Students & Alumni
This year, like all clubs, NovaRacing has needed to respond to the ever-changing campus-scape. Nearly 30 freshmen have shown interest in joining the Formula SAE team—which builds a race car from the ground up every year—but the garage cannot safely accommodate that many students for training. In order to introduce the freshmen, team president Chris Auslander ’21 CpE and his senior officers creatively implemented a series of online training modules on how to use SolidWorks.
Engineers’ resourcefulness was on display as teams in the INNOVATE L3Harris Summer Program adapted to a virtual environment. INNOVATE provides self-directed student teams with a two-month paid opportunity to develop innovative solutions to unmet societal or technical challenges. This year’s projects included Snake Bot, a Driving Simulator, Neuro Language Platform and Blue Blanket.
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.
Dongning Ma, a 2nd-year PhD student advised by Dr. Xun Jiao in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently selected as a Richard Newton Student Fellow, which will support his participation in the 2020 Design Automation Conference. He and Dr. Jiao will also have a paper published and presented at the DAC on the use of machine learning to design better embedded computer systems.
Mechanical Engineering PhD students Dong Zhou and Ji Lang have discovered the mysterious role of fluids in nanomaterial growth. Their research has the potential to revolutionize the chemical vapor deposition process, leading to new strategies to design the CVD setup and achieve controllable nanomaterial synthesis.
In lieu of its traditional dinner reception, Electrical and Computer Engineering department chair Dr. Bijan Mobasseri hosted a virtual event to present the annual awards for senior capstone projects. The work serves as the culmination of the students’ undergraduate Villanova Engineering experience.
The Medal is the highest award given by the Villanova University Alumni Association and is presented each year to alumni for outstanding service and professional achievement and to those who best symbolize the spirit and legacy of St. Thomas of Villanova.
Sustainable Engineering Graduate Student among Seventeen Villanovans to Win Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Grant
Among this year’s recipients is Christa Cook, a 2020 master’s degree graduate of the Sustainable Engineering program. Christa will study and conduct research in Brazil. Villanova has been listed among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Students for more than a decade, and the University has had at least one student selected for the coveted award each year since 1994.
Dr. Don Emery '71 EE pursued a medical career after earning his Villanova Engineering degree. The year before he retires is proving to be among the most challenging yet.
Eight Villanovans Recognized by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Joseph Schaadt ’15 ME is representing the College of Engineering among these NSF graduate research fellows! He is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Earning Honorable Mention was Christopher Israel ’20 EE.
On February 17th, 2020, the Villanova University chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers sponsored an “Order of the Engineer” ring ceremony. The Order of the Engineer organization has promoted ethics and fostered a sense of pride within the engineering profession since 1970. This year, 33 graduating seniors and practicing engineers were initiated.