College of Engineering Alumni Class Notes

Spring 2015


Paul J. Varello ’65 CE, Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been named acting Chief Executive Officer for Sterling Construction Company Inc., following the departure of former president, CEO and director Peter MacKenna on January 31, 2015. Varello has assumed leadership responsibilities for the company on a full-time basis while it seeks a long-term CEO.


Todd Pohlig ’72 CE

Todd Pohlig ’72 CE, principal of Pohlig Builders, Malvern, was featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal article “The business and passion behind the creation of luxury homes” on January 9, 2015.


James F. Costanzo ’83 CE

James F. Costanzo ’83 CE has joined River Drive Construction as its Director of Business Development. The company is owned by Villanova alumnus Joe Langan ’87 CE.

Terry Sheridan ’83 CE

Terry Sheridan ’83 CE is president and founder of GeoStorage Underground Stormwater Detention Systems in Rumson, NJ.

Tom Daniels ’85 ME

Tom Daniels ’85 ME has been named Manager of the Modernization Project Office at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The mission of the Modernization Project Office is to design, construct, and update BNL’s physical plant to provide premier facilities and service to the scientific community and allow for world-class research.


Jack Zhang '92 MSME

Jack Zhang '92 MSME has been named President and CEO of CaerVision Global Inc. following the acquisition of his company Vitall, Inc. More.

Peter C. Myers ’94 CE, ’97 MSCE, P.E. has been appointed as a principal of Hunt Engineering Company where he manages the Civil Engineering Department.



Ryan Olivo ’06 MSEE is a member of the team that won the Engineers Week 2015 Corporate Innovation Award for the Boeing, Next Generation H-47 Electrical Power System. The award was presented by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Philadelphia. Section.


During Engineers Week 2015, Laura-Ann Chin ’12 ChE, process engineer with Jacobs Engineering, was named Young Chemical Engineer of the Year by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Delaware Valley Section.

In February 2015, Denise Mangold ’14 CLAS, ’16 MSEE/CpE joined Oracle Corporation as a Sr. Systems Engineer.

Fall 2014


Thomas Caramanico ’71 CE, ’83 MSCE

Thomas Caramanico ’71 CE, ’83 MSCE was honored in October with the Friends of Independence National Historical Park’s Founder’s Award. He has been a 13-year governing board member of the Philadelphia organization. Read the article.

David Gaggin '72 MSEE recently published The Endless Journey: A Unique Perspective on Mankind's Origin, Purpose and Ultimate Destiny, a culmination of the former Boeing and NASA engineer's 50 years of research. 

Ayman Asfari, '79 CEE

Ayman Asfari ’79 CE was elected a Fellow to the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. He is a citizen of the UK and currently the Group Chief Executive of Petrofac Limited, based in London.


Rear Admiral Mark Handley ’81 ME, PE

Rear Admiral Mark Handley ’81 ME, PE, Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy (retired), has joined AECOM Technology Corporation as a vice president leading U.S. federal energy programs. Handley commanded the First Naval Construction Division (Seabees) prior to his retirement.

John “Jack” Appolonia ’86 ME has been named President–East region for Airgas Inc., one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products.


Drew Lakatos ’92 EE

Drew Lakatos ’92 EE and his company ActiveProtective Technologies Inc. were featured in the October 23, 2014 issue of Keystone Edge. Lakatos and the company’s co-founder have developed a working prototype for a wearable device that can sense when a person is about to fall and deploy an airbag, similar to the one in your car, to cushion the hips and prevent a fracture. It then notifies a family member or caregiver. 

Captain Vincent A. Augelli '93 ME, USN, was promoted to his current rank in September 2014 in a ceremony at the Pentagon. He currently serves as the Chief of the Cables Branch, Secretary of Defense Communications. He and his wife, Durriya Doctor Augelli ’93 CLAS, live with their three children in Burke, Virginia. 

Brian Collins '99 EE is working for INTEGRITYOne Partners in Washington D.C., supporting the FBI with software development. This past spring he completed a master's degree in theology, (marriage and family studies) at the John Paul II Institute.


Laura Draucker '03 ChE recently was named Director of Sustainability at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She has relocated from the Washington, DC area with her husband and son, and “hopes to be able to spell Massachusetts without spell check soon.” Draucker earned a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2007. 

Kerry Cooley Bruggemann ’06 ME, PE

Kerry Cooley Bruggemann ’06 ME, PE, Principal at Michaud Cooley Erickson, was named 2014 Young Engineer of the Year for the state of Minnesota by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Bruggemann is the youngest member of the Villanova University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Colin Doyle '09 CE has joined TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc. as a structural engineer.


Robert Yanosky ’12 MSTE, PE, has joined Pennoni Associates as a senior engineer in the Mechanicsburg, PA office. 

Summer 2014


Lindsay Musselman ’02 ChE is working for Johnson & Johnson McNeil as an external manufacturing project manager in their Fort Washington location.


Dylan Casey ’12 ChE

Dylan Casey ’12 ChE recently joined Vynamic as a manager after working at Deloitte Consulting as a business technology analyst for two years.

Carly Reuther ‘12 ChE

Carly Reuther ‘12 ChE is working as a plant engineer at Hospira and living in Raleigh, NC.

Spring 2014


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.