2020 College News
Engineers’ Week 2021 culminates on February 26 with the College’s annual Patrick J. Cunningham, Jr. and Susan Ward '80 Endowed Lecture Series in Engineering. The 2021 Ward lecturer is Lillian Dukes ’87 MSEE, a highly experienced senior operations leader who is currently senior vice president of Technical Operations at Atlas Air. She will address the College of Engineering community on “How Good Engineers Craft Great Careers.”
L3Harris Technologies, Camden, NJ, has awarded Villanova’s Center for Advanced Communications (CAC) a one-year contract of $180,000 for “Machine Learning-based RF Signal Detection and Classification,” in which researchers will investigate the role of machine learning in radio frequency (RF) sensing.
Mechanical Engineering’s required, two-semester capstone design course is focused on design – build – test projects that enable students to be hands-on, as well as gain prototyping and troubleshooting experience. Teams interacts directly with their customers—many are industry sponsored—to develop a precise scope of work and validate the design work as it progresses to ensure it satisfies their requirements.
Since 2009, NovaCANE—Villanova Community Action by New Engineers—has sent Villanova engineering students into the classrooms of local sixth through eighth graders where they teach STEM lessons and guide students through hands-on experiments. This fall, given COVID restrictions, lessons took place virtually and were limited to two schools. Despite the challenges, students enjoyed the experience.
The Humanitarian Engineer podcast, produced by Villanova’s Center for Humanitarian Engineering and International Development, has released a three-part series about the humanitarian crisis on the US-Mexico border. Hear from an attorney assisting asylum series in the refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico; learn from Christa Cook ’19 MSSE about the technical challenges faced; and listen to Dison, an asylum seeker living in the camp.