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The Office of Undergraduate Research

What We Do

The Office of Undergraduate Research serves as a clearinghouse to provide information about undergraduate research opportunities both on and off the Auburn University campus. The Office of Undergraduate Research functions under the auspices of the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development.

Who We Are

Lorenzo Cremaschi

Dr. Lorenzo Cremaschi is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University (Auburn, AL). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (College Park, MD), in 2004. In 2001 he was awarded his M.S. and B.S. diploma degrees from the University of Modena (Italy). Before joining Auburn University, Dr. Cremaschi served as a post-doctoral research associate at Purdue University's Herrick laboratories, followed by assistant and associate professor in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK).

Dr. Cremaschi's interests focus on buildings' energy efficiency and sustainability, scalable energy systems, water desalination and purification, HVAC and refrigeration systems for the built environment. His current research includes thermodynamics and heat transfer of low Global Warming Potential refrigerants, building air dehumidification processes, frost and defrost, and moisture transport in thermal insulation systems. He is the principal investigator of several research projects and the author of over 95 papers. He revised three book chapters, and gave several presentations at conferences, meetings, and seminars at Universities. Dr. Cremaschi is the inventor of two U.S. patents.

Dr. Cremaschi is an associate editor for the Science and Technology for the Built Environment Journal. He has several honors and awards, including the 2021 Exceptional Service Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the 2014 Research Excellence Award from the College of Engineering at Oklahoma State University, and the 2013 Innovative Research Grant Award from ASHRAE.

Dr. Cremaschi teaches courses in the area of Thermodynamics, Refrigeration, Renewable Energy Systems, and Cryogenics. These courses are offered at the undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum's second, third, and fourth years and at the graduate level. Dr. Cremaschi advised 34 graduate students (14 Ph.D. students and 20 M.S. students), over 50 undergraduate students in academic curriculum and career choice. He also mentored 22 undergraduate students during research and scholarly activities and 8 international visiting exchange scholars. Dr. Cremaschi is the faculty advisor of the Auburn University ASHRAE student organization, which was founded at Auburn since his arrival in 2016. He fostered several scholarships and awards for undergraduate students involved with his research.

Dr. Cremaschi is a member of the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE) Executive Committee and the ASHRAE Research and Administration Committee. He was appointed as chair for the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) U.S. National Committee, and he is a member of the International Energy Agency (IEA) U.S. Heat Pump National team. He has been serving in several technical and standard committees for the last 15 years. Finally, Dr. Cremaschi was the technical program chair for two ASTFE conferences in 2019 and 2021. He organized numerous technical sessions, panel forums, and seminars within ASHRAE, ASTFE, IIR, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Kelleen Wegener

Kelleen Wegener is a third-year graduate student pursuing her Doctorate in Audiology. Kelleen graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research. Kelleen’s other on-campus involvement includes being a member of the Student Academy of Audiology. In her spare time, Kelleen enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

Hannah Sellers

Hannah Sellers is a second-year graduate student pursuing her Doctorate in Audiology. She is a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research. Her past research was studying motivation behind volunteer work and presenting at a state wide research convention. Involvement now includes working in the Auburn Speech and Hearing clinic, working on research related Auditory Processing Disorders, and being a member of the Student Academy of Audiology.

Last modified: March 3, 2023