College of Engineering News and Events
2020 College News
“PATHWAY TO STEM: STEM education has been a national priority for more than a decade, but have we moved the needle? | Mechanical Engineering Magazine, August 2020
STEM education was identified as a national crisis in a report from the National Acad¬emies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2005. In 2007, Congress passed a law intended, in part, to improve STEM teaching. Later, President Barack Obama tried to make STEM educa¬tion a priority. In this Mechanical Engineering article, Villanova Engineering Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Andrea Welker contributed to the discussion on whether strides have been made.
Dr. Moeness Amin, director of the Center for Advanced Communications, has developed technology for a sensor that can detect whether someone may have early symptoms of COVID-19. The sensor is in the final stages of a clinical trial.
Engineers’ resourcefulness was on display as teams in the INNOVATE L3Harris Summer Program adapted to a virtual environment. INNOVATE provides self-directed student teams with a two-month paid opportunity to develop innovative solutions to unmet societal or technical challenges. This year’s projects included Snake Bot, a Driving Simulator, Neuro Language Platform and Blue Blanket.
Villanova Secures Cutting-Edge Confocal Raman Microscope Facility with Collaborative $523,333 NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant
A $523,333 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant will fund a new confocal Raman microscope facility that goes beyond high resolution imaging to provide a better understanding of biological and chemical processes under native conditions. The instrument will greatly advance knowledge and promote interdisciplinary research in nanomaterials, thermal and chemical engineering, and bioengineering/biology.
The College of Engineering has launched The Humanitarian Engineer podcast, which will highlight the work being done within the Center for Humanitarian Engineering and International Development. Students, partners, and in-country experts will share the challenges faced from a technical and humanistic perspective, as well as the progress achieved through collaborative efforts. In this first episode, learn more about the new Center and its director, Dr. Jordan Ermilio.