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CAMP June Newsletter: Page 7

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 Xerox Chief Technology Officer Receives Clarkson University Honorary Degree


Xerox Chief Technology Officer Sophie V. Vandebroek

Sophie V. Vandebroek, Xerox Chief Technology Officer and President of the Xerox Innovation Group, received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 115th Commencement. The degree was awarded "for her successful, career-long effort to pioneer innovative research for a changing global marketplace, and for her personal commitment to developing the next generation of technology leaders."  She also offered the class of 2008 two pieces of advice. The first was to always look for the opportunity, no matter how challenging a situation is.  Her second piece of advice was to be happy and take good care of yourself.  

Vandebroek has dedicated a significant part of her life to pioneering research resulting in innovative products and services for a global marketplace, while helping to shape the next generation of technological leaders and innovators.  She is responsible for leading Xerox's worldwide research centers and for maximizing the company's returns on investments in research and technology. Prior to her current position at the company (a Corporate Sponsor for Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing),  Vandebroek was Chief Engineer of Xerox Corporation and Vice President of the Xerox Engineering Center. As Chief Engineer, she was responsible for coordinating Xerox's engineering efficiency and effectiveness, a period during which Xerox refreshed more than 95 percent of its office product line and launched its flagship iGen3 Digital Production.  A true innovator, Vandebroek holds 12 U.S. patents. She has received numerous awards for her professional contributions from Xerox, IBM, HP, Monsanto, the Belgium National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and Cornell University. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fulbright Fellow, a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation, the 2004 winner of the Positive Difference Award from the Women's Alliance at Xerox, and the 2005 winner of the Rochester Engineer of the Year Award.

In addition to her success in industry innovation, Vandebroek has maintained a leadership role in the professional community of science and engineering. She served as an elected member on the IEEE electron devices society administrative committee. She has also served on the organizing committees of the International Electron Devices Conference, the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering Symposium, and the Device Research Conference. Vandebroek is a director of Analogic Corporation and serves on several university advisory and technology councils.   She also has a strong commitment to inspire children, and especially women and minorities, to aspire to careers in science and engineering.

Professor Pier Marzocca Joins CAMP


Professor Pier Marzocca

Dr. Pier Marzocca recently joined CAMP. He serves as an Assistant Professor in Clarkson University’s Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.  He received his doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech before coming to Clarkson. Professor Marzocca has been working in the field of aerospace engineering since 1996 and specializes in multi-physics modeling and the characterization of advanced materials and structures, dealing with the interactions among advanced structures and fluids, magnetic, electric, and thermal fields.  He has a variety of research  projects that involve the development of novel wind turbine systems, active flow and aeroelastic controls of flexible structures, modeling and design of functionally graded structures, energy harvesting, SHM development of computational aeroelastic and aerodynamic tools, reliability of complex industrial systems and components, and unmanned aerial vehicle systems. Professor Marzocca is Co-PI with his Department’s Chair, Professor Daryush Aidun, for the Reliability Evaluation and Assessment Laboratory (REAL) that is supported by GE Energy Systems, and leads the Advanced Applied Aeroelasticity Laboratory.  His research is funded by several government agencies, including NASA and NSF, and private foundations and industries, including GE and Pratt & Whitney.

Dr. Marzocca’s research has been published in major international journals. Also he has received several awards including the Ralph R. Teeter Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering and a Fellowship from the Office of Naval Research.  Dr. Marzocca is a member of several international and national organizations, such as the AIAA, ASME, and ASEE. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Thermal Stresses and technical reviewer for more then 25 National and International Journals and book publishing houses. In addition, he has been appointed a Visiting Professor in the Aerospace Structure Department at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

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