Dr. George J. Kostas believed in the development of human potential and the pursuit of innovation. He was a visionary, a patriot, and benefactor of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University. In December, Dr. George J. Kostas passed peacefully in his sleep at the age of 97.
Dr. Kostas is special to Rogers as the Kostas Institute is home to the first Rogers’ Innovation Center, 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.
Dr. Kostas is the son of Greek immigrants. He graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1943. He completed the executive MBA program at Columbia University in 1967 and in 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of science from Northeastern.
Dr. Kostas is a pioneer in synthetic rubber manufacturing. He held positions at the U.S. Synthetic Rubber program during World War II and later served as Director of Research and Development at General Tire and Rubber Corp. He founded Techno-Economic Services Co. in 1972 where his patents lead to the development of a revolutionary process to plate aluminum in an atomic form on metal substrates to render them resistant to motion.
His vision for the Kostas Institute was of fostering collaborative, use-inspired research aimed at expanding the capacity of the nation and its communities, critical systems, and infrastructure to withstand, respond to, and recover from manmade and natural catastrophes.
In speaking for the Rogers Innovation Center team, Shawn Williams, Vice President, R&D, said, “We are honored to carry on Dr. Kostas’ vision of working in a high-trust environment that brings together academia, industry, and government researchers and practitioners.”
To learn more about Dr. Kostas’ rich and interesting life, visit his obituary.