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Frank Lee

Frank Lee, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Contact:

frank.j.lee@drexel.edu

215.895.4953

Lee is the co-founder of Drexel’s Game Design Program and founding director of the Drexel Entrepreneurial Game Studio. He and his students push the limits of creativity in gaming by developing web and mobile games that break down the traditional concepts of video game play. He has helped to elevate Drexel’s Game Design Program to one of the highest regarded programs of its kind in the country.

As part of Philly Tech Week 2013, Lee turned Brandywine Real Estate’s 29-story Cira Centre office building in Philadelphia into a giant game of arcade-style Pong. The hack was recognized as a Guinness World Record in the fall of 2013. Lee has commented on the giant game and the video game industry in stories that ran in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, ArsTechnica, Boing Boing, Polygon and several other outlets.

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For news media inquiries, contact Britt Faulstick at bef29@drexel.edu, 215.895.2617 (office) or 215.796.5161 (cell). 

In the News

  • Gossamer Games is Crowdfunding $15K to Build out its Post-Apocalyptic ‘Sole’

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio in the ExCITe Center; Corey Arnold, program manager in the EGS, alumnus Thomas Sharpe; and Jake Carfagno, an undergraduate in the College of Computing & Informatics, were quoted in an Aug. 6 Philadelphia Inquirer story about an emerging sect of video games that focuses its narrative on moral, ethical and spiritual discovery and exploration rather than competition. Sharpe was quoted in a related story, about his startup company Gossamer Games, supported by the Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship and the EGS, that ran on Aug. 4 in Technically Philly.


  • 'Surreal' Video Game Hatched at Drexel Earns Acclaim

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Gaming Studio in the ExCITe Center, and Thomas Sharpe, a recent graduate, were quoted in a Feb. 16 Philly.com story about a game, designed by an EGS student startup in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, being nominated for the International Mobile Gaming Awards' "People's Choice" award.


  • Infrequently Asked Questions: Why do Console Games Need to 'Install' From a Disc?

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio in the ExCITe Center, was featured in a Jan. 4 Philly Voice “Infrequently Asked Questions” column about console video game systems.

  • Help Game Professor Frank Lee Bring an Alien Invasion to Philadelphia

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio in the ExCITe Center, was mentioned in a Dec. 14 Technically Philly post about the Studio hosting an upcoming think tank event to develop ideas for a citywide, interactive game they’re creating based on the sci-fi classic “War of the Worlds.”

  • Infrequently Asked Questions: How Does Augmented Reality Work?

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College was featured in a Philly Voicecolumn about Pokemon Go and augmented reality games.

  • Drexel Workshop to Discuss if Video Games Can Improve Health

    Drexel was mentioned as the host of the UK-US Serious Games For Healthcare workshop in a March 21 Philly Voice post. The workshop, which is co-hosted by Coventry University is taking place at the ExCITe Center from March 22-23.

  • Five for Friday: Gaming Educator and Advocate Frank Lee

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, was featured in a March 18 Philly Voice Q&A.

  • 7 Video Games Being Made in Philly Right Now

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio in the ExCITe Center, and Thomas Sharpe, an undergraduate in Westphal College, were featured in a Jan. 20 Philly Voice story about growth of indie video game development in Philadelphia.

  • Outrageous Acts of Science: "Like a Boss"

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio in the ExCITe Center, was featured along with Colan Biemer and Zach Howell, undergraduates in the College of Computing & Informatics, in a Jan. 9 episode of the Science Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science." The show highlighted how the group created giant versions of classic arcade games using LED lights on Philadelphia's 29-story Cira Centre office building.

  • Teen Girls Will Create Games to Play on a Philadelphia Skyscraper

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a Dec. 29 IEEE Spectrum story about a series of workshops EGS is running for local middle school students to design games that will be played on the LED-laden façade of Cira Centre office building.

  • What Philadelphians are Thankful for this Thanksgiving

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Program, was quoted in a Nov. 23 Philly Voice story about what Philadelphians are thankful for this Thanksgiving. 

  • Hearthstone Makes First Appearance on National Television

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in Nov. 11 stories on Forbes.com and Technically Philly about his contributions to planning a video game competition for veterans as part of CBS Sports Network’s “Triumph Games.”

  • Can New Hampshire's Newby Video Game Industry 'Level-Up'?

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in an Oct. 2 story on New Hampshire Public Radio about the state’s growing video game industry

  • HitchBOT

    Youngmoo Kim, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering and director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, was mentioned in an Aug. 4 Ars Technica post about Philadelphia roboticists offering to repair HitchBOT, a robot, designed by a Canadian research team, that was damaged in the city over the weekend.

