United States Navy Rear Admiral Thomas Kearney (Ret.) ’84 ME, ’91 MA, a decorated veteran with over 30 years of service in the Armed Forces, has been elected to the national governing board of directors for American Humane, the country's first national humane organization which has supported the U.S. military, service men and women, and military animals for more than 100 years. Kearney is the President and Founder of Kearney Group, LLC, a consulting company advising and supporting over a dozen large and small defense-related businesses. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2016 after serving for over 30 years. Read more.
The ExOne Company, a global provider of three-dimensional (“3-D”) printing machines and 3D printed and other products, materials and services to industrial customers, announced that its Board of Directors elected John F. Hartner ’85 ME as ExOne’s Chief Operating Officer.
Tom Kunetz, a 1988 graduate of Villanova’s Master’s in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering program, has been named president of the Water Environment Federation. He has 30 years of experience as an environmental engineer, protecting the water environment and public health, working in both the public sector and private sector. Read more.
After 13 years with General Dynamics, Adam Rudo ’96 MSCpE has joined ManTech International as senior vice president and general manager of the Herndon, Va.-based company’s security solutions business.
Dwight C. Johnson ’84 CE, DO, was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Archbishop Charles J. Chaputis. He is a member of St. Agnes Parish in West Chester where he resides with his wife Kimberly. He is a physician with Penn Medicine.
In June, Adobe appointed Dana Rao ’91 EE as executive vice president and General Counsel. In this position he will oversee all of Adobe’s legal and government relations matters.
During his six-year tenure overseeing Adobe’s intellectual property and litigation teams, Rao has managed the company’s litigation efforts as well as its patent, trademark and copyright portfolio strategies. Prior to Adobe, Rao was with Microsoft for 11 years, serving in a variety of roles including Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing, where he oversaw all patent matters for Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division.
Austin Scaplen ’17 MSSE has been hired by the Maine Water Company as an engineer. He will provide technical support and service to all of Maine Water’s public water systems. His focus will be supporting the annual capital improvement program and operating the GIS, hydraulic simulation and asset management software systems employed to properly maintain and store Maine Water’s electronic records.
HNTB Corporation has added Vincent Gallagher ’74 CE, PE, to its team as a senior program manager in the firm's national program management and construction management practice for transit and rail, and senior vice president.
Joe Buggy ’85 ME has been named Chief Operating Officer for TaskUs, the leading customer support solutions provider for high-growth tech and legacy companies seeking digital transformation. Buggy is the company’s first COO and will play a pivotal role in the next phase of TaskUs’ growth.
Mark Plansky ’88 EE joined Janney Montgomery Scott’s Securitised Sales Group in Boston as Managing Director.
Steve Tarallo ’89 ME has joined Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, as an associate vice president and manager of the water/wastewater practice in the firm’s Baltimore, Maryland, office. With more than 28 years of experience in the municipal water and wastewater industry, Tarallo has been involved in a wide variety of water and wastewater engineering solutions, including process technology selection and design for advanced treatment, energy efficiency, and resource recovery.
Ramana Kumar Vinjamuri ’04 MSEE, PhD, received the 2018 Harvey N. Davis Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor Award at Stevens Institute of Technology where he is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering.
Recently named to ENR MidAtlantic’s “Top Young Professionals,” Robert Liberato ’05 CE has been with IMC Construction for 12 years and has been promoted to partner and senior project manager. As a leader of technology innovation at IMC, Liberato has established a project implementation technical platform unparalleled in the industry. He has been responsible for some of IMC’s most complex projects, including the $150 million expansion of the King of Prussia Mall.
Lauren Ohotzke ’09 CE, PE has been named Young Professional of the Year for 2018 by the American Council of Engineering Companies’ New Jersey Chapter.
Construction management firm Hill International appointed Michael V. Griffin ’74 CE, ’79 MSCE, PE, Regional President, Americas. Griffin, formerly the company’s Senior Vice President & Regional Manager for the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region, started his career with Hill International in 1981 and most recently led Hill’s project consulting services for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States.
John L. Buckley ’83 ChE was named president and chief executive officer of Wilbur-Ellis Companies, leading international marketers and distributors of agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients. Buckley previously served as chief executive of the U.S. subsidiary of France's Air Liquide.
Jonathan Meisel ’84 ME has been named senior vice president for CBRE’s Central New Jersey region. He has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, having focused on data centers, collocation, corporate real estate and multi-market portfolio management.
Darlene Sullivan ’90 EE has been selected as director, Undersea Warfare Electromagnetic Maneuver Systems at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, Rhode Island.
Steve Alessi ’91 ME has been promoted to president of NJ Advance Media. He was previously the company’s Chief Revenue Officer.
Tom Himmel ’91 ChE has been named CEO of the RiteScreen Company. His 26-year career in the building products and chemical manufacturing sectors includes most recently serving as Vice President Americas and Engineered Foams for Armacell LLC.
Army veteran Christopher Hannum ’95 MSWREE, PE, was named a principal on Entech's executive leadership team. He joined the company in 2012, and oversees engineering for water and wastewater projects, helping clients make more informed decisions as they invest in their infrastructure systems.
Professional services firm Dewberry promoted Ronald Jakominich ’95 CE, PE, to associate vice president in their Fairfax, VA headquarters. Jakominich has more than 21 years of experience as a civil and transportation engineer, and is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America.
Steve Christini ’95 ME is the president and CEO of Christini Technologies, Inc., a Philadelphia-based company which manufactures a range of All-Wheel Drive (AWD) bicycles and motorcycles. In October, he donated one of his new electric AWD Fat Bikes to Villanova’s Department of Public Safety.
Thomas Hebner ’96 EE has been appointed the new worldwide leader of CIG (Cognitive Innovation Group) within Nuance Communications, Inc.
April M. Barkasi ’96 CE, ’98 MSWREE, PE, president of Cedarville Engineering Group LLC, in Pottstown, Pa., was interviewed in the Reading Eagle.
Dr. Latha Nataraj ’97 MSCpE, an engineering materials researcher with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate, is also an accomplished artist and musician who donated her works in support of hurricane relief. You can read her story here.
Deepthi Kalyanam '06 MSWREE, PE received the PA Water Environment Association's award for in honor of her "extraordinary personal service to the association, while working to promote wastewater collection system understanding, operation and maintenance, training and continuing education."
Luis Gaitan ’10 CE is changing lives as a mentor and running coach in Camden. His story appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “'Inspiring': Why these Camden youths trained for the Philly Half Marathon.”
Paula Torres ’13 ME, ’14 MSME was awarded a Continuous Improvement ‘Green Belt’ at Air Products for “Reduction of Helium Inventory Adjustments.” She identified the problem, listed root causes, and developed procedures that created solutions resulting in significant savings to the company.