DECI Education & Outreach

The nature of DECI's research in urban systems and infrastructure brings with it a responsibility to include stakeholders in questions of design and policy. DECI also actively engages Drexel students, who act as invaluable research team members on a number of projects. A cornerstone of DECI's education component is the National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Whether bringing community stakeholders into the research process, or taking advantage of the city of Philadelphia and the Drexel campus as a living-learning laboratory, education and outreach represent a key part of DECI's activities.


Education Programs and Partners


Undergraduate co-op and student-employee research assistants with Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative have the opportunity to gain knowledge in research areas that include a broad range of subjects including sustainability and green design, public health and medical infrastructure, disaster and emergency preparedness, engineering, and public policy. Our co-op students learn about the entire research process, from formulating a research question and designing a literature review to the intricacies of the completing a National Science Foundation proposal. While our co-op students help with the mundane aspects of running an office – delivering paperwork, making photocopies, assisting with events - they also become active participants in our research, assisting faculty in projects that are happening both in Philadelphia and abroad. DECI offers co-op students a chance to expand the boundaries of their academic knowledge while working closely with faculty who are some of the most respected scholars in their fields to gain insight into cutting edge research ideas.

Positions Available:

We currently have a half-time (20 hours per week) co-op position available for the spring-summer co-op cycle in the 2010-2011 academic year. Please contact Jen Britton for more information or to submit a resume.

DECI Outreach and Events

  • Preparedness in the Region: Confronting Vulnerability in the Delaware Valley
  • Greening the Post-Industrial City: Innovative Use of Philadelphia's Idle Lands