Widener University

09/14/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/14/2017 20:03

School of Engineering Names Nick Cirilli and Rosalie Hornbuckle to Board of Advisors

Hornbuckle and Cirilli named to the advisory board for the School of Engineering.

Nick Cirilli of Wallingford, Pa., and Rosalie Hornbuckle of Philadelphia, were named to the advisory board for the School of Engineering at Widener University.

Cirilli, who received his master's in structural engineering from Widener in 1979, brings over 40 years of diversified experience in managing various projects from residential to industrial to the board. Hornbuckle, who is the chief human resources officer at the Philadelphia International Airport, brings a perspective on improving processes, developing engagement and effectiveness, and insight on mentoring and coaching to the board. She received her master's in human resources from Widener.

The School of Engineering Advisory Board consists of industry leaders from diverse areas in engineering of which many are alumni of the school. The purpose of the board is to inform the dean of current industry needs and trends so that the school can remain current and relevant with its curricular offerings and to provide the necessary assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

'We are grateful for the addition of Nick Cirilli and Rosalie Hornbuckle to our advisory board,' Dr. Fred Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, said. 'Nick's broad experience will help us better align our curriculum with industry trends. Having both Nick and Rosalie as an alumni will also add as a dual benefit for our students. We look forward to having Rosalie with us to offer her perspective on mentoring and increasing employee engagement.'

Cirilli is the president and founder of Cirilli Associates, Inc., which he started in 1990. As a consultant, Cirilli works with a number of different clients from schools and private firms to architects and oil refineries. He assists with civil and structural engineering of building systems and project management.

'It is such an honor and privilege that the Dr. Akl wanted my involvement in charting the course of the School of Engineering into the future,' Cirilli said. 'Earning my degree at Widener was a priceless investment into my future. It gave me the tools to 'think and apply' as the world of structural engineering has changed over the years. I'm happy to give back to the university in this capacity.'

Cirilli previously served as the director of engineering for Henkels & McCoy and worked as a superintendent at BP Oil in the Marcus Hook Refinery. He received his bachelor's in civil engineering from Penn State University.

At the Philadelphia International Airport, Hornbuckle is responsible for creating new strategies in the HR Department and establishing programs to attract and retain quality employees. She also provides supervisory support to employees.

Prior to her current role, Hornbuckle was the deputy chief of human resources for Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia.

'I have a passion for service leadership and look forward to working with this generation of engineers and giving back to my alma mater,' Hornbuckle said. 'I want to start a program that can attract internship opportunities for students that could eventually result in job.'

Hornbuckle also hopes to work with students to build their personal brand and understand the importance of building relationships when looking for a job.

Hornbuckle received her bachelor of science in public affairs from Lincoln University and holds a graduate certificate in pension and employee benefits from the Institute of Paralegal Studies in Philadelphia. She is a member of the College and University Professional Association and the Society of Human Resources Management.

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