Received, Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May 2011
Received, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Hofstra University, 2006
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.
After graduation, 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. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY where he teaches Fluid Mechanics, Compressible Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Heat Transfer Laboratory, and Measurements Laboratory in addition to conducting experimental aerodynamics undergraduate research projects.
His outside interests include playing acoustic guitar, running, barbequing, watching and participating in organized sports.