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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems (formerly the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute) is a nationally recognized center of research and graduate education. It offers multidisciplinary graduate instruction and research on both a full-and part-time basis.

The faculty includes individuals with engineering, physics, mathematics, biostatistics, life science, medical, and clinical specialties. Multidisciplinary research is carried out through collaboration among Drexel University faculty members and with several medical schools and hospitals in the Philadelphia area.

Chemical & Biological Engineering

Drexel University's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, situated in the heart of Philadelphia, offers a number of graduate degree programs including MS in Chemical Engineering, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. The centerpiece of the graduate program is the PhD with 13 tenure track faculty members engaged at the forefront of a number of important research areas. Our faculty is talented, dynamic, and energetic, and most have received prestigious CAREER, ARO, ONR, Whitaker, and Young Investigator awards. Our research is supported by major grants from agencies such as NSF, NIH, AFOSR, NASA, ARO, ARL, ONR, as well as industrial sponsors. We are dedicated to fostering an environment for the development of new ideas, the mentoring of our graduate students, and their scientific and professional development.

Our research can be classified into three principal areas: Biological Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering,Multiscale Modeling and Simulation,and energy and the environment. Specific research topics include gene and drug delivery, polymer nano-composites, complex fluids, biomaterials, drug delivery systems, hydrogels, biochemical engineering, cellular metabolism in bioreactors, biosensors, biomedical engineering, biological colloids, intercellular phase separation and mass transfer, reacting polymer systems, nano-structured polymers, materials from renewable sources,composites and interfaces, suspension rheology, fluid mechanics of multi-phase systems, fuel cells, polymers membrances, diffusion in polymers, pyrolysis of polymers, nanotube synthesis, safety analysis, effects of microstructure on transport and properties of polymers, moisture transport and degradation of biodegradable polymers, transport modeling, process systems engineering, polymer engineering, modeling and simulation, multiscale molecular simulation, polymer thermodynamics, molecular and cellular biophysics, and development of a new class of ultrasound agents.

Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering offers masters & Ph.D. programs in civil, architectural & environmental engineering. These programs are designed to develop technical depth of expertise for professional careers. Students can develop their program of study to allow them to concentrate on Architectural/Building Systems Engineering: Environmental Engineering;
Geotechnical, Geosynthetics, Geoenvironmental engineering; Hydraulics, Water Resources; Infrastructure/Transportation/Materials;homeland security and Structures/Structural Mechanics. Our faculty conduct research on such topics as modeling engergy use in building systems, indoor air quality,alternative engery, passive site remediation, soil improvement, groundwater modeling, short and long term performance of geosynthetics, durability of geosynthetics, geotechnical applications of waste materials and industrial byproducts, geotechnical earthquake engineering, engineering seismology, seismic slope deformation mechanisms, physical modeling, hydroinformatics, water resources modeling, coastal engineering, risk assessment, environmental policy, water quality, providing sanitation systems to low income areas, bioterrorism, environmental modeling and statistics, microbiology, environmental health, non-invasive imaging, structural health monitoring, dull-scale structural testing, structural dynamics, evaluation and rehabilitation of existing structures, masonry and structural retrofitting.

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science (CS) has research and education
programs in software engineering, artificial intelligence, cognitive
modeling and human computer interaction, computer vision and graphics,
high performance computing, networks and security, symbolic computation
and computer science education. The department recently established,
with digital media, a joint gaming curriculum and research lab.

Our department, which emphasizes both interdisciplinary and applied
research, is supported by major federal research grants from NSF
(including six Information Technology Research (ITR) grants), DARPA,
ONR, DoD, DoE, DoJ and NIST, as well as by private sources such as
UNISYS, Nissan, Lockheed Martin, Intel, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft.
The Applied Communication and Information Networking (ACIN)
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Electrical and Computer Engineering and a wide range of industrial
partners, has the potential to become a model in interdisciplinary and
applied computing research; employing over 50 undergraduate co-op
students, winning multiple awards, deploying technology used in the
field by a variety of first responders including those in Hurricane
Katrina, and spawning several successful companies.

A third of our faculty are NSF CAREER award recipients, and our core
research groups in applied AI, human-computer interaction, symbolic
computing and software engineering are internationally recognized. The
CS Department has hosted several international research conferences,
including the 2003 ACM International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic
Computation (ISSAC), the first annual IEEE Multi-Agent Security and
Survivability Symposium (MAS&S), the 2006 IEEE International Conference
on Software Maintenance, and will host the International Conference on
Cognitive Modeling (ICCM) in 2010.

