College of Engineering News
On February 26, 2021, the College of Engineering hosted the 44th Engineering Alumni Society Awards to celebrate the achievements of 12 exceptional alumni, as well as faculty and staff. The virtual nature of this year’s event allowed more than 140 guests to gather online to recognize these alumni for their service, leadership, excellence, stewardship and technical advancements.
The incomprehensible processing speed of quantum computers under development today poses a significant threat to future cybersecurity. Therefore, researchers like Villanova’s Dr. Jiafeng "Harvest" Xie of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department are developing and implementing post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithms thought to be resistant to potential attacks.
On February 22, the Villanova chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers sponsored a virtual “Order of the Engineer” ring ceremony, initiating 39 graduating seniors and practicing engineers into the organization which promotes ethics and fosters a sense of pride within the engineering profession.
After a crowdfunding campaign helped raise more than $40,000 from Villanova donors, Computer Engineering seniors Michael DiGiacomo and Christian Berger made significant progress on a system to help Villanovans with spastic cerebral palsy communicate more independently.
Karl Schmidt, Professor of Practice in the Sustainable Engineering program and director of the RISE forum, joined KYW Newsradio In Depth to talk about how the balance between government and the private sector helps move sustainability goals forward, the areas we've made progress in the past few decades, and the areas where we're falling short.