Campus & Community
Villanova University hosted an ‘idea hackathon’ Nov. 15-17, bringing together interdisciplinary teams of students from across the University’s schools and colleges to examine poverty as a global epidemic and develop design solutions for tackling the issue using blockchain technology. Student projects explored a range of ideas, from solutions to feed the poor to building credit and streamlining government programs.
The NovaRacing team has a special task: build an optimal car to compete at a Formula SAE competition held each spring at Michigan International Speedway. This year they gave high aspirations, hoping to break into the top 10 with the help of a new aerodynamic package that will help with overall handling, control and speed around corners.
During the three-day event, "Alleviating Poverty with Blockchain," interdisciplinary student teams will use blockchain technology to develop design solutions to address issues of poverty. College of Engineering adjunct professor Hasshi Sudler, a cyber security expert, has led coordination of the event with Villanova School of Business professor Dr. Michael S. Pagano.
Villanova’s CubeSat club finished its first academic year with a long list of activities and accomplishments. This summer they shared their knowledge during a local Robotstock/STEM event.
Newly Completed Residence Hall Community also a Living Laboratory for Engineering Stormwater Management Research
A long-standing relationship between Villanova University’s Facilities Management Department and the College of Engineering is a symbiotic one, resulting in numerous stormwater research sites and shared knowledge.
Three Villanova College of Engineering projects were among the 26 funded through the Manufacturing PA initiative. With faculty as the principle investigators, the program embeds graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers, where they embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation.
The Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute introduces students to entrepreneurial technologies, business principles and venture planning, not with standard-fare lectures and books, but with first-hand lessons from those who have “been there and done that.” In addition to guest speakers, the program takes students on a variety of educational field trips, including a recent visit to Milky Way Farm.
Villanova University is using virtual reality—developed by College of Engineering Assistant Professor Mark Jupina—to help their baseball team. CBS Philly reported on “how the school is using its brain and brawn.”
Villanova Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Dr. Mark Jupina created a futuristic field to help Villanova baseball players recognize pitches and patterns, which increases their chances to hit the ball with accuracy.
Villanova’s Center for Cellular Engineering (NovaCell) recently launched a new initiative, appropriately titled HEART. Operating from the belief that scientific research be ethical, empathetic and beneficial to communities and society in general, the HEART initiative aims to connect with the local community on a personal level. NovaCell graduate students recently volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House.
For more than a decade, the Villanova Engineering, Science, Technology, Enrichment, and Development (VESTED) outreach program has introduced hundreds of students to engineering and helped prepare them for college.
Dr. Alan Johnston, associate teaching professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the faculty advisor for the new Villanova student organization known as CubeSat Club. A CubeSat is a nanosatellite that sends telemetry information—measurements communicated at remote points by automated processes—over radio signals received on earth by a ground station. They can help students learn about orbital mechanics, conditions in space and energy production via solar cells.