Prof. Jordan Ermilio, Ph.D

  • Villanova University, Pennsilvania, USA

After earning his graduate degree in 2006, Prof. Ermilio was invited back to the College as an adjunct for the Mechanical Engineering senior design course, into which he began incorporating international service learning projects. In 2011, the College officially launched the Villanova Engineering Serving Learning program (VESL), and Ermilio was named director. What started out as two service learning projects with a dozen undergraduates has grown to hundreds of engineering students—from freshmen to PhDs—engaged with international partners in a variety of projects aimed at improving the quality of life for people in developing communities. In 2020, the College established the Center for Humanitarian Engineering and International Development and named Prof. Dr. Ermilio as director.