About the Major Awards
The J. Stanley Morehouse Award was instituted in 1972 in honor of J. Stanley Morehouse, Dean of the College of Engineering from 1938 to 1961. During his tenure, the School of Technology became the School of Engineering, was officially accredited and later was named the College of Engineering as Villanova gained university status.
The Morehouse Award recognizes outstanding leadership, as demonstrated in the planning or the administration of activities involving or related to the engineering profession. The recipient is an alumnus of the College of Engineering who has maintained a positive interest in promoting the name and programs of Villanova’s College of Engineering. Implicit in the criteria is a level of leadership responsibility imposed by the recipient’s present position, which is unlikely to be reached in less than 15 years following graduation.
The John J. Gallen Memorial Award was instituted in 1977 in honor of John J. Gallen, Dean of the College of Engineering from 1961 to 1975. Dean Gallen oversaw the expansion of the college to include the renovation of John Barry Hall to house engineering laboratories and built the Chemical Engineering building (now White Hall) on campus.
The Gallen Award recognizes the achievements of those whose technical efforts yield advances in the engineering profession. The emphasis is on technical contributions rather than administrative or management leadership, although the recipient may demonstrate these qualities as well. The recipient must have graduated from the College of Engineering less than fifteen years ago and must have maintained a positive interest in promoting the name and programs of Villanova’s College of Engineering.
The Carl T. Humphrey Memorial Award was instituted in 1990 in honor of Carl T. Humphrey, who served as the first Dean of the College of Engineering from 1920 to 1938. During his tenure, the college added many honor societies and professional clubs and the Villanova Engineer replaced The Owl as the student publication.
The Humphrey Award recognizes the professional achievements of alumni who hold master’s degrees from Villanova’s College of Engineering. Emphasis is placed upon the recipient’s demonstrated leadership in administration, management and planning, or substantial technical contributions, or some combination thereof in activities related to the engineering profession. The recipient must have earned a master’s degree at least five years ago and must have demonstrated a positive attitude toward promoting the name and programs of Villanova’s College of Engineering.
The Gary A. Gabriele Memorial Award was instituted in 2018 in honor of Gary A. Gabriele, who served as the Drosdick Endowed Dean of the College of Engineering from 2006 to 2018.
Reflecting Dean Gabriele’s commitment to diversity in engineering, the Gabriele Award recognizes an alumnus who has promoted equity in the field. The recipient may have championed women or underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in engineering, supported STEM outreach activities to introduce socially, geographically and economically diverse students to the discipline, or encouraged, advanced and empowered these individuals in the workplace. The deserving alumnus must also have demonstrated a positive attitude toward promoting the name and programs of Villanova’s College of Engineering.
The Robert D. Lynch Award was instituted in 2003 in honor of Robert D. Lynch, Dean of the College of Engineering from 1975 to 2000. During this time, the College’s first research center, The Center for Advanced Communications, was formed; the Engineering Alumni Society was inaugurated; and the first College alumnus traveled to space on the Shuttle Atlantis. Dr. Lynch’s crowning glory was the new Center for Education and Research, which was dedicated in 1998.
Given on behalf of the Engineering Alumni Society, this prestigious award acknowledges a graduating senior for his or her outstanding academic achievements and exemplary dedication to serving the community, thus representing the highest values of Villanova University and the College of Engineering.
The Alumni Award for Professional Achievement was instituted in 1984 by the College of Engineering. This award recognizes contributions to technology through substantial achievements in marketing, management or entrepreneurship, as well as achievements in strictly technical fields. Such accomplishments reflect favorably on Villanova University.
The Alumni Award for Meritorious Service was instituted in 1984 by the College of Engineering. This award recognizes alumni who have given continuing support to the College of Engineering, been instrumental in directing exceptional students to Villanova, and assisted in the educational and service activities of the College.