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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Marking Wetlands Day With an Engineered Approach

CAEE ecohydrologists research ways to make engineered urban wetlands more effective at managing storm water runoff.

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Desalination Research Takes the Fore in Pomerantseva Lab

Desalination research at CoE thrives on a new materials “recipe” and electrochemistry to remove sodium ions from salt or brackish water.

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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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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