December 2018
A Message from the Dean
Our final Newsletter of 2018 starts with convocation, runs through spotlights on two alumni, faculty achievements, and student events, and ends with a piece on our record four GAANN grants from the Department of Education.

It’s been a good year! Happy reading.
Best wishes,

Sharon L. Walker, PhD 
Dean, College of Engineering 
Drexel University
T-Shirts, Advice, And A Selfie With The Dean
The Convocation ceremony and a welcome party for new engineering students were some of the events to mark the start of the academic year in September.
Alumni Spotlight
ER doctor Basil Harris won the 2017 Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize , turning science fiction into science to bring patients the next generation of healthcare.
After being named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” electrical engineering alumnus Tirthak Saha ’16 founds an energy company of his own.
Formula SAE Car Ramps Up For Competition

Students in the College are building a race car from scratch to compete against teams from around the world in the Formula SAE International Collegiate Design Series.
A Day in the Life of a Co-op
We spotlight two undergraduates whose co-ops this past summer took them to South Korea for nanomaterials research.
Faculty Focus
Research on a new approach for making cathodes for lithium-sulfur batteries, led by Dr. Vibha Kalra , could help to prevent a performance-sapping phenomenon that has been preventing their commercial use.
Dr. Giuseppe R. Palmese was named the first George B. Francis Professor of Engineering at an installation ceremony in the A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery with an abundance of well-wishers in attendance.
Dr. James Tangorra conducts research into how the way fin and flippered animals swim can inform naval ship, submarine, and system designs.
The College of Engineering received four Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grants , a remarkable success in this grant category.
Please consider supporting the Bruce Eisenstein Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering . The Chair will fuel the future accomplishments of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel and serve as an enduring tribute to a revered academic leader. Your investment in the College of Engineering would come at a pivotal time in Drexel’s history as we fulfill our potential as an outstanding research university.