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“If our help can support students and researchers conducting their research in a better way, in the long term, this is a win for the Drexel community and also for humanity.”

Advancing tissue engineering research doesn’timmediately seem like an area that Sıdıka and Yusuf Şenel, who own a textiles business, would be interested in supporting. However, thanks to their daughter’s research at Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems (Biomed), the pair has become not only interested in, but passionate about, this field, and are dedicated to helping it grow.

“We supported our daughter when she wanted to pursue her career,” say the Şenels, whose daughter, Dr. Gözde Şenel Ayaz ’13, received her PhD at the School. “[She employed] textile engineering techniques as a tool to develop a functional beating cardiac patch. Through her, we had the chance to appreciate the potential of this research area in clinical applications and the future of medicine in general.”

The Şenels believe that the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems is uniquely positioned to be a key player in tissue engineering research.

“We have been truly impressed by how Professor Banu Onaral has organized and motivated all students, faculty and staff for translational research. The amazing job done by Biomed’s leadership, faculty, staff and students is evidenced by the growth of their research portfolio, funding awards and endowments. This trend is encouraging and suggests the potential for more.”

The impact Drexel University as a whole has on the community and throughout the world also impresses the Şenels. Drexel’s involvement in establishing global partnerships while creating a place for those partners locally encouraged the Şenels to deepen their involvement with the University.

“It was during Drexel President John Fry’s visit to Istanbul, Turkey, in spring 2012 that we had the chance to hear about his vision and exciting plans for growing Drexel,” say the Şenels. “He is fully committed to establishing long lasting and meaningful ‘Global Innovation Partnerships.’ He is building the Drexel Innovation Neighborhood to create a ‘home away from home’ for international partners, which will accelerate the growth of Drexel.”

Making an impact on the community is important to the Şenels, who believe that giving back is a duty that will set a standard for others.

“We always think of giving back as a social responsibility, both at the individual level and by making it part of the institutional culture of our family business,” they say. “If our help can support students and researchers conducting their research in a better way, in the long term, this is a win for the Drexel community and also for humanity.”

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