Michele Marcolongo, PhD, P.E.

Villanova University

Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering


Dr. Michele Marcolongo is the Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering at Villanova University where she is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to this position, she has served as Senior Associate Vice Provost for Translational Research at Drexel University, Associate Dean of Intellectual Property for the College of Engineering and Associate Vice Provost for Research. Most recently, she was Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering, where she was a faculty member for over twenty years. Dr. Marcolongo’s field of research is biomaterials or materials that can be implanted into the body to replace diseased or damaged tissues. Specifically, she works on injectable biomaterials and macromolecules to replace and augment degenerated soft tissues. Dr. Marcolongo has co-founded three companies. She is a fellow of NAI, AIMBE, and Alpha Sigma Mu. She has authored a book, Academic Entrepreneurship (Wiley 2017), a “how-to” on translating research from discovery to commercialization for academics. Dr. Marcolongo received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and had worked for GE and DuPont before joining academia.