The College of Engineering recently unveiled its new Cyber Physical Systems Security Laboratory during a reception to recognize the generosity of alumnus Nicholas Piazzola ’68 EE and his wife Deirdre, whose gift equipped the new state-of-the-art space. Piazzola, his wife, and daughter Maria, were joined by friends from Villanova’s Electrical Engineering class of 1968 and their spouses, as well as faculty and leadership. This high-tech research and teaching facility will serve faculty and students in the College’s Cybersecurity program, supporting specialization in the areas of critical infrastructure, industrial control system security and the Internet of Things.
The dedication began with Interim Dean Dr. Randy Weinstein acknowledging the couple’s generous gift and sharing highlights from Piazzola’s impressive career, which included more than 28 years with the National Security Agency, where he worked on secure communications. After retiring from the NSA in 1996, he joined internet-security startup VeriSign Inc., where he spent 14 years as vice president for government programs. Piazzola retired in May 2014 as senior director for identity credentialing and access management solutions at Symantec Inc. Today, he “takes it easy” as co-owner of a top Italian restaurant in the Baltimore area.