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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Savidis Hardware Research Toughens Security In a None-Too-Secure Arena

Dr. Ioannis Savidis of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the legion of scientists tasked through important federal grants with improving hardware security.

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Study: Actually, Potted Plants Don’t Improve Air Quality

A closer look at decades of research suggesting that potted plants can improve the air in homes and offices reveals the findings don’t hold up outside of the lab.

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Mimicking the Body’s Cooling System

Mimicking the body's circulatory air conditioning could keep airplanes, cars and computers cooler.

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Ashes to Concrete

Drexel researchers have developed a process for turning the solid waste products of coal power plants into a useful ingredient that could improve properties of concrete.

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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