Student Projects for Industry and NGOs

Industry partners and non-governmental organizations support and provide mentorship for many of the hands-on, professional experiences that benefit Villanova Engineering students. Opportunities for students include:

Senior capstone projects: A graduation requirement for all engineering students, senior capstone projects reflect real-world challenges and demonstrate students’ acquired knowledge. Recent projects and partners include:

  • Selective adsorbents (Air Products)
  • Ad hoc communications with autonomous vehicles (Boeing)
  • Primary electric hybrid all-wheel drive motorcycle (Christini Technologies)
  • Green stormwater infrastructure (City of Knowledge in Panama City, Panama)
  • Unexploded ordnance remediation (Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, Cambodia)
  • 3-D underwater mapping with stereo sonar (Harris Corporation)
  • Malware data repository (Lockheed Martin)
  • Satellite communication channel simulator (RT Logic)
  • A campus renovation plan for Villanova’s SEPTA rail station (SEPTA)
  • Network errors on high definition video content (Verizon)

“Villanova’s College of Engineering provides students with project-based experiences through the whole product lifecycle—from visioning to prototyping to testing and retesting, through producing a finished product and interacting with customers. Students also have to manage a budget and meet timelines. These experiences set Nova engineers apart.”—John Monahan ’86 EE, President, RT Logic

Senior Mechanical Engineers worked on a new fatbike for Christini Technologies
Senior Mechanical Engineers worked on a new fatbike for Christini Technologies

“Working with an industry-leading company like Christini Technologies (owned by Villanova Engineering alumnus Steve Christini ’95 ME) was an incredibly rewarding experience that allowed our team to transition our work from the classroom to the real world. We utilized a diverse set of skills and perspectives to elevate our design and transform it into a working prototype.”—Ben Crawford, Mechanical Engineering

Harris Summer Innovation Program: HSIP is a competitive, self-directed engineering design program for multidisciplinary student teams. This partnership program of the College and Harris Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Harris Corporation) allows students to engage in the open design process to pursue innovative solutions to unmet societal and technological needs. Students manage all aspects of their projects, from initial design concepts through delivery of prototypes and final presentations at Harris Corporation. During their two-month residency, students receive stipends, free room and board (on-campus), project budgets and access to subject matter experts, labs and facilities.

Recent projects:

  • Solar and cycle chargers for head lights and cellular phones in Burundi, Africa
  • Hemabyte: a low-cost, portable blood testing unit that can measure the complete blood count
  • AtmoGEN: an atmospheric water generator
  • Zoo animal recognition app
  • Conjoined PVC pipes for Panama water system
Students in the Harris Summer Innovation Program developed a portable blood testing unit.
Students in the Harris Summer Innovation Program developed a portable blood testing unit.
Undergraduates and graduate students conduct research in the Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems.
Undergraduates and graduate students conduct research in the Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems.

Research in the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2): Faculty and students engaged in this NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center work with industry partners to develop methodologies, tools and systems that will maximize energy efficiency for the operation of electronic systems, including data centers.

Current Villanova ES2 research:

  • Thermodynamic Tools for Holistic Analysis and Optimization of Energy Efficient Data Centers
  • Compact Models for Rapid Thermal Modeling of Data Centers
  • Waste Heat Recovery and Reuse from Data Centers
Graduate students in the Sustainable Engineering program regularly present to corporate partners.
Graduate students in the Sustainable Engineering program regularly present to corporate partners.

RISE Forum partner case studies:  An initiative of the College’s graduate program in Sustainable Engineering, the RISE Forum is a vehicle for academic-industry collaboration, where graduate student teams work directly with member companies to identify and advance sustainable engineering practices.

Recent student projects:

  • Reducing the environmental footprint for Manayunk Brewery
  • Conducting a life cycle assessment for Longwood Gardens’ Greenhouse
  • Evaluating the sustainable supply chain for Hershey African Cocoa Farming
  • Designing solar headlamps for a community in Nicaragua

From Theory to Practice