Impact EnginesA new model for 21st century problem solving
Solving today’s interconnected challenges requires more than any one individual, discipline, or even organization. It requires diverse clusters of interdisciplinary expertise and experience, each focused on a global problem and its contexts and perspectives. Northeastern University’s Academic Plan calls for the formation of these solutions-oriented clusters, called Impact Engines.
Impact Engines galvanize and organize interdisciplinary learning, research, and partnerships around solving a challenge or set of challenges, with the goal of maximum impact. Impact Engines span disciplines, colleges, campuses, and industry sectors, connecting diverse communities of problem-solvers around creating measurable change. They are a key pillar of the university’s new academic plan, and a means for Northeastern to claim leadership as an institution with broad societal impact.