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Research Centers and Institutes

A.J. Drexel Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) Institute

The projects and programs in ACIN focus on the needs of the nation in the areas of defense, homeland security and public protection. The key goal of the Institute is to enable rapid transition of basic research into practical technology and its deployment and commercialization.

ACIN website


A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute (DNI)

Established in 2003 as the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, DNI was created to coordinate interdisciplinary research, education and outreach, and strategic partnerships in nanotechnology for all of Drexel University. After 10 years of successful collaborations within and beyond the University, DNI’s name was changed to the Nanomaterials Institute in 2013 to better reflect its strengths and unique capabilities within this important subset of materials (and nanotechnology) research.

DNI website


A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute (DPI)

The Drexel Plasma Institute was formed in 2002 to stimulate and coordinate research projects related to plasma and other modern high energy engineering techniques. The DPI is an active multidisciplinary organization involving 23 faculty members from all engineering departments working in close collaboration with School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions, and College of Medicine.

DPI website


Center for Electric Power Engineering

The mission of the Center for Electric Power Engineering is to advance and apply scientific and engineering knowledge associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, use, and conservation of electric power. At the same time, the CEPE supports the instructional program of Drexel University in academic areas associated with electric power. In pursuing these goals, the CEPE works with electric utilities, state and federal agencies, private industries, nonprofit organizations and other universities on a wide spectrum of projects.

CEPE website


Center for Telecommunications and Information Networking

The Center for Telecommunications and Information Networking is a research division of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. The faculty and students of the center conduct state of the art research in wired and wireless telecommunications and networking.

ECE website


Centralized Research Facilities (CRF)

The mission of the CRF is to facilitate discovery and innovation by serving Drexel University and its academic, industry and national laboratory partners through support of and access to advanced instrumentation, training, expertise and analysis.  The CRF serves more than unique 250 users annually, and its resources include instruments for structural, compositional imaging and analysis across different length scales.  Included are scanning, focused ion beam and transmission electron microscopies, orientational imaging microscopy, and elemental analysis, including X-ray fluorescence and energy-dispersive spectroscopy and sample preparation; x-ray diffraction and small-angle x-ray scattering; ultrahigh vacuum x-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies; Raman scattering spectroscopy (UV & visible wavelengths, mapping, variable temperature) and FTIR spectroscopy; terahertz spectroscopy, transient absorption spectroscopy; nanoindentation; and microfabrication in a class 10,000/100 cleanroom, including vacuum thin-film deposition, deep inductively coupled plasma etching, photo-, laser and 3D stereolithography for rapid prototyping and other capabilities.

CRF website


Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe)

Drexel's Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center is a University-wide strategic initiative bringing together faculty, students, and entrepreneurs from engineering, fashion design, digital media, performing arts, computer and information science, product design, and many other fields to pursue highly multi-disciplinary collaborative projects.  The research and education activities of the ExCITe Center emphasize the integrated approach of STEAM, incorporating Arts & Design alongside Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Additionally, ExCITe serves to connect knowledge and resources across Philadelphia through civic, arts and culture, and industry partnerships with other institutions and organizations in the region.

ExCITe website


Materials Center of Excellence

The Materials Center of Excellence is an extensive research collaboration between Drexel University's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Army Research Laboratory's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. The primary goal of the partnership is to perform fundamental materials research in polymer materials that will enable lightweight vehicle protection.

Materials Center of Excellence website