College of Engineering Alumni Class Notes


In Memoriam

Thomas Hanratty, PhD, ’47 ChE

Thomas Hanratty, PhD, ’47 ChE, died on August 24, 2016. A leading researcher in the field of fluid mechanics, he invented electrochemical methods that allow measurement closer to a wall than had previously been possible. These provided new understanding of turbulence, mass transfer and the behavior of chemical reactors. He was a leader in establishing industrial important multiphase flows as a new academic discipline by relating macroscopic behavior to small-scale interactions. Dr. Hanratty was a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois from 1953 to 1997 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers named him one of the most influential chemical engineers of the post-World War II era. More

Dr. John N. Majerus, Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering, died on November 13, 2015. Before his 20-year career at Villanova, John was a material scientist in support of the Apollo rocket programs and worked at the Aberdeen Ballistics Research Laboratory.

Richard J. Schleicher ME ’57

The College remembers Richard J. Schleicher ME ’57 who died on January 13, 2016. A retired Submarine Captain, Dick was a long time Board Member and a long-time supporter of Villanova. His wife Margaret says, “He had a great interest in young people, spending many hours each fall organizing the Villanova table at the San Diego County college fairs. He took great pride in watching the School of Engineering develop. He treasured his Villanova family.” Dick’s father attended Villanova in 1929. More


Fall 2016



William M. Brown ’84 ME, ’87 MSME

William M. Brown ’84 ME, ’87 MSME, President and Chief Executive Officer, Harris Corporation, has been named to the executive committee of the Aerospace Industries Association. As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA advocates for policies and responsible budgets that keep our country strong, bolster our capacity to innovate, and spur our economic growth.


Ron Salerno ’92 EE

Ron Salerno ’92 EE was named Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Red Lion Controls in York, Pa. More.

Drew Lakatos ’92 EE’s healthcare startup, ActiveProtective, raised its third round of funding and was featured on Season 3 of the Emmy-winning TV show Xploration Earth2050.  His company developed a belt that uses wearable airbags to protect the hips of older adults. The episode aired in October on FOX and is now streaming on Hulu.

David Wissing ’97 CE and his wife Meredith welcomed the birth of their daughter Addison on September 16th, 2016.  This is their second child.

Joseph Cahill, PE, ’98 CE has joined HNTB Corporation as project delivery officer and associate vice president for the firm's Massachusetts operations. He is based in HNTB's Boston office.  More.


TranSystems Corp., an engineering and architecture solutions consulting firm, has hired Dana Shaeffer, PE, ’09 MSCE as its new senior project manager.


Spring 2016


Wilmington-based intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel L.L.P hired IP attorney Paul E. Crawford ’61 ME, ’64 VLS. Crawford previously was a partner and member of the Asian Pacific practice at Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg L.L.P. for nearly 45-years. 


Roger Heebner ’72 CE, ’78 MSCE

Roger Heebner ’72 CE, ’78 MSCE has been appointed freight rail market principal in the Philadelphia office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. 

Loureiro Contractors, Inc. in Plainville, CT, has promoted Pasquale “Pat” E. Corsetti '75 CE to the position of vice president.



Capt. Michael Donnelly ’89 ME

Nelson Shaffer ’81 MSTE, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer at Pennoni, has been recognized as a “Legend” by the Philadelphia chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. The award honors A/E/C professionals who have spent their career supporting marketing efforts of their firm.

Peter Fong ’86 ME

The National Automobile Dealers Association has hired Peter Fong ’86 ME as senior vice president of dealership operations.

Lou Belmonte, '88 CE has been promoted to be PennDOT’s Assistant District Executive for services in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Capt. Michael Donnelly ’89 ME

Capt. Michael Donnelly ’89 ME, U.S Navy, has been named commander of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) based in Yokosuka, Japan. Capt. Donnelly is a naval flight officer with more than 3,000 flight hours and 990 carrier landings.

Deborah Watkins ’89 MSWREE

Aqua America, Inc. hired Deborah Watkins ’89 MSWREE as its new director of water quality and environmental compliance. 



Brian O'Rourke, PE '90 ME was named Outstanding Engineer of the year by the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers. O'Rourke is the Executive Director of Facilities at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

Carl Valentino ’90 CE

Carl Valentino ’90 CE has been named Director, Construction Advisory Services for Vidaris, a leading building envelope, energy efficiency, engineering and code consultancy firm. In this role, he will lead and build out Vidaris’ Construction Advisory department.

Alex Houseal, PE, ’93 CE, MSCE

Alex Houseal, PE, ’93 CE, MSCE has been promoted to Regional Vice President for the Northeast Region at TranSystems Corporation. In this new position, Houseal will manage growth and market expansion, business development, client relationships, and the day-to-day operations of six offices in the region.

Charles Kahler '95 CE '00 MSCE was recently promoted to Vice President at the engineering firm MWH Global.

JoAnn Garbin '98 ME

JoAnn Garbin '98 ME has been named chief innovation officer at Aircuity in Newton, MA. Most recently she acted as Aircuity’s vice president of product management.


Andrew Blasetti ’04

Andrew Blasetti ’04, an associate with Thornton Tomasetti, was named one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) MidAtlantic Top 20 Under 40.

Kristin Leese  '06 MSCE

Kristin Leese  '06 MSCE, The Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has cited Kristin Leese as its Young Government Engineer of the Year for 2016.

Michael Bacci ’07 ME

Michael Bacci ’07 ME co-founded Zippy Bites, an organic chocolate truffle energy snacks company that recently began its official national roll-out


Raquel Burlotos ’14 CE, ’15 MSCE

Raquel Burlotos ’14 CE, ’15 MSCE is a staff engineer-in-training in the Tacoma office of Landau Associates, a geotechnical and environmental engineering firm.


