College of Engineering
Faculty Meeting
April 6, 2011
William F. Mitchell Auditorium
Agenda
1. Dean’s Intro & Announcements
Rankings
BTOP Program
Bruce Eisenstein
2. Associate/Assistant Dean’s Reports
Research & Graduate
Undergraduate Affairs
Facilities
Bruce Eisenstein
Adam Fontecchio
Wayne Hill
3. Staff Reports
Recruitment/Admissions Update
Amy Campbell
4. Special Reports
Faculty Senate Elections
Engineering Curriculum
5. Old business
6. New business
7. Adjourn
Masoud Soroush
Moshe Kam
Drexel University Rankings
U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings 2011
#86 National Universities
#2 Up-and Coming Schools
#101 Best Undergrad Business Programs
#52 Best Undergrad Engineering Programs
#98 High School Counselor Rankings
US News Best Grad School Rankings
#107 Best Business Schools
#73 Part-time M.B.A.
#78 Best Education Schools
Drexel University Rankings
U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings 2011
• #60 Best Engineering Schools
#43 Biomedical/Bio Engineering
#53 Chemical
#41 Civil
#99 Computer Science
#61 Computer Engineering
#59 Electrical/Electronic/Communications
#42 Environmental/Environmental Health
#37 Materials
#51 Mechanical
Drexel University Rankings
U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings 2011
Unranked Best Law Schools
#14 Healthcare Law
#21 Legal Writing
#91 Best Medical Schools : Research
Sciences
#144 Biological Sciences – Main Campus
#160 Biological Sciences – DUCOM
#129 Chemistry
#116 Clinical Psychology
# 146 Psychology
#111 Math
#93 Physics
#9 Library & Information Studies
#6 Digital Librarianship
#5 Health Librarianship
#3 Information Systems
#127 Nursing
#41 Nursing-Anesthesia
#57 Physical Therapy
#22 Physician Assistant
#21 Public Health
Broadband Project
Joanne Ferroni
Holly Burnside
Tony Lowman
Freedom Rings Partnership
• The Freedom Rings Partnership is a collaboration of grassroots
organizations, government, and universities that brings Internet access,
training and technology to low-income communities across Philadelphia.
• The Freedom Rings Partnership will:
– Reach over 100,000 Philadelphians with information about the
relevance of broadband to their daily lives.
– Provide free Internet access and hands-on training and open access to
15,000 people at over 100 locations citywide, including 77 Public
Computer Centers.
– Create 177 full and part time jobs
• Drexel is a leading partner in the $25M investment in Philadelphia to
bridge the digital divide
Freedom Rings Partnership
• In a city where 41% of people do not use the internet digital equity is a
pathway to the digital economy
• Designed to serve people of all ages in low-income communities.
• Trainings are focused on basic computer skills and media literacy.
• Open access hours are designed to allow community members to check
email, conduct job searches, complete school work, read the news, and
access life saving health information and social services.
Freedom Rings Partnership
Drexel’s role and commitment is to:
– Provide over 40,000 hours of digital literacy training to
Philadelphia Housing Authority Residents
– Develop an online portal which will bring together digital literacy
curriculum with resources for low income residents in
Philadelphia
– Spearhead a public awareness campaign to raise broadband
awareness among 75,000 residents in citywide
– Provide meaningful student experiences by hiring over 40 Drexel
undergraduate Co-ops and five graduate students
– Leverage existing University resources to develop educational
and training materials
Research & Graduate Report
Research Office Updates
• New policy in place for internal competition
that includes multiple steps
• Timelines condensed for many internal
competitions with respect to deadline of
sponsor – please look for COE emails
• Electronic routing of proposal internal
paperwork piloted in ECE, will be Universitywide by end summer
Overhead Distribution
 Overhead distribution to PIs and departments complete
 Faculty should have received individual memo outlining
distribution
 Questions about specific accounts should be directed to
Holly Burnside and Tony Lowman
 Important to provide accurate information on
distribution of credit forms when submitting proposals
as it affects OH distribution to PIs, Departments and
College
Research Expenditure Analysis
Point in Time – Q1/Q2
$60,000,000
$50,000,000
$40,000,000
"2009 27% of
University Total"
$30,000,000
"2010 29% of
University Total"
$20,000,000
$10,000,000
"2011 31% of
University Total"
$0
COE
University
University
w/out COE
COE Research Expenditure Analysis
• COE expenditures continue to grow
• 6 new awards of greater than $1.0 million in
FY 2011
• Includes awards of $6.0 million from NSF and
$5.5 million from Dept of Commerce (BTOP)
Undergraduate Affairs Report
Presented by:
Dr. Adam Fontecchio
CoE Fellowships
AEFIS Implementation, Faculty
Workshops, syllabi management
Retention within CoE
FELLOWSHIP UPDATE
CoE Scholarships/Fellowships
• Goldwater Scholarships:
– Magdalena Bielinski, BS/MS
Electrical Engineering Magda expects to pursue a Ph.D. in
Electrical Engineering with a
specialty in Telecommunications.
