Dear Alumni,

This term—my first as Dean of the College of Engineering—has gone so quickly. It has been full of surprises and delights, new questions and challenges, and the pleasure of meeting many Dragon alumni. I hope the New Year will bring a chance to connect with more of you.

Your generosity through the years has brought this College so many opportunities. Here are a few of our 2018 highlights: 

  • A new, endowed engineering chair, the Bruce Eisenstein Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering;
  • Student participation in NASA’s RASC-AL competition, the Formula SAE competition, the National Society of Black Engineers national conference, the Society of Women Engineers “Lives and Lessons” forum, the steel bridge contest, robotics contests, heavy civil and commercial competitions, cybersecurity competitions, and many others that carry the Drexel name and spirit out into the public;
  • Graduate student fellowships across all departments, and new graduate programs in nanomaterials and in pharmaceutical manufacturing;
  • Translational research in nanomaterials, functional fabric devices, thermosets, energy conversion and storage, water desalination, media forensics, environmental sustainability, water safety, plasma science, predictive safety systems, and other areas that put our faculty and students on the front line of solving our most pressing societal issues.

At the end of 2017, Drexel University launched “The Future is Place We Make,” the most ambitious fundraising campaign in our history. This $750 million effort offers an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a new era of impact for Drexel. We are already more than halfway there—and we’ll meet our goal because of alumni like you. I invite and encourage you to make a gift to the College of Engineering today .

Thank you for your continued investment in our faculty, our research, our students, and our collective future. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Sharon L. Walker, PhD
Dean, College of Engineering