The primary driver of Drexel’s success is the creativity and commitment of our students, faculty and professional staff. From the lab to the playing field to the communities around campus and beyond, their accomplishments are the root of Drexel’s reputation, and our best argument for future investment in the University. There’s no way to list all of those achievements in a reasonable amount of space—these are but a few examples of the strides that Drexel has made.

Student Creativity

World Champions: Four Drexel seniors beat teams from Hungary and France to win the Microsoft Imagine Cup’s mobile game design world championship. The team took their “Math Dash” game to Australia for the finals, where 350 students from 75 nations represented more than 300,000 competitors worldwide.

Design in the Service of Health: Westphal College of Media Arts & Design students competed to design Philadelphia’s first mobile autism clinic, with the winning design to be used by the School of Public Health’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute for clinical testing, community interventions and awareness.

Health Service Innovations: Three College of Medicine students were selected as Schweitzer Fellows to develop service projects that address the health needs of underserved individuals. Two are serving West Philadelphia youth with a program helping them prepare for higher education; the third is developing a health education program for pediatric HIV patients.

Art on Wheels: The first art that residents see when the Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels mobile studio rolls into their neighborhoods is by Westphal College students, who designed the vehicle’s exterior. ColorWheels delivers creative learning experiences to Philadelphians and facilitates creation of on-the-spot art.

Research Examples

No More Blind Spot: Drexel mathematician R. Andrew Hicks received worldwide attention for his patent of a non-distorting curved mirror with a wider field of vision that could eliminate the blind spot in future auto mirrors.

Solving the Mysteries of Disease: Drexel physics researchers identified the forces in blood cells and vessels that caused the painful symptoms of sickle cell disease. Their paper in Biophysical Journal provides insights that may be helpful in future development of therapies for the disease.

Bringing Teachers Together: A $2.2 million NSF grant facilitated a Drexel-led project studying community-based professional development for middle and high school mathematics teachers. The program leverages Drexel’s math teaching and learning site The Math Forum to build a sustainable online community.


Success on the Field: The year’s many competitive highlights for Drexel athletes included NCAA tournament appearances this fall for field hockey and men’s soccer, the first in 30 years for soccer, and the first-ever gold medals for women’s crew at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.

Achievement in Academics: Seven Drexel varsity teams scored 100 percent on the latest NCAA Graduate Success Rate report, and Drexel Athletics scored 92 percent overall. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams receiving the Team Scholar All-American Award from the College Swimming Coaches Association.

2013 And Beyond: DARPA Robotics Challenge
Drexel researchers lead one of seven teams receiving $3 million each from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to participate in a prestigious two-year challenge to find robotic solutions for emergency response in the wake of the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear meltdown and other disasters. The Drexel team will compete to produce the robot that best accomplishes a series of critical tasks at a simulated disaster site.

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