She intends to conduct research
on wireless communications and
digital signal processing that would
benefit hospitals and healthcare
programs.
– Kevin Knehr, BS Mechanical
Engineering- He intends to get a
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.
His goal is to conduct research in
renewable energy storage systems
to improve the efficiency and cost
of renewable energy.
– 2011 NSF GRFP:
– Magdalena Bielinski - BS/MS Electrical
Engr
– Prineha Narang – Materials Engr
– Elizabeth Plowman – Electrical Engr
– Honorable Mention:
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Alexander Alspach – Materials Engr
Tyler Carson – Civil Engr
Jeffrey Dowgala – Civil Engr
Paul Freeman – Mechanical Engr
Eric Wargo – Mechanical Engr
AEFIS / ACCREDITATION UPDATE
AEFIS Course Evaluation System
• AEFIS version 3.0 was rolled out to COE in Winter
Term
• New version has many features:
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Survey Tools
Course Evaluation Management
Syllabi Management (course objectives)
Program Management (student learning outcomes)
Direct Assessment Management
• You should have received a Faculty Evaluation
message
AEFIS Academic Evaluation, Feedback and Intervention System
AEFIS version 3.0 rolled out Winter term
2010-2011:
•https://drexel.goaefis.net - Log in using your Drexel User ID (i.e. abc123) and password.
AEFIS-DREXEL FACULTY WORKSHOPS
• Two AEFIS workshop opportunities for CoE faculty:
– Thursday, April 7th – 4:00pm-6:00 pm in Bossone 709
– Thursday, April 20th – time and location TBD
• Agenda: course catalog, syllabi management, student and
faculty course evaluations
• Important Spring Term Timelines:
• Friday, April 1st - Winter term student evaluation results
accessible via AEFIS
• Monday, April 11th – Spring Term Syllabi Activation for faculty to
access and update any spring term course syllabi
• Week 9-Week prior to summer term: Student course
evaluations open to students
AEFIS and ABET
• REMINDER: the next ABET Self-Study report
will be due to ABET in Spring 2013 for our
next accreditation cycle.
• The report will encompass results for the
previous 2 years from when it is prepared
• All terms from the past winter until the
visit will be included in the ABET review.
• AEFIS will assist CoE in organizing our Self
Study Report and all future accreditation
cycles
AEFIS and Syllabi Management
•
Syllabi template available via DrexelOne: Login Faculty tab The Drexel Learner
Centered Syllabus (listed under Academic Information and Reports)
AEFIS and Outcomes
•
Course syllabi in AEFIS should include the following applicable student
outcomes:
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an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic
constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety,
manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a
global,
economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for
engineering practice.
