Dr. Michael Mazzola is the director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and the Duke Energy distinguished chair in power engineering systems at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After three years in government service at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, in 1993, Mazzola joined the faculty at Mississippi State University, where he became known for his research in the areas of silicon carbide power semiconductor device prototyping and semiconductor materials growth and characterization. For 10 years, he served at the Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems as the associate director for advanced vehicle systems, where he led research in high-voltage engineering, power systems modeling and simulation, the application of silicon carbide semiconductor devices in power electronics, and the control of hybrid electric vehicle (EV) power trains. In addition, he served two years as the chief technology officer of SemiSouth Laboratories, a company he co-founded. Mazzola holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University.