Francisco Veloso Receives 2008 Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship

Francisco VelosoFrancisco Veloso, associate professor in Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) has received a prestigious 2008 Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship for his research in the automotive sector.

Veloso, who is also a Principal Investigator in Carnegie Mellon|Portugal’s joint EPP doctoral program, studies the organization of technological capabilities in supply chains, with a particular emphasis on the automotive industry. His latest research project, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims at understanding effective strategies for auto firms to be players in new alternative power train technologies, including electric, hybrid and fuel cell engines.

“The Industry Studies Fellowships support the work of researchers early in their academic careers who are recognized for their exceptional promise to contribute to the advancement of knowledge as well as to U.S. industrial development,” said Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Each fellow receives a two-year, $45,000 grant and is free to pursue whatever line of inquiry or research that is most interesting to them and their partners. Candidates are nominated for the Industry Studies Fellowships by their department chairs and other senior scholars and executives throughout the U.S. and Canada who are familiar with their talents and promise.

“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from my peers, especially because the award recognizes academic as well as industry impact,” said Veloso, who has pioneered the development of System Cost Modeling, a tool to evaluate cost implications of decisions in complex technological systems such as automobiles.

M. Granger Morgan, EPP head, praised Veloso for his ability to deftly integrate engineering and technology methods with economic analysis to create problem-solving tools for a variety of important industry sectors.

The New York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants in science, technology and quality of American life.