Faculty Experts

Drexel University has many faculty members who can offer expert commentary and analysis. News media professionals should contact the media relations team to schedule interviews with a Drexel faculty expert.

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Airaudo, Marco - PhD

Assistant Professor, Economics and International Business

Expert in computational economics, international economics, international finance, macroeconomics, macroeconomics and monetary economics, monetary economics.

LeBow College of Business

Airaudo received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universita' degli Studi di Torino, Facolta' di Economia Italy. He received a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous articles including “Interest Rate Rules, Endogenous Cycles and Chaotic Dynamics in Open Economies (with L.F. Zanna)” for the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (forthcoming) and “Currency Substitution and Money Demand in Italy: an Econometric Analysis” for Rivista di Politica Economica.

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Economics and International Business
Allen, Argie - PhD

Director of Clinical Training, Couple & Family Therapy Program

Couple and family therapy issues.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

With more than 20 years of experience as a therapist, teacher, advocate and public speaker, Allen is committed to raising the bar in the community with a message of hope, faith, inspiration and empowerment while teaching the "how to" skills necessary for families to be strengthened.

Allen appears regularly on NBC's "Today" show as their relationship expert discussing many issues related to how to have and maintain healthy relationships in families and within communities. Allen brings a unique presence to the table by integrating both the systemic clinical skills needed to teach families, while incorporating the spiritual principles necessary to strengthen them.

Health Professions and Behavioral Health
Ambrose, Robert

Instructor, Hospitality Management

Expert in creating gaming floor applications, casino strategy development and implementation, casino operations.

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Ambrose brings his expertise as a former executive director of slot service operations at Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and gaming and hospitality development executive at Gomes & Cordish Gaming, LLC, to the hospitality management program at Drexel. He previously taught at Burlington County Community, Rowan University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ambrose’s research interests include server-based casino gaming and its impact on the combined casino/hospitality environment, Internet casino gaming and its future development, and the customer service experience as it relates to the expanding model of technological applications within the casino/hospitality environment.

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Casino/gaming industry
Becher, David - PhD

Associate Professor, Finance

Banking and bank regulation, corporate control and mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and executive compensation.

LeBow College of Business

Becher's area of expertise includes banking and bank regulation, corporate control and mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, executive compensation, and regulation of financial service firms. His publications on corporate governance include, "Board Classification and Managerial Entrenchment: Evidence from the Market for Corporate Control," and "Why Do Good Takeover Bids Fail: Managerial Bargaining or Bad Faith?"

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Finance, Business
Bishop, Ronald – PhD

Professor, Department of Culture and Communication

Expert in journalism studies, popular culture, mass media effects, sociology of sports and fame .

College of Arts and Sciences

Bishop is a former sportswriter, newspaper editor and public relations manager. His most recent book, More: The Vanishing of Scale in an Over-the-Top Nation, published in 2011 by Baylor University Press, explores the narrative offered up by the media which suggests that we must engage in every activity – from having a baby to attending school to aging and dying – with zeal, élan and gusto. Bishop has served as faculty advisor of The Triangle, Drexel’s independent student newspaper, since 2003.

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Culture and Communication, Mass Media, Popular Culture
Blay, Yaba – PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor and Co-Director of Africana Studies

Expert in race, Black identity, skin bleaching, skin color politics, global Black popular culture.

College of Arts and Sciences

Blay’s research interests include Black identity, skin bleaching, the politics of Black embodiment (skin color/hair), Africana cultural aesthetics and aesthetic practices, issues of gender in Africa and the Diaspora and global Black popular culture. Blay is the recipient of a 2010 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant through which she embarked upon her most recent multi-platform project, (1)ne Drop. Inclusive of a forthcoming full-color portrait essay book, online exhibition, traveling exhibition and lecture, (1)ne Drop explores the interconnected nuances of skin color politics and Black racial identity. In 2012, Blay served as a consulting producer for CNN Black in America 5 – “Who is Black in America?” – a television documentary inspired by the scope of the (1)ne Drop Project.

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Black identity and skin color politics
Bloom, Sandra - MD

Associate Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

Psychiatrist and founder of the Sanctuary Model® for addressing trauma-related emotional disorders.
Dr. Sandra Bloom

School of Public Health

Bloom is a Board-certified psychiatrist and author who speaks nationally and internationally about the impact of traumatic experience on individuals, families, organizations and cultures. From 1980-2001, she served as founder and executive director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. The Sanctuary Model® is now being applied in residential treatment programs for children, domestic violence shelters, group homes, homeless shelters and is being used in other settings as a method of organizational development.

Bloom is a past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and author of Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies and co-author of Bearing Witness: Violence and Collective Responsibility. She is currently working on a book that focuses on the impact of organizational stress on social service and mental health environments and the Sanctuary Model as an antidote to recurrent stress and systemic dysfunction. She also co-directs Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.
Behavioral Health, Public Health
Booker, Glenn - PhD

Associate Teaching Professor

Expert in social media, system analysis, computer networking.

College of Computing & Informatics

Booker is an expert in computer networking, online data management and security and social media. He has a diverse background that includes a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in biomedical engineering. He has served as a consultant for Mission Solutions Engineering since 2004 and has also worked as a systems analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration in the areas of aviation safety and security.

Booker has commented for stories related to information security online, data management and networking. He also holds a degree in biomedical engineering and has done extensive research in bioinformatics and modeling of biological systems.

Information Technology
Brehm, Robert - PhD

Associate Teaching Professor of Construction Engineering

Expert in building and construction, including risk assessment, mitigation strategies and forensic analysis of project and construction failures.
Robert Brehm

College of Engineering

Brehm draws on more than 40 years of experience in construction engineering. His background includes high level consulting services and management of more than $1 billion worth of construction projects including the Wildwoods Convention Center, renovation of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, and the South Woods State Prison. He’s served as the chief administrator and project executive for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority for major capital infrastructure, senior vice president of Kullman Industries, and director of the Office of Design and Construction for the State of New Jersey. Brehm has consulted on risk management and mitigation for the State of New Jersey and the City of Philadelphia and commented extensively in the media regarding the building collapse at 22nd and Market Street in Philadelphia in the spring of 2013. He currently serves as a member of Mayor Michael Nutter’s Taskforce on Demolition and advisory committee on revamping the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.

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Construction and Demolition Risk Assessment
Brulle, Robert – PhD

Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science, Department of Culture and Communication

Expert in interactions between civil society, social movements and the natural environment, political and cultural dynamics of climate change.

College of Arts and Sciences

Brulle is currently a CASBS Fellow at Stanford University. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on environmental science, and is a frequent media commentator on climate change. Brulle co-edited Power, Justice and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement (2005) with David Pellow, and is the author of Agency, Democracy, and Nature: U.S. Environmental Movements from a Critical Theory Perspective (2000).

Brulle previously served as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard for two decades. He received his doctorate in sociology from George Washington University, his master of science degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan, his master of arts degree in sociology from the New School for Social Research and his bachelor of science degree in marine engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy.

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Culture and Communication
Carey, Veronica - PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Behavioral Health Counseling

Expert in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery-oriented services in behavioral health.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Carey has over 20 years of experience in behavioral health program planning and management, continuing education training and policy development.

She is a member of the United Stated Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certification Commission, the International Committee for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Inclusion, and is a consultant to Pennsylvania’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

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Behavioral Health, Health Professions
Carrington, André – PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of English & Philosophy

Expert in African American culture.
Andre Carrington

College of Arts and Sciences

Carrington's research focuses on the cultural politics of race, gender and genre in 20th century American literature and the arts. He has devoted particular attention to considerations of cultural production and identity, especially those articulated in feminist criticism, critical race theory, performance studies and Marxism. His first book, Through a Lens, Darkly: Blackness in Speculative Fiction and Media, which is scheduled for release in 2015 from the University of Minnesota Press, examines cultural production and African-American identity in science fiction and fantasy texts. Carrington is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the nation's oldest university-based institute for scholarship in the interest of the LGBT community, and has been called on as a peer reviewer for African American Review, the Journal of Modern Literature, Racial History Review and the Journal of Homosexuality.

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Race, LGBT Issues
Chase, Renee

Professor, Fashion Design

Expert in women’s sportswear, wearable art, technology in fashion.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Chase comes from an entrepreneurial background and was the designer and owner of a women’s sportswear company prior to joining Drexel’s faculty. She is the author of two books: Design Without Limits (1990) and Simplicity Pattern Company, A Text on Designing Clothes for the Disabled: and CAD for Fashion Design (1997), the first text on the topic of computers in the fashion industry. She has been a contributor to a number of other publications on fashion design and fashion drawing, and has achieved national and international recognition for her work in wearable art and couture.

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Chilton, Mariana - PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Human rights and health, race, ethnicity and poverty, nutrition and chronic disease, hunger, women and children.

School of Public Health

Chilton's area of expertise includes human rights and health, race, ethnicity and poverty, nutrition and chronic disease, hunger, women and children, complementary and alternative medicine and religion and medicine.

Chilton investigates the health impacts of hunger and food insecurity among young children aged zero to three. Her work spans across a variety of issues that affect low-income families to address nutritional wellbeing, public assistance participation, housing instability and employment. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committees to inform policy decisions regarding child nutrition.

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Health Management and Policy, Poverty, and Nutrition
Ciccariello-Maher, George – PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Politics

Expert in social movements and Venezuelan politics.

College of Arts and Sciences

Ciccariello-Maher previously taught political theory at U.C. Berkeley, San Quentin State Prison and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas. His research and teaching center on the “decolonial turn” in political thought, the moment of epistemic and political interrogation that emerges in response to colonialism and global social inequality. Ciccariello-Maher’s new book on Venezuela, We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution, is scheduled for release in Spring 2013 from Duke University Press. He is a frequent contributor to Counterpunch, MRZine, Znet, Alternet and, and has been a media commentator for such outlets as The New York Times, Al Jazeera, NPR and the Los Angeles Times.

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Political Science
Clements, Paul - PhD

Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Graduate Nursing

Forensic health care expert with extensive experience in therapy and crisis intervention for survivors and perpetrators of crime.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Clements is an experienced psychiatric clinical therapist, forensic consultant and critical incident/trauma response specialist. He is also a certified Gang Specialist and certified in Danger Assessment. He has provided counseling and crisis intervention to over 1500 families of murder victims, as well as to high numbers of surviving family members in the aftermath of suicide, industrial and occupational deaths, motor vehicle accidents, sudden infant death syndrome and other types of sudden violent death, as well as to survivors of interpersonal violence such as sexual abuse, rape and stalking.

