Core Researchers

Dr. Thomas A. Trabold

Director of the Center for Sustainable Mobility & Associate Professor

Ph.D.: Clarkson University, Chemical Engineering, 1989

  • Laboratory Group Manager (LGM) and Professional Technical Fellow, General Motors Corporation Fuel Cell Research Laboratory. 2001–2009
  • Senior Research Engineer, Xerox Corporation. 1998–2001
  • Senior Research Engineer, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (General Electric/Lockheed Martin). 1989–1998

Co-inventor of 19 U.S. patents and 48 patents-pending, and 8 international patents. Associate Editor of ASME journal Thermal Science and Engineering Applications.

Daniel Smith, P.E

Sr. Program Manager

M.S.: University of Rochester, Aerospace Engineering, 1986

NYS licensed Professional Engineer, 1987

  • Engineering Product Manager; Delphi Corporation, Valve Train Product and System Engineering, Rochester, NY. 2001–2008
  • Engineering Product Manager; General Motors Corporation, Integrated Air Fuel Module Product Design, Rochester, N.Y. 1994–2001

Holds 11 patents issued and 2 patents pending for product design and development, focusing on new innovations for automotive controls.

Dr. Michael Thurston

Research Professor

Ph.D.: State University of New York at Buffalo, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, 1998

  • Technical Director, Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology. 2008–present
  • Research Faculty, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2007–present.
  • Senior Staff Engineer and Health Monitoring Team Leader; Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology. 2001–2007
  • Research Associate; Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University. 1999–2001

Has 13+ years of industrial product development experience, including research and development targeted towards product noise and vibration reduction, and an additional 11 years of experience in University based applied research laboratories, working on government and industry funded projects in Condition Based Maintenance and Health Monitoring, as well as Life-Cycle Engineering and Sustainability of a variety of products and systems, including energy systems.

Mark Walluk

Design/Analysis Engineer

M.S.: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Engineering, 2006

  • Mechanical Design and Analysis Engineer, Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology. 2007–Present
  • Engineer, UTC Power. 2005–2007
  • Engineer, General Dynamics Electric Boat. 2002–2005

Dr. Nenad Nenadic

Research Professor

Ph.D.: University of Rochester, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2001

  • Research Faculty, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology. 2007–Present
  • Senior Staff Engineer, Center for Integrating Manufacturing Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology. 2005–2007
  • Senior Engineer, Mechanical and MEMS design, Kionix Inc., Ithaca, NY. 2001–2005
  • Research Assistant, UNIVERSITY of Rochester. 1996–2001

Present responsibilities include research and development of test systems for collecting crack initiation and crack propagation data of helicopter gears, including development of tools for data analysis and data visualization, as well as research of vibration-based condition indicators; life cycle analysis of fuel and vehicle infrastructure; research and development of methodologies for visualization and analysis of data collected on light armor vehicles. Co-invented a new z-axis gyro (United States Patent 7036372).

Affiliated Researchers

Dr. Callie Babbitt, Assistant Professor

Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad, Assistant Professor

Dr. Eric Williams, Associate Professor

Dr. Anahita Williamson, Research Professor

Dr. Michael Haselkorn, Research Professor

Brian Hilton, Senior Staff Engineer

Scott Dewey, Senior Staff Engineer

Allen Luccitti, Staff Engineer

GIS Research Centers

Center for Sustainable Mobility