Faculty Earn Tenure, Promotion

Drexel Engineering is pleased to announce the following tenure appointments and promotions, effective September 1, 2023.

Andrew Magenau

Andrew Magenau, PhD, will receive tenure and be promoted to associate professor effective September 1, 2023. Magenau joined Drexel in 2015 following a visiting research professor appointment at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his PhD in polymer science and engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his bachelor’s degree in plastics engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Magenau oversees the Macromolecular Materials Group, conducting research into developing innovative polymerization platforms that generate functional soft materials addressing needs at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science. He is a recipient of the 2023 Drexel University Allen Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence and was selected as a 2022 fellow in the Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at AFRL-Materials and Manufacturing and a 2019 American Chemical Society PMSE Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Kathleen Short

Kathleen Short, PhD, will be promoted to associate teaching professor of engineering, leadership and society. Short received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Concord University, and her master’s in building/construction science and management and her doctorate in environmental design and planning, construction, both from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prior to joining Drexel, she served as project director for the Construction Academy and Hospitality Academy at the University of the District of Columbia, among other employment positions.

Short joined Drexel as assistant teaching professor in 2017. She serves as a coach for the Construction Competition team and as advisor for the Construction Honor Society. She is also the faculty advisor for two fraternities and is assisting students in the formation of Drexel’s first organization for Women in Construction. Dr. Short is a recipient of the 2022 Associated School of Construction Region One Teaching Award.