College of Engineering Alumni Class Notes

Spring 2014


1950s

Joe Driscoll ’59 ME is a sales representative for Envirocon Associates, which recently won its largest replacement rooftop HVAC unit project in the company’s 40 year history.  The project involves a large retail mall in Miami, Florida.

1960s

Joseph McMahon ’62 CE, ’67 MSCE, P.E.

Joseph McMahon ’62 CE, ’67 MSCE, P.E., is the founder and CEO of McMahon Associates, Inc., which employs more than 120 engineers and support staff in ten offices along the East Coast. Having expanded to a full-service transportation engineering firm, their work includes expertise in bridge design, hydraulic analysis, and GIS-GPS mobile data collection and review. This spring, Joe spoke to Villanova’s Engineering Entrepreneurship class.

Fr. Paul Morrissey, OSA ’61 CE

Fr. Paul Morrissey, OSA ’61 CE is coordinator of the Restorative Justice Program with Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor. In 2014, he lead the first phase of development of a “Peace Garden” at Old St. Augustine Church at 4th and Vine Streets, Philadelphia. St. Augustine’s Academy, the forerunner of Villanova University was founded there in the early 1800’s. 

1970s

David F.  Bechtol ’72 EE has signed a 5 year contract with Innovative Designs Inc. to represent its Insultex House Wrap(R) and related products. He will be responsible for negotiating contracts with many of the top homebuilders throughout the United States.

Dave Campbell ’76 CE, ’81 MSCE, P.E. D.WRE

Dave Campbell ’76 CE, ’81 MSCE, P.E. D.WRE, director of Dam Engineering for Schnabel Engineering, was presented with the inaugural Practitioner of the Year Award from the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers. This spring he worked with Civil Engineering students in the Geotechnical and Water Resources Engineering capstone design course. 

1980s

John Buckley '83 ChE

John Buckley '83 ChE is the CEO of Air Liquide USA, a multi-billion dollar industrial gas company headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Elizabeth A. Catania ‘81 CE, P.E.,F.NSPE, received the Woman of Achievement Award in 2013, presented by the Delaware County PA Women’s Commission. She was elected president of the Pennsylvania Registration Board for Licensed Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists, and was also appointed to the E-Week Foundation Board, which serves to educate students and the general public as to what engineers do and the importance of engineering in our everyday lives.

John Palmé ’88 ME, ’91 MSME

John Palmé ’88 ME, ’91 MSME has been working in the aerospace field since graduation, designing, manufacturing and launching over 50 satellites.  He is currently the vice president and chief technical officer at International Launch Services, which markets and launches the Russian Proton rocket on behalf of international and domestic commercial satellite operators. 

Nicholas C. Rotonda ’84 CE, PE, PP, CME, Leed-GA, is vice president - client manager for T & M Associates in Middletown, New Jersey.

1990s

Drew Lakatos ’92 EE

Drew Lakatos ’92 EE has spent most of his career in the semiconductor industry, moving toward internet and SaaS companies in the last decade in both business and management roles. He currently is the CEO of his 3rd startup, ActiveProtective, which focuses on human injury intervention wearables that use 3D sensors to determine human falls in progress, and deploy micro-airbag protection in order to prevent injury.  Their goal is to eliminate hip fractures in the elderly, but there are military and sports applications as well.

2000s

Carla (DeBonis) Ahern ’09 ChE, and husband Robert Ahern ’09 CLAS

Carla (DeBonis) Ahern ’09 ChE, and husband Robert Ahern ’09 CLAS, are living in San Diego where Rob is flying Hornets (FA-18s) for the USMC. Carla works in human resources for Ascend Performance Materials. In 2012, their daughter Ella Grace was born, and they are expecting their second child, a boy, on June 18, 2014.

Paul Cianci ’08 CE, ’09 MSCE is running for state representative of his Connecticut district. See related article. Paul is married to classmate Angela Russo ’08 CE, ’09 MSCE.

Nathan M. Cline ’00 ME, P.E., was promoted to office director of Pennoni Associate’s West Chester location where he is responsible for office management and growth.

Dan Najjar ’06 ChE graduated in May 2014 with an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is working for McKinsey & Company’s operations division.

[Correction] In fall 2013 class notes, Christie Pace ’07 CE, .P.E., was mistakenly identified as an alumnus of the class of 1997. Christie was named the 2014 PA Society of Engineers “Young Engineer of the Year,” Delaware County Chapter, and is a business development associate at AE Works’ State College office.

2010s

Margaret F. Carragher ’11 CE, EIT

Margaret F. Carragher ’11 CE, EIT, has relocated to Atlanta, GA where she earned her Master of Civil Engineering and Master of City & Regional Planning degrees from Georgia Tech in May of 2013.  For the past year, Maggie has been working at Metro Planning & Engineering, a small Transportation firm with a passion for bringing transit to the Atlanta Region.  

Thomas DuBois ‘12 PhD, is a Technical Fellow and Vertical Lift Chief Systems Architect for The Boeing Company, as well as an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering. He recently presented a paper, titled "Joint Common Architecture (JCA) Recommendations" to the American Helicopter Society at their 70th Annual Forum, held in Montreal, Canada. Dr. DuBois was also invited by the US Army to lead a government-industry-academia working group on Compliance Methods and Tools for Airworthiness of Cyber Physical Systems.

Jamie-Lynn McGuinness ’12 ME

Jamie-Lynn McGuinness ’12 ME is a project engineer, Project and Show Systems Engineering, Walt Disney World Design and Engineering. Since being hired in 2012, she has worked solely on the newly completed Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom.