Engineering Mentors

Mr. Dana Thomas Flood

Contact:; 978-844-1914
Title: Staff Engineer at Mulhern & Kulp Structural Engineering Inc.

Areas of Interest: Structural Design

I was a Civil Engineering Major at Villanova focusing in structural engineering with my capstone and electives. I played on the club basketball team as well as being a practice player for the women's varsity basketball team. I stayed active within the program over my four years as a Presidential Scholar.

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Rebecca Hawkins (nee Fahrendorf)

Contact:; 772-215-2432
Title: Lead Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group, West Chester, OH

Effectively, I'm an engineering consultant and technical manager for a consulting firm to regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and beverage.

Areas of expertise:
Being a fearless woman in male-dominated industry,
Creative and innovative solutions to life's little problems,
Thinking differently (not "out of the box", more like "never perceiving the box"),
Surviving and thriving away from family, friends, and Nova (ask me about going to VU games in hostile territory),
Business etiquette and netiquette for technical resources,
Leveraging resources and networks to optimum potential

Education: Villanova University 2001, Chemical Engineering

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Ken Koncilja, M.D.

Contact:; (440) 655-8164
Title: Internal Medicine Resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Area of expertise/interest: Geriatrics, Preventative Care, and Organized Medicine

While at Villanova, I received my B.S. in Electrical Engineering and minors in Theology and Biomedical Engineering (Biomedical Signal Processing Tract).  After my amazing experience at Villanova, I moved back to Ohio to pursue my M.D. at The University of Toledo College of Medicine.  Using the values and background instilled in my Augustinian honors education at Villanova, I developed an interest in Geriatrics and End-of-Life Care.  This led to involvement in the American Medical Association.  I am now an internal medicine resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  I look forward to helping anyone interested in making the jump from a non-traditional pre-med degree to medical school!

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Jenna Marie Pugliese

Title: Unit Supervisor/Process Engineer of Polyurethane Dispersion Unit 

Areas of Expertise: separation processes, polymers, process engineering safety
Areas of Interest: process control, mass transfer, polymers

I am from Staten Island, New York, and I graduated from Villanova University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude.  I also completed the requirements for an Honors Degree via the Oral Capstone Examination Track with an area of concentration in Women in the Bible.  During my time at Nova, I was an Honors Ambassador and Honors Peer as well as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and American Institution of Chemical Engineers.  I also was a student grader and teacher's assistant for sophomore Fluid Mechanics, Chemical Processes, and Thermodynamics classes.  After applying for and being chosen as an SCI Scholar in 2014, I was assigned an internship with Chemtura Corporation as a safety and process engineer.  One year later, that turned into a full-time position as process engineer and supervisor of their polyurethane dispersion unit.  Along with a full-time job, I am in the process of pursuing my Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering also from Villanova University part-time and distance learning.

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George Zimmer

Contact:; 609-731-1577
Title: Structural Engineering Graduate Student at Villanova
Areas of expertise/interest: Structural/Civil Engineering

I am a first year graduate student at Villanova University pursuing my Masters Degree in Structural Engineering.  I am a graduate of the Class of 2015 from Villanova University and the Class of 2011 from Steinert High School in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.  Upon graduation, I plan to work for a Structural Engineering Firm designing either bridges or buildings.

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