Q: What has been your career path since graduation from Villanova?
A: After graduating with my BSME, I went to work for Air Products and Chemicals. I worked in their Machinery engineering division, determining the right equipment needed to build their large air separation plants, and then doing the plant installations and commissioning. I traveled a lot and really enjoyed the work. At this time I also returned to Villanova part-time to pursue my MSME degree. As I worked on my master’s degree, I decided that I would like to stay in academics and pursue a PhD. I applied for and received an NSF graduate research fellowship, which allowed me the flexibility to leave my job at Air Products and return to school full-time. The NSF fellowship gave me the flexibility to attend a number of different schools for my PhD, and after weighing my options, I decided to attend the University of Minnesota, which at the time was widely considered to be the best in the world for heat transfer. There, I was able to work with the renowned Dr. Richard Goldstein and Dr. Ernst Eckert, and the education I received from them was well worth the time in the frozen hinterlands. With the PhD complete, I looked for positions in academia at a place where both research and teaching were valued. It turned out that Villanova was recruiting in my field at the same time, and I returned to my alma mater as a faculty member. I have now been here for 16 years, and have enjoyed every minute of it.