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Drexel University - 2016

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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Since its founding in the midst of the industrial revolution in 1891, Drexel University has emphasized its strengths in engineering, science and technology to train men and women to become leaders. Our close collaborations with Drexel's renowned School of Biomedical Engineering and its newly acquired College of Medicine (DUCOM) will lead to revolutionary advances in tissue engineering, biomaterials and biomedical imaging as well as significant opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations in the medical field.

In 2013, Dean Joseph B. Hughes introduced a 5-year Strategic Plan which continues to guide the mission, vision and core values of the College. The mission, to graduate engineers dedicated to discovery and the application of technology to promote economic development and quality of life, is supported by five core values: Excellence in Education; Student Centeredness; Diversity; Innovation; Collaboration. The plan articulates four key strategic goals for research, education, innovation and resource development to support these efforts.

For undergraduate students, numerous specialty options exist including a minors program. The senior year includes an extensive, team-oriented Senior Design program spanning the range of activities from project identification, proposal writing, project implementation and reporting to conference presentation. Several Honors Programs exist, including a four-year, co-op-based B.S. degree and 5 M.S./B.S. designated degree programs. The college also has an engineering-based Appropriate Technology undergraduate program. Freshmen and sophomore students participate in the Drexel Engineering Core Curriculum, an integrated curriculum with "engineering up front" courses, developed from an experimental curriculum sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the General Electric Foundation. The Drexel Engineering Core Curriculum is a model-integrated curriculum in engineering, basic sciences, mathematics and liberal studies.

The Drexel Cooperative Education Program (co-op) enables students to balance classroom theory with practical hands on experience prior to graduation. The college offers a five-year program that incorporates three 6-month co-ops, during which students are employed at organizations related to their fields of study.

Drexel was re-designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The college's $35 million Bossone Research Enterprise Center is home to facilities in nanotechnology, information networking and smart infrastructures, and has opened research avenues for all Drexel students.
Drexel University’s College of Engineering is engaged in a wide variety of international cooperation agreements providing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student exchange, collaborative research, dual degree programs and cooperative education employment opportunities. As a member of the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) and with over 15 bilateral agreements, engineering undergraduate students can choose from over 30 international institutions to complete a term or more of their studies at. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, are also able to complete international co-op experiences through our international corporate partners.

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation awarded BIOMED $10M toward the creation of the $20M Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership (CDTP) Endowment. CDTP brings life-saving solutions to clinical practice by moving promising biomedical discoveries and innovation to commercialization. CDPT has a major impact on undergraduate curriculum and design courses, adding a further dimension to existing clinical immersion co-op experiences.