Villanova College Night

   Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Villanova College Night


Villanova University, Tolentine Hall
Meeting Area Location:  Room 215
General Admission (Professionals) $10 at the Door; Pre-Registered Students $0; Students at the Door $5 - To cover the cost of Pizza, Light Desert, and Drinks



This year’s SEI college night will be held at Villanova.  There will be a short student presentation followed by a panel discussion that will allow students to hear information and perspectives that professionals have obtained through their experience in the industry.  The panelists have been selected to provide a range of experience levels and perspectives based on their time in the industry and the positions held within their companies.  Pizza will be served at the meeting.  Professionals and students should register online (Picatic) for the event.  Attending professionals that register online will be required to pay $10 at the door.  Students who register online before the event will have free entry.  Students who do not register prior to the event will be required to pay $5 at the door.

Moderator: Dwayne Dottin (Jingoli Construction)


Richard Kemper, PE (Gannett Fleming)

Richard Kemper, P.E., is the Bridge Department Manager at Gannett Fleming’s Valley Forge, PA office.  Rick obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with structural emphasis from Villanova University in 1983.   Rick initially joined Gannett Fleming’s headquarters in Camp Hill, PA for the first 2 years after graduation.  He moved back to the Philadelphia area and spent 7 years at A.G. Lichtenstein in Langhorne, PA.  Shortly after Gannett Fleming’s King of Prussia office started a Structures/Bridge Department, Rick returned and has been managing the group since the mid-90’s.  Over the course of his 34 years in the consulting engineering industry, Rick has grown from an entry-level designer to a Senior Project Manager and Department Head, all while focusing on bridges.  He’s worked mostly in PA, but has ventured out to OH, NJ, CT, RI, MA, and most recently, Toronto.  He has worked on a large variety of projects ranging from bridge inspections, rehabs, and replacements that involved roadway, railroad, and pedestrian bridges.  As a consulting engineer, he serves clients such as PennDOT, City of Philadelphia, Amtrak, SEPTA, and Metrolinx.  Rick currently lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, happily as “empty nesters”.

Edward DePaola, PE, SECB, F. SEI (Severud Associates)

Ed DePaola, PE is President and CEO of Severud Associates Consulting Engineers PC, New York. He is licensed in 21 states, and a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Concrete Institute (ACI), The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).  He is a past President and Founding Member of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY), an ex-member of the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), and a director on the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB) and the Structural Engineering Institute Futures Fund (SEIFF).

Over the past 37 years at Severud, he has designed numerous projects including high-rise buildings, long-span facilities and special structures requiring innovative structural solutions.  His structural designs include the Jeppesen Terminal Roof and Glass Enclosure Structures of the Denver International Airport and the American Airlines Terminal at JFK International Airport.  His current projects include One Vanderbilt, a 1.6 million square foot office tower in midtown Manhattan and the redevelopment of the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.

He was the Principal-in-Charge of the “Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park”, formerly the second tallest building in NYC and the first high-rise office structure in the world to receive a LEED Platinum rating.

He received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law.  In March of 2012, he was made a Fellow of The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE.

Dennis Mordan, PE, SECB (O’Donnell & Naccarato Structural Engineers)

Dennis Mordan is Vice President and Principal-in-charge of Personnel and Hiring for O’Donnell & Naccarato, an 80-person consulting structural engineering firm. He has more than 30 years of engineering experience; 26 of which have been with O’Donnell & Naccarato. O&N supports projects of all types and sizes across the United States from its headquarters in Philadelphia and three regional offices. Dennis earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University (class of ‘88). His resume includes the structural design and management of building projects across every major construction sector, largely concentrated in healthcare, education, multi-family, office, commercial, industrial, high rise, and parking. Dennis maintains licensure as a Professional Engineer in 11 states. He is a member of the Structural Engineering Certification Board, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society.

Bryan Shober, PE (Gannett Fleming)

Bryan Shober, P.E., is the department manager of the Overhead Catenary Systems group for Gannett Fleming Transit and Rail in Audubon, PA.  Gannett Fleming Transit and Rail Systems specializes in the design of overhead catenary systems in North America, with extensive experience in commuter, intercity, and light rail applications.  Bryan obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with structural emphasis from the Villanova University in 2002.  Upon graduation, Bryan joined the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) where he spent five years working the Bridges and Buildings Department, and on to Gannett Fleming in 2007.  In his time at Gannett Fleming, he has worked on a large variety of projects ranging from small catenary rehabilitation projects, to mega projects involving the transfer from diesel powered to electric train service.  His responsibilities include Project Management and design oversight and management of the department.  Bryan currently lives in the Reading Pennsylvania with his wife and four children.

Jennifer Reigle, PE (Pennoni)

Jennifer Reigle, PE is a senior engineer and project manager at Pennoni in Philadelphia, PA specializing in bridge design and rehabilitation.  Jen obtained her bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2001 and has recently obtained her master’s degree in Engineering Management from Drexel University.  Jen started her career as a bridge engineer with Jacobs in Baltimore, MD before moving to Pennoni in Philadelphia in 2007.  Jen has worked on a variety of projects ranging from structure repair to viaduct structure replacements for both public and private clients.  Jen has remained involved in professional societies since graduating college and currently serves as ASCE Philadelphia Section’s Treasurer.

Christopher Rapone, PE (AECOM)

Christopher Rapone, PE, is a structural engineer at AECOM in Philadelphia, PA.  AECOM is an American multinational engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services to a wide range of clients and currently has approximately 90,000 employees.  Chris obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on structural engineering from Villanova University in 2010 & 2012.  Chris completed his Master’s degree in a two-year, full-time program that involved research and a thesis, as well as a part time internship at AECOM. Following graduate school, Chris joined AECOM and has been there for over five years as a full-time employee.  In that time, he has worked on a variety of projects including bridge rehabs, bridge reconstructions/replacements, bridge inspections, and construction monitoring.  His tasks are largely focused on highway/bridge design work and contracted railroad public projects engineering. 

Jack Cardinal, EIT (FIGG Bridge Engineers)

Jack Cardinal, E.I.T. is a senior bridge designer at FIGG Bridge Engineers in Exton, PA.  Jack obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware in 2014 and his master’s degree in civil engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015.  Since graduating and joining FIGG, Jack’s primary focus has been on balanced cantilever construction and the analysis and design of cable stay bridges. 

Meeting schedule:
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Professional/Student Networking & Pizza
6:30 pm – 6:45 pm Opening statements by Villanova Professor (TBD) & SEI President (Joe Fazio)
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Student Presentation
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Panel Discussion (Moderator: Dwayne Dottin (Jingoli Construction))
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Student Q&A / Closing Statements

To register:
Register Here (link), or you may email Jack Cardinal <> or call
610-594-2460, Extension 3046 by the Friday before the meeting (3/16/2018).