Published on Tuesday May 22, 2007
More than 70 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) faculty, staff, students, and alumni gathered on May 4 at the University Club in MacAlister Hall to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Frank Ko as part of Drexel University’s Alumni Weekend.
On arrival, guests mingled and enjoyed appetizers and cocktails at a casual reception held in the lounge area of the University Club. At 6:30 p.m., guests took their seats in the banquet room where they were served dinner and entertained by the master of ceremonies, Dr. Rick Knight, Auxiliary Professor of MSE. Throughout the evening, colleagues, students, friends, and family of Dr. Ko spoke about his contributions to the university, as well as, some of his better-known antics. Among those who spoke were: Frank Scardino, Frank Hampton (’99), M. El-Sherif, Carl Zweben, Benny Soebroto Ong (’86), Hoa Lam (BS, ’91; Ph.D.,’05) Jenny Yu (’93), Jia-Ni Chu (’91), Grace Hsuan, and Dr. and Mrs. Ko’s eldest daughter, Kara Ko. In addition to the kind words from his guests, Frank was also presented with several parting gifts including a spider hand puppet and “Spider Crossing” road sign—tributes to his long standing fascination with spiders and how they weave their intricate webs. The evening was a nice blend of fond remembrance and humor on Dr. Ko’s behalf.
The admission costs gathered from guests for the event will be used to support the A.W. and Dorothy Grosvenor Scholarship and the Michael J. Koczak Scholarship. In addition, alumnus Frank Nowicke, Jr., made a generous donation of $1,000 to the department’s scholarships fund.
Dr. Frank Ko joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University in 1984. Prior to coming to Drexel, Frank taught at UCLA, Katholieke Universitet Leuven in Belgium, and Philadelphia University. He earned his Ph.D. in Textile Engineering and Polymer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977. While at Drexel, Frank paved the way for groundbreaking research in Nanofiber Technology and Multifunctional Nanocomposites, Biomaterials and Surgical Implants, Tissue Engineering Scaffolds, Textile Structural Composites, Mechanics of Fibrous Structures, and the Dynamics of Structure-Processing-Property Interaction. He was the director of Drexel's Fibrous Materials Research Center, as well as a fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE). In addition, Frank received the distinguished Search for ElectroActive Materials (SEAM) Award in 2005 given by New York Polytechnic University, the American Society for Composites Award in 2004, and the Drexel Research Achievement Award in 1992.