Transforming our environs through research processes, products, and infrastructure. VCASE seeks to protect and restore our environment through research on the integration of sustainability principles in engineering practice. To meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”* mandates an inclusive, interdisciplinary, systems approach to research using the campus infrastructure as a test bed.
VCASE follows Villanova’s Sustainability Policy of supporting the concepts of sustainability in its curriculum, research, and activities, to contribute to an environmentally sound and socially just society.
*Bruntland Commission 1987
Kevin Flynn is a current M.S. of Sustainable Engineering Candidate. He holds a B.S. Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Engineering. Kevin has experience in the engineering consulting industry and has worked extensively on highway design-build projects in the State of Maryland and on land development projects both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Villanova University, Kevin was employed in Brisbane, Australia working to implement green infrastructure and to alleviate urban and coastal flooding in areas throughout Southeast Queensland.
Kevin currently works as a graduate assistant with Dr. Robert Traver of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the continuing research and performance monitoring of stormwater management practices for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Kevin’s previous research experience includes investigating rain-fastness of experimental agrochemicals for United Phosphorous Limited and investigating nutrient loading of soil and crop amendments for the USDA Agricultural Research Service. His current research at Villanova University involves investigating carbon cycle, air quality, and energy benefits and impacts of green infrastructure practices using a life cycle approach. Kevin also volunteers his time as a member of the Villanova Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, as a participant of Villanova’s Habitat for Humanity service trips, and as a member of the Stormwater Technical Advisory Workgroup for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Dr. Pritpal Singh is Professor and Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Villanova University. He received a Ph.D. in Applied Science/EE from the University of Delaware in 1984. Dr. Singh teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of semiconductor microelectronics, renewable energy systems and power electronics. He has been working on thin film solar cell research since 1979 working on plasma discharged amorphous silicon germanium alloys and electrodeposited CdTe solar cells. In 1993, Dr. Singh spent a sabbatical leave at the National Renewable Engery Laboratory working on CdTe solar cell fabrication and modeling of CulnSe2 solar cells. He has also worked on several photovoltaic system projects including solar water pumping systems, solar lighting systems, and solar electric vehicles. Dr. Singh has also served as a program reviewer for the US Department of Energy (UD DoE) for Photovoltaic Programs including PV Systems review and thin film DcTe program review. He has recently served on five year research planning workshops organized by US DoE for next generation inverters for photovoltaic systems, for energy storage devices for photovoltaic systems, and for third generation solar cells. He recently served as a consultant to Epuron, LLC performing a yield estimation for a 3 MW photovoltaic power plant.
Dr. Singh has also been working on electric vehicle research over the last ten years, primarily working on battery monitoring and management systems funded mainly by federal agencies (over $3.5 million of funding). He has designed, built, and tested a microcontroller-based battery monitoring system for an electric commuter car and fuzzy logic-based battery SOC meters for primary Li/SO2 cells. He has also recently supervised students in the design of a coulomb counting ASIC design for primary Li/SO2 cells. Dr. Singh has consulted on the development of thermochromic integrated battery testers for commercial primary batteries with National Label Co. and for Ford Motor Company on battery management issues on electric Ford Ranger trucks. Dr. Singh has over 80 conference and journal publications and holds six issued US patents.