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Dean Joseph B. Hughes, IExE Founding DirectorWelcome from the
Founding Director

Welcome to the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE).  Drexel University has established the IEXE in recognition of the importance and dynamic nature of energy in the world today, and the need to promote environmental responsibility and stewardship.  The purpose of IEXE is to catalyze activity across campus, that is directed at these issues and to promote the impact of those activities broadly.  Additionally, IEXE serves as a conduit to the university for those seeking information, collaboration, and research opportunities.  Critical to our success is understanding  our role in the region, nationally, and globally, with regards to the creation and dissemination of scientifically-sound, evidence-based knowledge that informs and shapes policy, decision making, and research needs.

Our location in Philadelphia offers IEXE a regional laboratory that is unique in North America.  We are central to the continents largest economic corridor, in a region that is supported by a range of energy sources, with large import-export infrastructure, concentrated and unequally distributed ongoing and legacy challenges in environmental quality, and concerns regarding the health effects of impacted water and air resources, while providing critical ecosystem services to a significant portion of the US population.  Additionally, our region is adjacent to newly tapped natural gas reserves that are changing the North American energy future, dramatically. 

As an institute that spans and benefits from participation from all colleges at Drexel, IEXE has the opportunity to incubate and grow efforts in an agile manner.  Our first focus has been in the program of Peace Engineering.  This program is unique in the country and engages thought leaders on the reduction of violence.  On all scales, matters of energy and environment are central to conflict that can lead to violence.  We hope to add an additional program within the coming year as Peace Engineering become self-sustaining.

Drexel University aspires to be the most civically engaged university in the country.  IEXE will be a major contributor in this effort.  Currently we work with students, faculty, and local organizations to engage in meaningful efforts that increase awareness, promote informational exchange, convene thought leaders, and participate in organizations shaping local, regional, and global issues.

Please contact me directly if you would like more information, or if you have ideas to work together.    


Joseph B. Hughes Ph.D., P.E., DEE, F.AEESP
Director and University Distinguished Professor