Michael Mazzola, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power Engineering Systems. Prior to these appointments, he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State University and the Jack Hatcher Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship. Beginning in 2005, he served for two years as the chief technology officer of SemiSouth Laboratories, a company he co-founded. In 2009, he was named an associate director for advanced vehicle systems at the MSU Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS). He has been awarded 14 patents.