President’s Message

Cambodia Project Takes Villanova Engineers to Finals of National Design Competition 

Former structural engineering capstone team members and 2013 graduates Fernando Rabell and Sean Muirhead, along with their then-teammates, current Civil Engineering graduate students Joaquin Iglesias ’13, Patrick McAlpine ’13 and James Matzke ’13, were selected as one of three finalist teams in the 2014 SEI (Structural Engineering Institute) Student Structural Design Competition.

Risky Business – Plan the Plan

There’s a famous exchange between Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire Cat:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

Does this exchange sound familiar to you?

Drainage Improvement System a Hole in One

Rain and precipitation have put a lot of strain and tested the limits of residential, commercial, and municipal drainage systems. Concerned about a drainage channel between a golf course and residential properties, Springfield Township in Delaware County asked its township engineer, Pennoni Associates, to examine the system and give recommendations on improvements if necessary.

A Pedestrian Roadside Hazard

The Problem: Significant progress has been made over the last 30 years in reducing vehicular roadway fatalities, with a consistent effort to eliminate roadway defects, and where this is not feasible to provide effective guarding and/or warning. However, it is often overlooked that roadways not only serve motorists, but also need to accommodate safe pedestrian travel.

2014 NSPE Annual Meeting Summary