Note to reporters: Clements teaches online classes from a remote location and is available for interviews via telephone or email only.

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Behavioral Health and Health Professions
Cohen, David S. – JD

Associate Professor of Law

Expert in constitutional law and gender issues including abortion/reproductive rights and LGBT issues.

School of Law

Cohen’s scholarship explores constitutional law and gender issues in the law that range from sex discrimination, abortion/reproductive rights and LGBT issues to interactions between gender identity and social policy. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Before coming to Drexel, Cohen was a lecturer-in-law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also held adjunct professor positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Long Island University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Medical Fund in Philadelphia.

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Constitutional Law, Gender Issues
Connell, James E – PhD

Clinical Director and Associate Professor

Expert in autism intervention, intervention dissemination, response-to-intervention and positive behavioral interventions and support.

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and School of Education

Connell has a doctorate in school psychology, is a nationally certified school psychologist and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He also currently serves as clinical director for Eastern Region Autism Service Education Research and Training (ASERT). Connell’s former appointment was in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine with a secondary appointment in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Center for Autism Research (CAR). Prior to Penn, he was an assistant professor at Temple University. While his research interests are varied, one main theme has emerged over the years: identifying the variables that influence adult behavior change in community settings that facilitate the implementation of evidence-based therapies. To this end, he has researched and extensively studied models of community-based consultation and their relative effectiveness on program implementation for special needs populations.

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Autism, Special Education
Curatola, Anthony - PhD

Professor, Accounting

Expert in retirement planning and gender income equality.

LeBow College of Business

Curatola’s area of research interest includes federal and state income tax policy, fringe benefits taxation, retirement income and women and retirement income taxation. He has authored more than 90 articles that have appeared in journals such as The Tax Adviser, Canadian Accounting Perspectives, Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance, Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research and Tax Notes. His findings also have appeared in media such as Forbes, Washington Post, Money Magazine, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has chaired and served on the Tax Policy Research Oversight committee for the American Taxation Association.

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Accounting, Business
Curry, Karen

Executive Director of the Kal & Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies

Expert on the news media industry.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Curry has extensive experience in broadcast journalism as a producer and executive. She created award-winning programs from around the world for NBC's “Today Show” and was NBC News’ London bureau chief. As bureau chief, she managed the largest bureau outside the United States and directed coverage of the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She was responsible for covering major breaking stories, most notably the death of Princess Diana. Curry was also executive director of morning news programming at NBC where she launched “Weekend Today,” the first Saturday/Sunday edition of a network morning news broadcast. Curry previously joined CNN as vice president and New York bureau chief, where she directed the New York bureau's newsgathering efforts and was responsible for the production needs of CNN programs based in New York. She ran the bureau's coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath, including serving the needs of several new shows that were launched in the midst of the coverage.

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News Media Industry
Daly, Brian – PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Expert in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology, assessment and treatment of children with chronic illness, adolescent risk behaviors, school mental health promotion.

College of Arts and Sciences

Daly is a clinical child and adolescent psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children with a chronic illness, evaluation of adolescent health risk behaviors, development and evaluation of evidence-based psychosocial evaluations for youth, prevention and resiliency in urban youth and delivery of mental health promotion in schools. Following the completion of his doctorate in counseling psychology from Loyola University in Chicago, he completed a clinical internship in child psychology at the VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine Psychology Internship Consortium. Subsequently, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Temple University Health Sciences Center. Following the fellowship, Daly was an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Temple University as well as the director of training for the APA-approved pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship program. He has co-authored two books, and more than 40 articles and book chapters. He is on the editorial board of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and a reviewer for more than 20 scientific journals.

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Psychology, Behavioral Health
Daeschler, Ted - PhD.

Associate Curator of Vertebrate Biology and Vice President for Systematic Biology and the Library, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Vertebrate paleontologist specializing in freshwater vertebrates in North America.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and College of Arts and Sciences

Daeschler has been at the Academy since 1987 and joined the faculty of Drexel’s Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science upon its founding in 2012. His responsibilities at the Academy focus on research, collections building and on public programs within the museum. He served as a scientific advisor for the renovation of the Academy’s Dinosaur Hall and a variety of other paleontological exhibits.

Daeschler’s research in vertebrate paleontology focuses on the vertebrate fauna of the Late Devonian Period (385-363 million-years-ago) in eastern North America. The research involves active fossil collecting, systematic work focusing on freshwater vertebrates and the nature of early non-marine ecosystems. Fossil discoveries from the incompletely-known Late Devonian interval help answer questions about the diversification of major groups of fishes, the origin of limbed vertebrates, and the invasion of land by plants and animals.

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Paleontology, Environmental Science and Biology
Dardarian, Nyree

Nutrition Sciences Instructor and Director, Center for Integrated Nutrition & Performance

Expert in nutrition, metabolism and healthy diet.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Dardarian is a licensed and registered dietitian who can provide accessible advice on choosing healthy foods and maintaining a balanced diet with exercise. She leads a program at Drexel providing nutrition counseling and nutrition education through the Center for Integrated Nutrition & Performance within the Recreation Center, as well as a supervised practice program for Nutrition Sciences graduates to gain clinical experience to qualify to become registered dietitians.

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Nutrition, Diet and Weight
DeCarolis, Donna – PhD

Dean and Professor

Expert in new venture performance and survival, social capital, technology commercialization and technology entrepreneurship.

Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship

DeCarolis is frequently called upon by local and national media for her expertise in small business and new venture creation. She is the founding dean of Drexel's Close School of Entrepreneurship. Previously in the LeBow College of Business, she served as a associate dean for graduate programs, leading all graduate and corporate programs for the college. In her previous role as associate dean for strategic initiatives, DeCarolis was responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the Centers of Excellence at the LeBow College of Business.

She is also responsible for the development of synergistic programs and initiatives within Drexel and with the business community at large.

DeCarolis has researched, written and lectured extensively on various aspects of entrepreneurship, technology management and technology commercialization. Her areas of expertise are entrepreneurship and new venture creation, technology commercialization, strategic alliances and social capital.

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Management, Business, Entrepreneurship
DeMatteo, David – JD, PhD

Director, J.D./Ph.D. Program in Law and Psychology, Associate Professor of Law, Associate Professor of Psychology

Expert in psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy and offender diversion.

College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law

DeMatteo's research interests include psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy and offender diversion. His research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and American Psychology-Law Society. DeMatteo is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania, where he conducts forensic mental health assessments of juveniles and adults. He has co-authored three books in his field, with two more forthcoming, and more than 60 articles and book chapters. He is the associate editor of Law and Human Behavior, on the editorial boards of Criminal Justice & Behavior and the Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology and a reviewer for more than 15 scientific journals. DeMatteo was chair of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Committee on Legal Issues in 2011, and he is currently council representative to APA for the American Psychology-Law Society (Div. 41 of APA).

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Psychology and Law, Behavioral Health
Deutsch, Jonathan – PhD

Professor and Director, Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Expert in food studies, culinary education, culinary improvisation.

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Deutsch joined Drexel from Kingsborough Community College-CUNY, where he served as professor and founding director of the culinary arts program as well as deputy chair of the department of tourism and hospitality. He previously worked at CUNY Graduate Center as professor of public health and founding director of the food studies concentration. Deutsch’s research interests include social and cultural aspects of food, recipe and product development and culinary education. He received his doctorate in food studies and food management from New York University.

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Culinary Arts
D'Ovidio, Robert - PhD

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Department of Culture and Communications

Research of the intersection of computer technology, crime, and the criminal justice system.

College of Arts and Sciences

D'Ovidio researches the intersection of computer technology, crime and the criminal justice system. He directs Drexel's research program in computer crime and digital forensics. In the past, he has worked with the New York City Police Department and Philadelphia Police Department on research projects involving computer crime. His work with the law enforcement community also includes training investigators on techniques to trace Internet communication and seize electronic evidence and cell phones.

He is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, the American Society of Criminology, and the United States Secret Service Philadelphia- Area Electronic Crimes Task Force. D'Ovidio sits on the National Governors Association's Strategic Policy Council on Cyber and Electronic Crime. He serves as an advisor to the Pennsylvania State Treasurer on identity theft and is a consultant to BK Forensics, assisting with law enforcement outreach and the development of training curriculum. He provides regular commentary for media outlets on news stories pertaining to computer crime, Internet safety, identity theft and surveillance.

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Criminal Justice
Eisenstein, Bruce - PhD 

Arthur J. Rowland Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Expert in pattern recognition and digital signal processing.

College of Engineering

Eisenstein is an expert in pattern recognition and digital signal processing. He has published nearly 50 papers in the areas of digital signal processing, pattern recognition, deconvolution and biomedical engineering.

He was the 2000 President of the IEEE, the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. His other IEEE positions have included Chairman of the Philadelphia Section, IEEE treasurer, vice president for Technical Activities, member of the Board of Directors, and president of the Education Society. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Pennsylvania.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Epstein, Larry 

Associate Teaching Professor and Interim Head, Department of Arts & Entertainment Management

Expert in media and entertainment industry.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Epstein is an expert on the media industry and management of media businesses. He spent 25 years in broadcast management, including 14 years with the CBS Broadcast Group and 10 years as an executive in companies serving the television industry. Epstein currently serves as the head of the Department of Arts & Entertainment Management and the advisor for WKDU, Drexel’s student-run radio station, and teaches in the music industry and television management programs.

He earned an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and continues to serve as a board member of the Cornell Radio Guild. Epstein’s background in business and entertainment media allows him to assess the driving economic and regulatory forces behind the media industry. Epstein is also a fellow in Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and the Center for Academic Excellence.

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Media and Entertainment Industry
Field, Robert I. - PhD, JD


Nationally known expert in health law and public health.

School of Public Health
School of Law

Field is a nationally known expert on health law and public health whose research focuses on ethical issues in managed care, public policy and legal facets of healthcare reform and genetic screening. In addition to being a professor in the School of Public Health, he also holds an appointment as professor of law at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel. He is the author of "Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation and Compromise," a comprehensive guide to the government's role in regulating health care, published by Oxford University Press.

He previously taught at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where he founded and chaired the Department of Health Policy and Public Health and directed the Graduate Program in Health Policy. Field led business planning and development for the primary care network of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he was in charge of acquisitions of physician practices that created the network and directed other business development activities. He has also conducted health policy research at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Center for Law and Health Sciences at Boston University and practiced health law with Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia.

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Health Law and Public Health
Filler, Daniel M. - JD

Professor of Law

Expert on sex offender community notification, the death penalty and juvenile justice law.

School of Law

Filler studies the effects of social anxiety on the development of criminal law. He is an expert on sex offender community notification, the death penalty and juvenile justice law. Before joining Drexel, Filler was a professor of law at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he created the school's Capital Defense Clinic.

He has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Humanities and chaired an American Bar Association team that assessed the fairness and accuracy of Alabama's death-penalty system. His scholarship has appeared in the Virginia Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Iowa Law Review, among other places.

In 2008, Filler established The Faculty Lounge blog to which he continues to contribute regularly.

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Law, Criminal Justice
Forte, Andrea

Assistant Professor

Experience includes human-computer interaction design and managing special library collections.

College of Computing & Informatics

Forte has a doctorate in human-centered computing from the College of Computing at Georgia institute of Technology, and focused her studies there on social computing and learning sciences. She holds a master's in library and information science from University of Texas, Austin, and holds undergraduate degrees in foreign language and literature and philosophy.

Her professional experience includes human-computer interaction design and managing special library collections. Her research focus is in understanding new forms of information production and sharing that are made possible by participatory media.

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Information Technology
Frank, Arthur L. - MD, PhD

Professor, Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Agricultural safety and health, pneumoconiosis, occupational toxicology, occupational cancers, occupational lung disease and environmental pollution.

School of Public Health

Frank's areas of research include agricultural safety and health, pneumoconiosis, occupational toxicology, occupational cancers, occupational lung disease and environmental pollution.

Frank received a medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences from the City University of New York. He was trained in both internal medicine and occupational medicine and holds board certification in both fields. As a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service, he conducted research at the National Cancer Institute. His major research activities have included the study of occupational lung diseases such as asbestosis and silicosis, and occupational cancers, especially those related to asbestos exposure. He has worked in the area of agricultural safety and health.

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Environmental and Occupational Health
Franks, Peter

Senior Associate Vice Provost for Career Education

Job market trends and the value of experiential learning.

Steinbright Career Development Center

Franks can comment on job market trends and the job market outlook. As the head of Drexel's career services center, he oversees the University's cooperative education program putting students in touch with employers and more than 1,500 companies in 42 states and 20 international locations. Prior to his appointment at Drexel, he served as CEO of the World Association for Cooperative Education, Inc. (WACE).

Prior to joining WACE, Franks was vice president of administration and corporate relations (chief operating officer) of the National Commission for Cooperative Education and executive officer of the Northeastern University Division of Cooperative Education.

Career Development
Friedheim, Daniel – PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of History & Politics

Expert in democratic transitions, civil society and foreign policy.
Daniel Friedheim

College of Arts and Sciences

Friedheim has been teaching about or working on international affairs for more than two decades. Prior to his academic career, he served as a tenured U.S. Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department. His continuing research interest focuses on how states and societies interact to help or hinder transitions to democracy from authoritarian rule, and how individual states, international organizations or the whole international system try to "promote" democracy but often fail. While he studies democratization around the world, his regional expertise is Latin America and Europe. In addition to teaching international politics, foreign policy and Latin American and Eastern European politics, he researches and writes about democratic transitions, civil society, informal empire and foreign policy.

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International Politics, Foreign Policy
Giarelli, Ellen - EdD

Associate Professor, Division of Graduate Nursing

Genetic nursing expert with emphasis on life-long impact of disorders diagnosed in childhood, including autism.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Giarelli has over 15 years of experience conducting research with patients, family members and health care providers, including multiple intervention studies. For the past decade, she has studied the life-long medical, psychological, and social problems, and health care needs of people with genetic disorders diagnosed in childhood, that require life-long enhanced surveillance and self-management. Study populations include, individuals with Marfan syndrome, cancer syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2a MEN2s) and autism spectrum disorder.

Giarelli is co-editor of the book Nursing of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-based Integrated Care Across the Lifespan (Springer, 2012).

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Nursing and Genetic Disorders, Autism
Gold, Marla J. - MD

Dean Emeritus and Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

Infectious disease.

School of Public Health

Gold is an expert in infectious disease who served as Dean of Drexel's School of Public Health for more than a decade of noteworthy growth. She previously served as Philadelphia's Assistant Health Commissioner for Infectious Disease Control in the Public Health Department, where she was responsible for all reportable and communicable diseases and conditions. Among her responsibilities, Gold designed and established the largest comprehensive HIV/AIDS care program in the Greater Philadelphia Region known as The Partnership.

Gold has extensive national experience working with community-based organizations, community leaders and coalitions on a wide range of public health issues. Gold's research interests include: HIV/AIDS: design of care systems; treatment protocols; resource utilization; epidemiology; CQI; managed care & systems of health care; health administration; behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment systems.

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Public Health
Goldberg, David - PhD

Professor, Department of Physics

Astrophysicist, cosmologist and popular author about the world of physics.

College of Arts and Sciences

Goldberg is a researcher in theoretical cosmology and astrophysics, focusing primarily in the field of gravitational lensing.  He is the author (with former student, Jeff Blomquist) of A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes and Quantum Uncertainty, a popular account of recent advances in physics and astronomy, and of The Universe in the Rearview Mirror (2013).

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Greenstadt, Rachel - PhD

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Expert in online privacy and cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and the economics of electronic privacy and information security.
Rachel Greenstadt

College of Computing & Informatics

Greenstadt is the director of Drexel’s Privacy, Security and Automation Laboratory where she leads a team of computer scientists that design trustworthy intelligent systems – systems that act autonomously with integrity, so they can be trusted with important data and decisions. Her work incorporates theories of artificial intelligence, psychology, economics, data privacy and system security. One of the lab’s biggest projects is focused on using machine learning to understand textual communication, the tools her team has developed can determine the author of an anonymous piece of text or guide a writer in how to make their writing truly anonymous – without patterns. Greenstadt has been interviewed for stories in The New York Times, Boing Boing, The New Yorker, The New Scientist and The Philadelphia Inquirer about using linguistics to identify hackers, ways to protect your identity online, and the growing use of CAPTCHA for cybersecurity. She also commented in several stories about how her tool was used to determine that famed author of the “Harry Potter” series, J.K. Rowling, had penned a new book under a pseudonym.

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Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Privacy
Gregory, Joseph – PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History

Expert in modern art, art theory, contemporary photography.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Gregory currently serves as director of the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery as well as department head for the Department of Art and Art History. He is the author of a recent iconographical study of the religious paintings of the 16th century Northern European painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Gregory has also published articles in the fields of modern art, interdisciplinary studies, art theory and contemporary photography. He teaches all components of the Western survey, and has taught specialized courses in contemporary art, women in art, Northern Renaissance, Baroque, 19th century and American art. Currently, he is writing a textbook on modern art and a second book on the iconography of Bruegel’s religious narratives..

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Art and Art History
Gruber, Roberta

Director, Fashion Design and Merchandising Program

Fashion design and the business of the fashion industry.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Gruber is an expert in fashion design and the business of the fashion industry. She began her teaching career after spending several years in industry as president of her own dress company and as a designer for other nationally recognized firms. She also creates wearable art and has been hired to develop fashion illustrations and graphic images for marketing and advertising purposes for a variety of companies.

Gruber is the author of several articles within The St. James Press, "Fashion Encyclopedia" and is also the author and illustrator of "Fashion Images," Prentice Hall, 1999, a text on fashion illustration. She has taught at Drexel for 19 years and curated several art and design related exhibitions for the Drexel University Design Arts Gallery. Most recently, she spent five weeks teaching at the Foundation for International Education in London as part of the Design & Merchandising department's study abroad program and continues to do freelance design work.

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Gullo, Dominic – PhD

Professor of Education, Associate Dean of Research

Expert in early childhood education, language and literacy development and urban education.
Dominic Gullo

School of Education

Gullo’s areas of expertise include early childhood education, language and literacy development, urban education, child development, cognitive development, school reform, children of poverty, assessment of young children and program evaluation. His research interests include relative and long-range effects of kindergarten and pre-kindergarten experiences on children’s achievement and social adaptation to school routine, particularly among at-risk and high-risk children, as well as risk and protective factors in young children who reside in homes of economic poverty in order to develop longitudinal developmental trajectory models for academic and social competence. He previously worked as a professor at the Graduate Center of Queens College, City University of New York, and as a professor at the University of Wisconsin.

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Early Childhood Education
Haas, Charles - PhD

L.D. Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering
Head of the Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering

Expert in water treatment, risk assessment, bioterrorism, environmental modeling and statistics, microbiology, environmental health.

College of Engineering

Haas's research interests include water treatment, risk assessment, bioterrorism, environmental modeling and statistics, microbiology, environmental health.

Haas's research includes the treatments of drinking water. Specifically, Haas has studied the chemical disinfection processes, inactivation of emerging pathogens by disinfectants and the use of computational fluid dynamics for process modeling. Haas is also an expert in risk management and industrial waste treatment. A recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the International Ozone Association, Haas was listed among "Who's Who in the World" (2001) and was elected as fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Environmental Engineering
Hall, Julia – PhD

Professor of Criminal Justice, Department of Culture & Communication

Expert in criminal justice with a focus on age-related crime (crimes of youth and elderly).

College of Arts and Sciences

Hall specializes in the study of youth, the elderly and women in the criminal justice system. She developed and taught Probation and Parole and Correctional Agents and Administrators in working with these special populations. She teaches Restorative Justice as a trained facilitator who has moderated groups in state prisons. Hall is the Chair of the Paul C. Griffins Memorial Fund, and Advisor of Eta Iota, the Drexel chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. She is a recipient of the Lindback Distinquished Teaching Award and the Make a Difference Award. Hall has received numerous awards in recognition of her many different services in the Pennsylvania Department of Correction. She was nominated by former PA Governor Rendell for a seat on the Board of Pardons. Hall is a past President of the Prison Society Board and continues to serve on the Board, currently chairing the Subcommittee on Juvenile Life Without Parole. She also chairs the Pennsylvania Coalition For Fair Sentencing of Youth. Hall is a director of Southern Homes Services, Inc.