  • Year After Opening, Drexel Gaming Development Studio Sees Success

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a July 21 Philadelphia Business Journal story about the Studio’s support of student game design startups. Recent graduate Travis Chandler, Jasmine Marcial, an undergraduate in the College of Computing & Informatics and Tim Day, a graduate student in Westphal College, were mentioned as founders of Sweet Roll Studio, LLC, a company that was started with support from the Studio. 

  • See the Winners of Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio Pitch Competition

    Charles Sacco, entrepreneur in residence and director of external relations for the Close School of Entrepreneurship as well as director of the Baiada Institute, was quoted in a June 16 Technically Philly post about the Entrepreneurial Game Studio’s pitch competition. Undergraduate students Zach Howell and Tom Sharpe were also quoted and Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the EGS, was mentioned.

  • Candy Crush

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, contributed to an article in the April edition of Women’s Health about the mobile game Candy Crush.

  • Drexel University and TechGirlz

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was interviewed on a March 11 segment on The CW Philly 57 about a game design-focused STEM education program Drexel is hosting with a local non-profit called TechGirlz.

  • Drexel Professor Named One of 2014's Most Admirable Gaming People

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was featured in a Jan. 12 USA Today College post about his selection as one of Polygon’s “Most Admirable People in Gaming” for 2014.

  • Polygon's 50 Admirable Gaming People of 2014

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and founder of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was featured in Polygon’s “50 Admirable Gaming People of 2014” list on Dec. 30 and Popular Science’s “The Most Amazing Science And Technology Images of the Year” on Dec. 26 for his participatory public art display that put a giant game of Tetris on Philadelphia’s Cira Centre office building.  He was also mentioned in BillyPenn.com’s “2014 in Philly Tech” list.

  • PA Universities Net $750k State Grant to Grow Local Game Industry

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in Nov. 24 post on Gamasutra.com about the EGS receiving part of a $750,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to grow the video game industry in Philadelphia.

  • Video Game Developers, Universities Pushing the Right Buttons

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a Nov. 24 Metro story about the growth of the video game industry in Philadelphia with support from programs, like Lee’s at Drexel, and game-specific collaborative workspaces, like Philly Game Forge and Cipher Prime. He was also quoted in a similar story posted on Technically Philly on Nov. 21, on PhillyMag.com on Nov. 24 and in the Philadelphia Business Journal on Nov. 24.

  • Video game developers need tax breaks to stay

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and founding director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a Sept. 29 Metro story about the game development industry in Philadelphia.

  • Half of the Audience Playing Video Games are Female

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was interviewed in an Aug. 24 KYW-Newsradio (1060-AM) story about the increasing popularity of video games among women.

  • New Video Game From Philly Startup Goes International

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and founder of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in an Aug. 12 NBCPhiladelphia.com article about the gaming industry in Philadelphia.

  • Kim Kardashian's game is making millions of dollars because … it's not terrible

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and founder of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a July 18 Polygon story about Kim Kardashian’s mobile game.

  • Drexel Students' New Game App is Cat's Meow

    Galactikitties, an arcade-style mobile gaming app created by a group of undergraduate students and launched under Sweet Roll Studio LLC, the first startup company under the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was featured in a Philly.com story on June 24. Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted.

  • Cira Centre Tetris Lands Designer in Record Book

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was mentioned in a June 24 Associated Press story about his work to create a giant game of Tetris on the side of the Cira Centre office building setting a new Guinness World Record. The story was picked up by several publications including Philly.com, the Philadelphia Daily News, WHYY/Newsworks, CBS Philly, NBCNews.com, FOXNews.com, the Miami Herald and TIME’s technology/innovation blog. Related stories also ran in the Philadelphia Metro, Technical.ly Philly, VentureBeat and PC Magazine.

  • Save Cats in Space and on Earth with Galactikitties

    Timothy Day, Travis Chandler and Jasmine Marcial, undergraduate students in Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, were featured in a June 10 Geekadelphia post about their philanthropic video game, Galactikitties. Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and executive director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was also quoted.

  • What Tetris turning 30 means to the guy who put it on a skyscraper

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and executive director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, authored a June 9 Technically Philly article reflecting on his love of Tetris, which was displayed when he transformed the 29-story Cira Centre office building into a playable game of Tetris this past spring.

  • How Tetris got under our cultural skin over the past 30 years

    Work by Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and executive director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, about his public art display that turned the 29-story Cira Centre office building into a playable game of Tetris was mentioned in a June 6 Christian Science Monitor article about the culture surrounding Tetris.

  • Philadelphia should be a mobile-gaming hub: Drexel’s Frank Lee

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College, was quoted in an April 29 Technically Philly post about Philadelphia becoming a mobile-gaming hub.

  • Drexel Professor Trumps MIT By Creating the World's Largest Game of Tetris

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was mentioned in an April 10 BostInno blog post about his Tetris on the Cira Centre project beating out an MIT hack that turned a 21-story dormitory into a game of Tetris two years ago.

  • Future Tech - Giant Tetris

    A project that turned the Cira Centre office building into a giant game of Tetris, which was designed by Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and executive director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was featured on Discovery Channel Canada on April 7 and in stories on CNN.com and Fast Companys on April 8.

  • Tetris in the sky: Gamers play on Philly building

    On April 6-7, Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College, was mentioned and quoted in various online, print and broadcast stories about his project that turned the 29-story Cira Centre into a giant game of Tetris. Among them, a story in the Associated Press about his work was picked up by more than 1,000 news outlets domestically and internationally, including The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Telegraph (UK), CCTV (China) and the Daily Mail (Canada).  He was also featured in a New York Times blog post and video, and stories posted to the online sites of USA Today, BBC News, Sports Illustrated, Popular Mechanics, Slate, Salon, TIME, FOX News, ABC News and NBC News. Lee and the event were also mentioned in segments on FOX’s “FOX and Friends,” CBS’ “CBS Evening News,”ABC’s “Good Morning America” and WTXF-TV (FOX-29). Additionally, several tech blogs covered the event and mentioned Lee’s contributions, including Polygon, Vice, Ubergizmo, SlashGearEngadget, C|Net, Gizmodo and ArsTechnica.

  • Tetris

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was interviewed during a WXTF-TV (FOX-29) broadcast on April 4 in a story about this weekend’s Arcade at the Oval event where he will turn the Cira Centre’s LEDs in to a 29-story game of Tetris.

  • 'World's Largest Video Game': Time's running out to win a chance to play

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a March 31 Philly.com story about the upcoming Cira Centre Tetris event during Philly Tech Week. Lee will be programming the Centre’s LED arrays to create an interactive game of Tetris on April 4.

  • Drexel professor in talks with Comcast Center to host next video game

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a March 13 Metro story about his plan to use the LED arrays on the Cira Centre office building to create a giant game of “Tetris.” Related posts also appeared on the blogs Kill Screen and PC Mag.

  • Play Tetris on a 29-storey skyscraper

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a Wired (UK) article on March 12 about his plan to create a massive game of Tetris to be played on the Cira Centre.

  • Drexel reaches for biggest video game record

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted along with undergraduate student Colan Beimer in a March 12 Philadelphia Inquirer story about their attempt to break Lee’s own Guinness World Record by using the LED arrays on the Cira Centre to create a game of Tetris. Gaylord Holder, a staff member in the College of Computing & Informatics, who is collaborating on the project, was also mentioned in the story. Related stories also appeared in the Philadelphia Business Journal and blog posts on Newsworks.org, VentureBeat, CBS Philly, Engadget and Polygon.

  • Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a March 10 Technically Philly article about a group of Pennsylvania video game developers using tax credits to lure big game video developers. Greg Lobanov, a senior in the Westphal College, was also mentioned.

  • What Irrational Games' closure means for the industry

    Frank Lee, PhD, an assistant professor in Westphal College and the director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in a Feb. 21 Polygon story about the closing of Irrational Games, the game design studio responsible for the BioShock videogame series.

  • Philly Tech Week 2014 to be held April 4 through 12

    Frank LeePhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was mentioned in a Feb. 10 Geekadelphia post for premiering his latest large-scale gaming project, Arcade at the Oval & Cira Centre Tetris.

  • ThinkFest Video: Frank Lee

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was featured in a Nov. 27 post on PhillyMag.com about his talk during the magazine’s “ThinkFest” conference.

  • Pong played on Philly skyscraper nets world record

    Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was featured in a Nov. 18 Associated Press article for earning a Guinness world record for largest architectural video game display after recreating the classic Atari game Pong on the Cira Center last spring. The Associated Press story ran in a multitude of national news outlets. CBSPhilly.com also reported on the story.

  • How the US won The Imagine Cup with math

    Keith Ayers, N. Taylor Mullen and Matt Lesnak, the Drexel students who won last year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup, were profiled in a July 8 Polygon article about their victory.

  • Gamers Play ‘Pong’ on the Side of a Philadelphia Skyscraper

    Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Gaming Studio, was quoted in an April 24 TIME “Newsfeed” blog post about his work to create a giant video game on the side of the Cira Center.

  • Bright Lights, Big City

    Drexel’s gaming program was mentioned in an April 24 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) story about a 29-story video game created with the LEDs on the north wall of the Cira Centre. The game was created by Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and a co-founder of the gaming program.

  • 29-story video game: Skyscraper Pong in Philadelphia

    Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was mentioned in articles about his work to create a game of Pong on the 29-story Cira Center in United Press International and numerous blogs including The Escapist, Laughing Squid, iTechPostKotaku and Tech Hive on April 22.

  • Pong game is writ large on Philly skyscraper

    Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Gaming Studio, was quoted in an April 19 story on Fast Company’s Co. Labs blog about his work to turn the 29-story Cira Centre building in to the world’s largest video game. Lee was also interviewed on April 21 on National Public Radio “All Tech Considered,” which was picked up by public radio stations in Texas, California, Washington, Maryland, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Alaska, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Alabama. He was quoted in stories on WTXF-TV (FOX-29), KYW-TV (CBS 3), KYW Newsradio (1060-AM), Venture Beat, USA TODAY, The Verge, PCGamesN, Philebrity.com and Ubergizmo, and mentioned in a WCAU-TV (6abc) story about the project. The Philadelphia Inquirer also ran a picture of the event on April 20.

  • Pong Comes Back in a Big Way

    Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, was quoted in an April 18 post on The Wall Street Journal's “Speakeasy” blog about his plan to turn the Cira Centre into a 29-story video game. He was also quoted in an April 19 Associated Press story that was picked up by a number of outlets nationwide including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Newsday, Bloomberg Businessweek, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Miami Herald. A Philly.com story from April 19 also mentioned Lee’s event as part of Philly Tech Week. The game was demonstrated live on WMMR-Radio (93.3-FM)’s “Preston and Steve Show” on April 19. Lee also appeared in a WPHL-TV (Phl-17) “Eye Opener Philly” morning show story on April 19 about the event.

  • King of Pong

    Dr. Frank Lee, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in an April 18 Philadelphia City Paper story about how he came up with the idea to turn the Cira Centre into a 29-story video game. Lee was also mentioned in an April 18 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the events taking place during Philly Tech Week.

  • Jeff Gelles: Man behind 'Grandest Game of Pong'

    Dr. Frank Lee, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering and the co-director of the Drexel Gaming Program, was quoted in an April 11 Philadelphia Inquirer story about his project that will turn the Cira Centre into a giant game of “Pong” as part of Philly Tech Week.

  • Giant game of Pong to be played

    The work of Dr. Frank Lee, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering and a co-director of the Drexel Gaming Program, to turn the Cira Centre into a giant version on the arcade game Pong was mentioned in an April 10 story in The National (United Arab Emirates).

  • Drexel Ranks High In Computer Games Program

    Dr. Frank Lee, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering and co-director of the Drexel Gaming Program, was quoted in an April 8 KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) story about Drexel’s gaming program earning top 10 national rankings.

  • Philadelphia's Cira Centre Being Transformed Into Massive 'Pong' Game

    Dr. Frank Lee, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering and director of the Drexel Game Design Program, was mentioned and quoted in a number of stories on April 4 about his work to turn the 29-story Cira Centre into a giant version of the 1980s arcade game "Pong." An Associated Press article originally written on April 4 has been republished in over a hundred other news publications. Lee was quoted about the project in an April 4 MTV Geek blog post that was picked up by several other blogs including Internet Movie Database, GameSpasm and NextVideoGames.net. He was also quoted in an April 5 Philadelphia Daily News story about the event. He was interviewed for WTXF-TV (Fox-29) stories on April 5 and 8. Several tech blogs also posted stories about Lee’s project including GeekMom, Best Techie, MyPCTalk.com, Slash Gear and DotGizmo.

  • Philadelphia skyscraper turns 'Pong' into 'world's largest video game'

    Dr. Frank Lee, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering and co-director of the Drexel Gaming Program, was mentioned in April 8 stories on BuzzfeedDigitalTrends.com and Inhabitant.com about his plan to create a giant interactive lighting display of the video game Pongon the north wall of the Cira Centre. He was also mentioned in an April 4 podcast on CNET. On April 8 NBCNews.com and Today Tech also reported the story.

  • Philadelphia gets ready to play 'Pong' on building

    Dr. Frank Lee, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering and co-director of the Drexel Game Design Program in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was mentioned and quoted in a number of stories on April 4 about his work to turn the 29-story Cira Centre into a giant version of the 1980s arcade game "Pong." An Associated Press story about the project appeared in more than 150 outlets including The Philadelphia Inquirer, U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Miami Herald and The Houston Chronicle. The project was also featured on WHYY 90.1-FM, and in the Philadelphia Daily News, the Philadelphia Business Journal and Region's Business, as well as on blogs including PCMag.com, BoingBoing, Topless Robot, Philebrity, Technically Philly, ZDNet and Curbed Philly


  • For Philly Tech Week, play Pong on the Cira Centre

    Dr. Frank Lee, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering and co-director off the Drexel Gaming Program, was quoted in an April 3 WHYY/Newsworks story about his work to create a giant version of the video game Pong on the north wall of the Cira Centre to kick off Philly Tech Week on April 19.

  • NYU to open center for studying games in Brooklyn

    Dr. Frank Lee, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering and the director of Drexel’s gaming program, was quoted in a March 28 Associated Press story about NYU starting a center for gaming research in Brooklyn. The story was picked up by several news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post and Today Tech.

  • Tomb Raider's New Lara Croft Shows Story Matters

    Dr. Frank Lee, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering and director of Drexel’s gaming program, was quoted in a Discovery News story about the emphasis on narrative in the game development of the new Tomb Raider video game.

  • Drexel Team Brings Home First Prize from International Tech Competition

    Dr. Frank Lee, an associate teaching professor in the College of Engineering, was quoted on WHYY-FM and Newsworks.org in a story highlighting the recent first-place win by Drexel computer science students in the mobile game design category of Microsoft’s international Imagine Cup competition.

  • Dungeons and Debtors in The Video Game Industry

    Dr. Frank Lee, an associate teaching professor in the College of Engineering and co-director of the game design program, was quoted in a Boston Globe Magazine story about former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling’s failed video game company.

  • Microsoft Corp.’s U.S. Imagine Cup Competition

    Dr. Frank Lee, associate teaching professor in the College of Engineering, was mentioned on WPSG-TV (CW Philly-57), in a story about College of Engineering students Matthew Lesnak, Keith Ayers and Nicholas Mullen winning the Windows Phone Game Design category of Microsoft Corp.’s U.S. Imagine Cup competition.

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    Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio (EGS) is on its way to becoming a proving ground for enterprising young game developers. As part of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the studio, which was founded about two years ago by Frank Lee, PhD, an associate professor in Westphal College, will take the next step toward becoming an educational business incubator for undergraduate students pursuing careers in game design.

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    In a follow-up to the world record-setting game of 'Pong' that kicked off Philly Tech Week in historic fashion last year, Drexel’s Frank Lee, PhD, founder of Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, is planning an even bigger feat of video game hacking for the opening of this year’s celebration on April 4.

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    The dream of Drexel associate professor Frank Lee, PhD, that came to fruition in the form of a 29-story video game — Pong — played on the north facade of Brandywine Realty Tusts’s Cira Centre is now a world record. Guinness World Records officially recognized the event, which was held on April 19 and 24 as part of Philly Tech Week, as the “largest architectural videogame display.”

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    In a strong showing for some of Drexel University’s best and brightest, Frank Lee, an associate professor in Westphal and director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, and undergraduate digital media student Greg Lobanov were among the winners at the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards.

  • Frank Lee

    Pong Over Philly: Drexel Professor to Transform Cira Centre into Classic Arcade Game

    The video game that started them all will come to life on Philadelphia’s largest array of LEDs in a visual spectacle on April 19, when the Cira Centre’s 83,360-square-foot, north-facing wall will be transformed into the classic arcade game Pong to open festivities of the third annual Philly Tech Week.

  • Team Drexel Dragons at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition

    Drexel Computer Science Students Claim U.S. Title at “Microsoft Imagine Cup” Competition

    A team of Drexel undergraduate computer science majors earned national acclaim for designing smartphone apps as part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Competition. “Team Drexel Dragons” won the U.S. Championship for their design of a math learning program. Drexel sent two teams to the national final and now “Team Drexel Dragons” is among the field of competitors at the World Championship in Sydney, Australia in July.

  • Princeton Review and GamePro Rank Drexel in the Top 7 for Video Game Design Study

    Drexel was ranked number seven nationally for its undergraduate video gaming programs and number five nationally for graduate video gaming programs.