Campaign Vision

We recognize that cities will shape the future everywhere. Already, half the world's population lives in urban areas and, by the year 2030, that will be 70 percent. How cities thrive or decline will have a critical impact on communities around the world — whether urban, suburban or rural. The vitality of cities will determine the quality of the air we breathe, the diversity of food we eat, our options for travel, the accessibility of our healthcare and the prosperity of our economy.

That's why we ask you to join us in our profound commitment to shape smart, vibrant cities where opportunities abound. In the process, we will build resilience in our students and our neighboring communities.

The most exciting developments at Drexel happen at the intersection of multiple fields — combining theory and practice, creativity and pragmatism. The unique strengths and greatest potential of all our colleges and research programs coalesce around urgent challenges represented by these four areas:

Information, Technology and Market Solutions

Drexel can unlock the power of information and technology, and turn market disruption into solutions, making the future a safer, more equitable place.

Drexel stands in a unique position to shape the future of information, technology and market solutions. We have exceptionally broad and deep expertise that continues to grow, including: computing and informatics, cybersecurity, neuro-marketing, economic modeling, data mining, systems engineering, biomedical engineering and brain sciences.

This gives us the power to anticipate and solve challenges such as:

  • Help organizations navigate market disruption, jumpstarting economic growth and creating new jobs
  • Close the talent-supply gap and bring women into computing-related fields, broadening earning capacity while increasing the talent pipeline
  • Reverse the deepening digital divide, helping to alleviate poverty and business stagnation
  • Address cybersecurity concerns, safeguarding individuals and institutions from potentially devastating consequences


Drexel will alleviate discrepancies in healthcare, education, the environment and other factors that blight urban life.

In addition to thought-leaders in medicine, public health and the sciences, Drexel trains architects and product designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, educators, computer and information scientists, material scientists, artists and digital media creators. Driven by the shared conviction that health is a human right, these faculty and students engage in collaborations across the University, regionally and globally.

Our interdisciplinary approach and community partnerships have generated breakthroughs such as:

  • Novel clues to early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, to save families and communities from a ravaging disease
  • Innovative solutions for urban food deserts, that teach students while revitalizing neighborhoods
  • Gaming and enhanced-reality technologies that help children with autism spectrum disorders and movement disabilities build life-enhancing skills
  • Health interventions utilizing playgrounds and rain gardens strategically placed in some of the nation’s poorest communities


Drexel's capacity in the emerging field of smart infrastructure is poised to jumpstart new businesses and enhance the quality of life in densely populated urban areas.

The distinction between physical infrastructure and cyber infrastructure has broken down, giving rise to "smart systems" that integrate physical components with computer algorithms. This kind of smart infrastructure is shaping the future of energy distribution, healthcare delivery, retail business and other aspects of daily life. Drexel's longstanding strength in electrical, structural and materials engineering; architecture; design; and computer and information sciences puts us in the vanguard of this movement. Our leadership in teaching change management, economics and finance helps bridge the gap between concept development and viable systems.

By advancing the potential inherent in smart infrastructure, Drexel can promote:

  • Safer neighborhoods, with street lighting and law enforcement tied to systems that monitor hazardous conditions in real-time
  • Healthier regions, with instantaneous alerts of contagious diseases
  • More cost-effective public utilities, with accurate monitoring of use, waste and theft


The greatest wealth in the 21st century will be generated by advancing knowledge through innovation and creativity — and that's where Drexel excels.

The creative economy features activities at the intersection of arts, culture, business and technology. This describes Drexel University, from its inception to the current day. We have multiple potent hubs of creativity, including programs geared toward communications, the built environment, and entrepreneurship and business incubation. The greatest impact grows from collaborations across departments and with community partners in industries such as advertising, architecture, product design, functional fabrics, entertainment and artificial intelligence.

With powerful combinations of talent, and fearless entrepreneurial spirit, Drexel provides the environment where:

  • A sculptor and bioengineer build an artificial heart for surgical training and research
  • A mechanical engineer, product designer and MBA candidate solve a business problem and launch a company
  • Interior design students fashion a sensory-controlled, mobile autism lab, which health educators can use to reach underserved children and parents where they live