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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 ’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 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 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 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.
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, 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 is president of Charity Realty International, which is now consulting for River Drive Construction Company in Elmwood Park, NJ.
Terry Sheridan ’83 CE is president and founder of GeoStorage Underground Stormwater Detention Systems in Rumson, NJ.
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 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, 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.
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 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, 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.
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, 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.
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 recently joined Vynamic as a manager after working at Deloitte Consulting as a business technology analyst for two years.
Carly Reuther ‘12 ChE is working as a plant engineer at Hospira and living in Raleigh, NC.
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., 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 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, 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 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 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 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, 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, 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 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.