VTech Recognizes Maurizio Porfiri’s Career Achievements

Maurizio Porfiri, associate professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for his career achievements. Porfiri earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2000 and 2005, respectively.

Porfiri began his research in marine robotics and the development of autonomous systems as a post-doctoral researcher in Virginia Tech’s Autonomous Systems and Controls Laboratory directed by Daniel Stilwell. When he came to NYU-Poly in 2006, he created his version of the Stilwell lab—the Dynamical Systems Laboratory. In this setting, Porfiri conducts research in the modeling and control of complex dynamical systems. He began studying how to design robotic fish that would engage fish shoals and regulate their collective behavior. The work was supported by his 2008 National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award. Two years later, the research earned him the coveted title of one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10.”

He is currently exploring how individuals can become actively involved in monitoring the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.