Caroline Schauer

Caroline Schauer

Margaret C. Burns Chair in Engineering
Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement & Program Initiatives
Materials Science and Engineering

Caroline Schauer

Margaret C. Burns Chair in Engineering
Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement & Program Initiatives
Materials Science and Engineering


Caroline L. Schauer, PhD received her BS degree in Chemistry from Beloit College, Beloit, WI in 1991 and completed her MS and PhD degrees at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1994 and 1997 respectively. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Twente, The Netherlands from 1997-1998 and at Tufts University from 1998-2001, as well as an NRC postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory 2001-2003. In 2003, Schauer joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, obtaining tenure and promotion in 2010 and promotion to full professor in 2018. She was a 2017-2018 ELATES Fellow, where she focused on academic leadership within the College of Engineering (CoE). Schauer served as the inaugural Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs in CoE and subsequently held the position of Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Affairs. As of 2023, she is serving as the Drexel University Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and is now Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement & Program Initiatives at the College of Engineering. In January 2020, she began serving as the Vice President of the Fiber Society, and in 2023 assumed the role of Fiber Society President. In 2021, she was inducted as Fellow of AIMBE. She is the recipient of Drexel’s Harold M. Myers Award for Distinguished Service and the Drexel Fellowships Office Faculty Mentor Award. Schauer’s research encompasses a wide range of topics including processing natural polymers, structural color thin films, electrospun nanoyarns, wound healing dressings and tissue engineering. She has published over 70 publications and five patents (two licensed). Her work has been funded by numerous sources such as NSF, DOD, PA Innovation Fellowship, and the US Department of Education.

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, chemistry, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY; April 1997
  • Dissertation: “The Development of Strategies for the Design and Synthesis of Molecular Solids”
  • MS, chemistry, SUNY at Stony Brook; Stony Brook, NY; December 1994
  • BS, chemistry, Beloit College; Beloit, WI; May 1991

Research Areas

Research Interests

Active fibers, natural polymer processing, Food waste, biorecycling

Areas of Study

Academic Distinctions

  • 2021 Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
  • 2017-2018 ELATES Fellow
  • Drexel University Harold M. Myers Award for Distinguished Service, 2018
  • Drexel Fellowships Office Faculty Mentor Award, 2016

Select Publications

  • Chukwuemeka W. Chikelu, Mark Berns, Dolores Conover, Raymond Habas, Reva M. Street and Caroline L. Schauer Biomacromolecules 2023 24(3), 1155-1163. “Collagen Nanoyarns: Hierarchical Three-Dimensional Biomaterial Constructs”
  • Brennan F. Coleman, Reva M. Street, Thomas Fitzsimons, Caroline L. Schauer Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2022 “Touchspinning: Mechanically drawing polyacrylonitrile nanofibers” DOI: 10.1002/app.52339
  • Md Abu Saleh Tajin, Ariana S. Levitt, Yuqiao Liu, Chelsea E. Amanatides, Caroline L. Schauer, Genevieve Dion, Kapil R. Dandekar IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters 2020, 19 (4), 542-546. “On the Effect of Sweat of Sheet Resistance of Knitted Conductive Yarns in Wearable Antenna Design” DOI: 10.1109/LAWP.2020.2971189
  • Chelsea E. Knittel, Diana S. Nicholas, Reva M. Street, Caroline L. Schauer, Genevieve Dion Fibers 2015, 3(4) 575-587 . “Self-folding Textiles through manipulation of knit stitch architecture” (invited for special issue on smart textiles)

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