2023 Tagliatela College of Engineering Student Awards

Each year, the Tagliatela College of Engineering recognizes the achievements of its students at an award ceremony. This year's awards will be presented to student recipients at the award ceremony on Friday, April 14, 2023.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards

Presented to an outstanding senior in each program in recognition of high academic achievement and active participation in department, college or university activities.

  • Michael J. Del Grosso, Jr. headshot

    Michael is deeply honored and grateful to receive this award. At the University of New Haven, he is studying chemical engineering with a minor in physics. He was a student-athlete for men's soccer and a member of the AICHE and Incendio Dance Project. For three years, he assisted students in the engineering and physics departments as a teaching assistant. In 2021, he conducted theoretical physics research with Dr. Nikodemi Poplawski, resulting in two articles submitted for publication and a TV appearance with over 5 million views and counting. Additionally, he gained valuable industrial experience at Aluf Plastics and is currently conducting research with Dr. Kristine Horvat while working on a senior design project with Albemarle Corporation. Michael currently has not decided on his plan for next year. However, He has three independent opportunities he could take. He plans to continue his M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, accept a job offer from General Dynamics Electric Boat, or pursue a Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institution. Michael’s success is attributed to the fantastic staff and university experiences Michael had.

  • Lucas Nunez headshot

    Lucas Nunez is a senior civil engineering student who will be pursuing his master’s degree in England. At the University of New Haven, he has participated in various organizations including the Chargers Marching Band and a handful engineering clubs such as EWB, SHPE, and TEC. This includes the American Society of Civil Engineers where Lucas is the chapter’s president. His academic achievements have been observed leading to two separate research opportunities: one with the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium and one with the University of Michigan. Outside of academics, Lucas plays intramural soccer and enjoys spending time with his friends.

  • Ahmed Muntasir Hossain headshot

    As a computer science student, Ahmed has gained a diverse range of experiences and expertise. In Spring 2020, Ahmed collaborated with Dr. Gillespie and Dr. Carnasciali to integrate makerspaces into course content. In Spring 2021, he worked with Dr. Mekni to develop a platform for analyzing sentiment on Twitter, resulting in a published paper. Ahmed also gained industry experience interning at Nel Hydrogen and McDonald’s Corporate as an SDE Intern, where he further improved his skills in .NET Core, C# development, and communication. After Ahmed graduates, he will begin working full-time at McDonald’s Corporate as a Software Development Engineer.

  • Joshua Shaw headshot

    Joshua will be graduating with a B.S. in Cybersecurity and Networks, with a Minor in Mathematics. After his second year, he was accepted into the University of New Haven chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines. Currently, he is completing his internship with the University's Office of Information Technology. After graduation, he plans to enter the workforce as a software developer or engineer.

  • Laela Butow headshot

  • Cole Tardif headshot

    Cole is excited in his pursuit of an internship at General Dynamics Electric Boat as well as continuing his education here at the University in order to achieve his masters degree in electrical engineering. Cole hopes that the internship will lead to a great career in the field of electrical systems in Naval submarines. In his free time, Cole enjoys outdoor hikes and playing games with his friends.

  • Jonathan Kolodziejczak headshot

    Jonathan Kolodziejczak initially joined the University of New Haven as undecided in the field of engineering, but soon chose to major in mechanical engineering. His most notable academic achievement is his work in his capstone project, during which he was partnered with Medtronic to redesign a component of a surgical stapling device. Outside of engineering, Jonathan’s favorite hobby is drawing, leading him to pick up a minor in illustration.

Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

Presented to an outstanding master’s student in each program in recognition of high academic achievement and performance in research/scholarship, teaching or service.

  • Romario Pusey headshot

    "Relentless in pursuit of excellence" has always been a quote that has guided Romario Pusey’s life. Romario is a biomedical engineering graduate student and an enthusiastic Research assistant in the BMDiLab. He is involved in research surrounding Hydrogel, nanomedicine, Catheter and Artificial Lung. His research abstracts are accepted at the Northeastern Biomedical Engineering Conference, the New England Science Symposium at Harvard University, and the American Society for Artificial Internal Organ. He also published a research paper in the Wiley Library. Furthermore, Romario co-led four research projects that got accepted in the University of New Haven Graduate Student Showcase.

