Dr. Christina Drake

Assistant Professor of Electrical, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Dr. Christina Drake teaches courses in Mechanical, Industrial and Electrical Engineering, with a focus on Nanotechnology, Multifunctional Materials, Semiconductors and Electrodynamics. She joined Florida Polytechnic University in April 2014, prior to the start of the inaugural 2014-15 academic year.

Dr. Drake said she is a strong advocate of a “STEM education rooted in interdisciplinary, industry-focused education… I’m excited about teaching at Florida Polytechnic, because I do believe the University will start changing the way STEM education is done in our country and better prepare our workforce to be the best globally.”

She holds a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Her bachelor’s degree is in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. Her honors and fellowships include the University of Central Florida College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnae Award for Materials Science and Engineering (2013); Lockheed Martin Innovate the Future winner (2009 and 2012); the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 fellowship; the University of Central Florida graduate merit fellowship; and Blue Key Honor Society.

Most recently, Dr. Drake was a senior research engineer at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, a post she held since 2008. Prior to that, she was a nanotechnology research engineer at Lockheed Martin. Dr. Drake holds four provisional patents. She started and co-chaired the Lockheed Martin Nano-Bio working group and is the nanotechnology editor for Industrial Biotechnology. Her research interests cover novel materials and sensors based on meta-material-based approaches; low-cost imagers and sensors; and biologically inspired or incorporated sensors and platforms.

She has taught high school physics and earth science, undergraduate chemistry and graduate seminars in Advanced Materials. Dr. Drake has been involved in several statewide programs that studied and developed methods for improving STEM education for K-12 students. She served as an advisory member for FCR-STEM, an initiative to improve retention of females and minorities in STEM studies. She also was an advisor tor the University of Central Florida’s Nanoscience Center.

She holds a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Her bachelor’s degree is in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. Her honors and fellowships include the University of Central Florida College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnae Award for Materials Science and Engineering (2013); Lockheed Martin Innovate the Future winner (2009 and 2012); the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 fellowship; the University of Central Florida graduate merit fellowship; and Blue Key Honor Society.

She helped to organize Florida Poly’s Women in STEM Leadership program.