College Hosts Annual Dean’s Awards Dinner

by Daniel Fetsko ’19 CE

2017 Award Winners
2017 Award Winners

On April 20, 2017, Villanova University College of Engineering returned to Overbrook Country Club for the Dean’s Awards Dinner. Honoring this year’s senior engineering students, the 42nd annual awards were once again blessed by warm and sunny weather as the year comes to a close.

Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, began the reception with a welcome for the students, parents, faculty and staff in attendance. He then introduced recently appointed Vice Provost for Academics Craig M. Wheeland, PhD, who shared words of praise and appreciation. Dinner followed an invocation by Jack E. McCabe ’17 ME and the evening culminated in the presentation of awards by Dean Gabriele and new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Andrea L. Welker, PhD, PE. This year, the Academic Excellence Award was given to 30 students, the top ten percent by cumulative grade point average in each engineering major:

Allison Boyd*
Remington Barrer
Mark Breault
Guy Campanella
Sean Carney*
Kimberlee Casey
Rebecca Connolly*
Peter Coyle
Benjamin Crawford
Alec DePaolis
Kaileigh DiFilippo
Saya Doyama
Caitlin Effenberger
Madeleine Johnstone
James Kelly

Evan Kurt
Patrick Lentz
Neil MacFarlane
Gregory Maino
Andrew McNamara
Christopher Neely
Jeffrey Neuhaus
Abigail O'Brien
Timothy O'Donnell
Thomas Saldutti
Bryan Seitz
Payal Shah
James Sutherland-Foggio
Tyler Turelli
Gregory Zakem



Those seniors who have been involved in long-term extra-curricular and/or service activities within the College were eligible for the Meritorious Service Award, which was presented to these students:

Victoria Henck
Alicia Lebby
Mark Orebiyi
Kristen Poole              
Alanna Reitz
Janine Rosario            
Samantha Schafer

*These Academic Excellence Award winners also received the Dean’s Award for Meritorious Service.

Finally, graduating seniors who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.50 as of the previous fall term were granted the status of Dean’s Recognition invitees. Additional awards, including each department’s outstanding undergraduate medallion, will be presented at the College of Engineering Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, May 20.