  • Tarek S. Ibrahim headshot

    Tarek received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Alexandria in Egypt, and coursework towards a master's degree in biochemistry from Menofia University in Egypt. His professional journey began with a role as a quality control chemist in a pharmaceutical company, followed by a research and development lab manager for fragrance oil production. In 2017, Tarek moved to the USA with a strong drive to pursue his goals with passion and motivation. In 2022, He joined the master’s in chemistry program at the University of New Haven. He is currently working on research projects in Professor Sun's labs, focused on developing recyclable and biodegradable polymers to address the plastic recycling issue and in Professor Xiao’s lab in catalyst development. Additionally, Tarek is delighted to instruct the instrumental lab, sharing his knowledge and experience with fellow students. His next goal is to obtain a Ph.D. from the University of New Haven and establish his own company in the US.

  • Farbod Shirinchi headshot

    Farbod Shirinichi is a native of Iran. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. Farbod is pursuing his master's degree in Chemistry Program at the University of New Haven, where he conducted research in Dr. Sun's Polymer Lab, focusing on developing a novel IR-Responsive drug delivery system. Additionally, he contributed to catalyst research in Dr. Xiao's Lab. During the graduate study, Farbod has authored a peer-reviewed article, and he is currently working on two more publications that he hopes to submit before completing his degree. Farbod is excited to continue his doctoral degree in chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Daniel Shedo

    Daniel Shedo completed his bachelors degree at Addis Ababa University, in Ethiopia and came to the University of New Haven in Fall 2021, where he met his classmates and faculty and enjoyed working with them.

    Generally, Daniel’s hobbies are soccer, photography, music, science and engineering. He completed an internship in the summer of 2022 at Massachusetts Department of Transportation, HQ, which is in Boston, MA. Daniel’s research work is focused on the serviceability analysis of buildings in New York city upon the application of ballasted solar panels on rooftops.

  • Charles Barone headshot

    Charles is a computer science student, he recently finished his bachelor’s in computer science at the University of New Haven in Spring 2022 and will be finishing his master’s in computer science this semester. He first became involved with programming at the age of 12 when he started making plugins for game servers. Since joining UNewHaven he has also developed an interest in cyber security. Charles was the president of the hacking club and competed in competitions including Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) and Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC). During his time with the hacking team, he has placed 2nd in both CCDC and CPTC in the northeast region.

  • Andrew Mahr headshot

    Andrew is a graduate student studying cybersecurity & networks, having graduated from the University of New Haven with a B.S. in Cybersecurity & Networks in December of 2021. During his junior year of undergrad, Andrew held the Team Lead position at the Artifact Genome Project, conducting research in the field of Digital Forensics. Andrew was primary author on the paper “Zooming into the Pandemic: A Forensic Analysis of the Zoom Application,” as well as another paper titled “Auto-Parser: Android Auto & Apple CarPlay.” Andrew is currently a UNewHaven Division II Men’s Golf athlete and an active member of the Club Ultimate Frisbee team.

  • Jyoti Bhandari headshot

    Jyoti is a passionate graduate student committed to using data science for a positive impact. Jyoti has worked as a learning assistant for "Intro to Data Science" and was a teaching assistant for "Distributed and Scalable Data Engineering". As a research assistant, Jyoti has been working on a project to improve the graduate admission process and help faculty make informed decisions. Jyoti is proud to have been part of the University of New Haven Data Science Club leadership team. Jyoti considers it an honor to receive this Outstanding Graduate Student Award. With her dedication to learning, growing, and using her knowledge for good, Jyoti is excited about her future endeavors.

  • Sodiq Ajose headshot

    Sodiq Ajose is a native of Nigeria, graduated with his BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Nanodegree in Data Analysis from Udacity. After a brief professional experience, he decided to continue his education in M.S. Electrical Engineering at the University of New Haven where he was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship. On the side he is participating in the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project. Apart from that, he enjoys sporting activities like soccer, volleyball, watching anime and also relaxing with video games.

