Carnegie Mellon University
Pier Marzocca received the Ph.D. degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering in 2001 from Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University, USA. Prior joining Clarkson he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Visiting Assistant Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. He is also affiliated with the Center for Advanced Material Processing, Center for Sustainable Energy Systems and Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science at Clarkson University, and Director of the Advanced Applied Aeroelastic Laboratory and of the Reliability Evaluation and Assessment Laboratory. He is senior member of SAE, AIAA, ASME, ASEE, IEEE, and the Chair of the SAE Unmanned Aircraft System Committee. He is also the recipient of a number of Award including the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering. He is also a Deputy Editor in Chief of International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Science, Associate Editor of Journal of Thermal Stresses and Journal of Aerospace Engineering. Pier Marzocca is the author and/or co-author of over 200 papers on nonlinear aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, controls and testing on fixed wings and rotary blades. His research interests include unsteady aerodynamics, flow and aeroelastic control, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicle technologies, wind turbine technologies, structural health monitoring, solar cells and other energy systems reliability. Professor Marzocca research is funded by several government agencies, including AFOSR, ARMY, NASA and NSF, and private foundations and industries, including GE and Pratt & Whitney.
Penn State University
Dr. Sean Brennan is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University where he has taught since 2003. He shares a joint faculty appointment with Penn State's Larson Transportation Institute. His research focuses on vehicle dynamics both at high speeds (highway vehicles) and low speeds (ground robotics), and estimation of vehicle position and state using vehicle-ground interaction information. Since 1998, he has published dozens of papers on topics ranging from systems dynamics, modeling, identification, and control; robust control; and vehicle chassis dynamics. His current areas of study include modeling and experimental validation of vehicle dynamics, hardware- and human-in-the-loop experimental testing, vehicle rollover prevention, and bomb disposal robots.
In 2008, he was awarded the SAE Teetor Award, a leading national award for educators in the area of vehicle mobility. He has won PSU's Premier Teaching Award in 2011, PSU's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2008, the 2005 PSU Quality Improvement Award for his outreach activity training high-school students in vehicle dynamics and automation.