Posted November 4th, 2013
Maurizio Porfiri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech; a “Laurea” in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the University of Toulon (dual degree program). He is the author of more than 130 journal publications, and his research has been featured in numerous major media outlets, including CNN, Discovery Channel, and NPR.
His work is at the interface of mechanical systems and biology, specifically focusing on the interaction between animals and robots. He has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Outstanding Young Alumnus award from the College of Engineering of Virginia Tech, the ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, and the ASME DSCD Young Investigator Award; and has been named to the Popular Science “Brilliant 10” list for young scientists. Recently he published an article titled: ‘Acute ethanol administration affects zebrafish preference for a biologically inspired robot’ in the journal Alcohol.