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Criminal Justice
Hammoudeh, Shawkat - PhD

Professor of Economics

Expert in gas and oil pricing, and its effects on the economy.

LeBow College of Business

Hammoudeh is an expert in gas and oil pricing, and its effects on the economy. He has served as the senior economist to the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries and as a researcher for the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. He has earned grants to study world oil prices and is the co-author of journal articles on the price of gas and oil and its connection to the U.S. markets.

Hammoudeh earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Baghdad and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas.

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Economics, Business
Hancock, Joseph – PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Fashion Design, Department of Design and Merchandising

Expert in fashion design, merchandising.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Hancock has a 20-year retailing background, having worked for The Gap Corporation, The Limited, Inc., and the Target Corporation, and continues to do publishing and merchandising consulting work on an international level. He earned his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University focusing his research in popular culture as it relates to transnational mass fashion garments and world dress, aspirational fashion branding and experiential retailing, as well as men’s fashion and lifestyles. Hancock has published works in the Journal of American Culture, the Journal Fashion Practice, the Journal of Popular Culture, and has released a book, Brand/Story: Ralph, Vera, Johnny, Billy and Other Adventures in Fashion Branding, which was published by Fairchild Publications.

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Harrington, Paul - PhD

Director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy

Expert in work-force development, public policy, job market trends and economic development and growth.

School of Education

Harrington has authored or co-authored more than 14 books. He has studied workforce development and human resource policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor, the Rhode Island Board of Education, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Harrington received the "Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Our Workforce" from the Massachusetts Workforce Board Association in 2004 and the "Building a World Class Workforce Award" from the U.S. Department of Labor, National Association of State Workforce Agencies in 2003.

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Labor Markets and Policy
Hayes, Lisa

Associate Professor and Program Director, Fashion Design

Expert in sustainable textiles, eco-friendly fashion.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Hayes has more than 18 years of experience as a designer in the fashion industry primarily working in New York. She started her career at Albert Nipon in dresses, then moved up to the position of head designer at Liz Claiborne and Motherswork for Mimi stores. She has done freelance fashion illustration and continues to design on a freelance basis for home furnishings companies. She uses sustainable materials such as organic wool, organic cotton, leather tanned with an eco-friendly process and hand stitching. Her designs have been featured in stores throughout the US and UK in publications such as British Vogue, Glamour and various other fashion and home publications.

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Sustainable Fashion Design
Hearn, Gail - PhD

Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Director, Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program

Expert in wildlife biodiversity and conservation in West Africa, especially primates and bushmeat hunting.

College of Arts and Sciences

Hearn is founder and director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, a partnership with Equatorial Guinea’s National University, that promotes the conservation of wildlife through self-sustaining programs in education, research and conservation on Bioko Island. Hearn’s research team’s interests include primate conservation and the impact of bushmeat hunting, as well as sea turtles, amphibians and other species.

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Environmental Science and Biology
Heilbrun, Kirk – PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology

Expert in forensic mental health assessment, violence risk assessment, risk management, interventions to reduce risk.

College of Arts and Sciences

Heilbrun received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1980 from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed postdoctoral fellowship training from 1981-82 in psychology and criminal justice at Florida State University. His current research focuses on juvenile and adult offenders, legal decision-making, forensic evaluation associated with such decision-making and diversion from standard prosecution for individuals with severe mental illness. His practice interests also center around forensic assessment, and he directs a practicum within the department in this area. He is board certified in clinical psychology and in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a past president of both the American Psychology-Law Psychology/APA Division 41 and the American Board of Forensic Psychology.

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Herbert, James – PhD

Professor and Department Head, Department of Psychology

Expert in anxiety disorders, cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and mindfulness-based psychotherapies, teletherapy and the role of empiricism in clinical psychology.
James Herbert

College of Arts and Sciences

Herbert is a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy (including newer mindfulness and acceptance-based models of behavior therapy), mood and anxiety disorders, teletherapy, the distinction between science and pseudoscience in psychology and related fields and the promotion of evidence-based practice in mental health. He is the director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Program at Drexel. He also is actively involved in the clinical training and supervision of graduate psychology students. Herbert has published widely on these and other topics in professional journals, and is known internationally for his writings on quackery and pseudoscience in mental health.

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Howley, Michael - PhD

Associate Clinical Professor, Marketing

Expert in health care economics, business of health care and the impact of health care reform on the delivery of medical services.

LeBow College of Business

Howley spent the first 20 years of his career as a health care service provider. After going on to earn his MBA and a Ph.D. in business administration, Howley centers his research on health care marketing. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles including “The Influence of Different Types of Cues-to-Action on Vaccination Behavior in an Epidemic” for the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice and “The Use of Apology in Health Care” for Journal of Medical Marketing 9.

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Marketing, Business
Johnson, Lallen – PhD

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Expert in drugs and violence; race, crime and justice; ecology of crime; geographic information systems.

College of Arts and Sciences

Johnson is an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests at the intersection of urban studies, crime and place. His most recent research examines neighborhood-level effects of gaming establishments on crime; and, how structural shifts affect municipality-level violent crime hotspots within the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. Johnson is a 2010 Graduate Research Fellow of the National Institute of Justice. His funded research has examined the travel patterns of illicit drug arrestees in the Philadelphia region to understand the relationship between drug crime and violence. He also has assessed the effectiveness of state legislation on the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs in the state of Florida. Johnson previously taught at the University of Central Florida.

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Criminal Justice
Joyce, Kelly – PhD

Associate Dean for Humanities and Social Science Research for the College of Arts & Sciences; Director, Center for Science, Technology & Society and Master's Program in Science, Technology & Society; Professor, Department of History & Politics

Expert in science, medicine, technology and society.
Kelly Joyce

College of Arts and Sciences

Joyce's research investigates the role of medical imaging technologies in medical practice; scientific and technological innovations aimed at older people; and the lived experiences of people diagnosed with autoimmune illnesses. Her work highlights the cultural dimensions of medicine. She teaches courses on the social dimensions of health and illness as well as courses on the values embedded in technological design and use. Joyce previously was an associate professor of sociology at the College of William and Mary. She also served as a program director for the Science, Technology and Society program and the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering program at the National Science Foundation from 2009-2011. She received the Director's Award for Collaborative Integration for contributing to the education of ethical scientists, interagency collaboration and extraordinary efforts in integrating ethical expertise with scientific knowledge in 2011. Her book Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency won the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award, which is given by the Medical Sociology section, American Sociological Association.

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Science Technology and Society, Sociology
Kalhan, Anil – JD

Associate Professor

Expert in immigration law, criminal law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, international human rights law and law and politics of South Asia.

School of Law

Kalhan’s principal interests include immigration law, criminal law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law and international human rights law. Before coming to Drexel, he was a visiting assistant professor of law at Fordham University and an associate in law at Columbia University. Kalhan previously worked as litigation associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he also served as co-coordinator of the firm’s immigration and international human rights pro bono practice group. He also has previously worked for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York and served as law clerk to the Hon. Chester J. Straub (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York).

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Kane, Robert – PhD

Director and Professor, Criminal Justice Program

Expert in police authority and accountability, urban ecology and sociology, violence and public health, and police strategies and practices.

College of Arts and Sciences

Kane’s teaching and research interests center around police authority and accountability, the ecology of urban policing and the intersections among neighborhood violence, justice and urban health. Kane has conducted field research in Philadelphia, New York City, Phoenix and the District of Columbia. He has worked with the police and other justice authorities in the Netherlands, England and Ireland.

Among other scholarly activities, he has recently written a book entitled Jammed Up for New York University Press based on research he conducted in the New York City Police Department on career-ending misconduct. To date, this was the largest and most comprehensive study of misconduct ever conducted in an American police department. He co-authored the book with former Arizona State University colleague, Michael White.

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Criminal Justice, Violence
Kim, Youngmoo - PhD

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Digital media technologies that will shape the future of entertainment, especially in the areas of sound and music.

College of Engineering

Kim's research focuses on digital media technologies that will shape the future of entertainment, especially in the areas of sound and music. He is director of the Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab), which focuses on research in machine listening and music information retrieval, music production technology and new music interfaces.

Kim was recently granted an NSF CAREER Award for a project titled "Exploring Creative Expression through Music and Audio Technology." Kim's project integrates research in digital audio technology with educational activities under a common vision of transforming the passive act of listening to recorded music into an interactive experience in which the performance responds to the creative input of the listener. The grant is for a five-year project.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Knowles, Scott – PhD

Associate Professor , Department of History and Politics

Expert on risk and disaster, modern cities, public policy.

College of Arts and Sciences

Knowles is a historian of modern cities, technology and public policy–with a particular focus on risk and disaster. His most recent book is The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). Knowles serves as the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry in the Pennoni Honors College. He is the author/editor of Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City (UPenn Press, 2009); and has published articles, essays, and book reviews in The Next American City, Isis, History and Technology, The New York Times, Public Works Management and Policy, Technology and Culture, Business History Review, Enterprise and Society, The Smart Set and Annals of Science.

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Disaster Planning
Lacovara, Kenneth - PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Expert in paleontology, the reconstruction of the remains of dinosaurs and other vertebrate animals and can discuss global warming.

College of Arts and Sciences

Lacovara's research is focused on the paleontological reconstruction of Mesozoic Era environments containing the remains of dinosaurs and other vertebrate animals.

Lacovara and students recently excavated large sauropod dinosaurs from Late Cretaceous terrestrial deposits in southern Patagonia, Argentina. He is also a member of the Bahariya Dinosaur project, working in the Egyptian Sahara, and a collaborative project with Dr. Hai Lu You (Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences) and Dr. Matthew Lamanna (Carnegie Museum of Natural History), in which they are studying the evolution of Cretaceous ornithurine birds from the middle Cretaceous of China. Locally, Lacovara and students collaborate with Dr. William Gallagher (New Jersey State Museum) on a study of the Cretaceous fauna of southern New Jersey. They recently excavated 65-million-year-old New Jersey crocodilian, Thoracosaurus neocesariensis, currently on display at Drexel.

The study of Mesozoic ecosystems, particularly those of the Cretaceous Period, has taken on added importance in recent years because of global warming. Because researchers cannot study the future, fossil ecosystems offer the only tangible evidence of what continued global warming may produce.

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Paleontology, Environmental Science and Biology, Geology
Lankenau, Stephen - PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention

Sociologist focused on public health issues of high-risk youth and young adults, including drug use, homelessness and HIV/AIDS.

