were on hand to celebrate and tour the Center located in Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.

As announced last year, Rogers’ Innovation Center is a unique academic-industry partnership focused on building closer linkages between academic research, industry know-how, and commercialization of research. The Center’s goal is to develop breakthrough innovations in advanced materials to address global challenges for clean energy, safety and security, and internet connectivity. Rogers’ expertise closely aligns with Northeastern’s focus on use-inspired research in health, security, and sustainability.

"In dedicating our new Innovation Center, we are celebrating a new model for collaborative partnership with Northeastern University," comments Bob Daigle, Chief Technology Officer for Rogers. "Working closely with the University’s materials research scientists leverages and complements our own expertise in advanced materials while helping Rogers to accelerate cutting-edge technologies to solve market challenges."

Northeastern brings to the partnership a broad range of materials research expertise in areas as diverse as super strong carbon fibers and metamaterials designed for invisibility cloaking.

"The partnership between Northeastern and Rogers Corporation is truly innovative," says Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun. "By housing a corporation’s research center within a university facility, we’ve created an unprecedented opportunity for symbiosis, collaboration, and the cross-pollination of ideas. Partnerships like these are a linchpin to maximizing the impact of use-inspired research on society."

Occupying 4,000-square-feet of the 70,000 square-foot Kostas Institute, Rogers’ Innovation Center includes shared laboratories, conference rooms, and office space designed to connect Rogers’ team of R&D and marketing professionals with Northeastern researchers and students. The Center leverages an open collaboration approach while providing security and restricted access to protect intellectual property and confidentiality of new products. The partnership will also provide educational opportunities through student research co-ops, sponsored R&D programs, and other industry-classroom interactions.

Keynote speakers for the dedication event included Rogers’ President and CEO, Bruce Hoechner and Northeastern University’s President, Dr. Joseph Aoun. The celebration also honored special guest, Dr. George Kostas, the benefactor who brought the Kostas Institute to life through his vision and financial support. In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the event featured tours of the Innovation Center and the Kostas Institute.

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