The Villanova University community mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering Edward V. McAssey Jr., who died peacefully in Lancaster, PA at the age of 86. In addition to his many professional and scholarly achievements over the course of forty years at Villanova, including serving as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and formal recognition for innovative research and excellence in teaching, Dr. McAssey was well-loved for his kindness and concern for students, good humor, and family-oriented nature.
Villanova Announces Plans for Major Transformation of its College of Engineering, Providing Expanded Space for Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching Facilities
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced plans for a 150,000 square-foot addition to the College of Engineering’s primary academic building, the Center for Engineering Education and Research. This major space expansion reflects a bold 21st-century vision for the College that will dramatically transform the facility.
As Villanova’s College of Engineering continues to evolve and grow, Drosdick Endowed Dean Michele Marcolongo, PhD, saw a need to expand leadership in several key areas. In addition to establishing the new positions of associate dean for faculty affairs and director of strategic initiatives, she created two separate associate dean roles in graduate studies and research and innovation. The new deans were selected from current faculty who will continue to serve in their respective departments, maintaining a teaching and research presence.
As Career Compass enters its fifth year, Frank Falcone, the College’s director of Professional Development and Experiential Education, reflects on the program’s successes, as recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) with its 2021 Innovation Award.
The Campus Green was a site for celebration on April 22 when the College of Engineering recognized its Academic Excellence and Meritorious Service awardees. Departments also presented senior medallions and the recipient of the College’s highest honor, the Robert D. Lynch Award, was announced.
On February 26, 2021, the College of Engineering hosted the 44th Engineering Alumni Society Awards to celebrate the achievements of 12 exceptional alumni, as well as faculty and staff. The virtual nature of this year’s event allowed more than 140 guests to gather online to recognize these alumni for their service, leadership, excellence, stewardship and technical advancements.
Kennedy Cornish ’24 CpE, Kendall Fragetta ’24 ME and Victoria Margenat ’24 ME are this year’s Clare Boothe Luce Engineering Scholars. Through this program they will be provided with three distinctive research experiences through their junior years, along with intentional mentorship from College faculty, alumnae and graduate students.
On February 26, 2021, Engineers’ Week concluded with the annual Patrick J. Cunningham, Jr. and Susan Ward '80 Endowed Lecture Series in Engineering. This year’s lecturer was alumna Lillian Dukes ’87 MSEE, an experienced operations leader who is senior vice president of Technical Operations at Atlas Air. Dukes addressed more than 200 members of the College of Engineering community on “How Good Engineers Craft Great Careers” and also spoke candidly about racism in the workplace.
Picked up by the American Institute of Physics, LiveScience.com, Phys.org, the DailyMail and other sites, novel research by Dr. Qianhong Wu and PhD student Ji Lang used an egg yolk to shed light on what specifically happens to the brain of a patient who experiences traumatic brain injury. Their findings provide a new perspective on the response of a membrane-bound soft object to sudden external impacts, helping to better understand flow physics of head injury.