Engineering Student Research Opportunities

Undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, visiting faculty and industry leaders all have engaged in research at Villanova University College of Engineering.  Home to five highly regarded research centers and their equally prominent directors, their work has touched lives around the world.

Villanova Engineering undergraduates and graduate students conduct research through the College’s centers of excellence.
Villanova Engineering undergraduates and graduate students conduct research through the College’s centers of excellence.

Centers of Excellence

Center for Advanced Communications (CAC)
CAC advances the state-of-the-art in the analysis and development of wireless communications, satellite navigations, acoustic and ultrasound sensing, and radar imaging.

Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control (CENDAC)
CENDAC is distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary teams working on real-world applications of nonlinear dynamic systems and control theory.

NovaCell, Center for Cellular Engineering
The University’s newest research center, NovaCell’s mission is to lead efforts to improve cell and gene therapy products, and the bioprocesses used to make them.

The Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2)
This National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center develops methodologies, tools and systems to maximize energy efficiency for the operation of data centers.

Villanova Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems (VCADS) 
VCADS develops new tools and techniques for uncovering the underlying dynamics of big data in medicine and engineering.

Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems (VCRWS)
With research as its cornerstone, VCRWS advances knowledge and improves engineering design by addressing complex issues and questioning current standards in the development of smarter and more resilient water systems.

Villanova Engineering undergraduates and graduate students regularly conduct research with faculty.
Villanova Engineering undergraduates and graduate students regularly conduct research with faculty.

Specialized Research Areas

In addition to the work being done in our centers of excellence, individual faculty are conducting research in these areas:  

Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Research Group
Computer, Electronics, Photonics and MEMs Devices
Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing
Structural Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory 
Thermal and Fluid Sciences
Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership

To find the research opportunity that is right for you, talk to your advisor or contact a faculty member who is conducting research in your area of interest.

“There are tons of professors doing world-class research that want to use undergraduates in their labs. Through my department I got to stay on campus researching and earning money for a summer. I had an awesome experience to put on my resume, comparable to an internship, and I contributed to a paper that is in the process of being published."—Nicholas Fonzo, Chemical Engineering

Engineering students are among those Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows who present their work in a poster symposium.
Engineering students are among those Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows who present their work in a poster symposium.

University Research Opportunities

Campus-wide, Villanova encourages student research through a variety of programs and competitions:

Villanova engineering students conduct research at the Innovation for Advanced New Technologies campus in Grenoble, France.
Villanova engineering students conduct research at the Innovation for Advanced New Technologies campus in Grenoble, France.

National and International Research Programs

The University’s Center for Research and Fellowships provides students with exceptional support to enhance their career trajectories through mentoring, research funding and assistance in winning competitive awards.

Villanova Engineering students have enjoyed national and international research opportunities through external programs, including:

“Living and working abroad allowed me to live independently, further my professional development and communication skills, learn about and conduct research in an advanced field, and experience a completely different culture.”—Brent Studenroth, Mechanical Engineering, conducted research at the Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies (GIANT) Innovation Campus in France