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Bruce LaMattina

Program Lead
Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Research Initiatives


Bruce LaMattina, the lead PI for SERVE, is the son of Army veteran, Joseph LaMattina.  He is the associate vice chancellor for strategic research initiatives for the Office of Research and Engagement and a research professor in the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering department (MABE) in the Tickle College of Engineering.

Bruce has over 25 years of experience that spans academia, corporate R&D, and government. Prior to joining UT, he led the Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC).  He also served as the director of federal research relations at Rutgers University and as a program manager at the US Army Research Office (ARO).  He was a principle researcher at ABB’s U.S. R&D headquarters with additional industry experience at SAS and the Okonite Company. In dual roles, he served as a visiting professor at NC State University and an adjunct professor at Duke University.

Bruce received his PhD in mechanical engineering with minors in civil engineering and mathematics from North Carolina State University and has a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware.  He is grateful that a major portion of his graduate work was supported by a fellowship sponsored by the Army.