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Eli Fromm

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
LeRoy A Brothers Professor, Educational Research & Development

Eli Fromm
Office: Bossone 513b
Phone: 215-895-2201
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B.S., Electrical Engineering, Drexel University
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University
Ph.D., Jefferson Medical College (1967)

Research Interests

Innovative structures, content, delivery methods and assessment of the undergraduate engineering educational experience; extensions to the K-12 school environment with engineering as a contextual means to support creative approaches to learning science and mathematics; development of the technological workforce and professoriate of the future; technological literacy


Dr. Fromm has been Principal Investigator of a number of bioengineering research projects involving implantable transmitters and sensors and their use in physiologic measurements. He is the author or co-author of approximately 70 refereed publications in the scientific/technical/education literature, one co-authored textbook, in addition to written Congressional contributions in areas of science and technology policy.

Dr. Fromm's academic leadership positions at Drexel include:

  • Vice President for Educational Research
  • Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
  • Interim Dean of Engineering
  • Interim Head of the Biosciences Department

His educational research leadership includes Principal Investigator of the Drexel E4 educational reform project and Principal Investigator of the Gateway Engineering Education Coalition.

He has also held positions with the General Electric and E.I. DuPont companies; has been a staff member of the Science Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives as a Congressional Fellow; a Program Director at National Science Foundation; and a Visiting Scientist with the Legislative Office of Research Liaison of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

He is member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Charter Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and a Fellow of the International Engineering Consortium (IEC). He is the inaugural recipient of the Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering in 2002 for his significant contributions to engineering and technology education. He has received numerous other awards and honors from such organizations as the IEEE, ASEE, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Smithsonian Institution, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, and others.