In Panama, Villanova Engineering has a relationship with Capuchin missionary priest Father Wally "Padre Pablo" Kasuboski and his Cheypo Bayano Mission. Much of our work there involves the development of a water resources master plan to serve more than 10,000 people, a project which began in 2010 with Dr. Jerry Jones, Associate Professor Frank Falcone '70 CE, ’73 MSCE, PE, and alumnus Daniel Lutz ’71 CE. Team members are investigating the long-term sustainability of water availability in the area, as well as the engineering services that will be required to implement it.
Additional projects in Panama include the research of a Vado culvert bridge design and the design and installation of a solar array to provide for the energy needs of an isolated village of the Embera-Puru ethnic minority group. To provide additional support for the needs of these communities, Villanova engineering teams have established relationships with a number of organizations in Panama, including two engineering schools, one architectural school and the City of Knowledge non-profit organization.