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Intelligent Infrastructure Alliance

Research Area:  The Intelligent Infrastructure Alliance is a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary consortium of infrastructure systems stakeholders. The Alliance focuses on systems along the Mid-Atlantic such as the dense highways, railroads, mass transit, bridges, tunnels, airports, ports, river navigation, dams, water systems, power plants, power transmission, buildings, and historic monuments.  Primary objectives are to explore and understand the evaluation, integration and management of the many components of a transportation system.

Research Goals:  The goals of this Alliance is to foster a deeper understanding of infrastructures as complex multi-domain systems comprised of human, natural and engineered sub-systems and elements.

Faculty:  Dr. A. Emin Aktan and Dr. Frank Moon


Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Laboratory

Research Area:  The Sustainable Water Resource Engineering (SWRE) Laboratory at Drexel University is a collaborative environment in which students, faculty, researchers, and community partners innovate the next generation of socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable water infrastructure systems.  Applied research involves field work in urban and urbanizing watersheds and the development of new cross-disciplinary modeling and analysis tools. The SWRE lab works extensively with ultra-urban green infrastructure strategies and studies the impacts of human activities and infrastructure decisions in urbanizing watersheds in countries at various level of development, with a focus on local climatic conditions.

SWRE Image 1Research Goals: The goals of the SWRE are to incorporate social/institutional factors and microclimatic dynamics into biophysical models of ecohydrologic processes in urban and urbanizing watersheds.

Faculty:  Dr. Franco Montalto


Building Science & Engineering Group

Research Area:  The Building, Science & Engineering Group (BSEG) is a collaborative research unit whose objective is to achieve more comprehensive and innovative approaches to sustainable building design and operation. Projects span a wide range of research areas, including: energy efficient strategies for delivering optimal indoor air quality, indoor air chemistry, smart grid, HVAC fault detection and diagnosis, Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) decision-making, and the adaptive behavior of building occupants.

Research Goals: The goal of BSEG is to pioneer innovative research in sustainable building design and operation through the effective collaboration of researchers with diverse areas of expertise.

Faculty: Dr. Patrick Gurian, Dr. Michael Waring, Dr. Jin Wen


DeCarlo research groupDrexel Air Resources Research Laboratory (DARRL)

Research Areas: The Drexel Air Resources Research Laboratory (DARRL) is a collaborative research group focused on understanding air quality indoors and out. Using state-of-the-art instrumentation, researchers in DARRL probe the chemical composition of the gas and particle phase to better understand sources, transformations, and chemical reactions of compounds suspended in the air we breathe. Outdoor research in DARRL is focused on the role of aerosol particles in air quality and climate, as well as the impact of unconventional resource development on regional air quality in Pennsylvania. Indoor DARRL research has focused on indoor generation of aerosols through a variety of chemical processes and subsequent building occupant exposure, as well as developing smart building ventilation practices. Lastly, examining the interaction between outdoor and indoor air quality is a unifying theme in DARRL's research portfolio.

Research Goals: The goal of DARRL is the full understanding of indoor and outdoor air quality to identify and design rational mitigation measures to protect human health and the environment.

Faculty: Dr. Peter DeCarlo, Dr. Michael Waring


Indoor Environment Research GroupBiowall research - Adams Rackes

Research Areas:  The Indoor Environment Research Group investigates indoor air quality (IAQ) issues pertaining to indoor chemistry and particle formation and mitigation practices, as well as sustainable building operation strategies that use smart, dynamic, and responsive ventilation practices to promote optimal IAQ while reducing building energy use.  The group has instrumental capabilities both in the BSEG and DARRL laboratories, and has projects funded by NSF, ASHRAE, and the EEB HUB in Philadelphia.

Research Goals:  The goal of the Indoor Environment Research Group is to investigate problems and find solutions related to: (i) indoor particle formation, (ii) indoor filtration, (iii) Biowall filtration, and (iv) dynamic ventilation strategies.

Faculty:  Dr. Michael Waring


dLUX Drexel Lighting Lab

Research Areas: Systems for sustainable built environments at the nexus of health, energy and technology. dLUX integrates diverse disciplines by cutting horizontally across the university and academic programs to innovate for a rapidly-changing globally-connected technological world that is significantly impacting nature through the design of its built environment. Fundamental to energy-effective design are passive environmental strategies that can help reduce building energy consumption, such as solar orientation, daylighting and natural ventilation. Engineering research is in low-energy and energy-effective building systems including environmentally-responsive dynamic building façades and lighting systems auto-tuned to natural daylight. Human factors research includes the physiological effects of light on human health and wellbeing with a focus on circadian rhythmicity, vision, visual acuity, cognitive functioning, and conditions such as dementia and autism spectrum disorder.

Research Goals: To develop technologies for the indoor and built environments that can both improve health outcomes and conserve energy.

Faculty: Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Dr. Donald L. McEachron, Dr. Elizabeth W. Gonzalez