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FRESHMEN RETENTION UPDATE
Retention Data for Incoming Freshmen
(after Winter Term)
Facilities
Presented by:
Wayne Hill
Current CoE Capital Projects
•CAT 382
• Hess 117
• Hess 117B
• LeBow 434
• AEL 070/072
• AEL 073/075
• LeBow 334
• LeBow 240
• Hess 108/113E
CBE Research Lab
MEM Research Lab
MSE Research Lab
MSE Research Lab
CAEE/MEM Student lab
CAEE Research lab
Clean room renovation
Hill Conference room
Temp Site for Shih’s
Complete
Final A&E review
Final A&E review
Partial
Bid set in Work
May Completion
RFQ Ready
Not funded
Next few weeks
• Woodring Entry
• Bossone 620
• Randell 382A
Simulation Lab
Freshman Labs
Freshman Comp Lab
Moving Canoe
Planning
Planning
Research Computer Center
Name
KW per
Proposed
KW per
Rack(s)
rack
Rack(s)
rack
2
14KW
-
Phone
Department
Cameron Abrams
895-2231
ChemBioEng
David Breen
895-1626
CompSc
-
1
Naga Kandasamy
895-1996
ECE
7-613
2
-
Mark Hampstead
571-3688
ECE
7-613
1
-
Gail Rosen
895-0400
ECE
7-613
1
1
-
2
New Faculty
Location
Existing
ECE
Walsh/Youngmoo
895-2360
ECE
1
-
George Ciaarrocchi
895-1397
MEM
2
-
MEM
-
2
1
-
3
-
New Faculty
7-613
David Goldberg
895-2715
Physics
Steve McMillan
895-2723
Physics
Luis Cruz Cruz
895-2739
Physics
1
1
Brigita Urbanc
895-2726
Physics
2
1
Kevin Schford
895-2649
Chemistry
1
-
Karl Sohlberg
895-2653
Chemistry
1
-
Frank Kepics
895-2221
BioMED
1
-
Vibha Kalra
895-2233
CBE
-
2
0
0
COMAD
3501 Market
7-620A
Goodwin
Nursing
Public Health
Total
SubTotal
19
10
29
Recruitment Update
Presented by:
Amy Campbell
Complete Apps vs. Offers by College
Complete Apps vs. Offers: 2011
14000
12000
10000
Quantity
8000
6000
Complete Apps
Offers
4000
2000
0
A
AS
B
E
G
I
NH
R
T
Complete Apps
4255
12181
6119
7579
869
209
3511
1355
761
Offers
2608
9519
4676
5946
621
151
2423
1124
459
College
Offers by Engineering Department
Offers by Engineering Department
1400
1200
Quantity
1000
800
600
2010
2011
400
200
0
Still Deciding
CAEE
ECE
CHE
CS
ENGR
MECH
MSE
2010
1171
1013
655
574
604
379
1159
55
2011
641
1118
827
542
721
882
1150
65
Engineering Department
Confirms by College
Confirms by College
250
200
Quantity
150
2010
100
2011
50
0
A
AS
B
E
G
I
NH
R
T
2010
158
120
119
155
21
15
58
28
5
2011
102
167
143
195
43
20
79
27
5
College
Confirms by Engineering Department
Confirms by Engineering Department
50
45
40
35
Quantity
30
25
2010
20
2011
15
10
5
0
Still Deciding
CAEE
ECE
CHE
CS
ENGR
MECH
MSE
2010
18
34
17
11
30
13
28
4
2011
23
32
35
13
33
13
45
1
Engineering Department
Upcoming Events
– Accepted Students Day
• Saturday April 9
– Spring Open House
• Saturday May 14
Faculty Senate Elections
Presented by:
Masoud Soroush
2011 CoE Senate Election
CoE Senate Nomination & Selection Committee
has been seeking nominations for:
•One Senator (three years, 2011-14)
•Four Alternates (one year, 2011-12)
•One Representative to serve on the University
Faculty Grievance Panel (two years, 2011-13)
2011 Nominations Received
• Senator
Timothy P. Kurzweg
Joseph P. Martin
Current CoE Senators & Representatives
• Senators
 Timothy P. Kurzweg
 Adam Fontecchio
 Giuseppe Palmese
 Cameron Abrams
2008-2011
2010-2013
2010-2013
2010-2013
ECE
ECE
CBE
CBE
• Standing Committee Members
 SNC – Masoud Soroush
 SCAA – Joseph P. Martin
 SCFA – Afshin Daryoush
 BPD – Giuseppe Palmese
 SCSL – Alisa Morss Clyne
 SCAS – Jeremy Johnson
2010-2012 CBE
2010-2012 CAEE
2010-2012 ECE
2010-2012 CBE
2010-2012 MEM
2010-2012 CS
Current Departmental Representation
4
Total
Senators
3
2
1
0
CBE
CAEE
CS
ECE
MSE
MEM
Extended Deadline for Submission of
Nominations: 5:00 pm, Thursday, 4/7/11
• Self-nominations are welcomed
• A short biosketch of the nominee and a vision
statement to [email protected] by 5:00 pm
tomorrow
• Biosketches and vision statements will be posted
on the CoE senate nomination web site (link will
be provided this Friday)
• Next week: balloting by double sealed envelopes
sent to the departments, as in the past year
The Path to A New Drexel
Engineering Curriculum
Moshe Kam, Adam Fontecchio,
Richard Primerano, and Pramod
Abichandani
6 April 2011
The Premise
• The time is right for a new effort to reform the
engineering curriculum
• Drexel is poised to lead a new engineering
curriculum reform effort
“The time is right for a new effort to reform the
engineering curriculum”
• Main reasons:
– The new role of computing and programming in
engineering practice
• New software tools, proliferation of mobile
technology
• Disconnect between technology student access daily
and what we use to teach engineering
– Blurring of boundaries between engineering
disciplines
“The time is right for a new effort to reform the
engineering curriculum”
• Main reasons:
– The ‘rise’ of Life Sciences and Energy
– The ‘rise’ of the Service Economy
– Increased interest in social impact of
engineering
– Increased need for engineers to understand
basic law and business
– Changes in the nature of the engineering job
markets
• Including Globalization
“Drexel is poised to lead a new engineering
curriculum reform effort ”
• Main reasons:
– We have the knowledge, background and
experience in working on curricular reform
• Enough institutional memory to benefit from the
experience of the last round
– Though we have slipped, we still have credibility as
an institution in the area of curricula reform
– Our student demographics make us a better place to
test ideas in curriculum development than many
other schools
So… what do we do now?
