Founded in 1891 as a science and technical institute, Drexel and its flagship College of Engineering is an academically comprehensive, globally engaged urban research institution located in the culturally dynamic city of Philadelphia. We have a historic priority of translating scholarship and research in the interests of community, industry, and the world around us.
Drexel is dedicated to providing every student with a rigorous, experiential, technology-infused education enriched by the nation’s premier co-operative education program. Our seven engineering departments—chemical and biological engineering; civil, architectural and environmental engineering; electrical and computer engineering; construction, systems, and project engineering; engineering technology; materials science engineering; and mechanical engineering—offer 11 undergraduate majors, 18 graduate degree programs, and a variety of concentrations, both face-to-face and online. Nine of our degree programs are ABET-accredited.
Drexel’s co-op program is one of the oldest and most successful in the country, enabling our students to graduate with up to 18 months of paid, “real-world” industry and corporate experience through our 500-plus corporate relationships. As testimony to the success of our students, one out of every 100 engineers working in the U.S. today holds an undergraduate degree from Drexel’s College of Engineering.
Gone are the days of the isolated scientist laboring alone in a lab. Today’s research is collaborative research. Our renowned engineering faculty engages with colleagues across the country and across the world to offer our students the opportunity to tackle society’s Grand Challenges through the kind of entrepreneurial mindset exemplified by KEEN.
Beginning with freshman design courses and our Students Tackling Advanced Research (STAR) first-year summer program, Drexel’s curriculum is capped by an intensive senior design project that tests every knowledge-based, adaptive, and leadership skill we impart. Our students hone those skills in our Innovation Studio, the 20,000-square-foot “maker space” where animatronics, mini-steel bridges, Formula SAE cars, underwater robots, water filtration devices, additive technology, and other creative and startup projects are fomented.
They undertake critical research in energy storage and conversion, cybersecurity, mechanical engineering, materials science and nanomaterials, advanced manufacturing, health and medicine, environmental studies, plasma science, and physical infrastructure. And they draw on the diverse backgrounds of their peers. Some 14% of our student body is international. In addition, we are ranked sixth in the U.S. in total number of engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to women.
Finally, Drexel was recently classified at the highest level of research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning; we were awarded an R1 status – one of only 34 private institutions in the country to receive this distinction. It underscores a national recognition of our research enterprise.
Through our new partnership with KEEN and its prestigious network, we will enhance not only our reputation, but the critical entrepreneurial skills and creative mindset that industry demands and that the world needs from its engineers. We will foster that entrepreneurial mindset through every aspect of our curriculum and our research. We will make a difference in the lives of our students as successful, fulfilled professionals who know how to make connections in pursuit of excellence. And we will share information on best practices that benefit the next generation of entrepreneurial engineers: versatile, creative leaders prepared to advance solutions in a convulsive world.
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Here at Drexel, we regularly revisit what it means to be an engineer because the rules of the game are changing faster than anyone is able to canonize them. We also have an obligation to ensure the knowledge we transmit is grounded in meeting societal and global needs. We are therefore thrilled to be part of the KEEN network. We look forward to collaborating with our peer institutions to enhance all our students’ abilities to solve and transcend the engineering challenges of the 21st century.
--Dr. Sharon L. Walker, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Drexel College of Engineering