Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Smart Manufacturing Research Experiences for Undergraduates (SMREU)


The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering hosts a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program entitled Smart Manufacturing REU (SMREU). Smart Manufacturing refers to using advanced data analytics, computational methods, and automation to improve efficiency, productivity, and cost across processes, factories, and entire supply chains. The strategic national importance of Smart Manufacturing has been underscored by industries and governmental agencies in the United States and many other countries.

The overall objective of the Drexel SMREU is to provide hands-on experience in cutting-edge research relevant to smart manufacturing to undergraduate students. In addition to research projects, students will attend professional development workshops, sessions for active reflection and feedback on the research process, invited seminars from industry, and field trips to local manufacturing companies. The synergy of activities will help students understand the role of their own efforts in the broader scientific and engineering challenges of smart manufacturing.

This year’s SMREU will also include REU opportunities integrating materials science and data science, in connection with the Metadata Research Center, College of Computing & Informatics, and the larger NSF ID4 Institute for Data Driven Dynamical Design.

Program Details

The 2022 program runs from June 13 - August 12, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 1 or until the positions are filled (i.e. earlier applicants have a higher chance of admission).

2022 COVID Plan: In Summer 2020 and 2021, the Drexel SM-REU was conducted entirely remotely with computational projects and virtual meetings. Depending on the national and local situations in 2022, a remote REU site may be offered. In this case, program dates may be subject to minor changes, and students will not be offered housing on campus. Information on this possibility will be shared as soon as possible.

Students receive:
  • 9 weeks of research in a graduate-level laboratory.
  • Free housing on Drexel’s campus
  • Total stipend of $5500
  • Professional development seminars on scientific research and communication.
  • Technical seminars from industrial and academic speakers
  • Field trips to manufacturing sites and external research facilities
  • Social activities 
  • Weekends free to explore Philadelphia’s rich history and culture.

Research Projects

Who Should Apply?

Eligible participants fall under the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents (This criterion is required by NSF, there are no exceptions).
  • Undergraduate students who will have completed at least their freshman year and will not be graduating before the start of the program. Students who are not currently pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree are not eligible for the program.
  • Non-Drexel University students. Preference will be given to students from primarily undergraduate institutions with limited research opportunities on campus

Use our online application form.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022, or until positions are filled.

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