December 2019
A Message from the Dean
Dear CoE Community:

The past year has been a memorable one for growth, lessons, and new or strengthened relationships with those in our CoE community. I treasure those interactions, and thank you for them. And speaking of interactions, be sure to connect with us on LinkedIn . Update your profile to "Drexel University College of Engineering" to keep our network of alumni, faculty, and staff going strong, and follow us for news and updates.

Another avenue for keeping you informed, this seasonal newsletter celebrates research and accomplishments from the preceding term. I hope you enjoy it, and wish you a wonderful, relaxing holiday season. 

Sharon L. Walker, PhD 
Dean, College of Engineering 
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New Tradition Begins with Inaugural “State of the College”

In October, Dean Sharon Walker presented an address highlighting events and plans for the college.
Student Spotlight
We continue to be impressed with the work and accomplishments of the talented students in the College of Engineering.
A Senior Design team from Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering used their skills to help design an emergency center in Panama City, Florida.
In preparing a new generation of security experts, Drexel CyberDragons is much more than an extracurricular club—it’s training for the real world.
Construction Management Program students trained all term for the industry-standard ASC Competition and came away victorious.
Christopher Lee, a senior in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, was selected for the 2019 “Forbes Under 30 Summit.”
Accomplished Alumni
Materials Alumnus Pursues Doctorate at Cambridge
In addition to his classes and research, Nordin Ćatić met notable individuals such as George Takei and Maisie Williams through his involvement in the Cambridge Union .
MEM Alumnus Named Director of Army Research Lab

Dr. Patrick Baker ’88 is the seventh director of the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.

In Memoriam
The Drexel Engineering community mourns the loss of Robert M. Koerner , ’56 and ’63, Professor Emeritus at Drexel University and Director Emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute.
Faculty Focus
Dr. Ioannis Savidis of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of a legion of scientists tasked through important federal grants with improving hardware security.
Starting her second term as department head, Dr. Michele Marcolongo drives materials science and engineering forward with respect.
Dean Sharon Walker has been elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Joe Hughes discusses gun violence and how Peace Engineering might provide a way forward for an intractable problem.
Engineering Faculty Among Most Highly Cited Scientists
Four current and former engineering faculty are included on the Global Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list announced in November by the Web of Science Group.
Newest Advancement Team Member
Stephen Lucasi, a 15-year veteran of fundraising for non-profits and higher ed, will join the College of Engineering as assistant vice president of development.