Gray skies did not dampen the spirits of Villanova University’s College of Engineering 2013 graduating class. On Saturday, May 18, 305 undergraduate and graduate students celebrated their accomplishments at the College’s annual Recognition Ceremony held on Mendel Field.
Celebrating the Engineering Class of 2013
Graduate Students Recognized
Following the ceremony’s opening address by student speaker Luke T. Ottaway ’13 ME, the College’s 79 doctoral and Master of Science candidates were recognized and presented with awards by Dr. Gerard ‘Jerry’ Jones, PhD ’72, Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. The College of Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Student Award was presented to Peiman Naseradinmousavi (photo right) for outstanding scholarship in the doctoral program and exemplary leadership and service to Villanova University and the College of Engineering. Receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student Medallion was Kailash Choudhary ’13 MSEE, who also was presented with the Outstanding Graduate Student Certificate Award for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. These Master’s degree graduates received the Certificate Award from their individual departments:
- Eric C. Nolan ’13 MSME
- Benaiah Anabaronye ’13 MSChE
- Adrienne G. Donaghue ’13 MSWRE
- Lauren A. Pugh ’13 MSSE
Presentation of the Farrell Award
Christine M. Alizzi ’13 CEE, President of the Engineering Student Council, presented the 2013 Farrell Award to Dr. Robert H. Caverly, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Microwave Electromagnetics Laboratory. The Farrell Award recognizes an engineering faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary personal concern for students. Recipients are chosen by a vote of the College’s undergraduate students.
Graduating Seniors Applauded
Alizzi’s presentation was followed by the recognition and presentation of awards for undergraduate students, led by Dr. Randy D. Weinstein, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The following students earned medallions from their individual departments for demonstrating academic excellence and leadership:
- Jelena Renic ’13 ChE
- Erica J. Sokoloski ’13 CEE
- Michael A. Ciavarella ’13 CpE
- Dang Wang ’13 EE
- Ian P. Dardani ’13 ME
President of the Engineering Alumni Society, Mr. John Happ ’85, spoke on behalf of the thousands of Villanova engineering alumni around the world. He also had the honor of presenting the prestigious Robert D. Lynch Award, which is given on behalf of the EAS to acknowledge a graduating senior for their outstanding academic achievements and exemplary dedication to serving the community. Representing the highest values of Villanova University and the College of Engineering, Ian P. Dardani ’13 ME (photo above) was this year’s Robert D. Lynch Award recipient.
The Recognition Ceremony concluded with congratulatory remarks from Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering Dr. Gary A. Gabriele, followed by the reciting of the Engineer’s Creed and a benediction by Dr. Stephen Jones, Associate Dean for Student and Strategic Programs.
Dr. C. Nataraj Recognized at Commencement
On Sunday, the engineering contingent joined their arts, science, business and nursing counterparts for the University’s commencement exercises. During the ceremony, Dr. C. Nataraj, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received the 2013 Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his sustained scholarly contributions including an impressive list of prominent publications and the worldwide impact of his work in dynamic systems and non-linear dynamics.
Army and Navy Commissioning
These graduating engineering ROTC students were commissioned in separate ceremonies:
Second Lieutenant Andrew James Smith '13 ME (photo right)
Ensign Austin Chung ’13 EE
Ensign Emily Davidson ’13 ME
Ensign Allison Haas ’13 ME
Ensign Kelly Moon ’13 ChE
Ensign Steven O’Regan ’13 ME
Ensign Carrie Rose ’13 ME
Ensign Matthew Vegliante ’13 ChE
Second Lieutenant Joseph Termini ’13 ME will be commissioned in July 2013
The College of Engineering congratulates each of its graduates and wishes them all the best as they take the next steps in their personal journeys. For a sampling of post-graduation plans for the Class of 2013, visitwww.villanova.edu/engineering/about/meetgrads2013.