Faculty Advisory Board

Paul Diefenbach

Assistant Professor, Digital Media, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and Computer Science, College of Engineering
Co-Director Drexel RePlay Lab
pjdief@drexel.edu

Co-director of Drexel’s RePlay Lab on Gaming Technology. Drexel RePlay is a collaborative effort for teaching, researching, designing, and building video games between the Digital Media program (in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design) and the Computer Science department (in the College of Engineering). It was recently rated by the Princeton Review as being one of the top 3 undergraduate Game Design programs in North America. He is the founder and CTO of OpenWorlds, Inc., a Web multi-media and 3D graphics applications developer. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 for his pioneering thesis on “Multi-pass Pipeline Rendering”, which serves as the technical basis for the current generation of rendering and gaming engines.

Richardson Dilworth

Richardson Dilworth

Richardson Dilworth

Associate Professor, History and Politics
Director, Center for Public Policy
College of Arts and Sciences
Email: dilworth@drexel.edu

Research interests: urban politics, public policy, water policy

Author of The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy (2005) and the editor of two books: The City in American Political Development (2009) and Social Capital in the City: Community and Civic Life in Philadelphia (2006).

Eugenia Ellis

Eugenia Ellis

Eugenia Ellis

Associate Professor, Interior Design
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Email: genaellis@drexel.edu

Research interests include spatial visualization and three-dimensional imagining, visual perception and altered states of perception, daylighting and innovative lighting strategies, and environmental technology. Dr. Ellis is a faculty advisor for the Drexel Smart House and is a co-Director of the Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative where she is involved in the areas of Sustainability and Green Design, Public Health and Medical Infrastructure, and Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, including work on the “Interior Ecologies” project in association with the Drexel Smart House.

Charles Haas

Charles Haas

Charles Haas

L.D. Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering – Drexel University
Head — Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
Email: haas@drexel.edu

Research interests: Drinking water treatment, microbial risk assessment, bioterrorism. Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA), and co-PI of NSF project Collaborative Large-scale Engineering Analysis Network for Environmental Research (CLEANER). He also works with members of his department on cross-border issues and agent-based models.

Anil Kalhan

Anil Kalhan

Associate Professor of Law
Earle Mack School of Law
Email: anil.kalhan@drexel.edu

Anil Kalhan has expertise in immigration and citizenship law, constitutional law, international human rights, and criminal law. Professor Kalhan is a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also serves on the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association of New York, the national council of advisors for South Asian Americans Leading Together, and the advisory board of the Discrimination and National Security Initiative of the Harvard University Pluralism Project, and is an affiliated faculty  member of the South Asian Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Scott Knowles

Scott Knowles

Assistant Professor
Department of History and Politics
College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Great Works Symposium, Pennoni Honors College
Email: sgk23@drexel.edu

Scott Gabriel Knowles is an assistant professor in the Department of History and Politics and director of the Great Works Symposium in the Pennoni Honors College. He is a co-director of the Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative. Knowles is editor and co-author of Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City (2009, U Penn Press), and is author of the forthcoming book Disaster City: Risk Experts in the American Metropolis.  He teaches courses in modern United States history, urban history, and the history of technology. Knowles received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Johns Hopkins University, Department of the History of Science, Medicine, and  Technology.

Yvonne Michael

Yvonne Michael

Yvonne Michael

Associate Professor
Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health
Email: ylm23@drexel.edu

Research Interests: Impact of social characteristics of communities and individuals on population health, particularly as it relates to active aging, women’s health and health disparities. Urban neighborhood walkability measures and elderly mobilities.

Julie Mostov

Dr. Julie Mostov

Professor of Political Science
Associate Vice Provost for International Programs
Email: mostovj@drexel.edu

Dr. Julie Mostov is Associate Vice Provost for International Programs, and Professor of Political Science at Drexel University. She specializes in studies on the politics of national identity, sovereignty, citizenship, and gender and has a particular interest in Southeastern Europe. The Office of International Programs (OIP) under the Office of the Provost, brings leadership, strategic coordination, and institutional structure to the global dimension of the university.

Dr. Mostov’s recent publications promote the notion of soft-borders, transnational citizenship, and relational sovereignty, and explore gender and sexuality in the politics of national identity. Publications related to this work include, Soft Borders: Rethinking Sovereignty and Democracy (Palgrave, 2008) as well as her book with Rada Ivekovic, From Gender to Nation (University of Bologna/Longo Editore, 2002 and Zubaan Press 2004); “Soft Borders and Transnational Citizens;” “Softening Borders, De-Naturalizing Difference;” and “‘Our Women’/ ‘Their Women’: Symbolic Boundaries, Territorial Markers, and Violence in the Balkans.”