Our undergraduate program, recognized by area employers as one of the
best in the region, is rapidly gaining national recognition and is
attracting the best students in the country. In addition to our success
in placing graduates in high paying jobs, our students have been
regularly recognized by Computing Research Associates (CRA)
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attend top-notch graduate programs at schools such as Carnegie Mellon
and MIT.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Optical- Wireless Systems for High-Speed Advertising Communications,
Information Networking,
Ultrasonic Imaging & Tissue Characterization, Forensic Signal Processing, Power Distribution Networks, Blind Deconvolution Techniques, Magnetographic Fabrication of Biochemical Microarrays, Virtual Distributed Control Systems, Automated Distributed Control, Interconnected Network Architecture,Heterodimensional Sensors & Devices, Computation Engine for Large-Scale Electric Networks, Target Tracking & Sensor Fusion, Subterranean & Urban Communications, Intelligent Agents,Biophotonics, Nanotechnology, Multimedia and Entertainment Technology.

Electrical & computer engineering graduate research & teaching are grouped into the following areas: electrophysics (including electronic devices, microwaves, fiber optics, photonics, MEMS, nanothechnology, & solid-state electronics), systems (including controls, telecommunications, signal processing, power systems,& biomedical engineering), computers & digital circuits, and power engineering. The department offers a master's degree in electrical engineering, a master's degree in telecommunications engineering, & a master's degree in computer engineering. The department also participates in the multidisciplinary Master of Science in Software Engineering program.

Engineering Management

In our increasingly complex, technologically oriented economy, demand has risen for professionals with the expertise to manage both human & technological resources- a combination of talents crucial to organizations competing in the global marketplace. Students graduating with the M.S. in engineering management are singificantly better positioned to meet the new challenge.

Engineering Management is a multidisciplinary program offering a core curriculum & specialization in a selected area of technology or management. Study can be on a part-time or full-time basis.
Majors in engineering management must hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, basic science, or a related field. The program is open to those professionals who aspire to be engineering or technically based managers. This is a completely online program.

Materials Science & Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel is a nationally top ranked department that offers MS and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering. A dynamic and internationally renowned faculty consists of 11 members who have received many prestigious awards including 3 NSF CAREER, 1 PECASE, 3 Humbolt and NIH, ARO, and Whittaker Young Investigator awards. We are committed to the scientific and professional development of our students.

Our research covers broadly the following areas: Nanotechnology, Biomaterials and Natural Materials, Materials for Energy applications, Nuclear Materials Science, Polymer Physics, Advanced Materials Design and Processing. Specific research topics include nanodiamonds, carbide derived carbon, nanotube based probes, nanostructured electronic and functional materials, biomaterials and bioimplants, biopolymers and sensors, biomimetics, supercapacitors, material interfaces for energy storage and conversion, materials under irradiation, grain boundary engineering for alloys in nuclear applications, polymer single crystals and block copolymers with applications in nanotechnology, self assembly and hierarchical manufacturing, oxides for electronic and spintronic applications, piezoelectric sensors, processing and characterization of MAX phases, directional solidification via freeze casting, particulate processing with applications on pharmaceutical tableting, and ceramic processing.

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

The Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) Department offers M.S and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering. Our department has 27 faculty members pursuing research opportunities, many of whom have received research funding from NASA, NIST, NSF,
Areas of research revolve around combustion, systems & control, medical robots, plasma science, heat transfer, systems biology, cellular mechanics, and structures and mechanics. Specific areas of research include computational mechanics, nano-indentation, fracture and fatigue, impact and wave propogation, deformation dynamics, nanocomposites, combustion generated pollution, biofluid mechanics, super-adiabatic combustion, plasma science, turbulence modeling, cardiovascular biomechanics, non-Newtonian flows, utilization of alternative and synthetic fuels, multi-robot systems, swarm robotics, micro and nano-satellites, space propulsion, bacterial actuations, nanospore senseions for single molecules, applied mechanics, modeling of smart/multifunctional materials, fuel cells experimental diagnostics and modeling, multiphase transport, stochastic optimal control, damage tolerane, mechanical behaviors of tissue, diabetic neuropathy analysis, gas-phase reaction kinetics, incineration of hazardous municipal and infectious wastes, MEMS, microfabrication, microfluidics, servomechanisms, machine vision and embedded microcomputers for robotics and mechatronics, orthopedic biomechanics, dynamics and control of human motion, rapid prototyping, micro/nanoscale fluid mechanics, printable electronics, solid freeform fabrication, flexible structures, analysis of human and animal physiological systems, bio-inspired design.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute

The synthesis of nanostructured carbon films and nanotubes; development of novel composites; phase transformations in ceramics and semiconductors under contact loading; ductile regime machining of semiconductors, and use of Raman spectroscopy in materials research.

