Sustainable Engineering: Research Areas

Villanova Sustainable Engineering

Graduate students conduct multidisciplinary research through Villanova’s Sustainable Engineering program, applying a STEEP (social, technological, environmental, economic and political) life cycle analysis perspective to sustainable engineering problems.

There are six tracks within the Sustainable Engineering graduate program: Energy, Materials, Infrastructure, Environment, Water and International Development

Primary Research Areas

Circular Systems

Material Recovery as a Waste Management Strategy in Trinidad and Tobago” – Janique Cheesman ’14

Holistic Modeling for the Hydrothermal Carbonization of Anaerobic Digestate from Multiple Waste Streams” – Andrew Jester ’16

“Conversion of algal biomass cultivated in digested wastewater into biofuels” - Nazareno Roggero Luque ‘16

“Optimizing Anaerobic digestion and Hydrothermal Conversion to transform organic waste for maximum holistic benefits” – Madelyn Spinner ’17

“Capture of Methane from Dairy” – Nicole Meyer ’18

“More Sustainable Reading Terminal” - Kaleigh Schott ‘18

“Vertical Gardening whole systems analysis for a viable system” - Adam Butler ‘19

“Integrated closed loop vertical gardening HTC waste conversion LCA” - Philip Armstrong ‘19

“The fundamental science and engineering of hydrothermal carbonization and analyzing commercialization potential through a full systems analysis.” – Jeremy Taylor ‘19

Climate Change Resilience

Sustainable WASH

“Performance Monitoring of Rural Community Water Systems” – Daniel Cain ’14

“Holistic Wastewater treatment assessment of Cajamarca, Peru and a proposed design to achieve energy efficiency via biogas capture from anaerobic digestion” – Hector Rojas ’15

“Supply, Demand, and Performance for Gravity-Driven Water Supply Systems in Rural Nicaragua” – Iain Hunt ’15

“Functionality and Sustainability of Water Systems Under Public-Private Partnership Management in Madagascar” - Benjamin Bogardus ’16

“Sustainability Impacts of Pre-Paid Water Kiosks on Rural and Small-Town Water Systems in Tanzania” - Joel Nightingale ’18

“Community managed water supply systems in Nicaragua” – Julia Musso ’18

Sustainable Energy Systems

“A whole systems life cycle comparison of U.S. commuter cars by energy type” – Anthony Klodd ‘14

“Using a STEEP model to optimize Solar Home Systems in Bangladesh” – Nathan Charles ‘15

“Standardized Energy Efficient Retrofit Measure Packages for Single-Family, Detached Housing Units in New York State” – Rebecca Backer ‘16

“Current energy storage technologies, developments and the future” – Marcos Ambrosi ’16

“What is the Right STEEP (Social, Technological, Environmental, Economic, and Political) Assessment to Transition the United States Transportation Sector From Gasoline Vehicles to Electric Vehicles?” – Kathleen Ayuk ’17

“Viridity Battery Storage and Management for Renewable Energy and Optimized Grid Performance” - Tyler Casteel ‘18

Sustainable Material Systems