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Institutes and Centers


Drexel University is home to multiple research institutes and centers which focus on multidisciplinary areas of science and engineering with important societal implications.  These institutes and centers bring together faculty, staff and students from colleges and schools from across the University to create new ideas, knowledge and approaches.  Below you'll find a list of institutes and centers involved in energy and environment research at Drexel University.

C. & J. Nyheim Drexel Plasma Institute

The C. & J. Nyheim Plasma Institute (NPI) was formed in 2002 to stimulate and coordinate research projects related to plasma and other modern high energy engineering techniques. Today NPI is the Nation's biggest plasma research center and it is an active multidisciplinary organization involving over 25 faculty members from 6 engineering departments working in close collaboration with the School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Medicine, and College of Nursing and Health Professions. Major research directions of the Institute are focused today on plasma in Energy systems, Environmental control, Plasma electronics, and Plasma Medicine.

A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute

The A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute (DNI) coordinates interdisciplinary research, education and outreach, and strategic partnerships in nanomaterials for all of Drexel University. Faculty, students, and industry partners collaborate in activities ranging from core research to improving the public’s understanding and interest in nanoscale materials.  At the Nanomaterials Institute, our research strengths are in areas such as nanostructured materials for energy storage, biomedical applications, and filtration; nano- and micro-scale devices for electronics, and much more.

Cybersecurity Institute

The Cybersecurity Institute's approach extends beyond the traditional wired network in analyzing the universal dependence of ubiquitous mobile communications, social media, sensors, and ways to exploit the big data-enabled revolution taking place in information. The Institute's programs include supporting large enterprise infrastructure defense, local and regional criminal justice and law enforcement, financial and insurance providers, mobile communication providers, industry, and private entrepreneurs and small businesses.  The Institute also develops cross-discipline partnerships between University academic and research programs such as Computer Science, Informatics, Law, Library Science, Robotics, Human-Computing Interface, Business, Gaming and Media.

Center for Mobilities Research and Policy

The Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter) at Drexel University promotes new theoretical approaches, new methods, and the academic leadership to research, envision, and foster alternative mobility futures based on innovative collaborations between the arts and social sciences, participatory engineering, business, media and design, and public health. This is an area of growing academic interest, policy debate, and research investment. The mCenter is a nexus for generating innovative collaborations within Drexel, across the Greater Philadelphia region, and internationally. The mCenter combines interdisciplinary approaches to the study of travel, transport, migration, borders, and mobile communication into one over-arching framework. The term "mobilities" applies to both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, and the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through urban space, and mobile communications.

Patrick Center for Environmental Research

The Patrick Center for Environmental Research has been devoted to understanding, protecting, and restoring the health of watersheds since 1947. Housed within the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, founded in 1812, the Patrick Center consists of a multidisciplinary group of environmental scientists and engineers focused on understanding aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and applying this knowledge to assess ecosystem health and develop watershed-level strategies for enhancing environmental quality. The Patrick Center also works with diverse stakeholders, including government, community groups, industry, and environmental organizations to improve environmental stewardship.

Center for Science, Technology and Society

The Center for Science, Technology and Society is a multidisciplinary research unit that aims to tackle pressing social issues related to health and wellbeing, the environment and sustainability, and knowledge and computing. The STS Center brings together faculty and students who investigate how cultural, economic, historical, and political contexts influence science, technology, and medicine, and how science, technology, and medicine influence these contexts. Faculty in anthropology, criminal justice, history, information sciences, philosophy, political science, public health, and sociology conduct original research on the impact of new technologies and scientific knowledge. They also investigate why some technologies or scientific knowledge get adopted while others do not.

Center for Public Policy

The Center for Public Policy (CPP) is a think tank located within Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences. It serves as an interdisciplinary hub for Drexel faculty from a number of colleges and schools who do policy-oriented research, and as an interface between those faculty and relevant government agencies and nonprofit organizations, especially those in the Philadelphia region. The CPP is especially active in the areas of community economic development, urban initiatives, and urban sustainability.

Center for Spatial Analytics and Geocomputation

The Center for Spatial Analytics and Geocomputation's (CSAG) mission is to promote interdisciplinary approaches to geocomputation and data analytics through research, education and outreach. CSAG serves as a single point of contact for students, faculty, corporations and funding agencies seeking to leverage the power of spatial analytics and geocomputation to meet their professional, scientific and/or organizational goals. CSAG is intentionally structured to cross traditional academic boundaries and to interface with other centers and institutes on the Drexel campus and beyond.