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.
As Coronavirus Spreads Globally, These Researchers Are Designing Ventilators That Cost Less Than $1,000 | Forbes, 4/30/20
NovaVent is a low-cost, emergency ventilator developed by a group of Villanova University faculty and students in collaboration with Philadelphia-area medical professionals. According to project lead, Dr. C. Nataraj, this new device could be key for assisting in the event of a second wave of the Coronavirus in the U.S. or in low-income countries where ventilators are in desperately short supply.
In March 2020—when everything changed—College of Engineering faculty and alumni began sharing their perspectives and their expertise on COVID-19. They have presented computational models in the search for an inhibitor; partnered with Philadelphia area hospitals to develop emergency ventilators; wrote about the potential for blockchain to help medical facilities stem the spread of the disease and shared their expectations for the global economy in light of the crisis.
Villanova University Appoints Michele Marcolongo, PhD, as the Drosdick Endowed Dean of the College of Engineering
Villanova University appointed Michele Marcolongo, PhD, as the Drosdick Endowed Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 31. Dr. Marcolongo’s engineering career spans more than three decades and encompasses roles as an academician, researcher, administrator, inventor and entrepreneur.
In response to the nationwide shortage of ventilators to treat critically ill coronavirus patients, a team of Villanova engineers has partnered with M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing graduate students and medical professionals from Geisinger Health System and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to design, develop, test and validate a low-cost (< $500) machine to address the region’s needs.
On February 21, 2020, more than 150 alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends attended the 43rd Engineering Alumni Awards reception, hosted by the College of Engineering and the Engineering Alumni Society. The annual event celebrates the achievements of 13 exceptional engineering alumni who exemplify service, leadership, excellence, stewardship and technical advancements in the field of engineering.
Dr. Douglas Munch ’69 ChE addressed the Villanova University community as the 2020 Patrick J. Cunningham, Jr. and Susan Ward '80 Endowed Lecture Series in Engineering speaker. Through his lecture, “When I Grow Up: A Life’s Narrative,” several hundred students gleaned invaluable life lessons and career advice from this modern-day renaissance man whose path included contributing to space missions and fighter aircraft, completing medical school, leading biotech startups and more.
In Thomas Insights, a newsletter for those in industry, Dr. Andrea Welker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, spoke to Villanova’s efforts to attract more women to engineering.
College of Engineering alumna Anne Roby, PhD, ’86 ChE has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, “For developments in oxidation processes and leadership in technological developments, safety, and business growth in global industrial gas companies.” NAE membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer.
Dr. Adrian Bejan, the J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University and the name behind constructal law, recently delivered a lecture at Villanova University during which he announced the release of his latest work: Freedom and Evolution: Hierarchy in Nature, Society and Science. Bejan was hosted by long-time collaborator Dr. Sylvie Lorente, College of Engineering Chair in Mechanical Engineering, with whom he co-authored Design with Constructal Theory.