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Provost Solutions Fellows

The Provost Solutions Fellows comprise faculty experts from across the University who partner with external organizations to address societal challenges, build research and scholarship, and create experiential learning opportunities for Drexel students. A joint initiative of the Provost’s Office and the Drexel Solutions Institute, the program expands on the University’s 100-year legacy of cooperative education and charts the course for a reimagined approach to higher education.

Each class of Fellows serves to highlight the research and teaching capabilities of Drexel to external partners, deepen collaboration across disciplines and unite the core activities of the University—research, teaching and external engagement—to improve student success and address industry and societal challenges.

GOALS

In focusing on the integration of teaching, research and external partnership, Fellows serve as catalysts to:

  • Build scholarship and enhance innovation and impact in research and teaching.
  • Provide impactful experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • Design comprehensive, custom solutions to address industry and societal challenges.
  • Create more interdisciplinary, solutions-focused curricula and programming.
  • Foster a culture of external engagement across the University.

2020-2022 SOLUTIONS FELLOWS

Launched in fall of 2020, the Provost Solutions Fellows initiative welcomed the following 13 faculty experts as its inaugural cohort. Spanning eight Drexel colleges and schools, this interdisciplinary team offers research and teaching experience in over 25 areas of expertise.

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Nicolas Alvarez, PhD

Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
College of Engineering

Vertical: DSI on Health; DSI on New Age Materials & Biomedical Devices; DSI on Technological & Digital Solutions (AI, Chip Design)

Biography

Nick’s research focuses on transport, processing, and fluid mechanics in and of polymeric materials, complex fluids and polymer composites. His research focuses on real-world industrial and biomedical problems. Recent projects include research in extensional rheology and its importance in characterizing processing flows, such as gel spinning and spray drying, as well as the development of spray/foam delivery systems for drug delivery.

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Hasan Ayaz, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems 

Verticals: DSI on Health; DSI on New Age Materials & Biomedical Devices; DSI on Consumer Insights, Strategy & Design

Biography

Hasan is pioneering the field of neuro-ergonomics—the study of the human brain in relation to everyday tasks—with applications ranging from aerospace to healthcare. His research includes neuro-engineering in human-computer interactions, as well as clinical and field applications of optical brain imaging. His accomplishments included the development of continuous wave, functional near-infrared sensors and enabling software for brain monitoring instruments. He also led the development of the handheld InfraScanner device, which utilizes near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to detect hematoma in head trauma patients. His research has been funded by federal agencies, corporate partners and foundations, and widely shared through over 200 publications.

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Rose DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA

Professor; Associate Dean, Interprofessional Research and Development
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Vertical: DSI on Health

Biography

Rose Ann’s research focuses on integrating nutrition and novel technologies to improve health outcomes and quality of life for older adults. A geriatric nurse scientist, Rose led a team of engineers on the development of a patented, wireless device to track and monitor fluid intake. She serves as the principal investigator of the Cell2Society Aging Research Network, leading a team of 30 faculty to create a novel ecosystem for the pursuit of use-inspired aging research, and is part of the administrative core of the AgeWell Collaboratory. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and Pennsylvania Non-Formula CURE program, among others.

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Lauren D'Innocenzo, PhD

Associate Professor, Management
LeBow College of Business 

Verticals: DSI on Health; DSI on Consumer Insights, Strategy & Design; DSI on Training & Talent Development

Biography

Lauren’s research focuses on how to create effective teams by leveraging team competencies, developing critical team behaviors, engaging in productive leadership, and building environments to support team functioning. She has worked across a variety of industries including healthcare and pharmaceutical — with Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, and hospitals — in both applied research and executive education capacities. Notably, her recent research has helped to identify drivers of surgical team effectiveness including patient safety and operating room efficiency, which she has also used to train medical professionals and students. Lauren was recently named to Poets&Quants’ Best 40 Under 40 Professors.

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Aroutis Foster, PhD

Associate Professor; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Graduate Studies
School of Education 

Vertical: DSI on Training & Talent Development

Biography

Vertical: DSI on Training & Talent Development Aroutis is a leader in learning and identity exploration in games and virtual learning environments. With a multifaceted background at the intersection of digital media, psychology, computer science and education, he is a designer of experiences that aid learners in transforming themselves to become more adaptable, reflective, and flexible. He has developed pedagogical models for games-based learning and learning theories to support lifelong learning and development for all learners, especially minoritized learners — preparing them to remain competitive in a 21st century career environment. Aroutis has won awards for his research on technology in teaching and learning, and game-based learning, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award.

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Ann Gerondelis, AIA, IDSA

Department Head, Design
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Verticals: DSI on Health; DSI on New Age Materials & Biomedical Devices; DSI on Consumer Insights, Strategy & Design; DSI on Training & Talent Development

Biography

Ann’s work explores the value of design in fueling interdisciplinary innovations. An architect with 12 years of practical experience, she leads the Drexel design department’s broad range of disciplines including fashion, graphic, product and retail design. Ann’s funded research projects have included the development of a high school bio-inspired, design-learning community, design-integrated middle school STEM courses, and bio-inspired design learning tools. Her work in design inquiry and representation fueled curricular innovations in industrial design, architecture and building construction. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Woman of Excellence Faculty Award.

