Wade Troxell



Key Topics

  • Behavior-Based Robotics
  • Clean Energy
  • Engineering Design
  • History of CSU/Fort Collins
  • Philosophy of Engineering
  • Public-Private Sector Partnerships
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Smart Grid
  • Triple Helix Economic Clusters
  • Water Innovation

Wade O. Troxell received his BS, MS and Ph.D degrees in engineering from CSU. He was a NATO Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and has been on the faculty in the CSU Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1985. Troxell is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and an internationally-recognized expert in the areas of intelligent robotics and intelligent control of distributed energy systems. His smart grid research has focused on intelligent systems and the integration of the distributed energy resources (DER), including renewable energy and storage, into the electric power grid. He has conducted educational, research and outreach activities with more than $12 million from industrial and federal funding sources.

Troxell co-founded Sixth Dimension, Inc., a provider of a communications and control network for the electric power industry integrating in distributed energy resources into the distribution grid. As President/COO, he led this early-staged company through three rounds of venture financing totaling more than $18 million involving some of the top energy venture firms. Troxell was re-elected to a second 4-year term as Fort Collins City Council representing District 4 – southwest Fort Collins, Colo. He established NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) in Colorado. He is a Past ASME Senior Vice President.

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