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September 2011

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Dragons of the Space Shuttle Era

October 26, 2011  


Benjamin Franklin Bridge Tour 

November 5, 2011


Bruce Eisenstein

Welcome to the start of a new academic year. We extend a special welcome to our freshmen engineering class, the largest class in Drexel Engineering history. We're excited to have you join the Drexel community and become our leaders of the future. During your time at Drexel, you'll have opportunities to meet inspiring leaders who helped to shape our future with their Drexel education. We're proud to announce that we'll be honoring astronauts Chris Ferguson '84, Hon. '09 and Paul Richards '87 on campus October 26 for a panel discussion and Q & A. We encourage you to attend the event and hear their stories of how they made history. We believe that you too can make your mark in engineering history. Best of luck in the start of the academic year.

Dr. Bruce Eisenstein


Drexel Engineering now has new, state of the art freshman engineering design labs. Check out photos.


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Drexel to Welcome Back Dragons of the Space Shuttle Era

Space Shuttle

Drexel Engineering will host two astronaut alumni, Chris Ferguson '84, Hon. '09 and Paul Richards '87 for a panel discussion and Q & A session on Wednesday, October 26 to honor their accomplishments in space history as NASA marks the end of the final space shuttle mission, Atlantis. The panel will be moderated by Terry Ruggles of NBC-10 in the Mitchell Auditorium at the Bossone Research Enterprise Center from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Following the panel and the Q&A session, Drexel Engineering will host an interactive student showcase with a luncheon. The events are free and open to the public. Read more.  


Drexel Hosts National STEM Best Practices Conference 

STEM Conference

Drexel hosted stakeholders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education from across the country on September 19 for "STEM Smart: Lessons Learned from Successful Schools," a conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation.The conference kicked off a discussion of a report conducted by the National Research Council, "Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics." Congressman Chaka Fattah, who represents the 2nd District of Pennsylvania, invited Drexel to host the event based on Drexel's role as a regional leader in STEM education, as the host of several science and engineering summer camps, teacher training, the Greater Philadelphia Area Sea Perch Challenge and several K-12 events during Engineers Week. Read more.       

Dr. Yury Gogotsi and Team to Advance Electrical Energy Storage

Yury Gogotsi Dr. Yury Gogotsi (MSE) and a team of researchers from Sabatier University were published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters on the development of a novel system that has the ability to help store and use electrical energy from low to hot temperatures; most batteries are limited in their ability to operate at low or high temperatures. These energy storage devices, known as supercapacitors, are reported to work in a range of temperatures, from -50 to over 100C. The feat was achieved through the combination of advanced materials called ionic liquids and nanostructured carbons. Read more.

Freedom Rings Partnership Graduates First Class in Digital Literacy Initiative

Freedom Rings
Drexel University
graduated more than 100 residents of the Philadelphia Housing Authority from the Freedom Rings Partnership's first class at the John F. Street Center. The Freedom Rings Partnership was created to bring Internet access, training and technology to residents in underserved communities in Philadelphia. The graduating students went through eight-hour trainings at the Community College of Philadelphia as part of a multiyear initiative led by the City of Philadelphia's Division of Technology and the Urban Affairs Coalition, with major contributions from Drexel University. Read more.

Drexel Engineering Donates $5,000 to Firebirds Robotics Team

Drexel Engineering
presented a check of $5,000 to Mount Saint Joseph Academy on September 15 for their Robotics Team, the Firebirds, to support the team's competitions and programs this academic year. Drexel Engineering's donation will specifically support the Firebird's GirlPOWER (Preparing Outstanding Women Engineers through Robotics) competition and exhibition to be held October 8. High school robotics teams from the east coast will attend the event. Read more.

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