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John C. Vaccaro

Assistant Professor of Engineering


Degrees

PHD, 2011, Rensselaer Poly Institute; BS, 2006, Hofstra Univ


Bio

Assistant Professor John Vaccaro grew up on Long Island in Levittown, New York. After graduating with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Hofstra University (’06), Dr. Vaccaro went on to earn his Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering in 2011 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  His area of research is in the field of experimental fluid mechanics and aerodynamics with a focus on wind tunnel testing. Specifically, he has collaborated with the Northrop Grumman Corporation researching the use of flow control in aggressive engine inlet ducts.

Before becoming an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University, Dr. Vaccaro held a lead engineering position with General Electric Aviation outside of Boston, Massachusetts. There, he designed the fan and compressor sections of aircraft engines.
His outside interests include playing acoustic guitar, running, and watching and participating in organized sports.  

Journal Publications:

Vaccaro, J.C., Elimelech, Y., and Amitay, M. “Experimental investigation on flow control in a compact inlet using spanwise varying forcing and a hybrid actuator”, in preparation for AIAA Journal, 2012.

Vaccaro, J.C., Elimelech, Y., Chen, Y., Sahni, O., Jansen, K.E., and Amitay, M. “Experimental and numerical investigation on flow control in a compact inlet – part II: steady blowing”, in preparation for Experiments in Fluids, 2012.

Vaccaro, J.C., Elimelech, Y., Chen, Y., Sahni, O., Jansen, K.E., and Amitay, M. “Experimental and numerical investigation on flow control in a compact inlet – part I: baseline”, in preparation for Experiments in Fluids, 2012.

Vaccaro, J.C., Sahni, O., Olles, J., Jansen, K.E., and Amitay, M. “Experimental and numerical investigation of active control of inlet ducts”. International Journal of Flow Control. vol. 1 number 2, June 2009.

Farnsworth, J., Vaccaro, J.C. and Amitay, M. “Active flow control at low angles of attach: stingray unmanned aerial vehicle,” AIAA Journal. vol. 46 number 10, 2530-2544, 2008.

Conference Proceedings:

Vaccaro, J.C., Elimelech, Y., Chen, Y., Sahni, O., Jansen, K.E., and Amitay, M. “Experimental and numerical investigation on the interaction of control jets inside a low aspect ratio short duct”, 5th AIAA Flow Control Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 28 June – 1 July 2010. AIAA-2010-4251.

Vaccaro, J.C., Elimelech, Y., Amitay, M. “Experimental Investigation of Actuators for Flow Control in Short Inlet Ducts”, 48th AIAA conference, Orlando, Florida, January 2010. AIAA-2010-0862.

Vaccaro, J.C., Gressick, W., Wen, J., and Amitay, M. “An Experimental Investigation of Flow Control Inside Inlet Ducts”, 47th AIAA conference, Orlando, Florida, January 2009. AIAA-2009-740.

Farnsworth, J., Vaccaro, J.C., and Amitay, M., “Aerodynamic performance modification of the stingray UAV at low angles of attack”, 25th  AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Miami, Florida, June 2007. AIAA-2007-4426.

Vaccaro, J.C., Vasile, J.D., and Amitay, M., “Active control of inlet ducts”, AIAA conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 2008.  AIAA-2008-6402.


Teaching Interests

Incompressible fluid mechanics, compressible fluid mechanics, experimental measurements laboratories, heat transfer, heat transfer laboratories, thermodynamics, thermal/fluids design.

Research Interests

Experimental fluid mechanics and aerodynamics with special interest in flow control of inlets, airfoils, and turbines.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
ENGG 115 FLUID MECHANICS Undergraduate
ENGG 116 COMPRESSIBLE FLOW Undergraduate
ENGG 143E AIRCRAFT DESIGN Undergraduate
ENGG 145 AERODYNAMICS Undergraduate
ENGG 160A MEASUREMENTS AND INSTR LAB Undergraduate
ENGG 170 THERMODYNMCS/HEAT TRANSFER LAB Undergraduate
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