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Eugenia Ellis

Eugenia Ellis, PhD

Professor of Architectural Engineering

College of Engineering, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design



Ellis draws on her background in architectural theory and environmental design and planning as the director of the Drexel Light Lab. She is a practicing architect with more than 30 years of experience designing large-scale sustainable buildings and systems that integrate health, energy and technology.

Her research focuses on human factors in design including cognition, dementia, visual perception, photobiology and chronobiology. Her energy systems research looks at passive environmental systems such as efficient building envelope design, natural ventilation and daylighting techniques, and active systems like daylight-mimicking LED lighting, low-energy luminous surfaces and dynamic building envelope design.

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In the News

  • 4 Drexel Professors Get $200K to Study Delaware River Watershed

    Roland Wall, senior director for Environmental Initiatives at the Academy of Natural Sciences, was quoted in an April 8 Philadelphia Business Journal story on four Drexel faculty members — Anneclaire DeRoos, PhD, of the Dornsife School of Public Health, and Eugenia Ellis, PhD, Mira Olsen, PhD, and Christopher Sales, PhD, all of the College of Engineering — receiving $200,000 worth of grants as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. The story was also covered April 10 in Philly Voice.

  • In Synch--Growing Older with the Rhythms of Life

    Eugenia V. Ellis, PhD, an associate professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and Donald L. McEachron, PhD, teaching professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, authored an article for Women in Health Care about growing older with the rhythms of life.

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