School of Public Health

Lankenau is a sociologist who combines public health concerns and ethnographic methods to the study of high-risk youth, out- of-treatment drug users, homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Currently, he is leading a five-year project to study medical and non-medical marijuana use among young adults in Los Angeles. He has studied prescription drug misuse among young people in Los Angeles and New York to describe patterns of initiation, risk and protective behaviors and other unanticipated health consequences. He is also leading evaluation studies of overdose prevention programs in Los Angeles and Philadelphia to determine programs that effectively reduce the risks of fatal drug overdoses. Many of these studies are funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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Public Health, Sociology, Drug Use
Lee, Frank - PhD

Associate Professor of Game Design

Expert in video game design who can comment on the video game industry, game design theory, designing video games for education and theories of human cognition in game design.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Lee is the co-founder of Drexel’s Game Design Program and founding director of the Drexel Entrepreneurial Game Studio. He and his students push the limits of creativity in gaming by developing web and mobile games that break down the traditional concepts of video game play. He has helped to elevate Drexel’s Game Design Program to one of the highest regarded programs of its kind in the country. As part of Philly Tech Week 2013, Lee turned Brandywine Real Estate’s 29-story Cira Centre office building in Philadelphia into a giant game of arcade-style Pong. The hack was recognized as a Guinness World Record in the fall of 2013. Lee has commented on the giant game and the video game industry in stories that ran in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, ArsTechnica, Boing Boing, Polygon and several other outlets.

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Computer Science
Lowe, Michael - PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology

Clinical psychologist specializing in eating, weight regulation and eating and weight disorders.

College of Arts and Sciences

Lowe is a clinical psychologist who studies the psychobiology of eating and weight regulation, including dieting and preventing and treating obesity. His specific research areas include: the relationship between dieting, overeating and weight control; obesity and the prevention of weight gain and weight regain; eating disorders research; integrating biological and psychological perspectives on eating and weight regulation; and research on the "power of food." The “Power of Food Scale” assessment technique he developed and validated has been featured on “The Dr. Oz Show.”

Lowe has been a long-term consultant to Weight Watchers and to the Renfrew Center for eating disorders in Philadelphia. With co-investigators Dr. Meghan Butryn and Dr. Maria Coletta of Drexel, he is conducting a 5-year NIH-funded study focusing on improving the food environment to improve maintenance of weight loss.

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Diet and Weight, Psychology
Madan, Vibhas - PhD

Professor and Department Head, Economics and International Business

Expert in international trade.

LeBow College of Business

Vibhas’ research focuses on international trade theory, market power and product differentiation. He holds degrees from the University of Delhi and Michigan State University. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications on trade agreements and pricing, including “Preferential Trade Agreements, Market Power and Product Differentiation” for the Journal of Economic Integration and “Vertically Integrated Multinational Enterprises and the Relative Efficiency of Ownership Structures” for the International Trade Journal.

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Economics and International Business
Márquez, Shannon - PhD

Director of Global Public Health Initiatives, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Internationally recognized researcher in global environmental health, expert in safe water systems.

School of Public Health

Márquez is an accomplished educator, researcher, administrator and “public health engineer,” who has garnered local, national and international recognition for research and practice in the field of global environmental health. Her international areas of focus include safe water systems, health systems strengthening and health governance, and agricultural health. She also led research on sustainable solutions to address the environmental burden of disease and health disparities in developing countries of Africa, and has also worked in Asia and Latin America and in underserved communities in the United States.

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Public Health
Martin, Joseph - PhD

Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Expert in geosynthetics, wastewater and runoff treatment, transportation project management and infrastructure facility condition evaluation.

College of Engineering

Martin's research specialties are geosynthetics, wastewater and runoff treatment, transportation project management and infrastructure facility condition evaluation. He is also an industry consultant on foundations and earthwork.

Martin's career at Drexel spans more than 27 years, with eight spent as the head of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department. Martin received a B.S. in civil engineering from Tufts University, an M.S. in civil engineering (water resources-environmental) from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering (geotechnical) from Colorado State University. His experience includes two years with the New York D.O.T., four years in consulting on municipal engineering, and two years in the U.S. Army. As a licensed professional engineer, is a member of the Drexel Faculty Senate and advisor to the Drexel Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Civil Engineering
Maxwell, John

Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

Expert in unsolved murders, serial murderers and rapists, child abuse/domestic violence cases and the field of police administration.

College of Arts and Sciences

Maxwell is a criminal justice professional with more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement with the Philadelphia Police Department, retiring as the One Star Chief Inspector of the Detective Bureau. He has a particular interest in researching unsolved (cold case) murders, serial murderers and rapists, child abuse/domestic violence cases and the field of police administration. Maxwell has been a supervisor or commander in every major operational bureau of the Philadelphia Police Department. The majority of his career has been in high profile and sensitive investigations at the federal, state and local levels.

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Criminal Justice
McClendon, Alphonso

Assistant Professor, Fashion Design

Expert in fashion design, athletic wear, swimwear, menswear.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

With over 15 years of fashion industry experience, Alphonso McClendon joined the design and merchandising faculty at Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in the fall of 2009. Most recently McClendon was director of product design for pants, denim, swimwear, hats, bags and prints at Nautica. In his more than 10 years at Nautica, McClendon held instrumental roles in global launches and new product designs. He has traveled extensively through Europe and Southeast Asia working with design and manufacturing professionals from China, Taiwan, Japan, England, Italy, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

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Fashion Design
McEachron, Donald - PhD

Teaching Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Expert in chronobiology (the study of how the naturally occurring rhythms of the Earth affect our bodily function and health) who also studies Season Affective Disorder, the effects of sleep disorders or sleep deprivation on human performance.
Donald McEachron

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

McEachron studies biological rhythms and their effect on bodily processes and quality of life. He is an expert on circadian rhythms and biological responses to day-night cycles and natural light. He is currently helping to design a system of tunable LED lighting in senior living centers that will use changing light help to keep their biorhythms in sync and avoid problems related to Seasonal Affective Disorder. McEachron has commented in stories about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how sleep deprivation and erratic sleep schedules affect the academic performance of college students.

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Chronobiology, Circadian Rhythms
Menon, Usha – PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology , Department of Culture & Communication

Expert in Hindu society and civilization, family dynamics and gender relations.
Usha Menon

College of Arts and Sciences

Menon received her doctorate in human development from the University of Chicago in 1995. She previously worked as a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Pitzer College, in Claremont, Ca. She has taught at Drexel University since September 1997. Menon has done fieldwork in the temple town of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India, as well as in the northern Indian city of Meerut. She has written extensively on different aspects of Hindu society and civilization, in particular on goddess worship, family dynamics, gender relations, Hindu morality, Hindu women and liberal feminism and Hindu–Muslim religious violence. Her most recent book, Women, Wellbeing, and the Ethics of Domesticity in an Odia Hindu Temple Town, was published by Springer in 2013.

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Miller, Michel L. – PhD

Assistant Professor in Special Education, Director of Special Education Programs

Expert in educational administration, special education leadership, autism spectrum disorders, high incident disabilities.

School of Education

Miller holds a Ph. D. from the University of Miami and has completed extensive course work in educational administration. Her research interests focus on autism, special education leadership, educational apps, and program evaluation. Miller serves nationally on the research committee of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and is the editor for the Journal of Special Education Leadership.

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Special Education, Autism
Moore, Brian

Assistant Teaching Professor of Entertainment & Arts Management

Expert on management, marketing and fundraising for the arts. He can comment on issues in the entertainment industry related to nonprofit and theater management, public relations, marketing and artist management.
Brian Moore

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Moore is the program director for Westphal’s Entertainment & Arts Management Program and works with nonprofit organizations in fund development, strategic planning, communications and marketing. His background is in both nonprofit and the commercial entertainment management. He has worked for the leading Broadway PR house in New York where he managed marketing for more than a dozen productions on and off Broadway including Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” The Who’s “Tommy,” and “Angels in America.” He has also managed public relations for actors, writers and non-profit organizations.

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Entertainment/Arts Management
Mutharasan, Raj - PhD

Frank A. Fletcher Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Expert in biosensors, bioreactors and process metallurgy.

College of Engineering

Mutharasen is an expert in biosensors, bioreactors and process metallurgy. He recently developed a millimeter-size cantilever biosensor that, in only minutes, can detect cells and proteins in trace samples. The sensor could have wide applications in medical diagnostic testing (prostate cancer), detecting contamination in food products (E. coli bacteria) and monitoring for biothreat agents (anthrax).

The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Mutharasan has served on the advisory board of several organizations including the United Nations, United Engineers, Aluminum Company of America and Smith Kline Beecham.

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Chemical and Biological Engineering
Morris, Vanessa – EdD

Assistant Teaching Professor

Expert in literacy, youth services, urban libraries and urban literature.

College of Computing & Informatics

Morris teaches library science courses at the iSchool and her research focuses on urban libraries and urban literacy. She is also a renowned scholar in urban and minority fiction. She authored the Readers’ Advisory Guide to Street Literature and has written several papers on the topic of street literature, urban fiction and engaging and teaching urban youth through literature. Morris can also comment on urban libraries, their role in communities and trends in literacy.

Information Technology, Literature
Neuman, Delia – PhD

Professor, Information Science

Expert in school libraries.

College of Computing & Informatics

Neuman is the director of the iSchool’s School Library Media (SLiM) Program. Her research focuses on learning in information-rich environments, instructional systems design and the use of media for learning in school libraries. She has also worked in library program assessment and information services for students with disabilities. Her professional background includes experience designing instructional media materials for children with disabilities and she has authored the national guidelines for the school library media profession.

Information Technology, Libraries, Education
Newschaffer, Craig - PhD

Director, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders, gene-environment interaction; epidemiology and risk communication.

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and School of Public Health

Newschaffer is an expert in epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders, gene-environment interaction, epidemiology and risk communication. He came to Drexel after seven years on the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he founded and directed the Hopkins Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Epidemiology.

At Drexel, Newschaffer now leads an NIH Autism Center of Excellence project studying a large cohort of mothers of children with autism at the start of subsequent pregnancies. This project, known as the EARLI Study, is designed specifically to study pre-, peri- and neonatal autism risk factors and biomarkers. He is also a principal investigator on other major autism epidemiology initiatives, including a national network established to monitor secular trends in autism prevalence and a CDC-funded multisite study that will be the largest case-control study of autism fielded to date.

