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Adam Fontecchio

Adam Fontecchio, PhD

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Center For the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE)

College of Engineering

Contact:

adam.fontecchio@drexel.edu

Fontecchio is an expert in electro-optics, liquid crystals, polymer dispersed liquid crystals, holography, remote sensing, color filtration, wearable technology and electrically switchable Bragg gratings. He is the director of the Drexel Nanophotonics Lab and founding director of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE), where he leads trans-disciplinary research on STEM pedagogy.

His research involves fundamental investigations of liquid crystal interactions to develop novel devices. He has also investigated the materials development of polymer/liquid crystal systems for optimization of electro-optical characteristics. Fontecchio's background is in physics, holding bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from Brown University. He was a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center where he investigated Holographically-formed Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal technology for space borne remote sensing applications. He traveled to Tokyo, Japan in the summer of 2000 as part of the National Science Foundation Summer Institute, where he studied polymer-stabilized liquid crystal devices at the NTT Cyberspace Laboratories. He has also served as a Visiting Lecturer in Physics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth campus.

More information about Fontecchio

For news media inquiries, contact Britt Faulstick at bef29@drexel.edu, 215.895.2617 (office) or 215.796.5161 (cell).

In the News

  • Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year

    Adam Fontecchio, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, was mentioned in a Feb. 20 WPVI-TV (6-abc) segment about Delaware Valley Engineer’s Week. Fontecchio was named Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year at a ceremony last week.

  • At Drexel lab, wearable tech taking shape

    Genevieve Dion, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab; Adam Fontecchio, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering and associate director of the ExCITe Center; Timothy Kurzweg, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering; Owen Montgomery, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology in the College of Medicine, and Kapil Dandekar, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, were quoted in an Aug. 17 Philadelphia Inquirer story about their collaborative research to develop a smart textile belly band for fetal monitoring.

  • Drexel team develops 'belly band' to monitor contractions of pregnant women

    Genevieve Dion, director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab; Kapil Dandekar, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering; and Owen Montgomery, M.D., chair of obstetrics and gynecology in Drexel’s College of Medicine, were quoted in a May 22 WHYY/Newsworks.com story about their work to create a belly band that can monitor uterine contractions and fetal activity. Adam Fontecchio, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, and Timothy Kurzweg, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, were also mentioned in the piece.

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