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Dr. Joseph Piacenza

  • Position:  Assistant Professor
  • Department:  Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 136
  • jpiacenza@uwf.edu
  • Campus: 8504742752

Biography:

Dr. Joseph Piacenza earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Florida (USF) and completed his MBA at USF in 2008 with a focus on entrepreneurship and management. While working toward his MBA, Dr. Piacenza founded and managed an automotive-based small business for seven years. After selling the company in 2010, and he concurrently pursued his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, completing each degree in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Dr. Piacenza’s dissertation explored concept-stage robust design for complex infrastructure systems. Additional active research areas include system optimization, automotive design, sustainable building design, and additive manufacturing. Dr. Piacenza instructs the Junior Mechanical Engineering Design courses I and II and is actively involved with hands-on and interdisciplinary student design projects.

Degrees & Institutions:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida
M.B.A., University of South Florida 
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University

Research:

Dr. Piacenza’s dissertation explored concept-stage robust design for complex infrastructure systems. Additional active research areas include system optimization, automotive design, sustainable building design, additive manufacturing, and sea turtle tracking devices.

Current Courses:

  • EML3500 Machine Design
  • EML4990 Modern Product Design
  • EGN3913L Junior Engineering Design I
  • EGN3914L Junior Engineering Design II

Classes Taught:

    • EML3022 Computer Aided Design and Modeling
    • EGM3401 Engineering Mechanics/Dynamics

Special Interests:

Outside of academic, Dr. Piacenza actively restores vintage Volkswagens and Porsches.

Publications:

    J. R. Piacenza, J. Faller, E. Cotilla-Sanchez, C. Hoyle, and I. Tumer, “Evaluating the Impact of Human-in-the-loop Decision Making in Robust Design,” In Preparation (to be submitted February 2018): ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part B: Mechanical Engineering.

    J. R. Piacenza, Mir Abbas Bozorgirad, C. Hoyle, and I. Y. Tumer, "Robust Topology Optimization of Complex Infrastructure Systems," ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part B: Mechanical Engineering.

    B. DuPont, C. Hoyle, J. R. Piacenza, R. Azam, S. Proper, E. Cotilla-Sanchez, D. Oryshchyn, S. Zitney, and S. Bossart, 2016 “An Optimization Framework for Decision Making in Large, Collaborative Energy Supply Systems,” Journal of Energy Resources Technology 138(5).

    J. R. Piacenza, B. Albarhami, S. Lin, and S. Mayoral, 2017 “Understanding the Importance of Post Occupancy Usage Trends During Concept-Stage Sustainable Building Design," International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Cleveland, Ohio.

    J. R. Piacenza, John Fields, C. Hoyle, and I. Y. Tumer, 2015 "Quantification of Indoor Environmental Quality in Sustainable Building Designs Using Structural Equation Modeling," International Conference for Engineering Design, Milan, Italy.


Keywords: concept-stage robust design, complex infrastructure systems, system optimization, automotive design, sustainable building design, additive manufacturing, sea turtle tracking devices, machine design, computer-aided design, modern product design, engineering