  • Biplaw Adhikari headshot

    Biplaw Adhikari is a graduate student from Nepal, currently pursuing his master's degree in Engineering and Operations Management. He has an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering and has earlier worked as a quality engineer. Biplaw has been a graduate assistant at the Graduate Admissions department since his first semester. He holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from IISE and is interested in areas such as quality control, process improvement, project management, and data analysis. He intends to work in manufacturing industry to apply his technical knowledge and management skills into practice. In his spare time, he loves playing football, painting, and hiking.

  • Sophie Schreck headshot

    During Sophie Schreck’s time at the University of New Haven, she has graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science, and will obtain her M.S. in Environmental Engineering in the Summer. Throughout the master’s program, Sophie has maintained above a 3.8 cumulative GPA thus far. In addition to this, she played her fifth year for the school’s varsity field hockey program, where they made it to the conference championship semi-final game. Sophie also earned All-NE10 First Team and All-American Second Team awards. Following graduation, Sophie will be working for Sikorsky Aircraft as a Materials and Process Engineer, specializing in pollution prevention projects.

  • Dhiraj Agrahari headshot

    Dhiraj Agrahari is from Nepal, and is the son of Mr. Parmeshwar Agrahari and Kalawati Agrahari. He is currently pursuing his M.S. in Industrial Engineering at University of New Haven and is in his final semester. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering, which he completed in 2018 from Bangalore, India. He has work experience in the manufacturing and teaching domains. Recently, he completed a six month internship at Trumpf Inc. in Farmington, Connecticut where he worked as an industrial engineering intern. Currently, he is working as a teaching assistant in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of New Haven.

  • Abid Ali Junaid headshot

    Abid is a dedicated international graduate student hailing from India, actively pursuing the third semester of his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering program. At the University of New Haven, Abid works as a graduate research assistant at the Smart Fabrication Lab and holds the distinguished honor of an Endowed Graduate Fellowship recipient. His research work in the domain of 3d printing modernizes the way to design and manufacture products, unlocking limitless possibilities in fields such as medicine, printed electronics, and beyond.

Honors Program Recipients

Presented by the University of New Haven Honors College to graduates with University Honors (Honors Program students who have completed four Honors courses, participated in Honors Program activities, maintained at least a 3.3 GPA, and completed an Honors Thesis in their major during their senior year).

    • Mechanical Engineering: Tyler Kanter
    • Computer Science: Ahmed Muntasir Hossain
    • Mechanical Engineering: Aliza Johns
    • Chemistry: Grace Teall
Other Undergraduate Student Awards
  • Brian Lawson headshot

    Established through the generosity of Professor Clarence W. Dunham and presented to a worthy student in civil engineering.

    Brian Lawson is currently a junior enrolled in the civil engineering program. Brian is a prior scholarship recipient, and is a hard-working student, driven to perform to the best of his ability and to fulfill his interest in the field of civil engineering. Some of Brian’s hobbies and interests include sports, video games, and Legos. He is looking forward to internship opportunities for the upcoming summer, where he will be able to build valuable industry and work experience.

  • Kaitlyn Benes headshot

    Established in 1981, the Clarice Buckman Scholarships are awarded to juniors majoring in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.

    Kaitlyn is currently a junior in the chemical engineering program for the Tagliatela College of Engineering. She is an active member of Alpha Sigma Kappa which is a professional organization for women in technical studies. Additionally, Kaitlyn is serving as a resident assistant and a peer assistant in the university. She conducts research on antibiotics in her free time. In the summer, Kaytlyn plans to work as an intern at a nuclear waste management company. In the future, Kaitlyn looks forward to continuing her studies in the biomedical engineering master's program.

  • Ethan Thevenot headshot

    Established in 1981, the Clarice Buckman Scholarships are awarded to juniors majoring in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.

    Ethan is a residential assistant in Celentano Hall. He plans to do research or work as an intern in industry this summer. Ethan enjoys hanging out with his friends and going to the gym.

