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Clarkson University Professor Pier Marzocca Wins Society of Automotive Engineers Award

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Professor Pier Marzocca

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has recognized Clarkson University Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Pier Marzocca with the Forest R. McFarland Award. 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 Technical Committee, which focuses on gathering and disseminating knowledge on unmanned aircraft.

“I was very pleased to hear that I was selected for this prestigious SAE Award,” Marzocca said. “We are all expecting that unmanned aircraft will play a significant role in our future, to support not only military operations, but also the growing number of civil applications, such as firefighting, agricultural observations, and nonmilitary security operations, such as surveillance of pipelines.”

Established in 1979, this award is administered by the SAE’s Engineering Meetings Board and honors the late Forest R. McFarland, who was a member of the board.

          

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“We are all expecting that unmanned aircraft will play a significant role in our future, to support not only military operations, but also the growing number of civil applications."

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Professor Marzocca recently got a letter of congratulations for this award from Robert Duffy, State of New York Lieutenant Governor.  Marzocca will receive a framed certificate at the upcoming SAE Aerotech 2013 Congress & Exhibition in Montreal. Thousands of the world’s top aerospace professionals gather at the SAE Aerotech Congress & Exhibition to prepare for future aerospace challenges and opportunities.

Dr. Marzocca received his Ph.D. in aeronautical and aerospace engineering from Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He is a deputy editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, and associate editor of the Journal of Aerospace Engineering and for the Journal of Thermal Stresses. His research interests are in the fields of aerospace and wind energy.  He specializes in multi-physics modeling and the characterization of advanced materials and structures, dealing with the interactions among advanced structures and fluids, and magnetic, electric, and thermal fields.

Clarkson University Professor Lei Wu Receives $400,000 NSF CAREER Award for Smart Grid Research

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Professor Lei Wu

The National Science Foundation has given Clarkson Professor Lei Wu a $400,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for “Smart Grid” research. Wu (in the University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) is embarking on a five-year project that will provide a blueprint as the

United States updates its electrical grid in the 21st century. He will develop mathematical models and algorithms in order to find favorable sites for renewable energy facilities that will enhance the United States’ “Smart Grid.” The CAREER grant project will launch this September 1 and continue through August of 2018.
 
“The research will give power system operators and power companies more information to make better decisions,” Wu said. “The research will also hopefully reduce the unpredictability and variability sometimes associated with renewable energy projects, thus making them more feasible and widespread.”

This grant will fund two Ph.D. students who will work with Wu on the project. They may also travel to local high schools over the course of the grant to teach power systems concepts to students. 
 
Professor Wu has more than 10 years of experience in energy and power systems research. He served as a consultant with the New York Independent System Operators (NYISO) organization to review their Business Management System and Energy Management System for power market operations in New York State. Wu will collaborate with NYISO and the New York Smart Grid Consortium on the research.

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“The research will also hopefully reduce the unpredictability and variability sometimes associated with renewable energy projects, thus making them more feasible and widespread.”

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In addition, he received a Smart Planet Award in 2012 from IBM to develop coursework based on his research (of the future power grid) to educate the next generation of industry leaders to use the technology.

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