Andre Mazzoleni

Associate Professor

Dr. Mazzoleni is interested in dynamics, vibrations, solid mechanics, nonlinear systems, astronautics, spacecraft design, biomechanics, power generation, and energy storage.  He is the Director of the Engineering Mechanics and Space Systems Laboratory (EMSSL) at NC State.

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.



Engineering Mechanics

University of Wisconsin


Engineering Mechanics

University of Wisconsin



University of Wisconsin


Electrical Engineering

Duke University

Research Description

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 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.