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The School of Engineering maintains direct relations with area industries and manufacturers. These open lines of communication encourage the flow of information and support that keeps the engineering curriculum current and relevant to the environment in industry. These contacts are particularly useful to students in the senior project course where they tackle real-life engineering problems encountered by practicing engineers and become involved in the mainstream of engineering activity.

Engineering students at Fairfield University may join the Engineering Student Society, an umbrella organization that embraces student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. Students are encouraged to join ESS and profit from events sponsored by the chapters.

School Of Engineering Advisory Board 2017-2018

Jean-Paul Boillot


Jean-Paul Boillot is the founder, chairman and CEO of SERVO-ROBOT GROUP. He established SERVO-ROBOT in Canada in 1983, which has since become a recognized world leader in laser machine vision for robotic automation. SERVO-ROBOT has its own subsidiaries in USA, Japan, China, Germany, and Mexico.

J.P. Boillot holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree from the Welding Institute in Paris, France.

J.P. Boillot received several international awards including the prestigeous Engelberger award for Technology Development in 2006 from the Robotic Industries Association and the AWS D16 Committee’s 2011 Excellence in Robotic Arc Welding and Cutting Award.

J.P. Boillot is a recognized international expert in intelligent robotic welding automation. He holds several patents and has written numerous papers in the field of machine vision and robotic welding automation.


John LaViola

John LaViola

John LaViola is the vice president of Business Development at Hologic, Inc. In this role, he is accountable for scouting and assessing external technologies and business opportunities to drive sustainable growth of the Breast and Skeletal Health division. He has also served as the senior director of R&D from 2002 to 2008 and as group vice president of R&D from 2008 to 2014.

Prior to Hologic, John held positions of increasing responsibility at Cardiopulmonary Corp. including director of R&D and vice president of R&D. He has also served as a program manager of R&D for Spacelabs Healthcare (Advanced Medical Systems) and as a program manager and R&D engineer for CAS Medical Systems.

John holds several medical device patents and has a bachelor’s degree in biophysics from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of New Haven.


Louis Lu


Louis Lu serves as vice president of Engineering for ASML, a semiconductor lithography company headquartered in the Netherlands, and is responsible for its engineering division in Wilton, Conn. ASML Wilton designs and manufactures nanometer-precision mechatronics modules and optical modules for cutting-edge deep ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet semiconductor lithography systems. Louis joined ASML in 2008. Prior to ASML, Louis worked as VP Engineering for Bristol Technology Inc. for 15 years until it was acquired by HP in 2007. Louis received his MS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tulane University and BS degree in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University in China.


Ron Rossetti ’95


Ron is currently the senior director of Engineering and Strategic Planning for the United Illuminating Company where he has worked for more than 27 years. He has held various engineering, operations, and project management roles over the years.

A summa cum laude graduate of Fairfield University's electrical engineering program in 1995, Ron also holds a Professional Engineer’s License in the State of Connecticut, Power Technology Institute Certificate, a Certificate of Process Mastery, is PROSCI certified, and is a Project Management Professional.

While Ron serves as a Fairfield University SOE Board Member, he is also an instructor for the Energy Council of the Northeast’s Power Utility Institute.

Ron lives in Seymour, Conn. with his wife, Laurie, daughter Cassandra, and son Matthew.

In his free time, Ron enjoys modifying his Mustang GT, working on small home improvement projects, and attending all of the kids’ sports activities. He is also an avid gardener – always planting a flower and vegetable garden every year as well as being a New England Patriots football and NASCAR race fan.


Ron M. Salvatore ’64


Ronald graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration from Fairfield University in 1964 and after a tour with the 192nd Artillery Division of The Connecticut National Guard, he founded Accurate Lock and Hardware in 1972. Over the past 45 years, Ron has established Accurate as the premier lock and hardware manufacturer in the industry and still remains actively involved in the business. Ron is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Door and Hardware Institute, and the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association. He has held appointed positions with the Stamford Fire Commission and the Stamford Police Commission, as well as serving on a variety of volunteer boards including: State Street Debating Society, North Stamford Little League, the Stamford Boys Club, and the Yale Eye Center Advisory Board.

Ron resides in Stamford, Conn. with his lovely wife Joanne of 49 years with whom he shares four sons and 11 grandchildren. When he’s not at Accurate, he enjoys playing golf and tennis with his close friends.


Robert Sobolewski ’70, Board Chair


Bob Sobolewski is president and CEO of Bob Sobolewski Consulting, an organization he founded upon his recent retirement as president and CEO from Farmington, Conn. based ebm-papst Inc., the largest supplier of fans and blowers in North America and a worldwide innovator in air movement and motor systems. Bob joined ebm-papst Inc. in 1984 and was responsible for operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Bob is a founder, chair and president of ingenuityNE, a non-profit organization that manages NE FIRST. NE FIRST provides accessible, innovative robotics programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. The organization has 200 high school Ievel FIRST Robotics Competition teams in New England comprising almost 5,000 students. It also supports FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Lego League programs involving an additional 5000 K-8 students.

Bob is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of FIRST, and is a member of the Board of Directors at Okay Industries, New Britain, Conn.

He is immediate past chair of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA). The CBIA is the voice of business in Connecticut, with thousands of member companies championing change at the State Capitol, shaping debate about economic competitiveness, and fighting for a better future for all.

A graduate of Fairfield University, Sobolewski lives in Woodbury, Conn. with his wife, Kathleen.

Academic Alliance For Degree Completion At Fairfield University

The School of Engineering of Fairfield University has completed articulation agreements with the Community Colleges listed below. On the basis of this academic alliance, Fairfield's School of Engineering will accept associate degree graduates from Community Colleges into its Bachelor of Science in Engineering programs. Campus coordinators are listed below as well.

Naugatuck Valley Community College, (Prof. Mia Samsel, (203) 575-8191)
NVCC Articulation Agreement (PDF)

Norwalk Community College, (Prof. Joe Karnowski, (203) 857-3378)
NCC Articulation Agreement (PDF)

Gateway Community College, (Prof. Miguel Garcia, (203) 285-2358)
GwCC Articulation Agreement (PDF)

Three Rivers Community College, (Prof. Anthony Benoit, (860) 885-2386) 
TRCC Articulation Agreement (PDF)

Housatonic Community College, (Prof. Robert Ryder, (203) 332-5158)
HCC Articulation Agreement (PDF)

Manchester Community College, (CBT Division Director, (860) 512-2634)
MCC Articulation Agreement (PDF)

Westchester Community College, (Prof. John Collins, (914) 606-6941)
WCC Articulation Agreement (PDF)

Interested students should contact their campus coordinator for further information, or call the School of Engineering at Fairfield University, (203) 254-4147


The School of Engineering is offering scholarships to Community College graduates. The scholarships are competitive. For more information and an application form call the School of Engineering at (203) 254-4147.


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