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Dean Joseph B. Hughes, IExE Founding DirectorWelcome from the
Founding Director

Welcome to the web site of the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE).  Drexel University has established the IExE in recognition of the importance of creating and disseminating scientifically-sound, evidence-based knowledge that informs and shapes a sustainable energy future of the Philadelphia region, the Commonwealth, our Nation, and societies throughout the world.  The IExE leverages the expertise of faculty from multiple disciplines and a number of Drexel colleges and schools, including economics, engineering, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, public health science, and others.  The Institute also builds on relationships Drexel has with partners in the governmental, not-for-profit and corporate sectors, as well as a number of organizations whose mission interests are in areas such as environmental protection, environmental services, and water quality improvements.

The IExE is designed to inform and shape the development of a more sustainable energy future, at the same time establishing a strong role for Philadelphia and the Commonwealth in today’s dynamic energy economy.  Through the development of contemporary public policies and next-generation energy systems, technologies and processes, IExE faculty and students are identifying promising energy scenarios that balance environmental stewardship with energy production and consumption to benefit both Society and Nature.

The IExE's research core is currently organized into six interdependent clusters: Energy, Environment & Society; Energy Scenarios; Energy-Effective Design; Energy Systems Analytics & Control; Energy Storage Technologies; and, Energy Sources.  IExE researchers and scholars participate in the activities of one or more of these clusters, ensuring that a variety of multidisciplinary strategies are brought to bear on the many challenges of securing a sustainable energy future.  Each research cluster is described in more detail here.

IExE research advances are driving curricular innovations in undergraduate education in many of Drexel’s colleges and schools, including the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the LeBow College of Business, the Dornsife School of Public Health, the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and the College of Computing & Informatics.  The University is also considering the establishment of new BS and MS majors or concentrations, including, for example, in energy systems engineering and energy informatics.  These and other educational innovations will ensure that Drexel graduates are prepared to meet the challenges and leverage the opportunities of the region’s growing energy economy.  I encourage you to visit this site often to stay informed of IExE educational and research initiatives as they develop.

Joseph B. Hughes Ph.D., P.E., DEE
Dean of Engineering
University Distinguished Professor
Founding IExE Director