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Lorenzo Cremaschi, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University, has been named the university’s director of undergraduate research. He started the new role on January 1.
In this role, Cremaschi oversees the Office of Undergraduate Research, which promotes research and creative scholarship among undergraduates in all disciplines. As Director, he also provides guidance for Auburn University’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and Journal of Undergraduate Studies, in addition to directing the annual Auburn Research: Student Symposium.
“Dr. Cremaschi brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of director of undergraduate research,” said James Weyhenmeyer, vice president for research and economic development. with us to provide leadership for our undergraduate research programs, which are a critical component of the university’s success as a leading research institution.”
Cremaschi has mentored 22 undergraduate students in their research and scholarship activities and eight international visiting scholars on exchange. He is also an academic advisor to the Auburn student branch of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
“The research and creative activities conducted by our undergraduates bring great visibility to Auburn across the state and the country,” Cremaschi said. “We welcome high caliber students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters and have a track record of fantastic innovation and meaningful impact through undergraduate research. I am excited to work with them and learn from each of them and help grow our impact and create more opportunities for Auburn University’s undergraduate research to impact the world. I look forward to building a shared strategic vision to help achieve this goal.
Cremaschi joined the university in 2016, after several years as a faculty member at Oklahoma State University and postdoctoral work at Purdue University. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Modena in Italy and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
His research interests include improving building energy efficiency and sustainability, scalable energy systems, water desalination and purification, and HVAC and refrigeration systems for the built environment. His current work focuses on the thermodynamics and heat transfer of refrigerants, indoor air dehumidification processes, and moisture transport in thermal insulation systems.
Cremaschi teaches courses in the fields of thermodynamics, refrigeration, renewable energy systems and cryogenics.
He succeeds former Director of Undergraduate Research, Lorraine Wolf, who held the position for over 10 years until her retirement in 2021.