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November 2011

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December 2-4, 2011


Bruce Eisenstein 
It is my personal pleasure to welcome Dr. Joseph B. Hughes to the College of Engineering as our new Dean. Joe is prepared to take on the challenge of furthering Drexel Engineering's climb to the top. He has come at a time of remarkable transition as he joins President Fry in his new role. Joe will be joining a community that has unprecedented growth in the size and quality of our students, faculty, professional staff, programs, and research. Research grants and contracts from federal agencies, foundations, and associations are at an all time high with research expenditures within the College totaling $28 million and the College receiving 118 new awards for 2010. Most recently it was ranked among the top 25 private undergraduate programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. I have great confidence in Joe's leadership skills and I know he will lead us to further successes. It has been a pleasure serving as the College's Interim Dean for the past 15 months and I look forward to helping Joe transition into his new role. Please join me in giving Joe, his wife Laura, and his daughter Hadley a warm welcome to our College.   

Dr. Bruce Eisenstein


The International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics at Drexel University is now accepting applications for the inaugural 2012-2013 class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel™) Program. Read more.


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Drexel Names Georgia Tech's  Dr. Joseph Hughes as Engineering Dean

Joe Hughes
Drexel University has named Dr. Joseph Hughes, the Karen and John Huff  School chair and professor of civil, environmental and materials science engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as dean of the University's College of Engineering. Hughes will begin his tenure at Drexel on January 15, 2012. As dean of the College of Engineering, Hughes will lead Drexel's largest college with more than 3,500 students enrolled in six departments specializing in research, experiential and global education. Most recently it was ranked among the top 25 private undergraduate programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Hughes succeeds Dr. Bruce Eisenstein, who has served as interim for the past 15 months. Read more.

Drexel Engineering Hosts Computer Science Week

CS Week

Drexel's Computer Science department is celebrating National Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10 2011. CS is a vital part of society and plays a critical role in education, innovation and economic growth. In 2009, Congress declared a week in December National Computer Science Education Week to recognize the importance of this transforming industry, encouraging interest and participation in the field. CS will host a variety of events during the week. Read more


Dr. Cameron Abrams Awarded NIH Research Grant

AbramsDr. Cameron Abrams (CBE) was recently awarded a research grant from NIH for his project, "Approaches to computing diffusion rates in proteins from transition path theory." The aims of this project include developing new molecular simulation methods for predicting diffusion pathways and rates for small dissolved gas molecules in proteins based on atomically resolved structures. The project is a collaboration with Eric Vanden-Eijnden at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. The total budget for this four-year project is $1.1M.  Read more.

Drexel Student Hosts Magnetic Resonator Piano Concerts

PianoComposer/engineer Andrew McPherson (postdoctoral researcher) will host two concerts featuring the Magnetic Resonator Piano (MRP), his creation of a hybrid acoustic-electronic instrument that transforms the capabilities of the acoustic grand piano December 3 and 4. The MRP places electromagnets inside an acoustic grand piano, making the strings vibrate without being struck by the hammers. The concerts will feature premieres of new pieces for MRP by six composers from Philadelphia and Princeton and performances by pianists and a violinist. Both concerts are free and open to the public. December 3 the concert will take place in Mitchell Auditorium and December 4 the concert will be located at Temple University's Rock Hall.This project is supported by the Drexel University Music Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) and the Temple University Music Department. Read more.

Dr. Michael Scheuermann Receives Outstanding Online Instructor Award

NDLWDr. Michael Scheuermann (Engineering Management) was was recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association with the 2011 College of Engineering "Outstanding Online Instructor" Award, which is given as part of National Distance Learning Week at Drexel University.This award is presented to individuals that have made a significant contribution to the field of distance/online learning. Dr. Scheuermann is Associate Vice President of Information Resources and Technology. As a proponent of innovative technologies, he originates and teaches a core course in the Engineering Management Online Masters Degree program and continually strives to ensure the pedagogical and intellectual experience of an online student closely matches the same experiences of a student in a live classroom. Read more.   

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