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CAR faculty and staff members recognized for accomplishments in education, leadership and innovative engineering practices

Congratulations to three of CAR’s dedicated employees Giorgio Rizzoni, Maryn Weimer and Marcello Canova who were recognized for their accomplishments in education, leadership and innovative engineering practices.

Giorgio RizzoniGiorgio RizzoniGiorgio Rizzoni, director, Center for Automotive Research was awarded the Clara M. and Peter L. Scott Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. The award recognizes an individual’s career accomplishments in both teaching and research.

Rizzoni joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as an assistant professor in 1990 and has served in his current role since 1999, while holding faculty appointments in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).  He has been continuously engaged in graduate and undergraduate curriculum development on subjects related to system dynamics, mechatronics, powertrain modeling, hybrid-electric vehicles and system fault diagnosis.

Rizzoni is a three-time recipient of the MAE External Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 1996 received the College of Engineering Stanley Harrison Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.

Rizzoni has advised over 30 PhD students and over 80 Master’s students in his career and was recognized by the MAE department with the Distinguished Graduate Faculty award in April of 2016.

He has served as the PI and co-PI of over $50 million in sponsored programs since joining Ohio State and has led a number of large, multi-disciplinary research programs including three Department of Education (DOE) Graduate Automotive Technology Education Centers of Excellence, the participation of Ohio State in two DOE US-China Clean Energy Research Centers and multiple Ohio Third Frontier programs. 

Further, Rizzoni has been instrumental in developing strong relationships between the automotive industry and Ohio State including broad relationships with Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Cummins and Delphi.

“I am humbled by this award, and I am grateful for the invaluable partnerships with students and with staff and faculty colleagues in the College of Engineering at Ohio State that have made it possible for me to thrive here. I look forward to continuing our work on clean, efficient, safe and autonomous mobility and I especially look forward to serving as a mentor to the new cohort of outstanding young faculty we have recently hired so that Ohio State Engineering will continue to be a leader in this field.”

Maryn Weimer is the senior associate director at CAR where she encourages Maryn WeimerMaryn Weimerher staff to serve as leaders in their own roles while still providing support and guidance when needed. Because of these traits Weimer has been named the recipient of the Association of Staff and Faculty Women, Mary Ann Williams Woman’s Leadership Award.

This award recognizes a university woman who demonstrates a unique form of leadership. Some traits of the recipient include demonstrating confidence, encouraging team members to perform at their very best, collaboration and cooperation.

Weimer has made many notable achievements while at the Center and has been known to have a positive attitude, strong sense of morale and an energetic approach that encourages others to put their best work forth.

Weimer helped lead the LoNo proposal team which won the Federal Transit Authority LoNo Grant and designated Ohio State as the Lo and No Emissions component testing site of choice for the FTA.

Weimer inspires her staff to reach their highest potential by having them take initiative with their ideas and adopting roles within their positions.  She strives to make CAR’s distance and continuing education program a priority and has supported the development of three distance learning contracts, including one international.

In addition, she has been praised for her effective use of communication and collaboration by encouraging freedom in creativity among the staff. By considering the perspectives of her colleagues and constantly working to improve the lines of communications she has significantly improved the productivity and atmosphere at CAR.

Jennifer Humphrey, assistant to the director of CAR attests to Weimer’s leadership influence by stating, “Her leadership style is one of honesty, transparency, lovely sense of humor and authenticity – which is a truly rare combination. Honestly, I always feel better after talking with and to her because of the depth with which she listens and understands.”

Weimer gave her thoughts on accepting the ASFW award by stating, “Receiving this award has truly left me shocked and amazed! I am so lucky to work with a team of talented and hardworking individuals that collaboration, cooperation and empowerment seem natural. To be recognized for something you love to do and have so much passion around just reinforces that I am in the right place and working on the right things! Thank you so much to all the amazing team members I am fortunate to work with every day!”

Each day, associate professor Marcello Canova goes above and beyond to Marcello CanovaMarcello Canovaensure that his undergraduate students complete his courses with a clear understanding of even the most complex engineering concepts.

His efforts were recognized when he was named the recipient of the 2017 Michael J. Moran Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award which is presented by the Mechanical External Advisory Board, recognizes a faculty member’s exceptional dedication to teaching mechanical and aerospace engineering undergraduates.

As an associate professor and associate director of graduate and continuing education at CAR, Canova demonstrates his broad range of knowledge in mechanical engineering. He does this while also connecting with his students on a personal level.

"It is a privilege and an honor to be recognized by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and its advisory board for something that I love and consider an important part of my life,” said Canova, after receiving his award. 

Canova also inspires his students through his research, which explores fluid and thermal sciences and energy systems. He holds four patents, and manages a research portfolio of more than $1 million. His research is supported by top names in the automotive industry, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda of America, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. 

While announcing the award, Pete Miller, a member of the Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board, shared more about Canova’s impressive contributions to his students through his teaching activity and his role as the Buckeye Current team’s faculty advisor.

“Dr. Canova creates an engaging educational environment for his students,” said Miller, the retired vice president of business development at the United Technologies, Allied Signal and Honeywell subsidiaries. “Marcello is extremely hands on when it comes to the racing experience.”

Currently, his Buckeye Current team holds two East Coast Timing Association speed records. They earned two third place finishes at the 2013 and 2014 Isle of Man TT Zero and two third place finishes at the 2015 and 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the electric motorcycle category.

Before becoming a faculty member, Canova served as a CAR research associate and research scientist. He earned his MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from the Università degli Studi di Parma.