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Angela Violi and Jesse Capecelatro receive the 2021 Mechanical Engineering Department Achievement Award


The annual Mechanical Engineering Department Achievement Awards have been given to Professor Angela Violi and Professor Jesse Capecelatro. 

Professor Angela Violi

Angela Violi, is a professor of mechanical, chemical, and biomedical engineering, as well as a professor of macromolecular science and engineering, applied physics, and biophysics. 

In February of 2020, Violi was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering and was recognized by the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program for her achievements in their field and in education.

Violi is a graduate of University of Naples Federico II in Italy, where she earned her PhD from the Department of Chemical Engineering. Currently, her research focuses on multiscale simulations of complex systems, nanoparticle growth and self-assembly, nanoparticle interactions with biomolecular systems, applied chemical kinetics, aerosols. Chemical and physical properties of fuels, alternative fuels, lubricants.

You can find more about Violi’s work on her lab website.


Professor Jesse Capecelatro

Jesse Capecelatro,  is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He received his PhD and Master’s from Cornell University in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, as well as a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. In 2019, he was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and also has also been apart of many efforts in creating a safe campus for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Capecelatro is involved in many research activities across campus and institutions. His research areas focus on fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on computational methods, multiphase and granular flow, turbulence, combustion, and high-performance computing. Applications include renewable energy, carbon capture, environmental flows, aerosols, turbomachinery, and space. 

To find out more about Capecelatro and his work, visit his lab website here.

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