Alumni Awardee Bios - 2017
Managing Principal of the mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm Michaud Cooley Erickson, Kerry Cooley Bruggemann is a practicing mechanical engineer, working for clients such as the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Cargill and General Mills. As a third-generation engineer, Kerry possesses a passion for attracting new dynamic thinkers to the engineering field though her regular work with the National Society of Professional Engineers and as a Villanova University Alumni Association Board Member. In her leadership position at Michaud Cooley Erickson, Kerry is involved in all operations decisions such as hiring and staffing, developing design standards and reviewing overall firm performance metrics. She is energized to build a growing organization that values its employees and provides engineering solutions for its valued clients.
Following graduation from Villanova, Christopher Damico worked for General Electric before earning his MBA from New York University and beginning a career in in finance with the Swiss Bank Corporation (UBS). He later joined Morgan Stanley and became a Managing Director focused on advising and financing transactions for private equity firms as well as large corporations.
Christopher left banking to become a founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of Alcentra, an asset management group with its headquarters in London and its U.S. operations in Los Angeles. The company was sold to the Bank of New York in 2006 and Christopher resigned to focus on private investments and various philanthropic and community interests.
Christopher is a member of the Villanova Engineering Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and is also a member of the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson. He is married to Villanova alumna Susan Girard ’84 VSB, ’91 JD and they have three children.
After graduating from Villanova, Joseph Krackeler earned a Master’s of Science in Engineering from Princeton University and a doctorate in Polymer Chemistry from Northeastern University. He spent 20 with Raychem Corporation where he held roles including Manager, Thermoplastics Development; Technical Manager, Plastics and Chemicals Division; Director of Technology, Thermofit Division; Director of Marketing, Telecommunications Division; and Vice President, Communications Market. He left Raychem in 1986 to serve as a technical consultant in the polymer chemistry field, working on materials development for plastics, rubbers and adhesives, technical due diligence, insurance claims and expert testimony for patents. His varied professional experiences have included owning a baseball lithograph company, founding a cheesecake company and serving as an instructor in chemistry and in property management.
Soon after graduating from Villanova, John Beyer began living and working in Waslala, Nicaragua, where he engaged in social development projects in health, energy and education as part of Villanova’s Engineering Service Learning program. As a volunteer and technical advisor, he worked on a telehealth project to provide basic health and emergency care for rural communities. He also designed rural electrification systems, specifically off-grid solar and micro-hydro power, as well as innovative education models using modern appliances. Additionally, he taught an after-school English as a Second Language course for all ages at the local public school. In conjunction with his volunteer work, John is pursuing his master's degree in Sustainable Engineering via the College’s E-Learning program.
After graduating from Villanova, Adam Butler volunteered for 18 months with the Villanova Engineering Service Learning partnership in Waslala, Nicaragua, where he worked on the design and construction of gravity-driven water networks. He served as a liaison between the University and Waslala’s local organizations, and led spring and fall break trips for teams of Villanova engineering students and faculty and representatives from Aqua America. Adam also assisted Villanova engineering faculty with field data for both class projects and research. This fall, he will return to Villanova to study in the International Development track of the Sustainable Engineering master’s program.
While living and working in Philadelphia for 22 years, John Durrant ran the Philadelphia Water Department’s Materials Engineering Laboratory, which provided physical testing, chemical analysis, failure analysis and vendor surveillance services for most city agencies. He served terms on the board of directors of the Chestnut Hill Community Association, the Eye Bank Association of America (as a transplant recipient) and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Asked to inaugurate the specialty institutes of ASCE, John moved, 20 years ago, to Northern Virginia, where he serves as the organization’s Senior Managing Director for Engineering and Lifelong Learning. John has also served Villanova as a member of the civil engineering advisory committee, where he enjoyed collaborating with classmates, colleagues from the city and the highly regarded Civil and Environmental Engineering Department faculty.
John is married to Villanova alumna Pam Slagada ’77 CLAS and they have three grown children living in Los Angeles.