The Rutgers University Board of Governors appointed Benedetto Piccoli, a Rutgers-Camden Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, a University Professor, effective January 1, 2023. The inaugural Joseph and Loretta Lopez Chair in Mathematics, the first endowed chair at Rutgers-Camden, Piccoli has served on the faculty since 2009.
Internationally recognized for his work in the application of systems biology toward optimal control for biomedical and biomechanical systems, Piccoli has held numerous administrative roles at Rutgers-Camden, including director of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology and associate provost for research. He served as vice chancellor for research from January 2020 until his return to the faculty in January.
Piccoli’s strategic leadership has helped to refine a centralized campus research office and generate meaningful collaborations and partnerships across Rutgers as well as with other organizations and universities. His work and contributions toward the recognition of Rutgers-Camden as a Carnegie R2 Doctoral University has positioned it as a national center for innovation.
The Piccoli Lab uses computational biology and mathematical modeling to tackle questions in a host of fields. Ongoing projects range from the study of metabolic pathways to better understand tuberculosis treatment, to modeling techniques to better understand the COVID–19 pandemic, to using control algorithms to further the capabilities of autonomous vehicles.
Piccoli has earned numerous honors in recognition of his research, including his induction into the inaugural class of fellows of the American Mathematical Society. He has also served on editorial boards of several journals, is the founding editor of Networks and Heterogeneous Media and has authored articles in top-level journals such as the Journal of Differential Equations, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and the Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis.