On Thursday, May 2, Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) celebrated its new home at 3675 Market Street with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony attended by students, faculty and professional staff, CCI Dean’s Executive Advisory Council members, Drexel alumni, Corporate Partners, and Drexel University Executive Council members.
The event featured remarks from President John A. Fry, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Nina Henderson Provost M. Brian Blake, CCI Dean and Isaac L. Auerbach Professor Yi Deng, CCI Dean’s Executive Advisory Council Chair and BrickSimple CEO Det Ansinn, MS information systems graduate and former graduate Dean's Ambassador Joseph Laskowski, ’18, and BS Computing & Security Technology student and CCI Dean’s Ambassador M.J. Tranchitella.
The celebration marked a significant chapter in the history of the College: for the first time ever, all CCI faculty, students and professional staff are housed under one roof.
CCI’s move to a new, dynamic and tech-forward space realizes the future aspirations of the College and will help to meet the needs of its continued growth trajectory. With close to 2,000 students across 16 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, the College aims to be a key provider of tech talent in the region and a go-to source of ground-breaking research in the information and technology fields.
“In the last two years, CCI has experienced over 15-percent increase in our enrollment, along with significant growths in sponsored research, new academic programs, industry partnerships, diversity in our student body, and fund raising,” said Deng. “This fall, we anticipate a double-digit growth again at both undergraduate and graduate levels.”
The College now occupies two floors at 3675 Market, which both feature a student-centric layout to help stimulate innovation and engagement, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, flexible seating to support active learning, collaborative meeting spaces, and large shared research labs.
In fall 2019, the College will unveil a third floor to include additional offices, classrooms, a research lab, a maker space, and a ground-breaking DXC Technology Innovation Lab, which will help to foster and energize academic and research collaborations between DXC Technology employees and CCI faculty and students.