VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA) has announced the selection of Nance Dicciani ’69 College of Engineering, as the recipient of its 2019 St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal. The St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal is the highest award given by the VUAA and is presented every year for outstanding service to alumni who best symbolize the spirit and legacy of St. Thomas of Villanova. Dicciani will receive the award at the Class of 1969 Half-Century Dinner during Reunion Weekend in June.
“Nance is truly deserving of this award as she is the embodiment of what the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal signifies in our community,” said Mike J. O’Neill, Senior Vice President for University Advancement. “She has been a tireless advocate and dedicated volunteer for the University and exemplifies the power of our alumni giving back to their alma mater in ways that have a positive impact on future generations of Villanovans.”
Dicciani has been actively involved with her alma mater, serving as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 2009-18, spending her final two years as secretary of the board. She has also been actively involved with Villanova’s College of Engineering and was honored with the College’s J. Stanley Morehouse Memorial Award in 1994, honoring leadership in the engineering profession. In 2015, a commitment by Dicciani established the Nance K. Dicciani Endowed Chemical Engineering Chair, adding a strong teacher-scholar to the College’s Department of Chemical Engineering.
Dicciani has more than 35 years of experience in the chemicals and materials industry, including significant positions of leadership in business, business development, international operations, manufacturing, research & development and engineering. In 2014, she co-founded a medical device startup company, RTM Vital Signs LLC, which focused on the development of a real-time, continuous monitoring system for vital signs of cardiac and respiratory health.
Prior to her retirement from Honeywell Specialty Materials in 2008, she served as the company’s president and CEO. Earlier in her career, Dicciani held leadership positions at Rohm and Haas and at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. She currently serves on the boards of Linde, PLC, Halliburton, LyondellBasell and AgroFresh Solutions. Dicciani has twice been named as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes magazine and was the recipient of the 2018 “Doing a World of Good” Medal from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
After graduating from Villanova, she received an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Dicciani also earned her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since 1995, the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal has been given to those who have achieved a significant level of distinction within their career field and have made a major impact on their community, the University and the Alumni Association.
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