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Imran Iqbal ’16 is researching wicking rate in nanofabrics.

Imran Iqbal ’16 is researching wicking rate in nanofabrics.

Philadelphia University M.S. in Textile Engineering student Imran Iqbal ’16 won the 2016 Textile Industry Engineering Scholarship for $5,000 from the Industrial Fabrics Foundation.

For his thesis, Iqbal has been working with Reza Masoodi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on wicking and absorption in nonwovens composed of nanofibers. The goal is to better understand wicking rate in nanofabrics, and based on this research, explore new industrial and medical applications.

Iqbal, who will graduate in December, was a research assistant at PhilaU, working on projects with Johnson & Johnson, Federal Mogul and Parker Hannifin. Currently, he is a product manager for the institutional apparel department at Encompass Group, a manufacturer of reusable textiles, professional apparel, therapeutic support surfaces and disposable and single-use medical products.

PhilaU faculty presented workshops, and University students served as judges for mock interviews.

PhilaU faculty presented workshops, and University students served as judges for mock interviews.

For the past two Fridays, Philadelphia University hosted educational programs for more than 250 regional high school students interested in business and entrepreneurship.

The students, hailing from high schools in Philadelphia, West Chester, York and Upper Merion, are members of DECA, a program that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, and which has chapters at high schools and colleges around the globe.

PhilaU faculty presented workshops on interdisciplinary learning, creative design processes, entrepreneurship, business models and systems thinking. In addition, PhilaU students who belonged to DECA in high school served as judges for mock interviews.

The partnership with DECA allows participants to learn about the value of design thinking and helps high schools develop business- and marketing-based curriculums for students, said Justin O’Pella, assistant dean for academic administration, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.

Out of thousands of entries worldwide, three teams of Philadelphia University industrial design sophomores have moved on to the finals in the Electrolux Ideas Lab Student Design Challenge. They now need your votes to make it to the top 10.

procontainersAs part of this international competition, the teams each created a 30-second video describing an idea to promote healthy eating. The judges narrowed down the pool to the top 50 entries, with only six from the United States.

The three PhilaU finalist teams and their projects are:

  • Adam Hecht, Alex Tholl: Smartop, a smart countertop with touch screen
  • Veronica Reguero-Cadilla, Toviah Botwinik: Cooktainer, a compact, portable cooker and accompanying app
  • Alison Schlicher, Emily Monath: Procontainers, stackable ripeness-detecting food containers

The challenge now opens up to public to help determine the top 10. Click here to vote for PhilaU’s finalists (listed by the first name on each team above). You can pick up to five projects, and voting closes on Nov. 16.

Please note that you must enter your email when prompted and confirm your vote by clicking the link in an email you will then receive.

The winning students will receive a €10,000 prize and travel to Stockholm to present his or her idea to Electrolux and startup leaders. Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances that seeks innovative solutions for households and businesses.

The student projects were developed as part of a course taught by Industrial design faculty members Lyn Godley, associate professor; Mark Havens, assistant professor; and Christina Kazakia, adjunct.


The Common Market recognized Dining Services for its commitment to sourcing food from local farms.

Philadelphia University has been recognized for its commitment to sourcing food from local, sustainable farms during the 2015-2016 school year from the Common Market, one of its food vendors. The University purchased 17,753 pounds of local food from them.

Last school year, 25 percent of PhilaU’s total food purchases came from within 150 miles of campus, said Sara Lockard, senior general manager for Dining Services.

“It’s important to source locally, as we’re putting money back into the local economy,” she said. “Plus, using local ingredients allows food to be fresh and seasonal throughout the year.”



PhilaU’s Tom Schrand wrote about design thinking in the latest issue of Peer Review.

Tom Schrand, Philadelphia University’s associate dean for general education, wrote about design thinking as a strategy for reaching consensus about general education learning goals in the summer issue of Peer Review.

The article explains how PhilaU faculty, staff and students applied design thinking techniques to identify a set of general education competencies that students could develop not only in the University’s undergraduate core curriculum, but also in their majors and in co-curricular experiences like internships and study abroad.

“When you are developing a new course, one recommended approach is to begin by defining your learning outcomes and then to work backwards from there to determine the appropriate course topics, materials, and assessment methods,” he wrote. “In 2011, as Philadelphia University prepared to launch an ambitious initiative for reforming general education, we wondered if we could apply the same ‘outcomes-first’ approach to a university-wide curriculum.”

The result was an innovative new approach to general education organized around these shared learning goals and an e-portfolio process that allows students to display samples of their work related to each goal.

The flagship publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Peer Review covers emerging trends and key debates in undergraduate education. The editors commissioned the article after Schrand’s presentation on the topic at their annual conference this past winter.

Read the piece here.


TraumaAbuse, neglect, exposure to violence, poverty and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have profound health, social and emotional consequences for people across the lifespan. Research indicates ACEs are common across cultures and socioeconomic strata, and yet, few health and human services providers graduate from training programs with the competencies they need to address the impact of trauma and toxic stress.

Philadelphia University’s Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) program, along with the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, will be presenting “The Need for Trauma-Informed Curricula at Institutions of Higher Learning” on Oct. 20.

“This is an event in which Philadelphia workforce leaders across human service sectors will call to action curriculum decision makers in post-secondary training programs, ensuring Philadelphia’s future human service workforce is better prepared to address the trauma-related needs of our citizens,” said Jeanne Felter, CTC program director and Zeldin Family Foundation Chair in Community and Trauma Counseling. “The CTC program serves as an excellent model for trauma-informed education, and we are excited to partner with CCTC and the United Way to support this critically important conversation.”

Delivering the keynote is Sandra Bloom, MD, associate professor of health management and policy, Drexel School of Public Health, and founder of the Sanctuary Institute. Following will be a panel discussion moderated by Joel Fein, MD, MPH, co-director of the Violence Prevention Initiative and director of advocacy and health policy in the division of emergency medicine and an advocacy adviser for government affairs, community relations and advocacy at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The free event will be at WHYY in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register and for more info, visit here.

PhilaU's M.S. in Sustainable Design program focuses on open source, collaborative learning.

PhilaU’s M.S. in Sustainable Design program focuses on open source, collaborative learning.

The 2016 Build Architecture Awards have recognized Philadelphia University’s M.S. in Sustainable Design, noting the unique transdisciplinary collaborative program leads in preparing future leaders.

The awards highlight “the amazing work done by the talented designers, artists and visionaries whose talent and innovation have created talking points that will span generation,” the organizers said.

“Unlike other design schools that reward individual achievement and competition, we focus on open source, collaborative learning aimed at a greater purpose,” said Rob Fleming, director of the M.S. in Sustainable Design program. “We’ve eliminated design juries which typically come at the end of a semester and replaced them with integrated design charrettes at the beginning of the semester. This allows students to build upon the participation of experts in a variety of fields.”

Read more about the recognition here.


Excited students packed the stands for Ram Madness, the kickoff to the basketball season.

Philadelphia University’s 2016-17 basketball season kicked off on a high note last night at Ram Madness. Fans filled the stands at the Gallagher Athletic Center for the special pep rally that featured team introductions, a pizza eating contest, three-point challenge and performances by the PhilaU cheerleaders, Ramettes, Dance Company and Smooth Stomping Steppers.

However, the biggest highlight likely came when Hall of Fame Coach Herb Magee, who’s second in NCAA men’s basketball history with 1,032 career victories, serenaded the crowd. (Watch the clip of his rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic “Summer Wind” here.) Magee enters his 50th year as head coach.

See the women’s and men’s basketball schedules.

“This work demonstrates our expertise and deep knowledge on high-functional technical apparel for the military,” said PhilaU's Mark Sunderland.

“This work demonstrates our expertise and deep knowledge on high-functional technical apparel for the military,” said PhilaU’s Mark Sunderland.

A Philadelphia University-lead team recently completed work on two prototypes of protective suits for the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in partnership with the Battelle Memorial Institute.

The one-piece over garment suit is part of an all-purpose-personal protective ensemble (AP-PPE), a state-of-the-art chemical-biological protective garment system developed for Special Operations forces to increase protection against chemical-biological threats and to improve operational suitability.

Besides the over garment suit, the AP-PPE ensemble features chemical-biological protective footwear and gloves. The components interface together and are compatible with existing operational gear.

Battelle Memorial Institute is a private, nonprofit applied science and technology development company that manages federal government laboratories and supports national security. Recognizing PhilaU’s work on Department of Defense-funded initiatives such as the Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection, Battelle invited performance apparel expert Mark Sunderland, textile engineer and Robert J. Reichlin High-Performance Apparel Chair, to provide his expertise and consultation.

Sunderland’s team manufactured and fabricated two prototypes of the AP-PPE over garment suit–one with a collar and one with a hood–and wrote and produced a detailed prospectus of operations and procedures (based on the prototypes) on the manufacture of the protective suit.

The PhilaU team was awarded the nearly $75,000 contract by Battelle in April 2016 and completed the work in mid-August. PhilaU textile materials technology student Devon Willard ’18 and Philadelphia-based Ricochet Manufacturing worked under Sunderland’s direction on this project.

“This work demonstrates our expertise and deep knowledge on high-functional technical apparel for the military,” Sunderland said. “The procedures and operations developed from the construction and assembly of the bio-chem suit will be used as the military standard for contractors and manufacturers.”

The doctorate in Midwifery will develop a leadership cadre of midwives able to leverage their expertise for the betterment of women, families and communities.

The doctorate in Midwifery will develop a leadership cadre of midwives able to leverage their expertise for the betterment of women, families and communities.

Philadelphia University will offer two new programs starting fall 2017: the doctorate in Midwifery and M.S. in Real Estate Development.

The University previously announced the addition of an M.S. in Fashion Design Management, an online M.S. in Construction Management and an art therapy specialization in the M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling Program for fall 2017.

“The launching of several new innovative, market-facing, student-centric academic programs provide further evidence of how PhilaU is helping to transform higher education and meet the demands of students and industry,” said Matt Dane Baker, PhilaU provost and dean of the faculty.

The doctorate in Midwifery will develop a leadership cadre of midwives able to leverage their expertise for the betterment of women, families and communities, said Dana Perlman, program director of the Midwifery Institute at PhilaU.

“As a distance education program, midwives across the country, and eventually around the world, will be able to implement the knowledge and skills gained through discipline-specific doctoral study to strengthen midwifery in their communities,” she said. The degree will focus on enriching professional practice in clinical care, education, policy and applied research.

The M.S. in Real Estate Development will train students for leadership roles in an increasingly multifaceted and cross-disciplinary industry, said Suzanne Singletary, associate professor of architectural studies.

“Future entrepreneurs must demonstrate mastery of a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge that address the economic, political, social and physical issues inherent in developing complex commercial and residential projects,” she said.

To this end, the curriculum will synthesize several areas of study, including market analysis and valuation; finance, legal aspects of ownership and land use; private-public partnerships; and city and regional planning in addition to design and development paradigms and their long-term local to global impacts.

Click here to read more about the new graduate programs launching fall 2017.