Wade Troxell Elevated to ASME Fellow Grade

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Recently the Board of Governors of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers elevated Dr. Wade O. Troxell of the CSU Mechanical Engineering faculty to the grade of Fellow. Less than two percent of the International ASME membership achieves this high level of recognition.

Dr. Troxell has served with distinction on the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) since 1988. He has taught courses with excellence at levels ranging from the freshmen level to the advanced graduate level. He received awards for his excellence in teaching and has engaged in research, service and outreach throughout his career. He founded and operates the Center for Networked Distributed Energy as well as the Ram-Lab (Robotic and Autonomous Machines Laboratory) at CSU. He has successfully funded his educational, research and outreach activities through over $7.9 Million of funding and gifts-in-kind that he has solicited from industrial and federal sources.

Dr. Troxell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of intelligent robotics and intelligent control of distributed systems. His current research is focused on "smart power grid" applications and he serves as the Director of the Center for Networked Distributed Energy (NetEnergy) in the CSU Department of Mechanical Engineering. NetEnergy is dedicated to the critical U.S. electric power infrastructure.

He co-founded and directed the Manufacturing Excellence Center (MEC) at CSU for 10 years. MEC was a consortium of 41 laboratories and centers focused on improving the competitiveness and profitability of small to medium-sized manufacturers in Colorado. He established Colorado's NIST-funded Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center and served as its Executive Director from 1992 to 1997.

In 1997, Dr. Troxell co-founded Sixth Dimension, Inc., a provider of network communications and real-time control technology for the electric power industry. As President/COO, he led this early-staged company through three rounds of venture financing totaling over $18 million involving some of the top energy venture firms.

Dr. Troxell has been extremely active in ASME leadership. He began as the Faculty Advisor for the CSU ASME Student Section and has not slowed down since. He recently finished a three-year term as the ASME Senior Vice President for Knowledge and Communities. His leadership extends far beyond ASME. He is now serving on the Fort Collins City Council and is the CSU College of Engineering Associate Dean for Research and Economic Development.