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Dr Andre P. Mazzoleni

Associate Professor
Phone: 919-515-5667 Email: a_mazzoleni@ncsu.eduWebsite: http://www.mae.ncsu.edu/faculty-staff/profile/andre-mazzoleni/Office: 3242 Engineering Building III  Map

Mazzoleni is interested in dynamics, vibrations, solid mechanics, nonlinear systems, astronautics, spacecraft design, biomechanics, power generation, energy storage

Dr. Mazzoleni's research is aimed, in the long-term, at applying techniques in engineering mechanics to important problems that arise in space exploration, energy generation, and biomedical engineering. Dr. Mazzoleni is the Director of the Engineering Mechanics and Space Systems Laboratory at NC State. Dr. Mazzoleni is directing a number of projects, among them, 1) tether-based asteroid diversion, 2) the mechanics of the human spine and the hardware used in spinal fusion, 3) granular media theory with applications to hypersonic computation, 4) the development of novel rovers for the moon and Mars, and 5) wind-energy and ocean wave energy generation and storage, including compressed air systems. In the MAE department he collaborates with Dr. DeJarnette, Dr. Ro and Dr. Ferguson. At the graduate level, Dr. Mazzoleni teaches Advanced Dynamics I (MAE 511) and Advanced Dynamics II (MAE 789). These courses cover: rotating coordinate systems, Euler angles, Quaternions, three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics, angular momentum methods and analytical mechanics topics (e.g. Lagrange's equations, Liapunov Stability). Examples are concentrated in the area of aerospace vehicles, but the methods learned will be applicable to land-based vehicles and any engineering system undergoing rigid body rotation, e.g. wind turbines, biomechanical systems, machine tools, robotic systems, etc. At the undergraduate level, Dr. Mazzoleni teaches the Space option of Aerospace Senior Design (MAE 478 and MAE 479), Introduction to Space Flight (MAE 467), and also teaches introductory courses in Engineering Mechanics (Dynamics, Solid Mechanics, etc.). Many of the projects that the students complete are inspired by his research in space systems. Dr. Mazzoleni works closely with his graduate students, and starting from first principles, he instills in them an understanding of a practical problem-solving approach. His students are motivated and interested in dynamics, space exploration, energy generation, or biomedical engineering. Outside of work, Dr. Mazzoleni spends time with his family and enjoys hiking, fishing, basketball, and playing the piano.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin
  • MS, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin
  • MA, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Duke University

Core Research Areas

Thermal Sciences and Energy Systems

Structural Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing

Dynamics, Vibrations, Controls, and System Design

Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Propulsion and Space Exploration Systems

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Courses Taught By Mazzoleni

  • MAE 208 -001Summer '17 Engineering Dynamics
  • MAE 214 -001Summer '17 Solid Mechanics
  • MAE 467 -001Spring '17 Introduction to Space Flight
  • MAE 511 -001Fall '16 Advanced Dynamics with Applications to Aerospace Systems

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