So… what do we do now?
• We need a plan for a new experiment in the spirit
of E4
• The timeline should be…
– Prepare the 1st version of the curriculum
– Firm up the logistics (esp. recruiting)
– Test over one term with students and faculty
(probably in summer time)
– Run during an academic year (three terms)
• Effort will cover the 1st and 2nd years
Elements that should be part of the
experience (1)
• Combining the mathematics and physics experience
with computation, programming and hands-on
experiments
– Control of the local environment, monitoring
infrastructure, simple robotics
• Exploit Mobile Computing and modern hand-held
devices
• Elements of Energy
– An opportunity for understanding environmental
and global issues
• Elements of Life Science and Healthcare
– Possibly through study/design of assist devices
– Tied to understanding social impact and societal
trends
Elements that should be part of the
experience (2)
• Applications in business and law
– E.g., devising a system for transportation control;
banking on-line
• A “global touch” – understanding challenges in
an international framework
• Connection to the urban environment
– Work tied to the Philadelphia environment
Some questions we need to address
• How do we approach programming and computation?
– Languages, software libraries?
• How do we interact with the other “service
departments” at Drexel?
• How to balance the need to develop strong analytic
foundation with the desire to provide hands-on
experience?
– Students would still need the basics
– What is the best way to tie to hands-on
experience?
Constraints
• We should not have a sharp discontinuity at the
third year
• Students should not fall off the accreditation
track
• Topics should be varied – avoiding strong tilt in
the direction of any specific discipline
• Work needs to be part of the urban environment
– strong connection with Philadelphia
Challenges
• This effort requires funding and human resources
• The current facilities for 1st year students are already
challenged
– We are adding strain
• Departmental and faculty buy-in may be a challenge: it
may be time for the Drexel CoE Department of
Engineering Education
• Some of our faculty do not share the vision that Drexel
CoE should have a strong focus on undergraduate
education and curriculum development
• We continue to struggle to motivate the higher end of the
class
• Our 1st and 2nd year classes continue to be too big
Possible approaches and assorted
Ideas (1)
• Students divide into two-term tracks (W,S)
– Robot/bridge/drone builders
– Health of the urban infrastructure
– Finance service providers
– Communication services providers
– Entertainment/music providers
• Get Industry involved in first year design
• See what we can learn from the ‘CAFÉ’ approach/DSP
First/Signal Processing First
Possible approaches and assorted
Ideas (2)
• CoE research labs should “adopt” 1st year students
• Try to integrate mobile applications in every aspects we
teach
– Including as substitute for lectures
– Apps for learning materials and testing
• Tour facilities in this area with students “behind the
scenes”
– Power stations, concert halls, museums, the airport,
hospitals, construction sites, stadiums, parks,
corporations
The Next Steps
• Need a design group
– First from CoE (include some employers at one point)
• What do we want?
• List of competencies needed by end of 2nd year
• Draft of objectives and desired outcomes
– Next, expand to CoaS
– Next, expand to Business and Law
• Prepare a road map and detailed plan
– With timeline, budget, human resources, infrastructure
• Start now, present a roadmap during the 2nd week of the Fall
2011/2 term
Questions or Comments
• Old Business
• New Business
Thank You For Attending!
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