A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute

The Drexel Plasma Institute was formed in 2002 to stimulate and coordinate research projects related to plasma and other modern high energy engineering techniques. The spectrum of the plasma research projects is wide - from fundamental analysis of non-equilibrium transitional and micro- discharges to very practical aspects of direct-current arc, and radio frequency/induction-coupled plasma, as well as hydrogen production and fuel conversion.

Center for Biomechanics and Human Performance

CiBL work focuses on developing novel imaging systems, micro-mechanical testing devices, and computational analyses for measuring and modeling the material and structural behavior of collagenous connective tissues and tissue engineered constructs. The primary goal of our research is to understand the complex collagen fiber structure and cell-matrix interactions of connective tissues, and their behavior under physiological loads. These analyses are critical for developing improved microsurgery techniques, for functional tissue engineered constructs, and for directed tissue regeneration.

Center for Electric Power Engineering

The mission of the Center for Electric Power Engineering is to advance and apply scientific and engineering knowledge associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, use, and conservation of electric power. At the same time, the CEPE supports the instructional program of Drexel University in academic areas associated with electric power. In pursuing these goals, the CEPE works with electric utilities, state and federal agencies, private industries, nonprofit organizations and other universities on a wide spectrum of projects.

Center for Integrated Bioinformatics

Drexel's Center for Integrated Bioinformatics focuses on a system approach to bioinformatics in which information at the gene, protein, cell, tissue, organ, and system level is integrated and interpreted for early detection, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment of complex diseases such as cancer.

Center for Neuroengineering and Quantitative Experimental Research (CONQUER) Collaboartive Laboratory

The main focus of the functional brain monitoring laboratory is to develop and integrate brain imaging techniques to monitor human brain activity. Current state of the art technology being developed at the lab is called functional near infrared sensor (fNIR). fNIR is a wearable neuroimaging device that enables the continuous, non-invasive, and portable monitoring of changes in blood oxygenation and blood volume related to human brain function. Applications of the fNIR technology include human performance studies, clinical monitoring in emergency medicine, critical care, anesthesiology, obstetrics, surgery, pediatrics, neurorehabilitation, mental health, training and education as well as homeland security applications such as deception monitoring.

Center for Visual & Decision Informatics

he University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Drexel University have partnered to establish the National Science Foundation Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI). CVDI is a multi‚Äźuniversity ‚Ä" industry research center established as an NSF I/UCRC. The Center‚Äôs mission is to research and develop next‚Äźgeneration visual and decision support tools and techniques to enable decision makers in government and industry to fundamentally improve the way their organization‚Äôs information is interpreted.

CVDI brings together, analytic, visual and perceptual techniques by advancing the state‚Äź of‚Äźthe‚Äźart in the research fields of Information Visualization, Visual Analytics and Automated Analysis. This research is supported by advanced computing and visualization facilities to create Decision‚ÄźMaking Environments (DME) ‚Ä" a framework that enables users to explore and customize information streams in a variety of modalities to gain better insight to information.

Chemical Engineering/Materials Center of Excellence

The Materials Center of Excellence is an extensive research collaboration between Drexel University's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Army Research Laboratory's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. The primary goal of the partnership is to perform fundamental materials research in polymer materials that will enable lightweight vehicle protection.

CyberSecurity Institute

Designated a National Center of Excellence by the National Security Agency, Drexel University successfully maintained its designation as a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education for 5 years.


The ExCITe Center is envisioned as a highly-focused regional partnership to lead transformative efforts in the following areas of emphasis:providing U.S. leadership at the convergence of technology & creative expression; educational program to re-imagine pedagogy and learning in terms of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics; a resource hub to transform the Philadelphia region by catalyzing the local digital creative economy; a tightly integrated partnership to achieve a national impact on education and workforce training.

Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE)

The A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment looks at the science, economics and politics that influence decisions about energy and the environment; and serves as a resource for decision makers both in the region and around the world. The institute brings together researchers from Drexel’s College of Engineering; School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems; LeBow School of Business; Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design; College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Public Health, the Academy of Natural Sciences; the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Computing & Informatics. The academic core of the institute will be organized into six interdependent research thrusts that focus on various scientific, technological and geopolitical aspects of energy and the environment. These six designated research thrusts are: Energy, Environment & Society; Energy Scenarios; Energy-Effective Design; Energy Storage Technologies; Energy Systems, Analytics and Control; and Energy Sources.