2020 College News
Center for Humanitarian Engineering and International Development to Deliver Innovative Learning Experiences with a Global Perspective
Building on the decade-long success of the Villanova Engineering Service Learning (VESL) program, the new Center will engage students in unique learning opportunities that reinforce engineering fundamentals, a commitment to life-long learning and service to society. In addition to integrating VESL’s service-learning opportunities into its auspices, the Center will establish research and academic programs—launching a new minor in Humanitarian Engineering—and will formalize a strategic partnership with the graduate program in Sustainable Engineering.
Dr. Ani Ural, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Computational Biomechanics and Solid Mechanics Laboratory, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to uncover the factors that contribute to atypical femoral fracture, which is a rare side effect of long-term use of some drugs to treat osteoporosis.
Villanova Civil Engineering seniors Colin Donnelly and Patrick Russo have been awarded scholarships by The Moles, a national fraternal organization dedicated to the heavy construction industry. They are interning with O'Donnell & Naccarato and ARCO Design/Build, respectively.
Like every other program scheduled on Villanova’s campus this summer, the Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute was held virtually. The 23 students in the 2020 cohort seamlessly adapted, forming six interdisciplinary teams that developed products and services for young adults, parents with babies and young children, golfers, gamers and television binge watchers. The teams presented their concepts to a Zoom room of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and College of Engineering leadership and faculty who found the students’ work impressive.
In this Planet Philadelphia podcast, Karl Schmidt talks about new business approaches to sustainability as seen through RISE Forum projects. RISE, which Schmidt directs, is the only leadership forum dedicated to advancing the field of corporate sustainability through the discipline of engineering.