by Hanna Quinn ’16 ChE
Villanova University’s College of Engineering is one of 22 schools in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), an initiative of The Kern Family Foundation. The Network encourages intercollegiate student projects across colleges and universities. Opportunities to work together help foster students’ entrepreneurial mindset and professional skills in communications, teamwork and collaboration, which they will need in their careers. This past academic year, Chris Kitts, PhD, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development at Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering, led a group of Villanova and SCU students in a research project involving Underwater Remotely Operated Vessels (UROVs).
For their senior capstone design project, Villanova Mechanical Engineering majors (Class of 2015) Katie Edin, Melissa Furtak, Joanna Schaff, Kristen Shannon and Brendan Walsh, worked with the SCU team on options for additional UROV attachments and decided to develop an underwater pan/tilt camera system.