Drexel Named Most Innovative

Posted in Fall 2020, Crosswalk, News Briefs

Researchers inside Drexel’s newest research lab, the Center for Functional Fabrics, spent the spring creating high-filtering masks for health care workers.

Researchers inside Drexel’s newest research lab, the Center for Functional Fabrics, spent the spring creating high-filtering masks for health care workers.

Drexel is the country’s most innovative mid-sized research university, according to a report released in June by the George W. Bush Institute and Opus Faveo Innovation Development.

The organizations evaluated U.S. research institutions based on public data about their productivity in research, teaching, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Drexel achieved the highest “innovation impact productivity” score of its size category, ahead of the University of New Mexico, Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Drexel demonstrated outstanding performance “in terms of productivity in converting research inputs to innovation impact outputs” and scored far higher than any member of the largest university group, according to the report.

The rankings are the first of their kind to be produced by the two organizations. The Institute is an offshoot of the George W. Bush Center located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, and Opus Faveo is an innovation consulting firm whose university clients include the University of Texas in Dallas, Texas Tech University and the University of Michigan.

Yury Gogotsi

Yury Gogotsi

Michel Barsoum

Michel Barsoum

College of Engineering researchers Michel Barsoum and Yury Gogotsi were named among the most highly cited researchers globally in 2019.