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Mentors on Call: The Baiada Center Gives Young Entrepreneurs a Head Start

This essay is the tenth and last in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

Mentors on Call

by Joshua Ritz and Jay Majersky

Starting a business out of college can be an incredibly difficult task. Armed with little to no prior knowhow on how to start a business, and even less experience as an entrepreneur, budding entrepreneurs must face the challenges of researching the interest in their business, planning its marketing and promotion, and funding their venture. By themselves, it can become a nearly impossible task, and with a 60% failure rate, it may even seem too intimidating to start. Luckily, thanks to the Mentors on Call program at the Baiada Center, they don't have to go through the process alone.

Innovation at the College of Nursing and Health Professions

This essay is the ninth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

Innovation at the College of Nursing and Health Professions
By Megan Flynn

Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) is the first undergraduate nursing program in the country to use simulation with patient actors. This provides an experience for students and builds their clinical confidence in early clinical courses. Not only does this give health profession students the experience of effective communication, assessment and intervention techniques with real people, but actual patients are being taxed - as they are in other schools who use real patients. After the simulation, a faculty member views the entire "patient encounter" and provide objective feedback. Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow was the person initially responsible for incorporating the use of simulated patients into the undergraduate programs.

No More Fumbling for Coins: Drexel Alumns Create the Ompay Parking Meter

This essay is the eighth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

No More Fumbling for Coins: Drexel Alumns Create the Ompay Parking Meter

by Emily Kim

In order to successfully develop a solution, a problem must first be recognized. Appropriate planning and research must be conducted to understand the underlying issues. Drexel University alumni, James Kohler and Nitin Khanna, have sympathized with Philadelphia drivers and the apprehension they endure while parking. This anxiety is a result of feeding parking meters with the last quarter dug out from either the car’s ashtray that has become a piggy bank, or the pockets of pants and shirts that have been infested with crumbs and lint. Rushing back to the parked car in hopes of beating the notorious Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) before they can issue a parking violation is yet another product of the city’s parking situation. The PPA is the regulating body of all on-street parking in the city. In fact, Khanna has once fallen victim to being ticketed for an expired meter. With this experience lingering in their minds, Kohler and Khanna have collaborated ideas to create a process that ultimately alleviates this stress. Entitled OmPay, the system relies on the use of the Smart Card, which is akin to a debit card. With the swipe of the Smart Card, as opposed to the insertion of loose change, drivers are able to pay for metered parking on streets throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Since its introduction in 2001, OmPay has been applauded for its convenience to tourists, businesspeople, students, and commuters alike.

Detecting Cardiac Allograft Transplant Rejection

This essay is the seventh in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

Detecting Cardiac Allograft Transplant Rejection

by Steven Doll and Amanda O’Malley

The immune system is a primary form of defense against foreign bodies for multi-cellular organisms. The immune systems of vertebrates in particular are by far the most intricate, consisting of several layers of defense against pathogens. Vertebrate immune systems feature a function known as acquired immunity. “Immunology”, by George Pinchuck, states that “The acquired immunity is highly specific, i.e., the system discriminates between various antigens, responding with a unique reaction to every particular antigen” (2). An antigen is usually a protein embedded in a cell’s surface (or viral capsule) that can be bound by a certain antibody.  Antibodies that are bound to a pathogen in this manner signal to other cells of the immune system that said pathogen is foreign to the body.  This triggers a cascade of events that results in a specific response to the recognized antigen (Immunology 6).

Innovating the Wheel

This essay is the sixth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

Innovating the Wheel: LeBow College of Business students want you to fall in love with a Subaru

by Robyn Weaver and MC Sokolowski

“Warning, purchase of the Subaru Impreza may cause butterflies in stomach, persistent
smile, impulsive off-roading, spontaneous road trips, or other common symptoms of car
infatuation” headlines the creative group of Lebow College of Business students on their ad campaign Facebook page. In the fall of 2007 Ashley Keen, Maria Papadakis, Jake Roberson, and David Dempsey of Drexel’s Lebow College of Business formed a class unlike any other in the school’s history. These pioneering students competed in Subaru’s Project Acceleration: The Subaru Impreza Collegiate Challenge. Twelve schools from across the country were selected to create advertising campaigns and the schools; the top three campaigns presented their work to executives at the Subaru of America headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (Project). The students were given a $3,000 budget to fund their campaign. Inspired by Subaru’s logo which has an oval exterior with six stars within, these Drexel students created Six Star Associates Consulting.

