College of Engineering Alumni Class Notes

In Memoriam

Peter B. Zuhoski Jr.

Peter B. Zuhoski Jr. of Wading River, NY died July 19, 2019. He was 68 years old. Zuhoski received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Villanova University in 1973. He went on to be employed by LILCO and Harris PRD, before devoting nearly 39 years as an employee of Brookhaven National Laboratory, most recently as senior electrical engineer, a job which he truly loved and from which he had yet to retire. More.

David Battistini, 66, of Millville, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2019, at home, after a 5 year courageous battle with Sarcoma cancer. He was a graduate of Villanova University, Class of 1974, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for many private and civil service entities throughout his 45 year career, beginning as Assistant Municipal Engineer for the City of Millville from 1974 to 1980. He went on to work for the City of Vineland for a total of 18 years, including serving as the City Engineer from 2000 to 2007. He was also Ocean City Zoning Board Engineer for 18 years and Zoning Board Planner for 13 years. After retiring from the City of Vineland, Dave elected to continue to work as an engineer with Cumberland County for the last 11 years. 

Ronald G. Pucci, 76, of Kennett Square, died May 29, 2019, after a lengthy battle with COPD. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1964. He began his career working in engineering sales, later was employed by the former ICI Americas, became an independent engineering consultant, and was also involved in environmental clean-up projects. 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.

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.


Spring 2020



Yvan-W. François Llenza ’10 MSChE was recently named to the board of directors of Renaissance Academy Charter School  in Phoenixville, Pa. Llenza is currently a senior director for global training at a medical devices company where he leads a team designing and deploying learning strategies across the globe.



Jay Jones ’81 ME, ’88 MBA

Jay Jones ’81 ME, ’88 MBA has joined Nature's Bounty Co., a global leader in health and wellness, as Chief Supply Chain Officer. Jones was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Country Life LLC, a manufacturer of all-natural supplement and personal care products.


Fall 2019



Aldo Falasca '85

Mechanical Engineering alumnus Aldo Falasca '85 is one of this year’s Spirit of Achievement Award winners, selected by the Italian Cultural Foundation of South Jersey. Aldo is a project manager/estimator for Falasca Mechanical Inc. More



John Ryan ’99 CE was promoted to Navy captain while serving as commander of the USS Rushmore (LSD 47), home-ported at San Diego. He has been reassigned as the reactor officer of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), home-ported at Coronado, Calif.



Cathy Farrell '03 CE

Civil Engineering alumna Cathy Farrell '03, '06 MSCE was named one of ENR MidAtlantic's Top Young Professionals for 2020. Cathy is HNTB's department manager for Pennsylvania transportation. More.

Nora Swanson ’04 ME

Nora Swanson ’04 ME, PE, LEED AP, Director of Design Technology for AKF, has been selected by Professional Women in Construction (PWC) as one of 2019’s top “20 Under 40” outstanding women in construction. Swanson leads AKF’s Smart Buildings practice. She works with developers, landlords, architects and engineers to integrate technology into building design. AKF is a global leader in engineering, technology, design, consulting and commissioning. More


Captain Erin Lane '14 CE

The Nuclear Energy Institute featured Villanova Engineering alumna Captain Erin Lane '14 CE in "A Veteran Looks at How a Focus on Mission Unites Nuclear Energy and the Army." Lane works at Fort Belvoir in Army network modernization and cybersecurity. More


Summer 2019



John Cowan ’91 ME has joined the management team of Ryan--a leading global tax services and software provider--as senior vice president, chief strategy officer. Cowan will lead Ryan’s strategy and business excellence function and focus on delivering higher levels of client value and results through transformational business, process, and operational improvement initiatives. Read more.



Christine Wood ’05 CE

Engineering firm Burns & McDonnell has promoted 16 employee-owners to its Principal Group, a senior level of leadership marking high performance over a lengthy time working for the company. Only two percent of Kansas City, Mo.-based Burns & McDonnell’s 7,000 employees are principals. Among this year’s class of principals is Villanova Engineering graduate Christine Wood ’05 CE, Regional Global Practice Manager and Senior Project Manager in Dallas-Fort Worth for Global Facilities. In this role, Christine manages highly complex, fast-track engineering and design-build projects in the mission-critical, aerospace, and manufacturing sectors. In addition to her Villanova degree, Christine holds a master’s degree from Columbia University.

Haig Norian ’08 EE

Haig Norian ’08 EE earned his PhD at Columbia University in 2013 where he focused on the development of a lab on chip diagnostic devices. He has since worked as a staff engineer in the advanced development department at Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc. where he helps create ever more robust and precise high temperature pressure transducers. Most recently, Norian published an illustrated children's book called Little Engineers, which features sisters who set out to make the perfect gift for their mother's birthday, from brainstorming and prototyping to design and final construction.



Grace Kording '15 CpE

On July 26th, after 3 years of study and training on multiple aircraft, Grace Kording '15 CpE graduated from E/A-18G Growler training at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. She will now move on to her fleet squadron to complete a 3-year tour and aircraft carrier deployment. Grace is active in her community as Miss Washington US International and as a volunteer at Bellingham Community Meal Program for the homeless.


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.

Will Williams ’17 MSSE

Will Williams ’17 MSSE has been named the Sustainability Director for West Chester, PA, where he will lead environmental and energy related efforts on behalf of the residents, business community and municipal government.



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.

ExOne, a global provider of three-dimensional printing machines and 3D printed and other products, materials and services to industrial customers, has elected John F. Hartner ’85 ME as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hartner joined the company as Chief Operating Officer in November 2018. More.

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.