He is a member of the Science Advisory Board for the national research and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks, and serves on advisory boards for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Bureau of Autism Services and the Delaware Birth Defects and Autism Registry.

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Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Public Health, Autism
Nitecki, Danuta A. – PhD

Dean of Libraries for Drexel University; Professor, College of Information Science & Technology

Expert in academic library space planning, service quality assessment and the evolving role of libraries in education and self-directed learning.

College of Computing & Informatics

Nitecki has held administrative positions in the libraries of Yale University, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is active in national, state and regional associations, has served as a consultant and invited presenter throughout the U.S. and internationally and has published more than 90 articles, books, compilations and reviews.

Nitecki serves as both dean of libraries and a faculty member in Drexel’s iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology. She holds master’s degrees in library and information science and communications from Drexel and the University of Tennessee respectively, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

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Okamoto, Karl - JD

Associate Professor

Expert in corporate, venture capital, private equity andsecurities law and corporate finance.

School of Law

Okamoto is an expert in corporate, venture capital, private equity and securities law and corporate finance. He has extensive experience as both an attorney and an investor.

Okamoto earned his J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, where he was the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems and served on the Jessup International Moot Court Team.His research focuses on securities and corporate law. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups and co-organized the First Annual Asian Pacific American Law Professors' Conference.

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Onaral, Banu - PhD

H. H. Sun Professor and Director

Expert in translational research and biomedical signal processing and ultrasound and optics.

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Onaral is an expert in translational research and biomedical signal processing in ultrasound and optics. She has led major research and development projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Naval Research (ONR), DARPA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Onaral's translational research efforts for rapid commercialization of biomedical technologies developed at Drexel and its partner institutions have resulted in the creation of the Translational Research in Biomedical Technologies program. This initiative brings together academic technology developers with entrepreneurs, regional economic development agencies, as well as local legal, business, and investment communities.

Onaral's professional services include chair and membership on advisory boards and strategic planning bodies of several universities and funding agencies, including service on the National Science Foundation's Engineering Advisory Board and on its proposal review panels and study sections. Her professional responsibilities have included service on the editorial board of journals and the CRC Biomedical Engineering Handbook as Section Editor for Biomedical Signal Analysis. She served as President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the largest member-based biomedical engineering society in the world.

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Biomedical Engineering
Porpora, Douglas – PhD

Professor of Sociology, Department of Culture and Communication

Expert on war, genocide, torture and human rights, macro-moral reasoning in public sphere debate, contemporary social theory, moral and political communication, religion and issues of morality.

College of Arts and Sciences

Porpora is a professor of sociology in the Department of Culture and Communication. He has published widely on social theory. Among his books are The Concept of Social Structure (Greenwood 1980), How Holocausts Happen: The United States in Central America (Temple 1992) and Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life (Oxford 2001). Porpora’s new book, Public Debate in Post-Ethical Society: The Attack on Iraq, Abu Ghraib, and the Moral Failure of the Secular, is scheduled for release from University of Chicago Press in 2013.

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Religion, Sociology
Powers, Devon – PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Culture and Communication

Expert in popular music, media criticism, promotional culture, journalism studies.

College of Arts and Sciences

Powers researches consumer culture, popular music, and the media industries. She is the author of Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism, and co-editor of Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture. She commonly teaches courses on consumerism, popular music, and popular culture, and has written articles about popular music, the circulation of trends online, branding, music criticism, music promotion and other topics.

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Culture and Communication, Popular Culture
Quinlan, Jennifer – PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences

Expert in microbial food safety and food handling practices.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Quinlan’s research focuses on identifying potential unique food safety risks for minority racial/ethnic and low-income populations. Quinlan co-developed the Don’t Wash Your Chicken campaign based on surveys conducted by her laboratory finding that washing raw poultry is a common unsafe handling practice across multiple demographics. Her laboratory also conducts basic research on Campylobacter jejuni, a leading bacterial cause of foodborne illness, which is common on chicken.

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Food Safety, Nutrition
Regli, William – PhD

Associate Dean, Information Science; Professor, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and mechanics

Expert in big data and artificial intelligence.

College of Computing & Informatics

Regli is the associate dean of research and the director of Drexel’s Applied Informatics Group at the iSchool. He is an expert in a variety of information science fields including informatics, digital curating. He holds a dual appointment in the College of Engineering where he is a professor of computer science and mechanical engineering and mechanics. His engineering research focuses on design, artificial intelligence and secure wireless communications. He has helped to design a communications platform whose concept has been commercialized for use by first responders and the military.

Regli has played an important role in establishing the iSchool as a National Science Foundation Center for Visual Data Informatics. He has also a senior science advisor to the National Institute of Justice’s Communications Technologies Center of Excellence and he also served as a senior scientific advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy in the areas of information technology for design manufacturing, production and digital engineering knowledge stewardship.

Information Technology
Rich, John A. - MD

Interim Dean; Professor and Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy; Director, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice

Expert in prevention of violence, especially in African-American men in urban settings.

School of Public Health

A leader in the field of public health, Rich’s work has focused on serving one of the nation’s most ignored and underserved populations: African-American men in urban settings. In 2006, Rich was granted a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship. In awarding this distinction, the Foundation cited his work to design "new models of health care that stretch across the boundaries of public health, education, social service and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers."

He is the author of the book Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men. He directs the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel. Its cornerstone program, “Healing Hurt People,” is a hospital-based violence intervention and prevention program that works with clients who are seen in the emergency department for intentional injuries such as gunshots or other assault wounds.

Violence, Public Health
Richardson, Tina – PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Expert in urban education, minority student development.

School of Education

Richardson previously taught at Lehigh University and Lafayette College. She is an alum of the American Council on Education Fellowship Program, a premier higher education leadership program for which she was hosted by George Washington University. Her research interests include minority student development (e.g., recruitment, retention, racial identity, the imposter phenomena), multicultural competence and the impact of international experiences abroad on personal and professional development for educators and students. She has written numerous articles and contributed to books on such topics as black racial identity theories, multicultural counseling and white identity formation. Richardson has a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland.

Ridgley, Stanley - PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor, Management

Expert in business communication, cognition and strategy, new markets in emerging countries and Russian business culture.

LeBow College of Business

Ridgley teaches entrepreneurship courses at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and has created a DVD lecture series and book on strategic thinking skills. His expertise includes business communication, competitive intelligence, determinants of firm performance, new markets in emerging countries and Russian business culture. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2005 Musser Award for Leadership (Temple University), 1992-1993 Robert Wilson Instructor of Political Science (Duke University) and the 1984 George S. Patton Award for Leadership (United States Army 7th Army Academy, Bad Toelz, Germany).

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Management, Business
Rogers, Michelle – PhD

Assistant Professor, Information Science

Expert in health care informatics.

College of Computing & Informatics

Rogers research focuses on how the use of information technology in complex settings can change the way people work. She is specifically looking at how health care practitioners use clinical information management systems and the role of technology in patient safety. Rogers teaches courses in human-computer interaction, health care informatics and human factors in engineering.

Her professional experience includes serving as a research scientist for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Getting at Patient Safety (GAPS) Center. While working at the center, she applied usability testing and cognitive work analysis to study how electronic medical records affected patient safety and clinicians’ workflow.

Health Information Technology
Rosenberg, William - PhD

Professor, Political Science

Local, regional and national politics, presidential elections and political communication.

College of Arts and Sciences

Rosenberg specializes in local, regional and national politics and presidential elections and is a recognized expert on the American presidency and presidential campaigns. He has authored more than 60 articles, papers and technical reports and co-authored two books on presidential elections: The Politics of Disenchantment: Bush, Clinton, Perot and the Press (Praeger Publishers, New York, 1991) and New Verdicts (Paragon House, New York, 1995).

Rosenberg also studies U.S. and public opinion, political polling and research methods used in polling. He is an expert in public opinion, applied research and evaluation, all of which he teaches at Drexel.

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Political Science
Rosenbloom, Bert

Professor, Marketing

Expert in management of marketing channels and distribution systems.

LeBow College of Business

A leading expert on the management of marketing channels and distribution systems, Rosenbloom has served as vice president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Marketing Association and was on the board of governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. Rosenbloom has consulted for a broad range of industries including manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, communications, services and real estate in the United States and abroad. He has authored numerous articles and books, including four editions of Marketing Channels: A Management View. The eighth edition published by Thomson/Southwestern in Feb. 2012 includes a case study of Facebook as a marketing channel.

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Marketing, Business
Sabella, Donna – PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Global Studies

Expert in human trafficking and mental health nursing.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Sabella is a mental health nurse with expertise in helping victims of human trafficking. She is a former program director and a founding member of Dawn’s Place, a residential recovery program for trafficked and prostituted women in Philadelphia, and is currently founder and director of Project Phoenix, an outreach program which provides support for prostituted and trafficked women.

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Human Trafficking
Sabinson, Allen

Dean, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Expert in the television and film business.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

As senior vice president of programming at the A&E Network prior to arriving at Drexel, Sabinson introduced the network to the production of original movies and series. Under his leadership, A&E received more Emmy nominations than any basic cable network for two consecutive years, and won Emmy awards in the categories of best mini-series for "Horatio Hornblower," best non-fiction series for "Biography" and best performing arts specials.

Sabinson was president of production at Miramax Film, and has held senior positions at TNT, ABC, ICM, NBC and Showtime.

A veteran in the entertainment industry, Sabinson has brought many film stars to television, including Tommy Lee Jones, Hugh Grant, Robert Duvall, Matt Damon, John Malkovich, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Diane Keaton, Catherine Zeta Jones and Mira Sorvino. He has presented music specials with Elton John, Michael Jackson, Sting, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and others.

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Media and Entertainment Industry
Salas, Philip

Assistant Teaching Professor of Television Management

Expert on television industry management, with extensive background in programming, station management, ratings research, and sales.
Philip Salas

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Salas has more than 30 years of experience in television research, sales and management. He has served as research director and in sales management roles at the CBS owned television stations in Philadelphia, and Director of Sales for the advertising sales subsidiary of Harron Communications. His business savvy and knowledge of the television industry helped establish the first market-wide unified cable sales interconnect in Philadelphia and he led WCAU’s transition from Nielsen diary-based audience measurement to daily meter based overnight ratings. Salas has commented on stories about the effects of online programming and streaming, YouTube charging for content, and the effect of the Super Bowl broadcast on competing and complementary programming.