Tissue Engineering and Wound Control

This essay is the fifth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

Tissue Engineering and Wound Control
by Jiaxu Zong and Hai Ngo

Tissue engineering is the application of cell biology, materials and engineering principles by the National Science Foundation in 1987 and formally established. It research and development of lesions for repair or improvement of human tissue or organ structure and function substitute the biological activity of science by the National Science Foundation in 1987 and formally established. My topic is built on tissue engineering and its application and development.

Carbide-Derived Carbons

This essay is the fourth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

Carbide-Derived Carbons

by Mark Santella

During his most recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama talked about how American needs to once again be a leader in innovation, especially in the fields of science and technology. There are constant advancements made every day in the world of science and technology. It is in places like Drexel University that these progresses are made. One of the most current and innovative areas of technology is the area of nanotechnology. Amongst the different parts of nanotechnology one of the more interesting sections of research is carbide-derived carbons.

Chiddy Bang: The Pretty Much Amazing Story of Two Drexel Musicians

This essay is the third in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

Chiddy Bang

by Paymon Hadjiesmaeiloo and Islam El Ghazali

A high school education used to be all that you need to get a well paying job, so long as you worked hard and had a certain skill. Nowadays high school educations do not suffice when searching for a good job. In order to get a well paying job and have financial security for yourself and your future family, you need to get a college education. However some people don’t wait for their college careers to end to start working or becoming entrepreneurs. This was the case for Chidera “Chiddy” Anamega and Noah “ Xaphoon Jones” Beresin also known as Chiddy Bang.

Inventing the Bar Code

This essay is the second in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

Inventing the Bar Code

By Michael Hsiao and Steven Miner

Selecting a University to attend can be a tough and stressful decision, but for me it was easy.  I am attending Drexel University, ranked 86th among all universities of the United States by U.S. News & World Report. This is not just because of the coop program or just the business or engineering schools, I believe that Drexel is among one of the top universities in the world due to their innovation and inventions. Drexel’s innovation has started the day the school was opened and still continues today, its students in school or already out of school have made and continue to make a big impact on the world that we live in today. 145 U.S. patents and patent apps have come from this prestigious university and there are many more to come. Innovation has become something that our university is known for; it’s all around us and sometimes we use things everyday that we had no idea were innovated at Drexel University.

Drexel: Ahead of the Curve?

This essay is the first in the series Drexel students write about Drexel innovations

Drexel: Ahead of the Curve?
by Dwight Carter and Paul Freeman

Drexel University has proven to be a leader in technology, research and entrepreneurship.  Through our research, we’ve found that innovation does not only exist in new inventions but rather, invention exists in delivering the value of an invention or adding value to an already existing product.  The difference between invention and innovation is a key concept in understanding Drexel’s role in assisting and nurturing innovation.  The institution has a rich tradition of being proactive in research, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.  Coming through Drexel, the world has seen everything from the invention of the barcode to Dr. Min Jun Kim’s research on “harnessing the power of bacterial motors for engineering applications.”

“Entrepreneur Magazine recently ranked Drexel University among the top universities in the category of entrepreneurship emphasis.”  Dean George Tsetsekos appreciated this honor because it highlighted the proficiency of the LeBow College of Business and the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology.

Innovation and small business empowerment is what makes America special. Drexel embraces both with open arms by having an outstanding number of resources. Behind Drexel’s success is a system of talented individuals. Two of the leaders that stand out are Mark Loschiavo and Jay Bhatt who both play a big role in helping and motivating students to think about innovation.

Drexel is fortunate enough to have Jay Bhatt as the Engineering Librarian. He is world renowned for his engineering blog and holds multiple degrees in Library Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Education. Mr. Bhatt manages engineering research guides, online tutorials and two engineering blogs to help students learn to find and use various engineering resources that Drexel University Libraries subscribe to. In addition to all of this, he has presented at several national and international conferences about information and research skills of engineering students.

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