Department establishes Torzilli Family Endowed Fund
Due to the generosity of Dr. Peter A. Torzilli, M.S.’70, Ph.D.’74, the department is able to establish the Torzilli Family Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Engineering. This fund recognizes the need for technically educated people who will serve the betterment of mankind through the application of engineering and science to the common purposes of life. The fund recognizes Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as one of the finest universities and a leader in providing an excellent and rigorous technical education - preparing its students to contribute to a better world.
This fund is an endowment, i.e., it will generate funds in perpetuity, which will be used to support undergraduate research of biomedical engineering students. The endowment recognizes the need for the education and training of engineers through the "application of engineering, physics, mathematics and the biological sciences." This endowment continues his commitment to teaching and mentoring engineering students in the biomedical sciences.
Dr. Peter A. Torzilli, for whose family this endowment is named, was an engineering graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1967 to 1974. He received an Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Science (1965) from Nassau Community College (Garden City, NY), and a Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Science (1967) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY). He entered RPI in 1967 as a graduate student in Mechanics (originally a Division in the School of Science and later a Department in the School of Engineering) receiving a Master of Science (1970) and Doctor of Philosophy (1974) in Mechanics. Thereafter he was a Research Associate (1974-1976) in the Biomechanics Laboratory of the Mechanical Design Department at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), and in 1976 became a faculty member in the Research Division of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Department of Orthopedics of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York City, where he currently holds positions of Senior Scientist and Professor, respectively. In 1994 he became Grant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the City University of New York, and helped establish the Center for Biomedical Engineering in the City College of Engineering. A Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), he received the 2006 ASMB Bioengineering Division’s H.R. Lissner Medal for outstanding achievements in the study of mechanics, solute transport and mechanobiology of normal and injured articular cartilage, and biomechanics of the knee and shoulder.
The endowment is dedicated to the memory of his family: Charles C. Torzilli (father), Fae Levine Torzilli (mother), Suzanne C. Torzilli (sister), Casey R. D’Ambrosio (niece), and Eugenia Torzilli Gallo (aunt).