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February 2012

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Dr. Joe Hughes 
Our Engineers Week celebration reminds us that we have a big role to fulfill in society. We have a world population of 7,000,000,000 people. That's 7 billion dreams. Seven billion chances for engineers to turn dreams into reality. At Drexel, we see this growing number as an opportunity to look at our upcoming challenges and engineer solutions. Drexel is taking steps to solve the problems of the future with innovative research and by preparing our students to become the leaders of tomorrow.  As you peruse through this month's e-newsletter, please take note of how our College is creating our next chapter of triumphs. With another successful Engineers Week under our belts and further advancements in our College's research, there's more success to come.       

Dr. Joseph B. Hughes


Applications are now being accepted for a dual degree specifically designed for Environmental Engineering with Drexel and Peking University, Shenzhen. The program provides an opportunity for students to gain substantial environmental engineering skills while studying in one of China's fastest growing cities. Read more.


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Drexel Celebrates National Engineers Week

Drexel celebrated National Engineers Week with a series of events February 20-24. For the first time in the history of robotics, Drexel Engineering unveiled seven identical humanoids-or humanlike robots-during the kickoff event to Engineers Week. Additional events throughout the week included Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, a Career Fair that was co-hosted with the Steinbright Career Development Center, Alumni Connections and student events on campus. As the culmination event for the week, faculty, professional staff and alumni were honored at an Awards Ceremony for their contributions to the field of Engineering. Read more.     

Drexel Receives $1 Million Grant from W.M. Keck Foundation to Expand Plasma Research 

Plasma Institute Drexel University has received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to expand research on the fundamental science of interactions between plasma, which is an ionized gas, and living systems. The research, funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation, will be led by the University's Anthony J. Drexel Plasma Institute. An interdisciplinary plasma team of faculty from Drexel's CoE, College of Medicine, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and College of Arts and Sciences will lead the grant-funded research. The grant will be used to gain a better understanding of plasma characteristics and its effects on biochemical processes. Read more.


Dr. James Tangorra Aids Next-Gen Paleontology with 3-D Printing 

Robotic DinosaursResearchers at Drexel University are bringing the latest technological advancements in 3-D printing to the study of ancient life. Using scale models of real fossils, for the first time, they will be able to test hypotheses about how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments. Dr. James Tangorra (MEM) is using 3-D printing technology to create and test scale models of fossil bones. He is collaborating with Dr. Kenneth Lacovara (CoAS) to create 3-D scans of giant dinosaur bones and other fossils in his lab. The 3-D scan puts a virtual image in a digital workspace that researchers can manipulate and analyze. Read more.

Drexel Engineers Earn Recognition in NSF Visualization Challenge 

NSF photoA photograph submitted by a group of Drexel engineers has won recognition by the National Science Foundation as part of its International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The picture entitled "The Cliff of the Two-Dimensional World," which resembles a red-rock bluff, depicts ultrathin layers of titanium-based compounds as viewed under an electron microscope. Drexel's team, comprised of doctoral students Babak Anasori and Michael Naguib and Dr. Yury Gogotsi and Dr. Michel Barsoum, hails from the Materials Science and Engineering Department. The group's image was dubbed the "People's Choice" winner in the visualization challenge, as it garnered popular support from online voters. Read more.

Dr. Tim Kurzweg Wins IEEE Award 

Tim KurzwegDr. Timothy Kurzweg (ECE) was recently selected as the recipient of the 2011 IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Educator Award. The award is known as an early "detector" of future leaders. It is intended to recognize the central and crucial role of college professors in training and motivating future electrical and computer engineers. The program attempts to identify and give national recognition to electrical engineering professors who have demonstrated, early in their careers, special dedication and creativity in their teaching responsibilities-it is a reaffirmation of the basic and essential need of excellence in teaching. Read more.

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