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Mark A. Nicosia
School of Engineering

Mark Nicosia Named Associate Dean of the School of Engineering

Dr. Mark Nicosia, professor of mechanical engineering, was appointed to the position of associate dean of the School of Engineering. Dr. Nicosia, who previously chaired the department of mechanical engineering, will oversee academic affairs and external relations in this new role. A member of the engineering faculty since 2005, Professor Nicosia's research focuses on computational and experimental analysis of physiological systems, particularly the gastrointestinal system. In 2019, Professor Nicosia was named Distinguished University Professor, an award that recognizes faculty members of distinction and demonstrates how Widener is committed to recognizing excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

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Widener University

Widener Announces Recipients of 2021-2022 Faculty Scholarship

The Widener University Faculty Scholarship, an endowment funded primarily by faculty donations, recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of undergraduate students in and outside the classroom. Nominees are selected from each school and college in their junior year and are awarded funds to assist with their tuition in their senior year. 

The 2021-2022 awardees are:

Hannah Berard, Alana Fitchett (College of Health and Human Services)

Erin Coffey, Madeline Dutterer, Samantha Mendelson (College of Arts and Sciences)

Angelina Franceschini, Camryn Samuel, Kathleen Sorah (School of Nursing)
Nicholas Lubeck, Michael Oravic (School of Engineering)
Sarah McFarland, Danielle Mininno (School of Business Administration)

Those who are interested in supporting the Faculty Scholarship, can go to and indicate 'Faculty Scholarship' for gift designation. 


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John Suarez
School of Engineering

Electrical Engineering Professor Joins National Academy of Inventors

John Suarez, associate professor of electrical engineering, was named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). This national distinction is given to active faculty, scientists and administrators who have demonstrated remarkable innovation producing technologies that have made an impact, or have the potential to make an impact, on the welfare of society. Prof. Suarez was chosen for his work aimed at improving radio communications through the use of a patented opto-cancellation system that uses radio-frequency signals to reduce interference in radio transmissions. The novel system allows low-power radio signals to be received in the presence of powerful interference 100 times stronger than a signal of interest. It has been applied to broadcast, cellular, satellite and marine communications.

In addition to his faculty position at Widener, Prof. Suarez is also an affiliated faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Delaware, a member institution of the NAI. 

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Anita Singh
School of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Faculty Research Selected as Editors' Choice

Research by Dr. Anita Singh, associate professor and interim chair of biomedical engineering, was chosen as an Editors' Choice for the 2019 American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (JBME). The paper, “Efficacy of Clinical Simulation Based Training in Biomedical Engineering Education,” was one of only 10 papers chosen out of over 100 that appeared in the journal. Selected by the journal's editorial board, Dr. Singh's work exemplifies the high quality and significance of work that is featured in the JBME. 

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The Widener Robotics Team qualified for the VEX U Robotics World Championship
School of Engineering

Widener Robotics Team Qualifies for VEX U World Championship

The Widener Robotics Team secured a spot in this year's VEX U Robotics World Tournament. The team will move on to compete against 1,200 of the best student-led teams from around the world to earn the title of robotics world champion.

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Dipendu Saha
School of Engineering

Dipendu Saha Publishes Critical Review About CO2 Adsorption

Associate Professor Dipendu Saha published a critical review in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials about the role of oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur functionalities on the surface of nanoporous carbons in CO2 adsorption.

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