Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
Yossi Elimelich  
Projects: (Multiple)
  • Distributed Conformal Actuation with Electro Active Polymers (Phase II)
  • Fundamental Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Active Control of 3-D Flows
  • Control of transonic flow in a inlet Ducts - Phase III

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Graduate students
Matt Boucher
Project: TBA
Sponsored by: TBA

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Edward DeMauro
Project: SOM Integrated Wind Turbines
Sponsored by: SOM Architects

My name is Edward P. DeMauro. I am a local from the Albany area, but originally from Trenton, NJ. I am recently married, and my wife, Laura, is a nurse at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from SUNY University at Buffalo, and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, also from SUNY University at Buffalo. I am currently a doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering here at Rensselaer. My research focuses on the design and testing of wind turbine blades, using synthetic jets to reduce loads and bending moments. Other than engineering, my interests include mathematics, comic books, art, movies, cooking, and religion.

John Farnsworth
Project: Propulsor Thrust Vectoring through Stator-Induced Circumferentially-Varying Preswirl
Partner: Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI
Sponsored by: ONR University Laboratory Initiative (ULI)

John Farnsworth received both his B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May of 2006 and December of 2007, respectively. While at RPI, John became interested in experimental research in fluid dynamics and began working in the Flow Control Research Lab at RPI as an undergraduate in 2004. Since then he has also worked as an intern at NASA Langley in Hampton, VA. John is funded under a ULI Grant from the Office of Naval Research for his PhD and as a result will be spending time at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center running experiments in their facilities throughout the summer months.

Janine Freeman
Project: AeroCity "Aerotecture" Wind Turbine
Sponsored by: AeroCity LLC

A Massachusetts native, Janine received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at RPI in May 2009. During her time at RPI, she interned at EMC Corporation and Raytheon, but ultimately decided that her interests lie in renewable energy, specifically wind power. She began work with Dr Amitay on a unique vertical axis wind turbine design in January 2009, and is continuing her research on this design while beginning her MS/PhD at RPI. She also enjoys traveling, music, languages, and being outdoors.

Victor Maldonado
Project: Active Control of Flow Separation and Structural Vibrations of Wind Turbine Blades
Sponsored by: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

I was born in Mexico and at the age of seven moved to Napa, California with my family where I lived until I decided to study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I received my B.S. and M.S. both from RPI in 2004 and 2006 in aerospace and mechanical engineering respectively, and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering in the field of fluid dynamics with application to wind turbines. The use of active flow control technology, and specifically the technique using synthetic jets perfected by my advisor Dr. Amitay has the potential to improve wind turbine performance (see about my research) and further help reduce dependence on conventional energy sources.

Nicholas Rathay
Project: TBA
Sponsored by: TBA

Nick earned his B.S. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Spring of 2009. During his time at Rensselaer, he has had internships at WGI, Inc., United Technologies Corporation and Lockheed Martin. He began working with Dr. Amitay in the fall of 2008 on a project to control transonic flow in inlet ducts.

John Vaccaro
Project: Active Flow Control of Inlet Ducts
Sponsored by: Northup Grumman

The son of John Sr. and Denise Vaccaro, John was raised along with his sister, Michelle in Levittown, NY. He received a bachelors of science in Mechanical Engineering at Hofstra University in 2002. Since 2002, he has been working on his Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Outside interests include traveling, music (folk and reggae), sports, poker, and playing acoustic guitar.

Keith Taylor
Project: Exploratory Investigation of Active Vibration and Flow Control in Wind Turbine Blades
Sponsored by: NSF

Keith graduated from UAlbany in 2002 with a B.S. Degree in physics. After working at the Home Depot until 2005, in early 2006, he joined the paper machine clothing laboratory with Albany International, at the plant located in East Greenbush. In 2008, he returned to graduate school to switch gears and pursue a career in engineering. Keith is a lifelong resident of upstate NY, but hopes that his career will offer him the opportunity to see other parts of the United States.

Tyler VanBuren
Project: TBA
Sponsored by: TBA

Tyler Van Buren was born and raised in Cobleskill, New York. He received his B.S. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the spring of 2008. During his undergrad he served as vice president his freshmen year and as president for the following years of the volleyball club. He also served as a captain for the volleyball team in all four years of his attendance. He started his MS/PhD track in the fall of 2008 working for Dr. Michael Amitay using Electro Active Polymers to control laminar separation bubbles in low Reynolds number flows. His work includes the renovation of a low speed wind tunnel, and flat plate testing using Particle Image Velocimetry and hotwire analysis. The goal of his research is to assist in the advancement of flight maneuverability and disturbance rejection in micro air vehicles.

Last Updated on Saturday, September 19, 2009

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