Alumni Profiles

College of Engineering alumni are engaged individuals who are making a significant contribution to their companies, the region and the world. Each month, we feature one of our alumni on our website and in our Alumni Newsletter. If you would like to be profiled, please contact Wendy Plump at wap34@drexel.edu.

Alex Benjamin

Alex Benjamin, ’15 is pursuing his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, he bends his research talents to the advancement of ultrasound technology.

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Shyno Mathew

Shyno Mathew hails from the first town in all of India to achieve 100% literacy among its residents, so her educational accomplishments were practically a foregone conclusion.

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Michael J. Monteleone

Michael J. Monteleone, P.E., ’84 ’86MS has maintained a strong interest in geosynthetics, geology, soil mechanics, and hydrology. He is the prototype for a geotechnical/environmental engineer.

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Elaine Elbich & Bob Crawford

Elaine Elbich ’88 works with archeologists to help coordinate the environmental requirements for the I-95 Girard Avenue interchange project. The chief engineer the firm charged with making the improvements is fellow Drexel grad Bob Crawford ’85, ’87, also a civil engineer.

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Michael Britt

The career of Michael F. Britt ’83 ’90MS is not unlike the bridges his firm designs around the world: solid foundation; well constructed; and long lasting.

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Martin McCabe

Martin “Marty” McCabe ’71, ’73M.S., ’79PhD, is an expert on black holes. Not those black holes that captured Einstein’s imagination—McCabe’s passion involves another type of dark recess: boreholes, shafts and tunnels in rock.

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Det Ansinn

In 2015, Det Ansinn ’95 was walking the red carpet at the Raindance Film Festival in London, rubbing elbows with luminaries. True, this wasn’t the run-of-the-mill venue for a computer geek. But then again, Ansinn is rarely run-of-the-mill.

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Archibald “Archie” Filshill

Sometimes, a single decision can shape a life. One could say that’s the case for Archibald “Archie” Filshill ’96 M.S. ’10 Ph.D. Arguably, the best decision he ever made in his 30-year, successful career in geosynthetics came at the very beginning of it.

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John A. Nawn

John A. Nawn ’87 ’12 M.S. is known as Mr. Back-In Angle Parking. That bit of notoriety in the world of engineers has helped win him recognition as the 2017 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year.

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Joe Maenner

Seven years after Joe Maenner ’86 earned his mechanical engineering degree from Drexel University, he reinvented himself—as an attorney.

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Coleen Cellini

Since the first day of her first co-op at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Coleen Clancy Cellini ’80 knew she had found her life’s work.

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Audrey Ryan

Audrey Ryan ’15 has made an amazing race around the world, visiting 15 countries over five months. But this is no reality TV show.

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Jeff Barrett

“It matters what you put in your brain first,” says Jeff Barrett ’86.

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Margaret “Peggy” Burns

The woman overseeing the technology behind the SEPTA Key smart card is Margaret “Peggy” Burns ’79, a Xerox senior vice president and chief engineer of Americas Transportation for the Public Sector Industry Business Group.

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Ari Naim and Israel Amir

When location-services company CenTrak sold for $140 million, the four Drexel graduates—two from the College of Engineering—who founded the start-up didn’t have time to throw a party.

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