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