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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Alexander Fridman and the Nyheim Plasma Institute of Drexel University

As the plasma engineering field looks to the future, Drexel’s plasma pioneer sees a range of possibilities, including a vital tool for cleaning COVID-19 protective masks.

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NSF Grant Award Supports Research in Inclusive and Diverse Learning Environments

Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Dr. Simi Hoque receives a grant award from the National Science Foundation for “cultivating sustainable citizenship among eighth and ninth grade girls through informal STEM workshops.”

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Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly Egg

Machine learning and community input are being put to use in order to safely identify egg clusters from the invasive spotted lanternfly species.

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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