Corporate partners are essential to the hands-on experience that makes Drexel unique. We invite any interested organizations to reach out if you would like to partner with the College of Engineering. Below are some opportunities to support the College’s activities annually. If you would like to discuss these or share additional ideas, please contact Christine McAuliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Design Projects: $5,000+
Senior Design is a long-standing tradition at the College of Engineering. All students in their final year of coursework are required to complete a Senior Design project, working in teams of 4 to 5 students in the same major. The teams require an average of $5,000 per project to complete their design. Companies are encouraged to sponsor one or more Senior Design teams. Sponsoring companies are permitted to suggest project ideas for execution by the students, and a representative from the company may serve as the team’s advisor.
Senior Design is intended to simulate a professional work environment, to provide experience working in a group on an open-ended problem and to develop information gathering and communication skills. Substantial interaction between students, faculty and industry partners is an integral part of this experience.
Celebration of Engineering Design: $5,000+
Each spring, the College of Engineering celebrates the work of all the Senior Design teams. Each department nominates the top team to present its work, and the teams are judged by a group of industry experts, competing for cash prizes.
Sponsorship for this event is available at $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000. Sponsors are encouraged to attend the celebration and interact with the top teams and other talented students across all majors of the College of Engineering.
Engineering Leader of the Year: $3,000+
Each year, Drexel’s College of Engineering selects an individual who exemplifies excellence in their field as the Engineering Leader of the Year. The award is presented to an individual who demonstrates leadership in the development of technology-based solutions to societal problems and serves as an example of outstanding achievement for current and future generations of engineers.
Each recipient is honored at a formal dinner, to which all College of Engineering alumni and friends are invited to attend. Companies are encouraged to sponsor a table at this event, whereby all proceeds from the evening will benefit scholarships and programs at the College of Engineering.
The 2019 Engineering Leader of the Year will be presented on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Philly Materials Day: $5,000+
Drexel University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering hosts Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day annually. Free and open to the public, the event raises public awareness of the importance of materials science and engineering and gives Philadelphia youth a sense of the excitement that comes with STEM exploration and careers through more than 30 hands-on activities and demonstrations.
The event is promoted through print and website calendar listings (Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia Inquirer, PhillyFunGuide.com, etc.), local media coverage (KYW, WPVI, WXPN Kids Corner), social media, e-mail listserv, a PECO Crown Lights announcement, and flyers to over 600 local high school and middle school science teachers. Average attendance is over 1,000 participants per year.
Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day will celebrate its 8th consecutive year on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Society for Women Engineers: $2,500+
Society for Women Engineers (SWE) is a diverse and active organization which focuses on stimulating women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders. Activities include outreach programs, professional speakers, social events, a weekend retreat and the annual regional and national conferences. Drexel’s SWE chapter has received several awards at the national conference for Women Engineers, including the Outstanding Collegiate Section Gold Level for the 4th year in a row, and the group’s president was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Member award.
Funding for Diversity Efforts: $10,000+
The underrepresentation of women and minorities in engineering presents a growing challenge to the United States’ global competitiveness. Women comprise more than 50% of earned bachelor’s degrees but only 20% of those earned in engineering. African Americans and Hispanics earn only 3-4% of engineering bachelor’s degrees. In addition, educating female and minority engineers is essential to economic prosperity within these populations. Funding for diversity initiatives allows the Dean to expand offerings in this arena and remain committed to supporting and growing our underserved populations through a targeted, strategic approach. Diversity programs can revolve around student activities, special events, and more.
Concrete Canoe: $10,000
RESERVED BY AERO AGGREGATES THROUGH 2019
Each year, Drexel students compete in Concrete Canoe, an annual competition hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Competition weekend includes displaying the canoe, giving a short presentation, and racing the canoe against the other schools within the region. Race day includes 2-male, 2-female, and a four-person co-ed race. There are four judged components to the competition: Design Paper, Oral Presentation, Product Display and Canoe Races.
Undergraduate Scholarships: Endowed - $100,000, Current Use - $25,000
Scholarships often make the difference in whether talented students can attend and afford Drexel. Scholarships allow students to focus more exclusively on academics and to pursue extracurricular opportunities that lead to learning and personal growth. As a recruiting tool, scholarships help the university attract outstanding individuals to campus. Scholarship donors are informed of their recipient annually and have the opportunity to meet the student in person.
Faculty Research Fund: $50,000
Drexel is a world-class comprehensive research institution committed to use-inspired research with real-world applications. The College of Engineering supports multidisciplinary research initiatives that change over time, and that bring together faculty with the breadth of expertise necessary to tackle complex and challenging issues.
Distinguished Lectureships: $100,000
Funding for lectureships provides experts (non-Drexel employees) the opportunity to visit our campus to speak to our faculty, staff, and students. Endowed lectureships support the lecturer’s stipend, event-related costs, and promotional materials. Special annual lectureships add a dimension to the College of Engineering experience by supplementing the curriculum for our students and offering professional development for our faculty and staff.
New funding ideas?
If your company would like to support a priority not listed above, we welcome your thoughts! In many cases, a company’s vision can become a reality through conversation.
Please contact Christine McAuliffe at email@example.com to share your ideas or to arrange a meeting.