Research and Design

Research and Design

The College of Engineering prides itself on building a research agenda that addresses society’s most pressing challenges. Faculty and students are on a journey of continual discovery that results in inspired, multi-disciplinary research in many of the most transformative areas of engineering. Because of our location, we are surrounded by numerous academic and corporate institutions, uniquely positioning the College to address the needs of the city, region and beyond.

The College of Engineering educates through innovative research, using current technologies and a focus on critical societal challenges.  Unlike other institutions, our curriculum provides immediate research opportunities for the undergraduate student in our Freshmen Design program. This focus on research continues through to the senior year, culminating with Senior Design projects and competition, overseen by faculty and graduate students.

PhD students focus on many pertinent engineering topics, fusing theory with practical solutions in a diverse environment. Under the guidance of scholarly faculty, students become agents of new knowledge.

Research Areas

Faculty and Research-Overview
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Tangorra’s Lab Learns How to Swim

College of Engineering research into how fin and flippered animals swim informs naval ship, submarine, and system designs.

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Molecular 'Mushrooms' and 'Brushes' Help Cancer-Fighting Nanoparticles Survive in the Bloodstream

Drexel researchers have discovered a coating for nanoparticles that allows them to survive in the bloodstream without being removed by the liver. This means the tiny particles could one day be used to improve cancer treatment by seeking out and attaching to tumors in the body.

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CoE Prof Creates Curating Software for Drone Images

A team is developing a software tool that allows non-specialists to expertly analyze drone images of buildings, crops, bridges, storm-damaged resorts, and everything in between.

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Small Garden, Big Answers for PhD Candidate

PhD candidate Leena Shevade’s research aims to maximize the management of urban stormwater, a pressing concern in cities where impervious surfaces can lead to massive flooding.

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Research Quick Facts

17
NSF Graduate Research Fellows (2012-17)
45
Patents issued to Drexel University in 2017
20,000,000
Annual research expenditures