Title: Associate Professor
Company: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Andrea L’Afflitto, PhD, Associate Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.
With years of experience to his credit, Dr. L’Afflitto has excelled as an associate professor of engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University since 2022. Prior to this position, he was active as an assistant professor at The University of Oklahoma from 2015 to 2019 and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 2019 to 2022. He previously served as an intern and system engineer for the Consortium of Research of Advanced Remote Sensing Systems in 2004, an intern and system engineer for The Italian Space Agency in 2006, a systems and control engineer for DLR from 2007 to 2008 and an intern for mathematical modeling for Fermilab in 2013. Attributing his success to the influence of his mother and his wife, who supported his academic and professional ambitions, Dr. L’Afflitto was notably presented with a Young Faculty Award from DARPA in 2018.
Driven by his continuous pursuit of knowledge and the opportunities to engage in innovative scientific endeavors, Dr. L’Afflitto pursued an education at the University of Naples Federico II, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 2004 and a master’s degree in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 2006. He continued his academic efforts with a master’s degree in mathematics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2011. He concluded his studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering. Among the proudest moments of his career, he fondly recalls the new theoretical results for controlling systems that he helped to create which have since seen employed by the U.S. military. In the coming years, Dr. L’Afflitto hopes to become a fellow of IEEE and IAA, which he considers as two of the most important organizations within his field.
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