College of Engineering

Books, Boards & Awards

Villanova’s more than 500 world-class faculty members are distinguished scholars and active members in their respective fields. They engage in cutting-edge research projects, make important breakthroughs in their various disciplines, write books, win industry awards, secure grants, and advise outside organizations. The knowledge and experience faculty members gain, along with the achievements they make outside the classroom, elevates their expertise and the overall quality of education that Villanova students receive.

Recently Published Books and Articles by CoE faculty members

  • Seri Park, PhD, PTP, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Leslie Myers McCarthy, PhD, PE, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and John McFadden, PhD, adjunct professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, along with Brian Zirkel, Project Engineer, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Michael Angelastro, PhD, Senior Traffic Engineer, Remington and Vernick Engineers, authored “Analysis of Sight Distance, Crash Rate, and Operating Speed Relationships for Low-Volume Single Lane Roundabouts in the United States,” published by the Journal of Transportation Engineering in the June 2013 issue. 
  • Seri Park, PhD, PTP, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Leslie Myers McCarthy, PhD, PE, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; John McFadden, PhD, adjunct professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and George Merritt, Federal Highway Administration engineer, authored “Innovative Partnerships Help Inventory Traffic Signs,” published by the Federal Highway Administration Public Roads in the March/April 2013 issue. 
  • Leslie Myers McCarthy, PhD, PE, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Seri Park, PhD, PTP, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and John McFadden, PhD, adjunct professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, along with Jiang Liang, authored “Risk-Based Method for Development and Management of a Traffic Sign Inventory for Local Agencies,” published by the Journal of Public Works Management & Policy in the January 2013 issue. 
  • James Peyton Jones, PhD, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Jesse Frey, PhD, associate professor of Mathematics and Statics,  along with J. C., Spelina, authored “Likelihood Based Control of Engine Knock,” published by IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology in the January 2013 issue. 
  • James Peyton Jones, PhD, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, authored “Rapid Prototyping and Implementation of Student Designs Using Simulink and the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT,” which was published in winter 2013 issue of The ECEDHA Source.
  • Andrea Welker, PhD, PE, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering;  Leslie Myers McCarthy, PhD, PE, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Evegeny Nemirovsky MSCE ’11; and Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, PhD., authored “Examination of the Material Found in the Pore Spaces of Two Permeable Pavements,” which was published by the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering in 2013.
  • Andrea Welker, PhD, PE, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering;  Ross Lee, adjunct assistant professor, College of Engineering; and Evegeny Nemirovsky MSCE ’11 authored “Quantifying Evaporation from Pervious Concrete Systems: Methodology and Hydrologic Perspective,” which was published by the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering in 2013.
  • William J. Kelly, PhD, associate professor of Chemical Engineering; Zuyi ‘Jacky’ Huang, PhD, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering; and G.F. ‘Jerry’ Jones, PhD, senior associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Professor of Mechanical Engineering;  worked with G. Kamiguia, P. Mullen, A. Ubiera, and  K. Goklen to write, “Using a Two Species Competitive Binding Model to Predict Expanded Bed Breakthrough of a Recombinant Protein Expressed in a High Cell Density Fermentation,” which was published by Biotechnology and Bioprocess in 2013.
  • Hashem Ashrafiuon, PhD, director of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control and professor of Mechanical Engineering worked with Ghorbanian, P., Devilbiss, D. M., Verma, A., Hess, T., Bernstein, A., and Simon, A. J., to author, “Identification of Resting and Active State EEG Features of Alzheimer’s Disease using Discrete Wavelet Transform,” which was published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering in 2013.
  • Hashem Ashrafiuon, PhD, director of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control and professor of Mechanical Engineering worked with Mahini, F., DiWilliams, L., Burke, K., to write “An Experimental Setup for Autonomous Operation of Surface Vessels in Rough Seas,” which was published by Robotica in 2013. 

Board Appointments 

  • Seri Park, PhD, PTP, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was named to the editorial board of Modern Traffic and Transportation Engineering Research in 2013. 
  • Seri Park, PhD, PTP, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was named a panel member of the Transit Cooperative Research Program in 2013. 
  • G. F. 'Jerry'  Jones, PhD, senior associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering was named a Guest Associate Editor for the Special Edition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s Journal of Heat Transfer on Computational Fluid Dynamics, January 2013.
  • G. F. 'Jerry'  Jones, PhD, senior associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, was named to the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s K-20 Committee on Computational Heat Transfer in 2013.
  • Hashem Ashrafiuon, PhD, director, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,  was named Associate Editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME)  Journal Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control  and Associate Editor of ASME’s Dynamic Systems and Control Division Newsletter in 2013.
  • Robert Traver, PhD, professor and director of the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering, was elected as a Fellow to the American Society of Chemical Engineer’s Environment and Water Resources Institute in 2013. 

Awards

  • Sarvesh Kulkarni, PhD, associate professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering along with Vijay Gehlot, PhD, associate professor of Computing Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, were awarded a $100,000 continuation research grant in June 2013 from Comcast Corporation for the development of new software tools and techniques to analyze and report on network performance.
  • Moeness Amin, PhD , professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was invited to give plenary talks in 2013 at four major signal processing conferences: The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Conference, Monterey, CA, March 2013;  IET International Radar Conference, Xi’an, China , April 2013; Statistics, Optimization, and Signal Processing Workshop, Darmstadt, Germany, held in June 2013; and European Signal Processing Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, September 2013. Dr. Amin’s plenary talks cover the broad areas of radar signal processing. 
  • Andrea Welker, PhD, PE, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Robert Traver Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE, professor and director, Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering, were awarded an $82,500 grant from the William Penn Foundation for a research project titled, "Tools for Effective Stormwater Management." They also received a grant from  the PA DEP Growing Greener fund for $126,745 for a project titled "Rain Garden Configuration to Maximize Hydrologic Performance."

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