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Pier Marzocca Promoted to Full Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Pier Marzocca has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of mechanical & aeronautical engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.

Pier Marzocca Marzocca has been a Clarkson faculty member since 2003. He 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 Clarkson.

Marzocca has been working in the field of aerospace engineering since 1996 and specializes in multi-physics modeling and characterization of advanced materials and structures, including multifunctional and composite structures, dealing with the interactions among structures and fluids, magnetic, electric, and thermal fields. His expertise is in structural dynamics and controls of advanced aerospace systems, including active flow and aeroelastic controls of flexible structures and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Marzocca leads/co-leads a number of research projects with funding from several government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army, Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency,     New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, private foundations (such as MDA and Syracuse CoE), and industries, including GE, Pratt & Whitney, and Intertek.

Among others, Marzocca leads three signature projects: the Blade Test Facility, the Distributed Green Data Center, and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Lab. He is also the foreign collaborator on a number of international projects funded by the European Commission and the National Council of Science and Technology of the Mexican Government.

Marzocca’s research work has been published in major international journals -- 130 publications appeared in peer-reviewed journals, with 170 other publications in conference proceedings. His peer-reviewed work has been cited more than 1,500 times, and has an h-index of 22.

Marzocca has received several awards, including the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and the Forest R. McFarland Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering, the Office of Naval Research, the American Society for Educational Engineer Faculty Summer Fellowship, the Outstanding New Teacher Award and the Inaugural Research Excellence Award of Clarkson University, and the Antonio Bertolotti MS Award of the Politecnico di Torino.

Marzocca is also an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an active member of several other national and international organizations, including the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

He is also a deputy editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences and an associate editor of several international journals, including the Journal of Thermal Stresses, the ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, and technical reviewer for more than 30 national and international Journals and book publishing houses, including Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Academic Press, AIAA Journal, Journal of Aircraft, Journal of Guidance, Dynamics and Control, Journal of Vibration and Control, and others. Since 2007, he has also served as a chair of the SAE Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Technical Committee.

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