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| Drexel Creates Paul Peck Problem Solving & Research Institute|
Drexel announced the creation of the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Institute October 21. The Institute will give engineering undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a leadership development program starting in the spring term. The program will have special courses, seminars and specialized co-op opportunities that will give participating students an even greater edge to compete in the global economy. Made possible by the generosity of Mr. Paul Peck (ECE) '64 (pictured above), the Institute will bring together Drexel faculty and students from across disciplines. They will create new university and K-12 educational approaches and research methodologies that increase engineering, science and technology literacy and enable the U.S. to maintain its edge in a fiercely competitive, global, knowledge-based economy. Read more.
| Drexel's MEM and MSE Graduate Programs Rank in NRC|
|The National Research Council announced PhD program rankings in September releasing top rankings for both MEM and MSE. The MSE program ranked 11th out of 88 materials programs in the U.S. The MEM program ranked 29th out of 128 mechanical engineering programs. These rankings are a data-based analysis of PhD programs throughout the U.S. The criteria analyzed includes research productivity and student outcomes. |
Chemical Engineering Students to Compete in Chem-E Car Race
|Drexel students advised by Dr. Jason Baxter (CBE) will race their electrochemical cell powered car at the AlChE 12th annual Chem-E Car Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 7. Students are challenged with designing a car that can carry a load of water and travel a distance powered with chemical energy sources. The distance and load of the water are unknown to all teams until an hour before the competition. Drexel's AlChE team will be racing for a $2,000 prize and a trophy. Read more.|
|Dr. Dario Salvucci Publishes "The Multitasking Mind"|
Drs. Dario Salvucci (CS) and Niels Taatgen (University of Gronigen) published the book "The Multitasking Mind." The book presents the theory of threaded cognition, a theory that explains and predicts how multiple tasks are performed at once. The theory is built on the ACT-R cognitive architecture and includes computational models that can be used to simulate and predict multitasking behavior. In addition to providing a theory and computational model of multitasking, the book provides tools for designers of systems that incorporate or require multitasking. Read more.|
Drexel Dragon Places in Top Ten of Carl Zeiss R&D Nano Image Contest
Babak Anasori (MSE) and Dr. Michel Barsoum (MSE) placed 7th out of 134 participants in R&D's Carl Zeiss nano image contest. In this colorized SEM dragon image (pictured right), a Ti2AlC grain kinked several times during fracture to form a dragon. Fire from the dragon represents the extraordinary thermal stability of the nanocrystalline Mg matrix, wherein heating to 50 °C above the melting point of Mg did not lead to the coarsening of the Mg nanograins.|