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Pier Marzocca Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor at Clarkson University

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Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Pier Marzocca has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.Marcuzzo promoted

Marzocca received his doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher and visiting assistant professor in engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech before coming to the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson in 2003.

Marzocca has worked in aerospace engineering since 1996, specializing in multi-physics modeling and characterization of advanced materials and structures, and addressing interactions among advanced structures and fluids, magnetic, electric, and thermal fields.

His expertise focuses on the structural dynamics and control of advanced aerospace systems, including active flow and aeroelastic controls of flexible structures and unmanned aerial vehicle systems. Marzocca’s recent projects have involved the development of novel wind turbine systems, modeling and design of functionally graded structures, energy harvesting, development of computational aeroelastic and aerodynamic tools, reliability of complex industrial systems and components, and unmanned aerial vehicle systems.

Marzocca has also been working on structural health monitoring and damage detection in structural systems. He leads or co-leads research projects that have totaled more than $4 million in funding from governmental agencies, private foundations, and industry.

He has more than 150 publications in archival journals and conference proceedings, and has received several awards, including the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering, and Clarkson’s Outstanding New Teacher Award.

He is a chair of the SAE Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Technical Committee and a visiting professor in the Aerospace Structures Department at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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.

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