Wade Troxell

Title: Professor/Director
Company: Colorado State University
Member Since: 03/24/2003

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Wade Troxell is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. At Colorado State, he is Director of the Center for Networked Distributed Energy (called NetEnergy) dedicated to a critical power infrastructure in the future. In particular, the Center investigates the impact of network-enabled energy and large-scale intelligent real-time control of these networked distributed energy resources. Distributed energy resources can be characterized as energy producing, energy consuming, energy monitoring, and energy conditioning devices located at urban load center energy markets. NetEnergy research pursues intelligent control architectures and schema for real-time information from pervasively networked distributed energy resources on the environment, power transmission and distribution, and market dynamics.

Dr. Troxell co-founded Sixth Dimension1, Inc. that is the leading 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 $11.5 million involving some of the top VC firms in the energy industry. Sixth Dimension was acquire in May 2003 by Commerge, Inc.

Dr. Troxell has served on the faculty at Colorado State University since 1985. He was a Vice President for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers—International from 1995-98. He served as Executive Director of the NIST/Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center-Colorado Regional Office from 1992-1997.

Dr. Troxell received his BS degree in Engineering Science in 1980 and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University in 1982 and 1987 respectively. He was an NSF-sponsored NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Edinburgh University for 1987 to 1988 working with Professor Tim Smithers in AI (artificial intelligence) design support systems for U.K.’s Alvey “design to product” demonstration project.

Over the last fifteen years Dr. Troxell has been involved in start-up enterprises and small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in all phases of the product realization process. He co-founded and directed the Manufacturing Excellence Center (MEC) at Colorado State University for 10 years. MEC is a consortium of 41 laboratories and centers focused on improving the competitiveness and profitability of small to mediumsized manufacturers in Colorado. He established Colorado’s NIST-funded Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center and served as its Executive Director from 1992 to 1997 when he began the Colorado Manufacturing Extension Center at Colorado State University. He has served two years as a nominator for the Lemelson-MIT Prize for American Invention and Innovation recognized as the premier award for American entrepreneurs. He serves on two curricula committees for the National Technological University and chairs a new MS program in Mechanical Engineering. He also serves as an Advisor to the Northern Colorado Idea Lab. In this capacity, he assists entrepreneurial companies with technical and business related issues.

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