Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering - VCASE

Transforming our Environs through Research Processes, Products, and Infrastructure

The Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE) was launched in Fall 2009 as a new center for research within Villanova University’s College of Engineering. Faculty and students involved with VCASE perform research by leveraging campus infrastructure in areas like alternative and renewable energy, biomass resources and conversion technologies, environmental engineering, sustainable infrastructure and materials and sustainable stormwater management. In addition to this, VCASE faculty researchers also host industry and community outreach activities to share their knowledge and to give back to the community. 


To protect and restore our environment through research on the integration of sustainability principles in engineering practice.

To meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”* mandates an inclusive, interdisciplinary, systems approach to research using the campus infrastructure as a test bed.

VCASE follows Villanova's Sustainability Policy of supporting the concepts of sustainability in its curriculum, research, and activities, to contribute to an environmentally sound and socially just society.

*Brundtland Commission 1987

Upcoming Events

VCASE Lecture Series

Design by: Ms. Erin Dovel, WREE '13

Focus Areas

VCASE was initially constituted of five focus areas listed below.

  • Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • Biomass Resources and Conversion Technologies
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Materials
  • Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership

In Spring 2014, VCASE welcomed a new group called "Sustainable Structures"


Contact Us

Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., P.E.,  
Robert G. Traver

Engineering Operations Manager
Sonali Joshi, M.S., M.A., E.I.T.
Sonali Joshi


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