  • Mia T. Rodriguez Hernandez headshot

    Established in 1981, the Clarice Buckman Scholarships are awarded to juniors majoring in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.

    Mia is currently a junior at the Tagliatela College of Engineering, pursuing a B.S. in General Chemistry and a minor in Biology. During these past few years, they've had the pleasure of taking various interesting chemistry courses that have given them the opportunity to challenge themself. Thanks to these opportunities, Mia has joined a research team on developing depolymerizable polymer materials and was able to participate in the 2022 SURF program. During their last year as an undergraduate student, Mia plans on gaining more hands-on experiences before going to grad school for veterinary sciences.

  • Michael Gentile headshot

    Established by friends and family of the late Daniel C. O’Keefe, Professor of Electrical Engineering, this award is presented to an outstanding non-traditional student in electrical engineering for perseverance and hard work while balancing the challenges of academic and professional life.

    Michael Gentile started at the University of New Haven in the spring of 2015, pursing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He has been working full time at Sikorsky aircraft since early 2014 and attending school in the evenings. During his time as a student, he got married to his wonderful wife and had a beautiful baby daughter. As he has continued to grow with family and in his career, school has always been a priority for him. Michael is happy to be recognized for such an amazing award. 

  • Emma Harrop headshot

    This award is given to first-year student who has excelled in chemistry course(s) during the academic year.

    Emma’s achievements in chemistry and science are the product of two years of high school chemistry with outstanding teachers and the wonderful professors at the University of New Haven. Her hard work has earned her not only this award but also a place on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2022 semester. Emma is a member of the Forensic Science Student Association, Asian American Student Union, and Alpha Lambda Delta First-Year Honor Society. Currently, Emma is a laboratory assistant for General Chemistry I and hopes to continue gaining laboratory experience as she pursues her bachelor’s degree in forensic science.

  • Joy Dawson headshot

    Established in 2003 in honor of Professor Emeritus Peter J. Desio, this award is presented to a chemistry major for outstanding academic performance in the area of organic chemistry.

    Joy is currently an undergraduate student working towards her bachelor's degree in forensic chemistry and will be graduating in winter of 2023. She is also in the 4+1 pathway program to receive a master’s degree in chemistry. Joy is a part of the honors program at the university, and currently working on honors thesis research on helicene synthesis with Dr. Luzik. While at school she works for the university as a learning assistant in an organic chemistry I class. In free time Joy loves to read and also enjoys taking and teaching dance classes!

TCoE Outstanding Service Awards - Undergraduate Recipients
  • Alison Colaco headshot

    Alison is a senior chemical engineering student who works in Makerspace and loves being able to help other students. She is also the treasurer of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Alison is currently doing research to form carbon dioxide hydrates in a reactor system. Alison is very interested in clean energy sources. After graduation she hopes to work in renewable energy.

  • Mary Locke headshot

    Mary is a senior majoring in forensic science, concentrating in chemistry. She has been involved in several student organizations, including the Forensic Science Student Association, Rotaract, and Psychology Club. Recently, she completed an internship with the State of Connecticut Crime Lab where she specialized in the Toxicology and Controlled Substance units. She has also served as a teaching assistant for calculus, general, organic and physical chemistry. Mary has made the Dean’s list each year and has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship. After graduation in May, Mary will continue her academic journey here in the M.S. in Forensic Technology Program and has been awarded the Provost’s Assistantship.

  • Patrick Gogol headshot

    Patrick Gogol is a senior studying civil engineering with a minor in sustainability studies. He has spent his time at the University working in the Study Abroad Office preparing students to travel to the Prato Campus. The achievement most rewarding to him was when he helped send the first cohort abroad since the start of the pandemic. Patrick has also served as an ambassador for the Tagliatela College of Engineering, welcoming prospective students to the University. He will continue to pursue his master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of New Haven next year.

