Professor Wei-Heng Shih has been appointed a College of Engineering Dean’s Fellow, Graduate Admissions for the 2019-2020 academic year. He is one of three faculty chosen for this inaugural program, leveraging faculty expertise in specific areas of priority for the College.
In his role, Shih will work alongside Professor Kapil Dandekar, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, supporting international graduate student enrollment. He will be looking at best practices to improve the international applications to the master’s programs in the College of Engineering.
“There have been a number of external and internal challenges that have arisen over the past several years regarding recruitment of international graduate students, and the College of Engineering is rising to face these challenges,” shares Dandekar. “Professor Wei-Heng Shih brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm in his Dean’s Fellow role to help address these issues, and I look forward to working with him to publicize to a global audience the high value of graduate education and research at Drexel, and the opportunity to study and live in a city as vibrant as Philadelphia.”
Shih has been establishing connections abroad as part of the Overseas Famous Teacher program at Shanghai Second Polytechnic University, where he has served since 2013, and a continuing research collaboration with National Taiwan University and National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (Yuntech). Currently, he is working on a summer English and Materials Engineering research program, created by Drexel’s English Language Center and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, to bring interested prospective master’s students to Drexel early in their academic careers while they are still undergraduates. Shih is a 2013 National Academy of Inventors Fellow and a 2018 Drexel College of Engineering Outstanding Innovation Awardee.