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College of Engineering Alumni Class Notes

In Memoriam

James Michael Mohan ’62 EE died on July 8, 2020. A lifelong devoted fan of Villanova basketball, he spent his entire career with  Norden Systems in Norwalk, Connecticut. More bout James Mohan.

Thomas R Golden ’43 ME

Thomas R Golden ’43 ME of Coronado, CA.
More about Thomas Golden.

William J. McDevitt ’61 CE, 88, of Surf City, NJ, passed away on May 13, 2020 at his home. After graduating from Villanova University, Bill worked for the next 30 plus years as a Civil Engineer for the Naval Engineering Command of Philadelphia and the Army Corps of Engineers. More about William J. McDevitt.


Fall 2020



Robert Lund ’78 CE, ’81 MSCE

The Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) cited Robert Lund ’78 CE, ’81 MSCE as its Transportation Engineer of the Year for 2020. Lund was appointed as the Deputy General Manager for Engineering at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority earlier this year, culminating a 19-year career at SEPTA. In this position, he is part of the Authority’s leadership team and directs and manages all operations, infrastructure, vehicles, real estate and capital programs. He oversees a staff of nearly 8500 employees and directs a combined capital and operating budget of $1.35 billion.



Sandy (Echeverri) Martin ’99 ChE

Sandy (Echeverri) Martin ’99 ChE has joined Citi Private Bank as a Private Banker in the company’s Washington DC office where she is responsible for developing and managing relationships with high net worth individuals and is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service as the principal contact for her clients’ financial needs. Read more about Sandy Martin.


Summer 2020



Lillian A. Dukes ’87 MSEE

Lillian A. Dukes ’87 MSEE has been appointed Senior Vice President, Technical Operations for Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Read more about Lillian A. Dukes.

Rich Gunther ’87 ME has been named vice president of sales for Pure Wafer, America’s market leading supplier of reclaimed silicon wafers, thin film deposition, and parts cleaning services to the global semiconductor manufacturing industry. Read more about Rich Gunther.

Steve Tarallo ’89 ME

Steve Tarallo ’89 ME has joined the Annapolis, MD, office of Barton & Loguidice (B&L) as Senior Project Manager in the company’s Water/Wastewater Practice Area. Read more about Steve Tarallo.



Elizabeth “Liz” Porter ’93 EE

Elizabeth “Liz” Porter ’93 EE has been named Health Group President for Leidos, a FORTUNE 500® science and technology company. As group president, Porter will have responsibility for all Health Group activities, including new business growth, technology development and thought leadership. Liz had been serving as acting group president since March 9 and previously served as operation manager for the Civil Group's Federal Energy & Environment business. Her experience spans critical infrastructure system engineering and technology, business development, and program management including several leadership roles at Lockheed Martin.



Nicholas Mathews ’05 EE

Nicholas Mathews ’05 EE has been named a Rising Star by A principal with McKool Smith PC, Mathews has secured several victories on behalf of Ericsson earning him a spot among the intellectual property attorneys under age 40. Read more about Nichols Matthews.

Jeremy Young ’08 MSCE, PE, has been named principal and senior vice president for Schnabel Engineering where he is leading the company’s new Austin, TX, office.

Kortney Brown ’08 CE, ’11 MSWREE, PE, has been promoted to associate engineer at Schnabel Engineering where he has worked since graduating.  Since his start, he has helped solve challenges and successfully secured work from several major dam clients in Pennsylvania. He is also a student mentor and teaching liaison at Villanova.


Spring 2020



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.

Thomas B. Hartman ’88 ME has been appointed CEO and president of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). Tom has a long history of success in the pharmaceutical industry, rising to the role of Vice President of GMP Operations, Biopharm CMC, for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Read more about Thomas B. Hartman.

Brian Di Donato ’88 ME has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy for Immunocore, a pioneering, clinical-stage T cell receptor biotechnology company. Read more about Brian Di Donato.



Todd Duerr

Essential Utilities’ Aqua Pennsylvania has hired 27-year water utility industry veteran Todd Duerr ’95 MSWREE as vice president, production. Duerr’s career includes executive management, technical and business operations, business development and federal contracting. More about Todd Duerr.

Todd Duerr

Shamarukh Billah ’99 CE, P.E., LEED AP® BD+C, recently named chief civil engineer in STV's Buildings and Facilities (B&F) Division, has been promoted to vice president. Billah has more than 20 years of experience in site development, water resource engineering, and infrastructure design. More about Shamarukh Billah.



Ray Dominguez ’02 CE, PE, has been promoted to senior associate at Dewberry, and is the manager of the company’s Bloomfield traffic engineering department. He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, where he serves on the student outreach committee.



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.

Nicholas Lupisella

Nicholas Lupisella ’10 ME is moving to London to take on a role in health policy through Merck’s General Management Acceleration Program. He was also selected to the 2020 Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 Under 40.

Ian Carlos Agrait (Ian C. Hernandez Diaz) ’11 ME has been named president of Lean Enterprise Consulting.


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 about Aldo Falasca.



Alexander Houseal

Alexander Houseal '92 MSCE has joined STV as vice president and senior engineering operations manager of the Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Division’s Pennsylvania operation. More about Alexander Houseal.

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 about Cathy Farrell.

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 about Nora Swanson.


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 about Captain Erin Lane.


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.



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. Read more about Dr. Joseph Valentino.

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 about Alicia Hayter.


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. Read more about Andrew Packer.

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. Read more about Bethany Kavulich.

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 about Brett Cederdahl.

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. Read more about John F. Hartner.

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.