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Television Industry, Entertainment/Arts Management
Salvucci, Dario - PhD

Professor of Computer Science

Expert in human multitasking and also studies distracted driving.
Dario Salvucci

College of Computing & Informatics

Salvucci’s research uses cognitive models to examine how people perform more than one task at the same time and how their performance is affected as they perform additional tasks or when they are interrupted and then resume the tasks. He has also developed tool for rapid prototyping in-vehicle distractions that was used by Ford to test the interior designs of its cars. His current research for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration looks at the challenges surrounding implementation of connected vehicle technology. Salvucci has commented in stories related to distracted driving, using an iPod while driving, texting while driving and texting while walking.

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Multitasking, Distracted Driving
Sauro, Clare

Curator of the Historic Costume Collection

Expert on fashion trends, past and present.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

In addition to her role as curator of the Drexel Historic Costume Collection, Sauro teaches courses in the history of fashion. Prior to this position, she supervised the Accessories Collection and worked as Assistant Curator in the Costume Collection at the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. At the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she contributed to several exhibitions including “The Tailor’s Art and Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion.” In 2005, she co-curated the exhibition “Dutch at the Edge of Design: Fashion and Textiles from the Netherlands.” Sauro is a frequent lecturer on the history of fashion and has contributed essays to the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (Scribner Library of Daily Life, January 2005) and Ralph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness (Yale University Press, February 2007.).

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Sell, Randall - ScD

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention and Director, Program for LGBT Health

Expert in health disparities and health needs affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender populations.

School of Public Health

Sell was one of the first to estimate the prevalence of lesbians, gays and bisexuals in a probability sample of the United States, United Kingdom and France. His work critically examines the variables used to measure health disparities.

Sell is a collaborator on a federally funded scientific study of social diffusion in online media for reaching hidden communities. He is also the lead investigator for a pending study of social networks as a means to sample gay men and collect health information. He has researched and published on the history and best practices of sampling homosexuality and has created an assessment of sexual orientation (the Sell Scale). He serves as a consultant to an ever-increasing number of surveys and programs that have begun to collect sexual orientation data. Sell also established the website

LGBT Health, Public Health
Shattuck, Paul - PhD

Associate Professor, Autism Life Course Outcomes

Expert in autism across the lifespan, emphasizing needs of populations transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood.

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and School of Public Health

Shattuck leads the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's Research Program Area on Life Course Outcomes. Most of his current research is aimed at understanding services and related outcomes among youth with autism as they leave high school and transition to young adulthood. His research publications have appeared in high-impact scientific journals including Pediatrics, Psychiatric Services, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He also has written op-ed pieces that have appeared in leading national newspapers including the New York Times. In 2009, Shattuck’s study on the age of diagnosis among children with autism was recognized as one of the most important autism studies of the year by both Autism Speaks and the Federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. His 2011 study on the use of services by adults with autism was recognized as one of the 20 most impactful scientific studies in the field of autism by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. His 2012 study on postsecondary job and education outcomes was recognized by Autism Speaks as one of the Top 10 research advances of the year.

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Sheller, Mimi - PhD

Professor of Sociology
Director of Mobilities Research and Policy Center

Sustainable mobility and mobility justice, caribbean studies and mobilities, and tracing the histories and forecasting the futures of cultures of mobility.

College of Arts and Sciences

Sheller's research interests include sustainable mobility and mobility justice, caribbean studies and mobilities, and tracing the histories and forecasting the futures of cultures of mobility.

Sheller holds a continuing appointment as senior research fellow in the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University (UK) and is founding co-editor of the international journal Mobilities. She is on the international editorial boards of the journals Cultural Sociology, and African and Black Diaspora.

She is the author of the books Consuming the Caribbean (2003), which explores the relations of production and consumption in the transatlantic world from the colonial era until today; Democracy After Slavery: Black Publics and Peasant Radicalism in Haiti and Jamaica (2000); and recently completed Citizenship from Below: Caribbean Agency and Modern Freedom (forthcoming, Duke University Press). She is also co-editor with John Urry of Mobile Technologies of the City (2006), Tourism Mobilities(2004), and a special issue of Environment and Planning A on "Materialities and Mobilities."

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Slaton, Amy – PhD

Professor, Department of History & Politics

Expert in diversity, racial and gender equity in education; high-tech workforce development; public attitudes about science and technology.
Amy Slaton

College of Arts and Sciences

Slaton holds a doctorate in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught courses in the history of American science, technology and architecture, as well as in U.S. labor history and race relations. Slaton has long been interested in the social character of expertise and work, along with emerging issues of 'competency-based education," the rise of on-line higher education, and the role of community colleges in American technical education, workforce preparation and global economic competition. She has written on the history of building technologies and materials testing, with a focus on who gets credit when things go well and who gets blamed when structures and materials fail. Slaton is also interested in understandings of technical aptitude in American manufacturing and engineering , with particular emphasis on the role of race. Her most recent book is Race, Rigor, and Selectivity in U.S. Engineering: The History of an Occupational Color Line (Harvard University Press, 2010). Slaton produces the blog,, centered on equity in technical education and workforce issues.

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Educational Equity
Spotila, James R. - PhD

Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Biology

Expert in the areas of environmental science, physiological and biophysical ecology, fisheries biology and conservation biology.

College of Arts and Sciences

Spotila's research interests are centered in the areas of environmental science, physiological and biophysical ecology, fisheries biology and ichthyology and conservation biology. He is an expert in the physiological and population ecology of sea turtles.

A pioneer in the field of sea turtle research, Spotila has made key contributions to the understanding of their physiology and behavior, and brought awareness to the threats they face. He was part of the team that attached a transmitter to a sea turtle for the first time, was first to recognize the impending disappearance of the leatherbacks from the Pacific Ocean and the first to document the connection between sex determination and nest temperature.

In 2005, Spotila published the award-winning illustrated book Sea Turtles: A complete guide to their biology, behavior and conservation and donated all proceeds from sales to The Leatherback Trust. He is a professor of environmental science at Drexel and director of its Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. He worked in the Clinton Administration as Chief Environmental Scientist for the Department of the Army.

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Environmental Science and Biology
Staurowsky, Ellen, EdD

Professor, Department of Sport Management

Expert in college sport, Title IX, gender issues in sport, race issues in sport, hazing and sexual violence in sport, women in sport, coaching.

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Staurowsky is an expert in the areas of social justice issues in sport, gender equity in sport, Title IX pay equity and equal employment opportunity, athlete exploitation, college sport reform, and misappropriation of American Indian imagery in sport.

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Sport Management
Stokes, Robert – PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Communication

Expert in economic and community development, healthy places planning, crime prevention and security planning, sustainability planning.

College of Arts and Sciences

Stokes holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Rutgers University and is an associate professor of sociology at Drexel University. He has published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and technical reports in the areas of urban redevelopment, public safety planning, environmental sustainability planning and the public health impacts of mass transit. He has conducted several funded research studies, most recently with researchers from the RAND Corporation. Stokes teaches courses in urban planning and policy, community development, criminology, research methods and data analysis.

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Sustainability Planning, Sociology
Stoyanovich, Julia – PhD

Assistant Professor

Expert in data and knowledge management.
Julia Stoyanovich

College of Computing & Informatics

Stoyanovich’s research focuses on collecting and presenting data in new and unique ways in order to glean new knowledge from the information. She has worked extensively in collecting, processing and modeling scientific data, specifically in the life sciences. Stoyanovich has published studies about methods of leveraging data about personal preferences and group identification collected from social websites.

Information Technology
Susskind, Andrew

Associate Teaching Professor of Television Production and Media Management

Expert on the television business, production and direction of television shows and the historic landscape of television programming.
Andrew Susskind

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Susskind is an accomplished television producer and director who is the director of Westphal’s TV Production & Media Management program. He has spent his career working in, studying and teaching about the television industry. He is able to comment on trends in the industry. His experience and understanding allow him to contextualize many of the issues facing the television industry today, as well as being able to dissect and assess the elements that make particular shows and programming decisions succeed or fail. He has written, produced and directed television shows in a breadth of genres spanning long-form, series, comedies and dramas. Susskind was the executive responsible for “Married With Children,” “Parenthood,” “227,” “The Charmings,” “Sweet Surrender,” “My Talk Show,” “Trial & Error,” “Conagher,” and “The Karen Carpenter Story.” He has also directed episodes of “King of Queens,” “Two Guys and a Girl,” “Unhappily Ever After,” and “The Hughleys.” His producing credits include “Dear Liar,” “Casey Stengel,” “Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare,” and “JFK: A One-Man Show.” Susskind has commented in a number of media stories, including pieces about programming during the Super Bowl, new trends in television series and competition from online television viewing. He has particular interest in the portrayal of minorities in television and motion pictures and has served on the advisory committee for the Imagen Awards, which annually recognize positive portrayals of Hispanics and the Hispanic culture in television and motion pictures.

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Television Programming/Production
Taylor, Jennifer - PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Expert in occupational health and safety in health care and fire services.

School of Public Health

Taylor uses principles in the field of injury prevention and control to address safety issues in health care settings and in certain occupational groups, including firefighters. Taylor’s research unites evidence from the fields of injury prevention and control, quality improvement and occupational safety. She employs an integrated public health approach to these issues through the study of patients, health care workers and the policy environment. As director of the NIH-funded FIRST project at Drexel, she is developing and piloting a comprehensive system to record nonfatal firefighter injuries to better aid prevention efforts.

Prior to her academic appointment, Taylor served 15 years of experience in state government, hospital quality management and the basic sciences.

Occupational Health, Public Health
Tibbs, Donald – JD, PhD

Associate Professor of Law

Expert on the overlapping issues of race, crime, punishment and popular culture.

School of Law

Tibbs is a professor criminal law and procedure. He came to the law school from the Southern University Law Center, where he was an assistant professor of law and director of the Institute for Civil Rights and Justice. He has published scholarly articles in several leading journals on the intersection of race, crime, law and punishment. He is also a legal historian with a special emphasis on the Black Power era, 1965-1980. He is the author of From Black Power to Prison Power: The Making of Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners' Labor Union, (Palgrave MacMillan 2012).

