World, Environment & Sustainability
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.
Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, director of Villanova’s Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems, is quoted in this article about the environmental effects of console waste plus energy-hungry cloud gaming.
Drs. Andrea Welker and Robert Traver, stormwater experts in Villanova’s Center for Resilient Water Systems, were interviewed on WHYY radio about the trash in the river. What they noted is that the problem with river health isn’t the trash as much as it is the floodwaters that transport it.
The College of Engineering has launched The Humanitarian Engineer podcast, which will highlight the work being done within the Center for Humanitarian Engineering and International Development. Students, partners, and in-country experts will share the challenges faced from a technical and humanistic perspective, as well as the progress achieved through collaborative efforts. In this first episode, learn more about the new Center and its director, Dr. Jordan Ermilio.
Villanova’s College of Engineering is one of five institutions selected to participate in the Lemelson Foundation’s Engineering for One Planet (EOP) Pilot Program. With a $30,000 grant, the College will begin the process of aligning the undergraduate engineering curriculum within the EOP framework, which will instill social and environmental principles across all disciplines of engineering education.
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.
With a grant from the national nonprofit EarthShare, Villanova University’s College of Engineering is launching Power Forward, a new STEM outreach program for Philadelphia high school students and other members of the community. Building on the College’s VESTED program and leadership in sustainable engineering education, Power Forward will educate the city’s underserved communities about energy choice, equity and justice.
Students in Villanova’s Sustainable Engineering graduate program partnered with Plymouth Township in Montgomery County, PA, to develop a plan to meet the township’s renewable energy goals as part of the nationwide “Ready for 100” initiative.
Dr. Pritpal “Pali” Singh, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has spent years encouraging the use of renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels. He has focused most of his efforts, and those of his students, on designing sustainable solutions for underserved communities. Most recently, his work has taken him to Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico where he’s conducted workshops, presented solar energy ideas and engaged in discussions around sustainable technologies.
During spring break, a group of Civil and Environmental Engineers—including students, faculty and alumni—visited Panama where they worked hand in hand with local teams, including Father Wally Kasuboski, on various engineering design projects.
Aqua, Villanova University, Lifetime Wells International Join Forces for Sustainable Water Trip to Ghana | Montco Today
During spring break, four Villanova engineering students will travel to Ghana with Aqua America and Lifetime Wells International to visit several villages each day to perform condition assessments of existing wells.