Story Ideas and Trends for 2010 at Drexel University

Jan 07, 2010, 17:01 ET from Drexel University

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drexel University is the first institution in the country to deploy energy monitoring equipment on its 65-acre main campus. Based on the real-time pricing technology, the system will allow the University to purchase power at times of the day when demand is low and sell excess power back to the larger power grid. Other Drexel trends include:

New "green" Rec Center:

The Recreation Center's green features include a system to maintain storm-water flows by collecting rain water into a 36,000-gallon underground cistern. The rain water collected is infiltrated and used for toilet flushing and to reduce generation of potable water demand.

Real-world engineering:

Drexel civil engineering students are using a bridge as a living laboratory in a new form of engineering education designed to expose future engineers to live, real-world data. The students have installed 100 sensors on the bridge to gain information on traffic flow, bridge conditions and structural integrity that is streamed live to a classroom and research center.

Witnesses to hunger:

In a study to show the prevalence of hunger among children, a Drexel professor provided 40 Philadelphia mothers with a digital camera for them to record how they view the world. The photographs are part of a traveling exhibition "Witnesses to Hunger," recently on display at the nation's Capitol.

Video game hub:

A Drexel professor is vying to make Philadelphia a hub for video game development.

A bi-coastal initiative:

One year ago, Drexel welcomed students at the Drexel Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, Calif., a bi-coastal initiative where students in Sacramento receive the same quality education as those on Drexel's Philadelphia campus. The University is exploring the possibility of creating similar centers in key cities across the nation.

Experiencing globalism:

Drexel students aren't just able to study abroad; they can work abroad and earn money while living in another country through the University's cooperative education program .Drexel is expanding its partnerships with employers and universities abroad. Through Drexel's cooperative education program, students alternate periods of classroom studies with full-time paid employment.

Lecture capture:

Missing class will soon become obsolete at Drexel as the University installs "lecture capture" software to record classes and share them with students. Students can re-watch and review lectures.

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