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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Drexel Research Earns Recognition from American Ceramic Society

PhD candidate Mohammad Balapour has earned a Best Paper Award from the American Ceramic Society for his work on creating lightweight aggregate from coal ash.

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Deep Roots: Alumnus, Professor Collaborate on Remote Crop Monitoring

Engineering alumnus Dante Sawatzky needed help monitoring temperatures in his apple orchard. ECE researcher Christopher Peters gave him a head start.

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The Possibilities of Plasma

As Director of the C. & J. Nyheim Plasma Institute of Drexel University, Alexander Fridman has been at the forefront of scientific discovery for decades.

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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