Dr. Andre P. MazzoleniFaculty
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.
Dr. Mazzoleni teaches Advanced Dynamics (MAE 511). In this course, rotating coordinate systems, Euler angles, three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics, angular momentum methods and an introduction to analytical mechanics are covered. 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). Many of the projects that the students complete are inspired by his research in space systems. Dr. Mazzoleni works closely with his graduate students. 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 piano.
- 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
Courses Taught By Mazzoleni
- MAE 208 -001 —Summer '14 Engineering Dynamics
- MAE 467 -001 —Spring '15 Introduction to Space Flight
- MAE 511 -001 —Fall '14 Advanced Dynamics with Applications to Aerospace Systems