Chrys Demetry Selected to Participate in the 2019-2020 cohort of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES at Drexel®) Program


Office of the Provost

Chrysanthe Demetry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Director, Morgan Teaching and Learning Center has been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 cohort of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES at Drexel®) Program. 

Drexel University released the following press release on this announcement. 

Incoming Class Includes Women Leaders from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

PHILADELPHIA (May, 2019) – Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES at Drexel®) program, a one of a kind professional development program for women in academic STEM fields, is pleased to announce the selection of its 2019-20 class of Fellows. 

The incoming class for ELATES at Drexel® includes 22 women faculty from 19 different institutions across the US and Canada. They are leaders in biology; computer and information sciences; geology; mathematics; and diverse engineering disciplines. Each was nominated by her dean or provost and will contribute to institutional change initiatives as she expands her leadership skills. 

ELATES at Drexel® is a one year, part time program that focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, leading and managing change initiatives within institutions, using strategic finance and resource management to enhance organizational missions, and creating a network of exceptional women who bring organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve. Facilitated by leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development, the curriculum includes classroom lessons and activities, online instruction and discussion, and on-the-job application at each Fellow’s home institution. 
Koren A. Bedeau, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives and Executive Director of ELATES at Drexel® is looking forward to the seventh cohort of ELATES Fellows. “We are thrilled to welcome another group of exceptional women leaders. Each new class brings unique experiences and perspectives that add value to the program and expands the national network of leaders and supporters of women in academic STEM leadership.” 
ELATES is a national program uniquely hosted by a research intense university. M. Brian Blake, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Provost expressed his continued commitment to the program. “Drexel University is committed to advancing women in STEM academia and I am so grateful to the administrative leaders who partner with us as Fellows’ mentors. The support and guidance of the sponsoring institution is key to increasing ELATES’ impact across the country.” 

The work for the 2019-2020 cohort begins in May with online assignments and community building activities. The program will conclude in March 2020 with a symposium organized around institutional change projects that Fellows will develop in collaboration with the leadership of their organizations, and a graduation ceremony attended by their deans, provosts, and other university leaders. Fellows begin the first of three week-long, in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time at the Chubb Hotel and Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, PA., on August 3, 2019..

About ELATES at Drexel®: For more information on the ELATE curriculum, faculty and participants, visit

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