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Alan Palazzolo (80x120)M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Alan Palazzolo holder of the James J. Cain Professorship I in Mechanical Engineering. The endowed professorship appointment was effective Sept. 1.

Palazzolo is a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Toledo, and his Master of Science and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Palazzolo’s research interests include: rotordynamics; magnetic bearings; active vibration and noise control; fluid film bearings; vibrations; finite and boundary elements; seal and impeller leakage flow; piping systems; machine design; flywheels; machinery couplings; expert systems; microgravity vibration isolation; electromechanical systems; CFD flow in pumps and compressors; heart pumps (VAD); drillstring vibration; and RO desalination.