College of Engineering Alumni Class Notes

In Memoriam

Class of 1965 Electrical Engineering alumnus Daniel J. McGarrigan, III, 75, passed away on January 1, 2019. He was a Senior Advisor to the White House Military Office, Naval Aviation and the Marine Corps for the development and restart efforts for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. Read more.

Robert A. Box ’79 MSCE

Robert A. Box ’79 MSCE of West Chester, PA, died on March 1, 2019. He was a chief engineer of the Delaware River Port Authority who later became general manager of the PATCO High-Speed Line, retiring in 2011. More.


Spring 2019



Joseph Valentino ’00 EE

Dr. Joseph Valentino ’00 EE, an attorney with Fish & Richardson, has been elevated to principal in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group where he focuses on patent prosecution and analysis, including substantial experience producing patentability, patent infringement and patent validity opinions across a broad array of technical fields.

Ray Dominguez ’02 CE, PE

Ray Dominguez ’02 CE, PE, has been hired by Dewberry’ Bloomfield, New Jersey, office as the manager of the traffic engineering department. He has more than 16 years of experience in planning and design and previously served in a leadership role for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s traffic engineering planning group.

Aimee Shields, PE, ’03 CE

Engineering News Record (ENR) Southeast has named GAI Consultants, Inc. Senior Engineering Manager Aimee Shields, PE, ’03 CE, to its list of 2019 Top Young Professionals. Shields is a Senior Engineering Manager and leader of the Southeast Civil Engineering Group in GAI’s Orlando office, specializing in civil site design for commercial, residential, institutional, and municipal projects.

Ulysses Koutsogiannis ’04 MSCE

Ulysses Koutsogiannis ’04 MSCE, PE, has joined HNTB Corporation as structural manager, Pennsylvania operations, in the firm's Philadelphia office. He has nearly 20 years of experience managing, designing, constructing, rating and inspecting a variety of transportation structures across the region for several owners, including Amtrak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, the Delaware River Port Authority, Norfolk Southern, CSX, PennDOT, PA Turnpike and others.

Alicia Hayter ’06 ME

Alicia Hayter ’06 ME has been promoted from Associate to Counsel in the Hartford, CT office of Cantor Colburn, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the US. She earned her JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and has been recognized as a New Leader in the Law by The Connecticut Law Tribune in 2017 and as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2018. Read more.

Andrew Packer ’10 ME, ’13 MSSE

Andrew Packer ’10 ME, ’13 MSSE, a project manager with Gilbane Building Co. in San Antonio, TX, based out of the Philadelphia office, was named one of ENR’s Top Young Professionals in Texas and Louisiana for 2019. More.

Bethany Kavulich, PE, ’12 MSCE

Bethany Kavulich, PE, ’12 MSCE, was selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2019 Young Engineer of the Year Award. She is an Engineer at NTM Engineering located in Dillsburg, PA, and is a member of the Central PA Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and the American Society of Civil Engineers. More.



Christopher Maercklein ’90 ME, senior advisor engineer at Naval Nuclear Laboratory, was awarded the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal.



Brett Cederdahl ’81 EE was project manager of a team that received the US Department of Energy Secretary’s Project Management Achievement Award and National Nuclear Security Administration Excellence Award for the Transuranic Waste Facility project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Read more.

Robert Lutz ’83 ME was elected chair of studies, Information Technology, at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Tom Daniels ’85 ME was named the associate laboratory director of Facilities and Operations at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Rob Catalanello ’86 EE

Rob Catalanello ’86 EE has been appointed to lead, as CEO, U.S. operations of B2C2, a cryptocurrency liquidity provider and electronic OTC trading participant. More.

Brian Di Donato ’88 ME

Brian Di Donato ’88 ME has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to transforming the lives of patients and families affected by complement-mediated diseases. More.

Steve Tarallo ’89 ME has joined Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, as associate vice president.

Greg Guerra ’89 EE

Greg Guerra ’89 EE has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Segra, one of the largest independent fiber bandwidth companies in the U.S. Guerra’s impressive track record of success includes his time in various roles over the past twenty years with companies such as AT&T and Comcast. He previously served as Executive Vice President Business Development and most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Spirit Communications. More.



Michael P. Gigliotti '70 CE

Michael P. Gigliotti '70 CE was recognized by the Villanova University Alumni Association for distinguished service. Over 30+ years, Mike has played an instrumental role in establishing the Club of Orange County, hosting New Student Send-Offs with his wife Linda, and representing Villanova at various college fairs in California.



John Spina ’64 EE was inducted into the Niagara Frontier Aviation and Space Hall of Fame.


Fall 2018



Thomas Kearney ’84 ME, ’91 MA

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.

John F. Hartner ’85 ME

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

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.

Andrew M. Kenworthy '92 CE

Andrew M. Kenworthy '92 CE, has been named Chief Operating Officer at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc., an engineering specialist firm, where he has been employed since 1995, most recently as Eastern Region Vice President. Read more.



Adam Rudo ’96 MSCpE

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.



Jason Albanese ’01 EE

Jason Albanese ’01 EE has been named senior vice president of business development for Leidos Health Group. He has 17 years of experience in various Lockheed Martin and Leidos roles spanning engineering, program management, and business development.


Summer 2018



Dwight C. Johnson ’84 CE, DO

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.



Dana Rao ’91 EE

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.


Spring 2018



Vincent Gallagher ’74 CE, PE

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

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

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

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.

Robert Liberato ’05 CE

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

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.


Fall 2017



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

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

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

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

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

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. 

Christopher Hannum ’95 MSWREE, PE

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. 

Ronald Jakominich ’95 CE, PE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.