ICE Center Announces 2013 Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Awards

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Villanova, Pa. – The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) announced the winners of the annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Awards. Edmond Dougherty, assistant professor of engineering and director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program, won the faculty ICE Award. Five students—one from each college—also received this honor: Matthew Altenberg ’13 VLS, Alejandro Avellana’13 VSB, Cassandra Postighone ’13 LAS, Alexandria Reo ’13 CON, and Stephen Schraer ’13 COE.

The ICE Awards were created and endowed by Patrick Meyer '74 VSB in honor of the Meyer family (Patrick '74, Edward '86, and C. Paul '30) to recognize a spirit of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship that enhances Villanova University. Each winning students received a trophy and $1,000 prize.  The Villanova faculty member who wins receives a trophy and a $2,500 prize. 

The student award-winners displayed a number of different exceptional entrepreneurial traits. Altenberg won the award for initiating a new interdisciplinary business and law journal aimed at cultivating new ideas within the business and legal communities. He also participated in the inaugural Villanova in the Valley program where he learned how to bridge the gap between innovative entrepreneurship with his legal background. 

Avellana earned the Meyer ICE Award through his significant contributions with Business without Borders.  He sits on the executive board and has gone on multiple service trips to Nicaragua, and he led a partnership with a non-profit organization called Profugo. 

Postighone received the ICE Award due to three years of devotion to the ICE Center’s Certificate Program for Sophomores (ICE CaPS), first as a participant and then as a mentor and student director. 

Reo was recognized for her participation in the Nicaragua Tele-health program, during which she surveyed the community health workers (CHWs) of the Waslala region to determine their use of herbal medications and to connect the scientific information of the herbal preparations that are being used. 

Schraer earned this recognition for his work with the engineering service learning program and for leading the humanitarian UXO (un-exploded ordinances) robotics initiative.

Faculty award-winner Dr. Dougherty helped craft the Entrepreneurship minor in the College of Engineering.  He has created and facilitated interdisciplinary courses and intercollegiate events and competitions at Villanova, served as a VSEC committee member and managed the ECE Senior Capstone Projects and ECE Day.  Outside of Villanova, Ed holds over a dozen patents for various electronic and software systems.  As a founder of the Beyond Ideas program, he has supervised student teams for entrepreneurship competitions such as the Ford contest and the Innovations chase. 

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