WELCOME DEAN MICHELE MARCOLONGO!
Villanova University welcomes Dr. Michele Marcolongo, the new Drosdick Endowed Dean in the College of Engineering. Dr. Marcolongo’s engineering career spans more than three decades and encompasses roles as an academician, researcher, administrator, inventor and entrepreneur.
She says, “It is a tremendous honor and privilege for me to be named Drosdick Endowed Dean of the College of Engineering. The Villanova College of Engineering is outstanding in its education of world-class engineers who are technically strong and who have a broad liberal arts background to contextualize real-world solutions for the needs of society. This approach, along with the creative research and scholarship, is what drew me to Villanova. I look forward to working with the community to continue to innovate Villanova’s contributions to our world.”
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Through a capstone research project, Villanova Electrical and Computer Engineering students are working to address the challenges of communication for individuals with spastic cerebral palsy. With the support of the Villanova community though a new crowdfunding campaign, the goal of this project is to develop an easy-to-use system in which an iPad can be used to speak, text, email and communicate more independently.
Dr. Ani Ural, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Computational Biomechanics and Solid Mechanics Laboratory, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to uncover the factors that contribute to atypical femoral fracture, which is a rare side effect of long-term use of some drugs to treat osteoporosis.
As the United States aims to revive its manufacturing industry, Mechanical Engineering professors Drs. Bo Li and Qianhong Wu have received a $499,957 NSF grant to develop a new field of fluid-assisted nanomanufacturing with applications in flexible electronics.
Center for Humanitarian Engineering and International Development to Deliver Innovative Learning Experiences with a Global Perspective
Building on the decade-long success of the Villanova Engineering Service Learning (VESL) program, the new Center will engage students in unique learning opportunities that reinforce engineering fundamentals, a commitment to life-long learning and service to society. In addition to integrating VESL’s service-learning opportunities into its auspices, the Center will establish research and academic programs—launching a new minor in Humanitarian Engineering—and will formalize a strategic partnership with the graduate program in Sustainable Engineering.
With a grant from the national nonprofit EarthShare, Villanova University’s College of Engineering is launching Power Forward, a new STEM outreach program for Philadelphia high school students and other members of the community. Building on the College’s VESTED program and leadership in sustainable engineering education, Power Forward will educate the city’s underserved communities about energy choice, equity and justice.