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Rajashi Ghosh, PhD

Department Chair, Policy, Organization & Leadership
Associate Professor, Human Resource Development Program

Verticals: DSI on Consumer Insights, Strategy & Design; DSI on Training & Talent Development

Biography

Rajashi aims to explore how mentoring, coaching, leadership development and workplace incivility impact workplace learning and development. Her research on employee developmental relationships is interdisciplinary, and has resulted in scholarly awards from the Academy of Human Resource Development, the Academy of Management and the American Educational Research Association. Her work has also been featured in several popular media outlets including Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week Magazine and American Banker Magazine. Rajashi previously worked in the corporate sector on employee development and performance management.

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Nick Jushchyshyn

Program Director, Virtual Reality & Immersive Media
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Verticals: DSI on Health; DSI on Consumer Insights, Strategy & Design; DSI on Training & Talent Development

Biography

Nick’s work focuses on the development and application of immersive media formats including virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive projection, spanning areas including education, training, cultural heritage, medicine and narrative experiences. His background in computer graphics includes extensive work in image acquisition, computational photography, 3D modeling and animation, real time graphics, virtual production, motion/performance capture and software/hardware integration. Nick’s two decades of professional experience includes his work on several major feature films such as “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “I Am Number Four,” “Let Me In,” “The Last Airbender” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

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Goran Karapetrov, PhD

Professor, Physics
College of Arts and Sciences 

Verticals: DSI on New Age Materials & Biomedical Devices; DSI on Technological & Digital Solutions (AI, Chip Design)

Biography

Goran’s work is aimed at the discovery and characterization of new materials that could change how we store and process information, transform and harvest energy, and sense physical properties. The focus of his research has been superconductors—unique materials that could store and transfer electrical energy without any losses, and that constitute the building blocks of the new processors used in quantum computing. Another area of interest is charge density wave materials exhibiting unique electronic properties that cannot be found in conventional semiconductors or metals. Goran’s laboratory uses some of the highest spatial and temporal resolution instruments to study these unique materials. Goran has authored more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals, written several book chapters, and secured patents.

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Edward Kim, PhD

Associate Professor, Computer Science
College of Computing & Informatics

Vertical: DSI on Technological & Digital Solutions (AI, Chip Design)

Biography

Ed is a computer science researcher at the intersection of artificial intelligence and neuroscience. He has investigated topics related to computer vision, medical image processing, computer graphics, game development, sparse coding and neuromorphic computing. His work in machine learning is inspired by breakthroughs in theoretical neuroscience that incorporate ideas not currently explored by feed-forward deep learning architectures. His collaborative work with the Intel Corporation explored energy efficient algorithms on neuromorphic hardware. In 2019, Ed received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award for his work in neuro-inspired machine learning.

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Michael Lowe, PhD

Professor, Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences 

Vertical: DSI on Health

Biography

Michael’s research examines the causes and treatments of the interrelated problems of eating disorders and obesity, which cause great suffering and account for a large and expanding portion of health care spending. His provocative theories are challenging existing paradigms in eating disorders and obesity. He developed a comprehensive model accounting for the impact of body weight on eating disorders, as well as an obesity intervention to systematically modify the home food environment. He also created a measure of “hedonic hunger” licensed by Pfizer and Weight Watchers, and has been a long-term research consultant to both Weight Watchers and the Renfrew Center for eating disorders. Michael has been awarded over $15 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, including a recent $5 million multi-site grant.

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Ioannis Savidis, PhD

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering 

Vertical: DSI on Technological & Digital Solutions (AI, Chip Design)

Biography

Ioannis is a researcher of integrated circuits and electronics design and analysis. His current research focuses on translational work in methodologies for high performance, integrated circuits; power management for SoC and microprocessor circuits; hardware security; and electrical and thermal modeling and characterization, signal and power integrity, and power and clock delivery for heterogeneous 2-D and 3-D circuits. He has pursued collaborative research with industrial partners including Lockheed Martin, KBR and Honeywell. Ioannis holds over 15 patents in the areas of integrated circuit security, on-chip power management, and low-power circuit design—including several that protect circuit intellectual property from reverse engineering and theft. In 2018, Ioannis received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award.

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Wan Shih, PhD

Professor
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems 

Vertical: DSI on New Age Materials & Biomedical Devices

Biography

Wan’s work focuses on translational biomedical research and creating revolutionary biomedical devices to fulfill unmet needs in medicine. She has created groundbreaking biomedical technologies such as the piezoelectric finger (PEF) breast cancer detector, which detects breast cancers undetectable by mammography, and the revolutionary PEPS molecular tests. In partnership with GE Global Health, one of her technologies, Intelligent Breast Exam, has now been used to screen women in 12 countries. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

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