Faculty & Research
College of Engineering Welcomes New Faculty
New faculty have joined the departments of Chemical, Civil and Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering. In the Chemical and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments, there have been transitions in department chairs.
International Conferences Present Opportunities to Contribute and Collaborate
Dr. Pritpal Singh, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently attended conferences in Colombia and Nicaragua where he further developed collaborative relationships with academic leaders in Central and South American countries.
Villanova Engineering Professor Named ASME Fellow
Hashem Ashrafiuon, PhD, professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control, has been distinguished as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Faculty Research Investigates Power of Sediment Microbial Fuel Cells
Chemical Engineering’s Dr. Zuyi “Jacky” Huang and his student team have successfully built Villanova’s first generation of sediment microbial fuel cells to generate energy for increased electrical output that can power sensors in remote areas.
Untapped biomass potential can drive growth of RI industry
The Jakarta Post, July 31, 2017 | Villanova Chemical Engineering professor Justinus Satrio shares his expertise in biomass at conference in Indonesia.
Dr. Andrea Welker Completes 2017 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College and HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership
HERS—Higher Education Resource Services—provides leadership development experiences for women in higher education through its intensive residential program, the HERS Institute.
Simulating splash at the microscopic level
Space Daily | 7/17/17 | Mahsa Ebrahim, a postdoctoral fellow in the College of Engineering, shares her research on spray cooling as one of the most promising methods for cooling high heat flow electronics.
Villanova ECE Adjunct Professor Part of Winning Team for Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE
Paoli, PA-based Basil Leaf Technologies was announced as the top winner of the $2.5M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. ECE adjunct Edward Hepler, PhD, contributed to the award-winning medical device.
Engineering Associate Dean Recognized with Inaugural Faculty Award
Stephen Jones, PhD, the College’s Associate Dean of Students and Strategic Programs, was presented with the inaugural Wildcat Crossing Faculty Award in recognition of his support of under-represented and/or first-generation students.
Villanova Engineering Professor Named Fellow in National STEM Leadership Program
Professor Bridget Wadzuk, Civil and Environmental Engineering, was selected for ELATE at Drexel®, an elite, one of a kind professional development program for women in the academic STEM fields.
Google Moves In And Wants To Pump 1.5 Million Gallons Of Water Per Day │NPR, May 8, 2017
Al Ortega, director of Villanova’s Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems, is quoted in this article about the environmental impact of Google’s data center cooling needs.
ES2 Director Recognized with 2017 IEEE ITherm Achievement Award
Dr. Alfonso Ortega to be honored for contributions to the field of electronics thermal/thermo-mechanical management.
Fortuitous Encounters Lead Faculty Member to Cambodia and a Fulbright Scholar Award
Dr. Garrett Clayton, Mechanical Engineering, will spend four months teaching and conducting research in Cambodia in 2018.
Congress OKs rule to strip online privacy
Computer and Electrical Engineering professor James Solderitsch is quoted in this article about internet service providers like Comcast being able to sell customers’ web-browsing history without their permission.
Dr. Moeness Amin Awarded 2017 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Defense Science and Technology
Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards are among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. A renowned radar signal processing expert, Dr. Amin is director of the University’s Center for Advanced Communications.
Industry Association Names Villanova Engineering Professor “Educator of the Year”
Frank Falcone will be honored by the Philadelphia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Faculty Spotlight: Pritpal Singh │VentureWell, 3/7/17
Villanova professor and ECE chair, Pritpal Singh is featured by VentureWell, which cultivates a pipeline of inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs driven to solve the world's biggest challenges.
Applying Engineering Science to the Human Body
Dr. C. Nataraj, director of the Villanova Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems, is using engineering science to improve the diagnostics of the human body, which he describes as a complex, nonlinear dynamic system.
Signal Processing Journal Awards Dr. Moeness Amin for Best Paper
The paper provides statistical analysis for efficient detection of signal components when missing data samples are present.
Assistant Professor Jacob Elmer Earns NSF CAREER Grant for Gene Therapy Research
This prestigious award is just the latest in Dr. Elmer’s impressive series of grants this year.
Villanova professor sees earthworms as hope for human blood substitute
The Philly Voice, Feb. 7, 2017 | Grant from the National Institutes of Health will support Dr. Jake Elmer’s research on which he is partnering with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
NIH Award to Support Earthworm Hemoglobin Research
Dr. Jacob Elmer’s research shows invertebrate hemoglobin to be a safe and effective blood substitute.
Dr. Moeness Amin Elected Member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE
As a member of the board, Dr. Amin is expected to generate and convey ideas for Proceedings of the IEEE content, including invited articles and special issues.