Mary Vollaro

Associate Professor

Office Location
Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, 4700 Research Way, Room 2099, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531


Ph.D. in Materials Science, Field of Metallurgy, University of Connecticut, 1996
M.S. in Metallurgy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hartford Graduate Center, 1986
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Western New England University, 1983


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Dr. Mary B. Vollaro is chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Florida Polytechnic University. Prior to that, she was assistant, then associate professor of mechanical engineering from 1997 to 2016 at Western New England University (WNE) in Springfield, Massachusetts. While there she was involved in university governance and chaired the Faculty Senate (twice) and the General University Requirements Committee and the Academic Standards Committee multiple times. She developed the Honors Program in the College of Engineering, as well as the Grand Challenge Scholars Program at WNE.

Vollaro has held engineering positions in industry and holds one patent. Involved with engineering education, she was chair of the ASEE Materials Division and continues to be active in that ASEE Division. She has written in the area of materials science education and is now working on leadership and teaming activities for engineers.



  • Engineering education in materials science
  • Teamwork and leadership development
  • Materials selection
  • Thin films and materials characterization
  • Welding and joining processes


Professional Activities

  • Representative of ASEE Materials Division on the ASEE Committee on Diversity
  • ABET workshops, training, training and seminars
  • Attended 2017 Summer Institute on Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, June 21-24, 2017.
  • Attended workshop, Engineering Leadership Lab Demonstration, at 2015 ASEE Conference
  • Attended workshop, Web-Enabled Tools and Resources for More Effective Teaching and Learning, at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference


Awards and Honors

  • September 2011, Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), Phase 1, $75,000
  • Summer 2011, Scholarship for Olin I2E2 faculty workshop, Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century: Designing for Student Engagement, Franklin W. Olin College


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