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Earlier this week, we had the great privilege of honoring Drexel's 2012 Engineering Leader of the Year, James Albaugh, the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and executive vice president of The Boeing Company. The Engineering Leader of the Year award ceremony is an opportunity for Drexel to recognize a role model in the engineering profession that demonstrates leadership and plays a key role in creating the technological solutions to solve the societal problems of the 21st century. We celebrate this great occasion to raise awareness of the importance of engineering and to continually inspire our students to become great leaders. Drexel students are tackling some of the most difficult problems the scientific community faces today, evidenced by success stories such as students participating in a NASA rocket launch and students creating a smartphone interface for people with visual impairments. We believe our honoree is an inspiration to Drexel and he exemplifies the same value of leadership our University is committed to encouraging amongst students. We look forward to fostering the growth of more leaders today and in the future. 




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James F. Albaugh Receives Drexel's 2012 Engineering Leader of the Year Award

2012 Engineering Leader of the Year

James F. Albaugh, the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and executive vice president of The Boeing Company, received the 2012 Engineering Leader of the Year Award from Drexel University's College of Engineering at a luncheon ceremony on June 27. The event, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, included Master of Ceremonies Captain Chris Ferguson, who served as the Commander of the final space shuttle Atlantis on NASA mission STS-135. Guests included representatives from The Boeing Company and prominent members of the Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) community, as well as Drexel Trustees, faculty and professional staff. Read more.  


Computer Science Students Develop Apps to Aid Visually Impaired

VisAssistDrexel Engineering Computer Science students have developed VisAssist, a smartphone interface for people with visual impairments, after visiting students, teachers and administrators at Overbook School for the Blind, for their senior design project. The set of applications introduces preexisting vision-assistance technology and improved social media interfaces to mobile devices. Students at Overbrook have become the first group to put the apps to use, after lending their input to the design. The VisAssist suite of applications is available for free on Android devices via the Google Play market. The team is also working on moving to other mobile platforms, and have working prototypes for the Contrastinator application on Windows Mobile and iOS, Apple's flagship mobile platform. Read more.  


Yury Gogotsi Named 2012 European Carbon Association Award Laureate

Yury GogotsiDr. Yury Gogotsi, director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has unlocked new and exciting uses of carbon that range from energy storage technology to biomedical applications. His contributions to the field of research and the international carbon research community were recognized by the European Carbon Association as an ECA Award Laureate at the 2012 World Conference on Carbon in Cracow, Poland on June 17-22. The ECA selected Dr. Gogotsi in acknowledgment of his involvement in the education and training of young carbon scientists at Drexel and around the world. Read more.


Student Rocket Launch a Success

NASA RocketA Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket carrying the experiment of four Drexel Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics students blasted off from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility at 6:40 a.m. this morning. The rocket contained 17 educational experiments from universities around the country. Read more.  


2012 Senior Design Competition 

Senior Design 2012Eight senior design teams presented projects to a panel of judges at the 2012 Senior Design Competition and three teams were recognized at the final awards ceremony during the last stage of the competition on June 6, 2012 at the Mitchell Auditorium in the Bossone Research Center. All graduating Drexel engineering students are required to complete a Senior Design project, teaching students the engineering design process from conception to production.

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