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Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced plans for a 150,000 square-foot addition to the College of Engineering’s primary academic building, the Center for Engineering Education and Research. This major space expansion reflects a bold 21st-century vision for the College that will dramatically transform the facility.
Dr. Robert Traver, director of the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems and the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about the remnants of Hurricane Ida serving as a “wake up call.” He said Philadelphia is taking a solid step in identifying the impacts on flood-prone areas in order to assess needs.
Dr. Virginia’s Smith TEDxVillanovaU talk is being showcased on TED.com. It is the first Villanova talk to be promoted on this international stage. Her captivating talk presents why water resource planning is fundamental for a more sustainable world, how her cutting edge research is addressing growing global flood crises, and what you can do to help shift the flood paradigm.
As Villanova’s College of Engineering continues to evolve and grow, Drosdick Endowed Dean Michele Marcolongo, PhD, saw a need to expand leadership in several key areas. In addition to establishing the new positions of associate dean for faculty affairs and director of strategic initiatives, she created two separate associate dean roles in graduate studies and research and innovation. The new deans were selected from current faculty who will continue to serve in their respective departments, maintaining a teaching and research presence.
The Silvanus Project: Wildfire Detection & Prevention
The increasing number of wildfires devasting America’s western states inspired a team of Villanova University students to tackle the issue this past summer as part of the L3Harris INNOVATE Summer Program. The team designed, built and tested Silvanus—a weather-proof, solar powered wildfire prevention and detection system. The system measures the volumetric water content of soil to generate a risk-assessment measure of how likely a wildfire is to occur.