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Maurizio Porfiri

Dr. Maurizio Porfiri is an Institute Professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Civil and Urban Engineering. He received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, in 2000 and 2006; a “Laurea” in Electrical Engineering (with honours) and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the University of Toulon (dual degree program), in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He has been on the faculty of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department since 2006, when he founded the Dynamical Systems Laboratory. Dr. Porfiri is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has served in the Editorial Board of  ASME Journal of Dynamics systems, Measurements and Control, ASME Journal of Vibrations and Acoustics, IEEE Control Systems Letters, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, and Mechatronics. Dr. Porfiri is engaged in conducting and supervising research on dynamical systems theory, multiphysics modeling, and underwater robotics. He is the author of more than 300 journal publications and the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. He has been included in the “Brilliant 10” list of Popular Science in 2010 and his research featured in all the major media outlets, including CNN, NPR, Scientific American, and Discovery Channel. Other significant recognitions include invitations to the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium and the Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium organized by National Academy of Engineering; the Outstanding Young Alumnus award by the college of Engineering of Virginia Tech; the ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award; the ASME DSCD Young Investigator Award; and the  ASME C.D. Mote, Jr. Early Career Award.

Research Interests:
Dynamical Systems
Ethorobotics
Networks
Multiphysics Modeling
Theoretical Mechanics

Sapienza University of Rome, 2001
Laurea (B.Sc./M.Sc.), Electrical Engineering

Sapienza University of Rome, 2005
Doctor of Philosophy, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 2000
Master of Science, Engineering Mechanics

University of Toulon, 2005
Doctor of Philosophy, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 2006
Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering Mechanics


NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Institute Professor
From: January 2020 to present

NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Professor
From: September 2014 to present

NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Associate Professor
From: September 2011 to August 2014

NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Assistant Professor
From: July 2006 to September 2011

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Post-Doctoral Associate
From: July 2005 to June 2006


Journal Articles (selection from the last ten years)


  • Institute Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2020
  • ASME Fellow, 2019
  • IEEE Fellow, Control Systems Society, 2019 ("For contributions to biomimetic robotics")
  • ASME C.D. Mote, Jr. Early Career Award, 2015
  • Invitee of Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, 2014
  • Jacobs Excellence in Education Award, 2014
  • ASME Dynamic Systems & Control Division Young Investigator Award, 2013 
  • ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, 2013 
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus, College of Engineering Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2012
  • Best student paper competition award at the 2012 ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (with graduate students Youngsu Cha and Matteo Aureli)
  • Invited speaker for the “lectio magistralis” at “Sapienza Ricerca”, 2011
  • Best paper award at the 2011 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (with graduate student Nicole Abaid)
  • Invitee of Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, 2011
  • Jacobs Excellence in Education Award, 2011
  • Popular Science "Brilliant Ten", 2010
  • Best robotics paper award at the 2009 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (with graduate students Matteo Aureli and Vladislav Kopman)
  • NSF Career award (Dynamical systems), 2008
  • H2CU medal, 2008

 


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