  • Shannon Russell headshot

    Shannon Russell is a Black-African woman pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science and Game Design. She attended New York City College of Technology before transferring to the University of New Haven. Shannon has been working in the field since August 2020, learning many programming languages such as Python, C, C++, and C#. Russell is always striving to be the best she can be, always lends a helping hand and offers as much assistance as she can. Not only is she a student, but also an alumnus of Girls Who Code and Code Nation. In addition, she is a representative of her university's Computer Programming Club and a TCoE Ambassador.

  • Jessica Berrios headshot

    Jessica is a current undergraduate studying cybersecurity & networks and will be graduating in May, and will begin her master’s this fall. During the fall of her junior year, Jessica had the privilege of becoming the Team Lead for the Artifact Genome Project which presented her with the unique opportunity to begin conducting research in the field of Digital Forensics. Through the Artifact Genome Project, Jessica has had the opportunity to work on her first research paper titled “Factorizing 2FA: A Forensic Analysis of Two-Factor Authentication Applications” as well as co-author a second paper titled “Expanding Digital Forensics Education with Artifact Curation and Scalable, Accessible Exercises Via the Artifact Genome Project”, both of which have been accepted for publication at DFRWS USA.

  • Alexander Betro headshot

    Alex was named to the Dean’s List during his Spring and Fall semesters of 2020. During his Spring 2020 semester, he studied abroad at the University’s Tuscany campus, where he volunteered at a local soup kitchen as a part of his service-learning class. During his Spring 2022 semester, Alex was inducted into the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honors Society, where Alex assumed the position of chapter secretary. In the summer of 2022, Alex completed his internship at Astrodyne TDI, a power supply manufacturer, in Hackettstown, NJ. Outside of academics, Alex pursues digital and film photography, as well as digital music production.

  • Aliza Johns headshot

    Over her four years at the University, Aliza has been an active member of the community. Aliza has held numerous positions, most notably the Senior Class President, Society of Women Engineers President, Alpha Sigma Kappa – Women in Technical Studies Vice President of Operations, and Founding President of The Engineering Council. Over the summer of her sophomore year, Aliza interned with AVANGRID, specifically Southern Connecticut Gas where she determined which gas district regulators needed to be replaced. Currently, Aliza is working on her Honors Thesis where she is analyzing the energy efficiency of residential halls and making them more sustainable.

TCoE Outstanding Service Awards - Graduate Recipients

The Tagliatela College of Engineering Service Awards recognize the contributions of undergraduate and graduate students as tutors, peer assistants, lab assistants and volunteers. Recipients of these awards were selected by their academic program.

  • Sarah Gogo Majin headshot

    Sarah is an international student from Nigeria who has a passion for developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges in healthcare. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at the University of New Haven where she has contributed to several research projects. These projects include research the effect of drug on cells using drug delivery biomaterials and coating efficiency of artificial lung fibers. As a teaching assistant, Sarah has developed her leadership and communication skills by helping students understand the process of cell culture. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys engaging in community service and singing at her local church.

  • Emma R. Lagueux headshot

    Emma Lagueux is a M.S. Chemistry student with a concentration in drug discovery from New Hampshire. She is completing her last year of the 4+1 program, having graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Forensic Science in 2021. This past semester, Emma has assisted the chemistry stockroom with purchasing and various other duties, as well as taught a general chemistry II laboratory course. Currently, she is performing computational and synthesis research with Dr. Xiao and Dr. Cirillo. After graduation, Emma plans to search for jobs in drug analysis, as well as continuing teaching lab courses closer to home.

  • Harish Kumar Goud Erukala

    Harish Erukala is a Civil Engineer with Post-Graduation Diploma in Project Management. Has industry experience of 4 years pre-masters in India. Harish is a CMAA Annual scholarship recipient. Also, Harish worked on a research publication: “Analysis of Survey on Barriers to the Implementation of Sustainable Projects”. Harish has an overall GPA of 3.89 and has worked as Department Assistant for the Department of Civil Engineering, at the University of New Haven and is currently working as Student Intern in Transportation Department, City of New Haven and Research Assistant for the Civil Engineering Department.

  • Emmanuel Olamide Ogunwobi headshot

    Despite having a bachelor’s in Urban & Regional Planning, Emmanuel successfully transitioned into the field of Computer Science and has valuable experience in developing software and analyzing data.