Fall 2015


Michael J. Nowlan '50 EE and his wife Mary celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on October 11, 2015. Four of their six children graduated from Villanova, as well as a number of his 23 grandchildren. His brother, the late Fr. Pat Nowlan, was an Augustinian who taught at the University.


Fr. Paul Morrissey, OSA, CE '61, recently published a novel, The Black Wall of Silence. It is a story about the struggle between loyalty and honesty in the Church's sexual abuse crisis and cover-up.

Fr. Paul Morrissey, OSA, CE '61, recently published a novel, The Black Wall of Silence. It is a story about the struggle between loyalty and honesty in the Church's sexual abuse crisis and cover-up. 

Michael McDermott ’67 EE

Michael McDermott ’67 EE is blogging at

Theodore Hack ’67 EE

After retiring from the US Navy in 1997 after 30 years of service in the Submarine Force, Theodore Hack ’67 EE joined General Dynamics in Falls Church, Va. as Director, Government Relations, Submarine Programs. He retired from the company in January 2014 and continues to consult on shipbuilding programs with a variety of firms. 

After being inducted into the South Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame in March, 2015, Joe Galliera '66 ME was inducted into the Camden  County (NJ) Sports Hall of Fame on October 29, 2015.


Bob Fazio ’74 CE, ’76 MSCE

Bob Fazio ’74 CE, ’76 MSCE is the chief program officer for Infrastructure for the Long Island Railroad and Paul Casazza ’86 CE is a project executive with Posillico Civil Inc., which is building a new bridge at Ellison Ave. where this photo was taken.  (In center of photo: Bob Fazio, standing, left; Paul Casazza, standing, right). 

Anthony Dreisbach ’74 CE, ’77 MSCE passed away on November 13, 2015.


Kevin L. Johnson ’83 MSCE, PE

Kevin L. Johnson ’83 MSCE, PE has been named Engineer of the Year for Delaware Valley Engineers Week 2016. Johnson is co-founder and president of Traffic Planning and Design Inc. (TPD), an engineering firm founded in 1989 and headquartered in Pottstown, PA. Read more.

William M. Brown ’84 ME, ’87 MS

William M. Brown ’84 ME, ’87 MS, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corporation, was honored by SpaceCoast Business magazine as the 2015 Business Leader of the Year. Also, Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, recently elected Brown to its Board of Directors

Matthew C. Marquardt ’86 CE, PE

Urban Engineers’ Senior Vice President and General Manager Matthew C. Marquardt ’86 CE, PE, has been named chairman of the board of directors of The PENJERDEL Council.  The council is “dedicated to informing and educating the business community in the tri-state region by leading and supporting issues and projects affecting the infrastructure, mobility, sustainability and growth.”

Michael Morgan '87 CE has been named “Civil Engineer of the Year” by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) North Jersey Branch. Morgan is a vice president and business unit manager of Gannett Fleming’s South Plainfield, NJ office operations.


Kim Dunn ’97 MSCE, PE, senior engineer in Dewberry’s Philadelphia office, was awarded Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) certification from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. The D.WRE certification is the highest post-license certification available in the water resources engineering profession.


Kristopher Carter ‘02 CE was named co-chair of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. He will help manage the City of Boston's nationally recognized civic innovation team.

Josh Richards ’05 ChE, ’07 MSChE

Josh Richards ’05 ChE, ’07 MSChE served as one of the lead engineers in establishing the production process for Imlygic, the BioVex (now Amgen) drug that recently was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating advanced-stage melanoma. Read more about Imlygic.

Ryan '07 ME, '09 MSME and Nicole  '07 CE (Needle) Anderson welcomed a son, John Ryan Axel Anderson, on March 5, 2015.


Matthew Bandelt ’10 CE, ’11 MSCE

Matthew Bandelt ’10 CE, ’11 MSCE earned his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in June 2015. He now is an assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


Summer 2015


Bar code pioneer David Collins ’57 CE, founder of the Data Capture Institute, is featured in the prologue of the new book “Applied Minds - How Engineers Think.”


Derek Wassink

Derek Wassink ’88 MSCE, PE, RA, LEED AP was named a vice president by international engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti in its Structural Engineering practice in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 


Michael J. McAtee ’95

Michael J. McAtee ’95 CE, PE, has been named office manager of Urban Engineers’ Cherry Hill, N.J. location. He previously served as Urban’s New Jersey bridge department manager.

Kim Dunn ’97 MSCE, PE, CFM, senior engineer at Dewberry, was awarded Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE). The certification is issued by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.


Philip Parise ’02 EE

Philip Parise ’02 EE was named director of operations at Kupper Engineering Inc. in Glenside, Pa.

Gary Landes ’06 MSEE has been hired as a systems integrator at Kupper Engineering Inc. In this role he will be responsible for design, integration and programming of SCADA, Gateway, RTU, power meter, PLCs, HMIs, I/O servers and related devices to monitor and control various electrical power systems. 

Robert Pencek ’07 EE

Robert Pencek ’07 EE graduated in May from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in Finance. Robert is interested in opportunities in the Philadelphia area. Please see his LinkedIn profile for more details.


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 is president of Charity Realty International, which is now consulting for River Drive Construction Company in Elmwood Park, NJ.

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.


Kerry Cooley Bruggemann ’06 ME

Kerry Cooley Bruggemann ’06 ME, P.E, principal at Michaud Cooley Erickson, has been recognized by DiscoverE as one of 2015's New Faces of Engineering. Only 13 engineers from across the country were honored. 

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.