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10-10-2013

Clarkson University's Marzocca Honored with Award by Society of Automotive Engineers

Clarkson University Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Pier Marzocca was recently recognized with the Forest R. McFarland Award by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) at the 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Montréal.

Left to right: Gregory Saunders, Vice President Aerospace, U.S. Department of Defense; Laura Hitchcock, SAE Aerospace Council Chair, Senior Standards Specialist, Boeing; Marzocca; Luis Rabelo, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida; Mark Smith, Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.; and Donald Hillebrand, 2013 President, Argonne National Laboratory.The award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to developing, collecting and distributing technical information of value to society members through meetings, conferences and professional development programs.

Marzocca serves as the chair of the SAE’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Advanced Technologies Technical Committee, which is focused on gathering and disseminating knowledge on unmanned aircraft.

At AeroTech, Marzocca organized a symposium for UAS, which included 12 sessions and about 50 papers and presentations dealing with a variety of topics, including micro aerial vehicles, safety, certification and standards, materials, structures and manufacturing, flight sciences, propulsion, and guidance, navigation and control.

Marzocca also co-moderated with Ruxandra Botez, professor at the École de Technologie Supérieure of Montreal, a panel of experts discussing missions and operations on civil and military UAVs. Marzocca says that as unmanned operations become more prevalent the need for coordinated and intelligent cooperation becomes increasingly important. The panel focused on technologies related directly to cooperative systems.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Pier Marzocca was recently recognized by the Society of Automotive with the Forest R. McFarland Award. Left to right: Gregory Saunders, Vice President Aerospace, U.S. Department of Defense; Laura Hitchcock, SAE Aerospace Council Chair, Senior Standards Specialist, Boeing; Marzocca; Luis Rabelo, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida; Mark Smith, Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.; and Donald Hillebrand, 2013 President, Argonne National Laboratory.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/marzocca-mcfarland-2013.jpg .]

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