ENGINEERING NEWS AND EVENTS

 

2021 College News

 

  • Elucidating the Brain-Behavior Connection to Improve Driver Safety

    Elucidating the Brain-Behavior Connection to Improve Driver Safety

    Research Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Meltem Izzetoglu is an expert in the field of optical brain imaging and a major contributor to the development of fNIRS (functional near infrared spectroscopy). She is collaborating with Dr. Seri Park, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to study driving behavior, specifically how distracted driving effects decision-making and performance. The team has outfitted the College’s state-of-the-art driving simulator with fNIRS and eye-tracking devices to shed new light on the brain-behavior connection.

  • The Silvanus Project: Wildfire Detection & Prevention

    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.

  • CubeSat Club and AIAA Launch Villanova’s First Weather Balloons

    CubeSat Club and AIAA Launch Villanova’s First Weather Balloons

    In early May, two groups of Villanovans launched the University’s first weather balloons. For the CubeSat Club, the goal was to test the radio beacon and ground station antenna they built last year on the roof of Tolentine, and gather telemetry readings including pressure, altitude, temperature, and humidity.

  • Students Investigate the Use of Natural Materials to Treat Drinking Water Sources

    Students Investigate the Use of Natural Materials to Treat Drinking Water Sources

    A highlight of Villanova’s Chemical and Biological Engineering program is the department’s two-semester Senior Project Studio through which undergraduates can participate in an industry-sponsored or faculty-advised design or research project. This year, three teams are working with professors Dorothy Skaf and Vito Punzi to explore the use of natural materials to treat water for colloidal suspended solids removal.