In 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Scioletti, a 2016 graduate of the Operations Research with Engineering PhD program, was named an Academy (permanent) professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, and is currently leading its engineering-math program. Mike, like his advisor Dr. Alexandra Newman, actively advises many students. In particular, his cadets are pursuing honors thesis research with the goal of publication on topics such as sports analytics, Soldier health and fitness analytics, and precipitation forecasts involving Doppler radar estimates. In his 21 years of service to the US Army, Mike, a combat engineer by trade, has served in operational assignments with the 1st Cavalry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, and 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. He has deployed in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
During his tenure as a doctoral student, he published two papers in Optimization and Engineering and one in Applied Energy. He currently has a paper under revision at INFORMS Journal on Computing. These were the result of his doctoral work sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and relate to optimally designing and dispatching power for forward operating bases.
Mike is a 1998 graduate of West Point (BS, Mathematical Sciences) and, subsequently, the Naval Postgraduate School (MS, Operations Research). While pursuing his undergraduate studies, Mike played varsity baseball and was named the 1997 Patriot League Player of the year. Upon graduation, Mike was drafted by the White Sox and in 2011 was inducted to West Point’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He currently works as an officer representative and mentor to the Army baseball team, which is back-to-back Patriot League Champions.
Mike Wagner (along with Timothy J Silverman ) is one of two researchers from the National Renewable Energy to ever receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an award presented annually to academics nationwide by the White House; it is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to “outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology,” according to the White House announcement. Winners of the PECASE are nominated by a participating federal agency—the Department of Energy in this case—with the final selections made by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The awards were established in 1996.
Dr. Mike Wagner joined NREL in 2009 and completed his PhD at the Colorado School of Mines while working full time. Wagner was recognized “for leading laboratory and academic teams in high temperature materials, applied mathematics, systems optimization, and power plant modeling–while engaging industrial experts–to answer fundamental questions on the capability and grid value of Concentrating Solar Power.”
“This is an amazing honor and I’m both excited and humbled to be recognized,” Wagner said. “I work with such a great group of researchers that it feels odd to be singled out in this way, but I’m happy that I have the chance to represent the Thermal Sciences team and the talented colleagues and students that I partner with outside of NREL. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to begin my career than NREL or for more motivation than to know that I get to be part of the transition to renewable technologies.”