Students & Alumni
More than 25 College of Engineering undergraduates and graduate students, representing every department, participated in Villanova’s annual Student Research Symposium, sponsored by the University’s Center for Research and Fellowships.
Teams presented projects that exposed them to the range of engineering disciplines, from the use of biomimicry to address water shortages to developing a colorimeter to measure the kinetics of an enzymatic reaction.
Through research he conducted as a Villanova Engineering doctoral student, Michael Pluimer, ’17 PhD, has been instrumental in establishing a market for recovered plastic in road drainage pipes. Previously, virgin plastic was required for use under roads and rail lines. The change offers a much more sustainable way to produce and manufacture pipes.
Four teams of senior Mechanical Engineering were awarded $600 grants from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Philadelphia section, for their capstone design projects.
Gerard Catalfamo and Madeline McQuillan were awarded $6,250 scholarships from the Moles in recognition of their academic achievements. The Moles is a national fraternal organization dedicated to the heavy construction industry in the greater New York City area.
Villanova’s Formula SAE team, NovaRacing, has become an engaged member of Mechanical Engineering’s Makerspace community. Students are finding it to be an ideal setting in which to accomplish much of the early stages of the process, from 3D printing to laser cutting.
In light of the impressive internships held by Villanova Electrical and Computer Engineering students this past summer, Department Chair Dr. Bijan Mobasseri arranged a panel to allow seniors to share their experiences and advice with underclassmen.
Career and internship meetups recently were held for the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The meetups function as mini career fairs—providing access to recruiters and alumni explicitly looking for ECE and ME majors from Villanova for summer internships or full-time employment.
Villanova Engineering Students Address Real World Challenges through INNOVATE: The L3Harris Summer Program
This summer, INNOVATE: The L3Harris Summer Program (formerly the Harris Summer Innovation Program) offered four teams of students the opportunity to engage in the engineering design process to address real-world problems.
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College of Engineering alumnus Rohan Udeshi ’09 EE, ’12 MSEE co-founded Health Recovery Solutions with two friends from Villanova. Their goal for the multi-million dollar startup: to lower hospital readmission by streamlining patient and provider connection via telehealth–remote and digitally managed healthcare.
The seven-week Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute (E2SI) culminates in student teams presenting their products and services to an audience of would-be investors.
Electrical Engineering senior Daniel McTeague has been awarded a $6,000 scholarship through the Merrill W. Buckley, Jr., IEEE Student-Branch Leadership Scholarship Program of the Philadelphia Section in recognition of his contributions to Villanova University’s student branch.
Not all engineering majors are building race cars or robots in their free time. Some have found an outlet for creative expression on and behind the stage.
Three Villanova University students in the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering graduate program were recently awarded $500 scholarships for their research posters through the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Section of the AWRA.
The Formula SAE racecar that Nova Racing spent a year conceiving, designing, fabricating and testing placed 20th overall in competition against more than 125 teams from colleges and universities around the world.
On May 14, 2019, the College of Engineering hosted a reception to celebrate the accomplishments of 133 master’s degree graduates and eight PhD recipients representing the College’s nine graduate programs.
For Electrical and Computer Engineering majors, capstone design projects serve as the culmination of the undergraduate engineering experience. Four teams recently were awarded for excellence during the department’s annual dinner reception.
Ten College of Engineering undergraduates and nine graduate students took part in Villanova University’s 2019 Sigma Xi Student Research Poster Symposium. The international honor society for research scientists and engineers, Sigma Xi hosts this annual event to foster, recognize and celebrate the next generation of researchers.
Villanova Sets New University Record with 31 Students and Alumni Winning Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Grants
Four College of Engineering students and alumni are among the University’s 31 winners: Mackenzie Bowden '18 ChE, '20 MSSE; Elizabeth Cullen '19 ChE; Bridget Gile '19 CE and Mary Spillane '18 ME.
Six Villanova University students and alumni, including four from the College of Engineering, have been recognized as National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
McMahon Associates, Inc., a transportation engineering and planning firm, selected Bridget Moore, a Civil and Environmental Engineering junior, as the inaugural recipient of the Joseph and Peggy McMahon Transportation Engineering Scholarship. She was recognized for her deep interest in the transportation engineering field, her participation in professional societies and her commitment to giving back to the community.
A testament to the incredible work of its students, CEE day celebrates the Civil and Environmental Engineering Class of 2019’s achievements with capstone project presentations and awards.
This year, the Academic Excellence Award was presented to 27 students, the top 10 percent by cumulative grade point average in each engineering major. Fifteen seniors who distinguished themselves through long-term extra-curricular and/or service activities within the College were presented with the Meritorious Service Award.
In March, 12 members of Villanova’s Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers attended NSBE’s annual convention in Detroit. The event featured career and college fairs and workshops, and students came away with internships, job offers, and new and empowering experiences.
The Villanova chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) recently held its annual sumobot competition. Students assemble their Zumo 32U4 robots and customize them to affect weight, size, speed, strength, etc. In competition, the goal is to push your competing sumobot out of a ring that serves as the field of play.
Active Protective, co-founded by alumnus Drew Lakatos ’92 EE, has developed Tango, a smart-belt that protects the hips of older adults using discrete airbags. The wearable is capable of sending caregiver alerts, monitoring activity levels, and automatically generating key physical therapy measures. Tango recently won the Extreme Tech Challenge, which is the largest startup competition in the world.
Villanova's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is entering into a new relationship with The Moles, a national fraternal organization dedicated to the heavy construction industry in the greater New York City area. Through a variety of programs, the students at 20 participating colleges and universities enjoy tremendous networking and learning opportunities.
Since 2005, the recently named Richard K. Faris ’69 CE, ’70 MSCE Structural Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory has been providing Villanova’s Civil Engineering students with opportunities for real-world research in a space equipped with full-scale and component size infrastructure elements. Currently, students are working with the residential structural engineering firm Mulhern & Kulp on shear wall testing.
As an undergraduate and graduate student, Villanova Civil Engineering alumnus David Mensching, PhD, ’10 CE, ’12 MSCE was an active researcher. Today he is the Asphalt Materials Research Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Infrastructure Research and Development.
Members of Villanova University’s chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics are putting their skills to work building an Arduino-driven quadcopter.
In 2018, the College of Engineering established a new Mechanical Engineering makerspace with funds donated by alumna Coleen Burke-Finney '90 ME and her husband Michael Finney. Equipped with 3-D printers, drill presses and soldering stations, the space provides students with a place to explore their creativity and innovation.
During Engineers’ Week, a panel of Villanova University alumni drew on past experiences and examples to provide current engineering students with a comprehensive introduction to the consulting industry and its unique interview process.
Sustainable Engineering PhD candidate Mary McRae has analyzed climate change data in a way that will help the Department of Defense make smarter decisions on everything from mission planning to aircraft acquisitions and performance requirements by assessing which assets are most vulnerable to the effects of global warming.
This fall, doctoral and master’s degree students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering garnered conference awards for best papers and posters, as well as advances in their fields of study. They also co-authored 17 journal publications.