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Simi Hoque

Simi Hoque, PhD

Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering

College of Engineering



Hoque is an expert in building energy use and the design of high-performance indoor environments, such as hospitals, assisted living centers and offices. Her research focuses on how occupant comfort and energy efficiency are affected by design. In addition, she is a leader in the development inclusive educational opportunities for women in engineering.


Her current research focuses on improving the indoor environment at hospitals to make it more comfortable for workers, as well as patients. Her research group is also looking at how the age of buildings in a city can affect how it is impacted by climate change and using this data to create a tool for cities to use when planning for climate resiliency.


Outside of the lab, Hoque is an advocate for women and girls pursuing STEM education and careers. She started a summer STEM camp for middle school girls at Drexel and has been recognized for her leadership in this area by Girls, Inc., a regional nonprofit group that supports academic enrichment and life skills programs for girls in Philadelphia and Camden.



More information about Hoque


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In the News

  • Starting School Year Early is a Meteorological Gamble that Philly Lost

    Simi Hoque, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, was quoted in a Sept. 6 story about the challenges Philadelphia schools are experiencing with the heat wave after making the decision to open a week earlier this year. Hoque helped to explain how buildings without central air conditioning are harder to cool in August than in June.

  • Drexel Professors Taking Middle School Girls Under Their Wing During STEM Camp

    Simi Hoque, PhD, and Mira Olson, PhD, associate professors in the College of Engineering, were featured in July 10 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) and KYW-TV (CBS-3) news segments about a STEM camp for middle school girls that the College is running in collaboration with the nonprofit Girls, Inc. this week.

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