Mark Povinelli

Mark Povinelli

Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Leadership

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Syracuse University
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Syracuse University
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Houston


  • Whitman School of Management

Research Interests:

  • Inclusion of entrepreneurial and design process skills in engineering curriculum
  • Experiential and collaborative practices in higher education
  • Business/professional skills development in engineering education
  • Creativity, innovation, and community engagement in engineering education
  • Prototyping and simulation approaches in the engineering design process
  • Development of critical thinking skills and ethics in engineering education
  • Primary and secondary education outreach in science and engineering
  • The role of the arts in STEM

Current Research:

Dr. Povinelli’s current research interest are in collaborative experiential learning approaches to engineering education focused on the introduction of entrepreneurial/business and design process skills in undergraduate and graduate engineering curriculum. In particular he is investigating ways in which multidisciplinary team based student learning across traditional department, school and college boundaries can enhance educational outcomes. Dr. Povinelli has explored approaches in which colleges and schools, community, and industry can build bridges to collaborate within a university framework. His current collaborations include activities in neuroscience and in environmental and rehabilitative engineering. Dr. Povinelli is also interested in what influence exists and perspectives can be gained at the intersections of science (engineering), the arts, and humanities and the impact of science and technology in modulating the human experience. At the primary and secondary school levels he has been involved in STEM outreach and curriculum development.

Dr. Povinelli has extensive professional leadership experience at Texas Instruments, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin in the research, development, and production of airborne radar and EW systems including on the F-22 Raptor and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programs. In addition he has been a partner in several small business start-ups providing management and innovation leadership. As a principal investigator he has attracted over $11M in research funding. He is recognized as having significantly contributed to the research and development of wideband phased array antennas. Dr. Povinelli also contributed to the fundamental research and development of 3-D computer-aided design electromagnetic simulation tools.

Teaching Interests:

  • Entrepreneurial/Business Skills in Engineering
  • Collaborative Engagement and the Team Design Processes
  • Effective Communication Skills for Scientist and Engineers
  • Ethics in Engineering
  • Engineering Design Process


  • Syracuse University All University Doctoral Prize, 2014
  • Lockheed Martin MS2 Special Recognition Award: EMIRS CDR, 2005
  • Lockheed Martin Engineering Special Recognition Award: Advanced Hawkeye Radar Program, 2004
  • Lockheed Martin Engineering Award: Medium Air Defense System Program, 2001
  • Senior Member of the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers, 1991
  • Ph.D. Graduate School Scholarship Award at Syracuse University, GE Aerospace, 1990
  • U.S. Air Force Outstanding Achievement Award, 1989
  • GE Aerospace: Advanced Engineering Technical Excellence Honor Award, 1989
  • GE Aerospace: Advanced Engineering Technical Excellence Honor Award, 1988
  • GE Aerospace: Advanced Engineering Technical Excellence Honor Award, 1987

Selected Publications:

Povinelli, M. J., Chapter 7, “Simulation and Verification” in Host Nation 1: SPY-1 Radar Coexistence with 4G Wireless Networks”, AGIES Ashore Final Report, US MDA (PAA Phase I), pp. 37-127, 2012.

Povinelli, D. J. and Povinelli, M. J., “Where Ideas Fail Best” in Teaching and Research in the University, Vol. 2., University of Southwestern Louisiana, pp. 39-49, 1996.

Povinelli, M. J., and D’Angelo, J., “Finite Element Analysis of Large Wavelength Antenna Radome Problems for Leading Edge and Radar Phased Arrays”, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 27, No.5: pp 4299-4302, 1991.

Povinelli, M. J., and Harrington, R. F., “A Volume and Surface Integral Formulation for Electromagnetic Scattering from Printed Circuit Antennas”, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 27, No.5: pp. 4271-4274, 1991.

Povinelli, M. J., “Wideband Dual Polarized Apertures Utilizing Closely Spaced Printed Circuit Flared Slot Antenna Elements for Active Phased Array Demonstration”, Proceedings of the 1989 Antenna Applications Symposium, Robert Allerton Part, University of Illinois, 1989, pp. 1-27.

Povinelli, M. J., and D’Angelo, J., Figure: “Finite Element Analysis Aided Radar Antenna Solution”, IEEE Spectrum, Vol. 26, Number 4, pg. 4, 1989.

Povinelli, M. J., and D’Angelo, J., “Design Performance Characterization and Hybrid Finite Element Boundary Element Analysis of Linearly Polarized Printed Circuit Tapered Notch Array”, Proceedings of the 1989 Antenna Applications Symposium, Robert Allerton Park, University of Illinois, pp. 1-32, 1989.

Povinelli, M. J., Grove, C. E., “Wideband Apertures for Active Planar Multifunction Phased Arrays”, Proceedings of the 1989 IEEE AESS National Radar Conference, Dallas, TX, pp. 125-128, 1989.

Povinelli, M. J., “Experimental Design and Performance of Endfire and Conformal Flared Slot (Notch) Antennas and Application to Phased Arrays: An Overview of Development”, Proceedings of the 1988 Antenna Applications Symposium, Robert Allerton Park, University of Illinois, pp.1-25, 1988.

Povinelli, M. J., “A Planar Broad-band Flared Microstrip Slot Antenna”, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. AP-35, No. 8, pp. 968-972, 1987.