The EAGLES Program
The Engineers As Global Leaders for Energy Sustainability dual degree program is an innovative opportunity for Drexel students to substantially internationalize their engineering credentials. Through EAGLES, students study in three countries and receive two Master Degrees: one from Drexel University and the second from either Politecnico di Milano, one of the top engineering schools in Italy or Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, a Spanish leader in engineering education and research. In year one of the program, participants will complete three terms of carefully selected engineering study at Drexel University, followed by a research experience in either Madrid or Milano. The second academic year will be spent at either Politecnico di Milano in Italy or the Universidad Politecninca de Madrid in Spain where students will continue their engineering studies and their research to complete the Master’s thesis. In some cases, it may be preferable for the student to complete his/her research following the year of study abroad though this will delay the graduation date. Students should expect to spend between 13-15 months abroad to successfully complete the requirements for the program.
In this unique program, students will gain an international perspective on engineering issues related to energy sustainability and will learn how the local environment impacts the development of engineering approaches to challenges in the field. While coursework and research opportunities will be available in English, students are strongly encouraged to develop their language skills which will enhance their studies abroad and better position them for international job opportunities upon completion of the program. Throughout the degree program, students will work closely with academic advisors at both degree-granting institutions to ensure a coordinated approach to the program of study.
Politecnico di Milano
Committed to high quality teaching, innovation and research, Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) is a scientific-technological university for engineers, architects and designers. A recognized European leader in internationalization, Politecnico di Milano hosts a diverse population of international students each year. The University has seven campuses, stretching across the region surrounding Milano. Students participating in the program may select their degree program from the offerings at Poli Milano, but are encouraged to consider the degree in Energy Engineering for an Environmentally Stable World that is based at the Piacenza campus, located about an hour by train from central Milano.
Sample courses from Piacenza include:
Energy Systems and Low-Carbon Technologies
Air Pollution and Control Engineering
Electric Networks and Regulation for Renewable Energy Sources
Bio-Energy and Waste-to-Energy Technologies
Operation and Control of Machines for Power Generation
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Widely regarded as the top technical university in Spain, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) offers a rigorous engineering curriculum in a number of fields related to energy sustainability. The Scientific & Technological Park of UPM provides advanced facilities for research and development, and an excellent base for students to begin the research for the required Master’s thesis. Students may select their degree program of interest from UPM with the degree in Industrial Electronics a particularly good option as it is offered in English. UPM has limited offerings in English, making a near fluent level of Spanish a necessity for other degree options.
Thesis Requirements and Potential Topics
Each student participating on the program is required to complete and defend a Master's Thesis. Students will begin the research for the thesis at the end of the first year of the program during a four month research experience at one of the two partner universities. Students will be paired with a faculty supervisor at their first host school to guide their initial research. Research and thesis work will continue during the student's studies at the second partner school where a second faculty supervisor will provide additional guidance and support. A Drexel faculty member will oversee the research and completion of the thesis work.
Potential Thesis Topics include, but are not limited to:
Performance Evaluation of Waste Gasification Plants
Incentives for Renewable Energy Sources: Some EU Experiences
Evolving Electricity Distribution Networks Towards Smart Grids
Advanced Computational Methods for Prognostic Health Management of Industrial Equipment
Dynamics Model for HydroPower Plants
Carbon Capture Storage Systems Based on Mineralization
Onboard Power Generation Based on Cool Solid Propellants
Gaseous Rockets for Space Debris Deorbiting
Stability Issues in Ocean Wave Power Plants
Hybridation of CO2-Free Energy Technologies
Both UPM and Poli Mi have extensive experience with the coordination of international programs and are well-prepared to support international students on campus. Each school has an international office that will assist students with getting settled and provides activities and special programming for international students.
One of the exciting aspects of this program is the opportunity to experience firsthand two major European cities, Madrid and Milano. Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city with more than four million inhabitants. It is the site of the Spanish government and is the most important financial and cultural center in the country. The cultural, leisure and sports offering is rich and varied. It has countless theaters and museums, such as the "El Prado" National Museum and the Queen Sofia Center for the Arts. Monuments, exhibits, and concert halls dot the city. In Madrid, over 43 parks and emplematic green areas such as the Retiro Park, the "Casa de Campo" Recreational Park or the Sabatini Gardens can also be enjoyed.
The Milano metropolitan area is the largest urban area in Italy with over seven million residents in the city and its surrounding suburbs. A successful city in the Roman Empire, it served at one time as the capital of Italy, and today is a major European center for transportation, fashion, finance and industry. Students studying in Milano can enjoy art and history museums and the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the world's oldest shopping mall, in the central neighborhood of Milano near Il Duomo. Italian food lovers will delight in the many and varied eating options in the city, both Italian and international. Sports enthusiasts should plan to attend at least one match of AC Milan or FC Internazionale Milano, the world famous soccer teams of the city. In a city of this size, students will find plenty of culture and entertainment to complement their studies.
For an insider's view on the experience, visit one of our participants' blog:
Students will need to obtain student visas for Spain and Italy. Accepted students will be provided with instructions on how to complete the visa application process.
The EAGLES program is currently funded by an EU-Atlantis grant provided by the US Department of Education. Students participating on the program will pay their regular tuition to Drexel University for their two years of study and will receive a grant of $3,000 per quarter during their time of research and study in Madrid and Milano to defray their international travel and living expenses. Additional information on anticipated costs is provided in the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility & Application Procedures
The EAGLES program is designed for Drexel BS/MS and graduate students in the fields of materials science, mechanical, environmental, chemical and electrical engineering. Students must have a 3.25 gpa and the support of their academic advisor in order to apply. International students may participate on the program, but only US citizens are eligible for the EU-Atlantis funding. A personal essay, transcript and two letters of recommendation (one from the academic advisor) are required.