    Throughout his academic journey, Emmanuel demonstrated a keen interest in using technology to address real-world problems, actively engaging in various research projects like Smart GAIT Analysis and its applicability in security systems as part of LASER, collaborating with distinguished scholars in the Cyber Security field, faculty members and peers to develop innovative solutions for complex challenges and publishing journal articles in the niche of digital forensics.

    Emmanuel enjoys exploring new destinations and frequently volunteers with various organizations using his technical expertise in helping under-served communities. His dedication and passion for both Computer Science and Travel demonstrates his well-rounded nature and ability in finding balance between his personal and professional pursuits.

  • Nishchal Sreevathsa headshot

    "Analytical" and "decisive" is how Nishchal explains his aim to gain specialized knowledge in the field of Cybersecurity and Computer Engineering. Nishchal took part in the Connecticut CyberHub Apprenticeship program where he was trained on the Cybersecurity NIST Framework and Insider security threat analysis. Currently, Nishchal is working on a Malware research project using Any.Run Sandbox. Nishchal enjoys traveling and exploring new places and loves playing cricket and is interested in photography. During his undergrad, Nishchal was the camera team head as well as the placement coordinator for the Information Science and Engineering branch.

  • Merishna Singh Suwal headshot

    Merishna joined the University of New Haven as a data science graduate student in August 2022 and was awarded the prestigious Provost's Assistantship. Her current research focuses on epidemic control using reinforcement learning, under the guidance of Dr. Marzieh Soltanolkottabi, with a paper to be published at the IISE Conference in May 2023. Additionally, she is leading a team to develop an end-to-end Machine Learning model to assist the Graduate Admissions Department in making admission decisions. With her skills in Predictive Analytics and Modeling, she plans to pursue data science roles in healthcare after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and painting.

  • Jamal Bouajjaj headshot

    Jamal's fields of interest are in embedded systems, DSP, and RF communication, with a lot learned over the past 3 years or so. Jamal has and continues to work on many systems personally, academically, and professionally, such as a full-size keyboard and an ultrasonic flow meter. His current research is into digital pre-distortion for wide-band applications (>100Mhz), with promising results so far. More information about Jamal and what he does can be found at electro707.com

  • Dhiraj Agrahari headshot

    Dhiraj Agrahari is from Nepal, and is the son of Mr. Parmeshwar Agrahari and Kalawati Agrahari. He is currently pursuing his M.S. in Industrial Engineering at University of New Haven and is in his final semester. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering, which he completed in 2018 from Bangalore, India. He has work experience in the manufacturing and teaching domains. Recently, he completed a six month internship at Trumpf Inc. in Farmington, Connecticut where he worked as an industrial engineering intern. Currently, he is working as a teaching assistant in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of New Haven.

  • Sebastian Prieto headshot

    Sebastian Prieto graduated with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with the class of 22’ at the University of New Haven. In school he took an interest in aerospace, affording him the opportunity to intern with Sikorsky Aircraft’s Ground Test Department where he worked for 3 years supporting mature models and special projects. After his bachelors, he continued his education as a part of the 4+1 program and will be on track to graduate spring 23’ with his masters in mechanical engineering. After graduation, he will be set to start a full-time position with Sikorsky to continue his engineering career!

TCoE Outstanding Undergraduate Student Mentor

Awarded to an undergraduate student mentor in our first year mentorship program who has provided outstanding support and connection to their mentee(s) throughout the academic year.

Capstone Design Pitch Competition Winners
  • Sponsored by Medtronic

    Actuator Redesign of a Laparoscopic Surgical Stapler:

    Jonathan Kolodziejczak (Mechanical Engineering) and Kristen Vogle (Biomedical Engineering)

  • A Novel Smart Electronic Liaison to Support International Students:

    Ahmed Muntasir Hossain, Killian Meehan, and Emmanuel Amoh

  • Sponsored by RBC

    SMART Bearings – Load Sensing CAM Follower:

    Brian Rowe and Peter Violano