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Tikekar, Rohan – PhD

Assistant Professor, Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts and Food Science

Expert in food product/process development, food safety and food chemistry.
Rohan Tikekar

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Tikekar joined Drexel in 2011, after working as a research associate at the University of California, Davis, and a research assistant at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include thermal and non-thermal food processing and its impact on food quality; controlled delivery systems for food, pharma and biomedical applications; applications of imaging techniques in food quality measurement; and nutraceutical and functional foods. He received his doctorate in food science from Penn State; his thesis focused on the effect of UV light processing on patulin and ascorbic acid in model juice system.

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Food Chemistry, Food Safety
Traud, Michael – JD

Assistant Teaching Professor, Director of Hospitality Management Program

Expert in hospitality law, Italian cuisine.

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Traud has experience cooking in Italy and South Korea. His research interests are hospitality law, Italian cuisine and the implementation of Korean cuisine in the United States. Traud was a member of James Beard Award-winning Chef Marc Vetri’s Osteria opening staff. He spent two years at Osteria during which he was sous chef, and then spent a year at Vetri Ristorante. During his time with Vetri, Traud worked for two James Beard Award-winning chefs and both restaurants were rated top Italian restaurants in Philadelphia and the nation. Traud practiced law before entering the hospitality industry. He received his juris doctorate from Villanova Law School and his associate’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales. Traud is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

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Hospitality Law
Trout, Rosemary

Instructor, Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts & Food Science

Expert in food safety and sanitation.

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Trout’s research interests include food labeling and regulations, food safety and sanitation in food service and food manufacturing, sensory evaluation and customer service. She previously served as a consultant on nutritional marketing and food safety education for Clemens Markets, a recipe creator and tester for Rodale Press and a faculty member in the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Department at Northampton County Community College. Trout is a member of the National Restaurant Association ServSafe Safe Food Handler Certification, the Institute of Food Technologists, the International Association for Food Protection and Research Chefs Association.

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Food Safety
Unsworth, Kristene – PhD

Assistant Professor

Social media and government/police's usage of it, community policing, civil courage, security and surveillance and social control.

College of Computing & Informatics

Unsworth is an expert in social media and government/police's use to detect, classify, measure, and track the formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts, as well as community policing, civil courage, security and surveillance, and social control.

Unsworth's research interests are in the areas of information policy, ethics, government information and surveillance studies. Unsworth has conducted research on the use of social categorization in national security policy in historical, international and contemporary contexts. Her work examines the ethical issues behind social categorization, information use and retrieval in government contexts. Current projects include examining the role of citizen participation in government "See something, Say something" campaigns and the ethical implications of and such participation. Her teaching interests focus on issues of access to and critique of government information, information policy and ethics. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington.

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Information Technology
Volpe, Stella – PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences

Nationally prominent expert on nutrition, obesity prevention and sports and exercise physiology.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Volpe is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist whose research focuses on obesity and diabetes prevention, body composition, bone mineral density and mineral metabolism and exercise. She has researched interventions including changing portion sizes in cafeterias and making physical activity more a part of a person’s day to implement changes in behavior.

Volpe is the chair of the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, as well as vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Nutrition and Obesity, Health Professions
Walkling, Ralph - PhD

Stratakis Chair in Corporate Governance and Accountability
Director of the Center for Corporate Governance

Internationally known for his research involving corporate governance and corporate acquisitions.

LeBow College of Business

Walkling is internationally known for his research involving corporate governance and corporate acquisitions. He has been listed in the top one percent of more than 12,000 finance authors in terms of academic citations to their work. He is a regular consultant to industry and a leading contributor to the top refereed journals in his field including The Journal of Financial Economics, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysisand The Rand Journal of Economics.

Walkling has received numerous awards for best papers in corporate finance and excellence in graduate teaching. In 2008 the Eastern Finance Association awarded him its scholar of the year award.

Corporate Governance, Business
Walters, Darren

Associate Teaching Professor of Music Industry

Expert on the business of producing and marketing music and trends in the music industry both in the United States and in foreign markets.
Darren Walters

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Walters has an extensive background in music production and marketing. He is the founder of Jade Tree, a well-known, independent record label with more than 125 releases in its catalogue. As a visionary in the industry, Walters has produced a variety of artists including Jets to Brazil, Lifetime, The Promise Ring, Pedro the Lion and Strike Anywhere. Walters has commented in stories about historic trends in the industry including the comeback of vinyl records, the effects of instant downloads on record sales and the evolution of modern music marketing.

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Music Industry
Waring, Michael - PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering

Expert on indoor air quality, air quality monitoring and building energy sustainability design and technology.
Michael Waring

College of Engineering

Waring is the head of the Indoor Environment Research Group at Drexel. He studies indoor air quality, this includes: how to monitor it, the effect of various household and external chemicals on it, how particles form indoors and their effect on air quality, and how to improve indoor air quality. Waring’s lab is responsible for monitoring the air quality effects of Drexel’s biowall. He is also conducting research on the effects of household cleaners on indoor air quality. Waring has been interviewed about his work regarding ventilation, remediation and mitigation of airborne toxins in buildings, and risk factors associated with carrying chemicals from the outdoor environment into the home on shoes and clothing.

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Indoor Air Quality
Weaver, Karen – EdD

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Sport Management

Expert in college athletics, business of sport, governance issues, higher ed administration.

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

A former Division I and III National Championship head coach and director of athletics, Weaver joined Drexel’s department of sport management in 2012. Her research interests include college sports media and finance, broadcast television media rights and rights holders, governance issues and social media and marketing. She has written numerous articles on the impact media rights are having on college sports. Additionally, Weaver serves as a consultant to the Knight Commission for Intercollegiate Athletics, which ensures that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities. She received her doctorate of education from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sport Management
Wen, Jin - PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering

Expert on energy efficiency as it relates to buildings. She can comment on issues regarding energy efficiency, energy efficient design and behaviors, and indoor environmental quality.
Jin Wen

College of Engineering

Wen’s research centers on designing and retrofitting buildings to maximize and improve energy efficiency. As a co-director of the Building Science & Engineering Group, Wen has directed research on how buildings can produce and share their own energy in clusters, how to improve indoor air quality and energy consumption using off-the-shelf HVAC technology, monitoring building climate controls to detect problems that waste energy, and modeling how people warm and cool themselves in office settings for use in building design. Wen has commented on stories about how people can avoid wasting energy when heating and cooling their homes during heat waves and cold snaps. She also leads Drexel’s research contingent at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

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Building Energy Efficiency
White, Scott – PhD

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Expert in homeland security and emergency management, terrorism and counter-terrorism, infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis.

College of Computing & Informatics

White is a professor of homeland security and security management and director of the Computing Security and Technology program at Drexel. He is a criminologist with an accomplished career in security. Before joining Drexel in January 2012, he served as the director of the Institute of Homeland Security at Westfield State University. He was a commissioned officer with the Canadian Forces Military Intelligence Branch (Department of National Defence) and worked for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He also served as an associate consultant in terrorism and intelligence analysis at MONAD Security Audit Systems. Additionally, he has consulted with federal, state, provincial and municipal police services in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

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Homeland Security
Williams III, Charles A. - PhD

Associate Teaching Professor of Psychology and Education

Expert in the causes and prevention of school-aged violence.

College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education

Williams is the former co-host of "The Grimaldi & Williams" show on CBS Radio's "Big Talker" 1210-AM. He has written editorials for both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News on issues such as crime, race, and politics. Williams moderated a national forum commemorating President Obama's "A More Perfect Union" speech. The national forum was held at the National Constitution Center on the very stage where a then-presidential candidate Obama delivered his historic speech on race in America.

Working with Drexel's Goodwin College, Williams teamed up with Mind TV to produce a number of short documentaries highlighting issues related to violence in America. The series aired July 2010 on Mind TV and will be featured periodically until 2012.

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Education, Psychology, Violence
Yudell, Michael – PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention

Expert in bioethics and history of public health including genomics and autism spectrum disorders.

School of Public Health

Yudell is a researcher in the fields of ethics, genomics and the history of public health. His work focuses on the history, risk communication and ethics of autism spectrum disorders, as well as emergency preparedness, vaccines and the history of the race concept in biology.

He is currently writing a book about the history of autism, has a book forthcoming on the history of the race concept in biology and has previously published two books on the mapping of the human genome.

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Public Health, Autism
Zelenkauskaite, Asta – PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Culture and Communication

Expert in social media, user-generated content, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, gender and online identity.

College of Arts and Sciences

Zelenkauskaite received her doctorate in Mass Communication from Indiana University, Bloomington, with two minor specializations in information science and linguistics. Her research focuses on the ways in which communication occurs through computer network environments as well as mobile telephony. She is interested in the changes that social media bring to mass media landscape by studying these phenomena from a multi-method approach to analyze changing understanding of content, audiences, and media companies. Most of her work bridges disciplinary boundaries methodologically and conceptually through her collaborative work with computer scientists and information science scholars.

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Culture and Communication, Social Media
Ziccardi, Charles

Auxiliary Instructor, Program Manager, Culinary Arts

Issues related to food and cuisine. He specializes in classical and regional Italian cuisine and culture.

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Chef Ziccardi specializes in classical and regional Italian cuisine and culture. He has been a full-time chef instructor in the Hospitality Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia since August 2000.

He holds an associate's degree in Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York; a Bachelor of Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania; and a Certificate of Achievement in Classical Italian Cuisine from The Italian Culinary Institute per Stranieri in Torino, Italy. Ziccardi has held a number of chef positions in the Philadelphia area, Colorado, and Italy. He has worked under some world-renowned chefs, including Jean-Marie Lacroix at The Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia and Jean-FranÁois Taquet of Restaurant Taquet.

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Culinary Arts
Zillmer, Eric A. - PsyD

Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology
Director of Athletics

Issues related to sports psychology, forensics psychology and psychology of terrorism.

College of Arts and Sciences

During his tenure as director of athletics, Zillmer assisted in the completion of the Walter Spiro Varsity Weight Room, the creation of the Drexel Athletics logo, the Blue Cross Wellness Center, the remodeling of the department's Sport Medicine facility, extensive renovations at the Vidas Athletic Complex, the creation of a new 84,000 square feet Recreation Center, transfer of the Philadelphia Armory to Drexel Athletics, and securing the winning bid for the 2008 Olympic Trials in Table Tennis.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Zillmer is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality Assessment, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology for which he also served as president. He has written extensively in the areas of sports psychology, neuropsychology and psychological assessment, having published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and books.

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Neuropsychology, Psychology