Technical excellence, a strong liberal arts foundation, and a commitment to ethical, moral and socially responsible leadership have differentiated graduates of Villanova University College of Engineering for more than 100 years. In the past decade, with the generous support of The Kern Family Foundation, Drosdick Endowed Dean Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, has added creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to that list of distinguishing characteristics. Early this month, the Foundation recognized the College’s achievements in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) by presenting Dean Gabriele with the 2014 Dean’s Award. Edmond Dougherty, assistant professor and director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship program, received the 2014 KEEN Outstanding Faculty Award.
In announcing the awards, KEEN Program Director and Team Leader Steve Hasbrook cited Dean Gabriele’s exceptional leadership both at Villanova University and within KEEN, “We hope that others will be inspired by how quickly your institution has made progress toward institutional and Network goals.” Hasbrook also recognized Dougherty’s “success and commitment to building a strong Network dedicated to instilling the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students.” The awards were presented at the 2015 KEEN Winter Conference on Jan. 7 in Tempe, Arizona.