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Edward P. DeMauro

Edward P. DeMauro

Hometown: Guilderland, NY
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Department: Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Amitay
Year of graduation: 2012

Background and Accomplishments:

Lecturer in MANE Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Thermal and Fluids Engineering II, Thermal and Fluids Engineering Lab)
Postdoc under Michael Amitay at CeFPaC

DeMauro, E.P., Leong, C.M., Amitay, M., 2012, “Modification of the near wake behind a finite-span cylinder by a single synthetic jet,” Submitted to Experiments in Fluids

DeMauro, E.P., Leong, C.M., Amitay, M., 2012, “Interaction of a Single Synthetic Jet with a Finite Aspect Ratio Circular Cylinder,” AIAA Conference Paper to be Presented in June 2012

DeMauro, E.P., Leong, C.M., Amitay, M., 2011, “Active Flow Control of a Circular Cylinder of Low Aspect Ratio,” Presented at 2011 APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Conference

DeMauro, E.P., Amitay, M., 2011, “Active Flow Control of Low Aspect Ratio Cylinders,” Presented at 2011 1000 Islands Fluid Mechanics Meeting

  • Created computer codes in order to automate data collection processes using LabVIEW and Matlab
  • Post-processing of data using DaVis, Tecplot, and Matlab in order to obtain the following information: time-averaged velocity/vorticity; turbulent kinetic energy and Reynolds shear stresses; turbulent dissipation; reconstruction of 3D fluid volume; vortex stretching/tilting
  • Senior lab member; educated 7 new graduate students on lab techniques and methods
  • Measured global and local effects of synthetic jet actuation using stereoscopic particle image velocimetry, hot wire anemometry, thermocouples, pressure transducers, and laser vibrometer
  • Troubleshooting of experiments
  • Collaborated with individuals from a variety of disciplines, including industry, architecture, physics, and mathematics
  • Developed codes in Matlab for performing hydrodynamic stability analysis on experimental data
  • Conducted testing of flow control devices for the Northrup Grumman Corporation
  • Built and tested experimental apparatus designed to test transonic flows
  • Created activities to explain high level engineering concepts to high school students
  • Worked to encourage high school students to pursue careers in STEM-related fields
  • Introduced high school students to LabVIEW and programming practice

NSF GK-12 Fellow, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Gamma Tau

Why did you choose to enroll at Rensselaer?
Being from the Capital District area, it was impossible not to be aware of the reputation that Rensselaer has in terms of being a top rated school for science and engineering.  Having attended a state school for my bachelors and masters degrees, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could hold my own against some of the brightest minds, while also proving that I had the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in my field.

What are some benefits of being part of the Graduate Community at Rensselaer?
As a member of the Graduate Community at Rensselaer, I have been able to network with a number of fascinating and highly talented individuals; professors and my fellow graduate students.  The graduate students at Rensselaer form a tight-knit community of people that are willing to help each other out and support each other, while also forming relationships that extend outside of the class room or laboratory.

What would you tell a prospective student about choosing Rensselaer?
The research that we conduct here at Rensselaer is both cutting-edge and ground breaking, and is largely due to the hard work of the graduate students with the support of their faculty advisors.  While this is not an easy path, striving for a graduate education at Rensselaer is rewarding.  You will have the opportunity to work with well-known professors in a variety of different fields, which adds to the prestige of the work that we do here.  Also, through the URP program, you will be able to gain experience working with undergraduates in your research, which is highly important for building leadership experience.

Describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications?
My graduate research is focused on applying active flow control to a three-dimensional bluff body, i.e. a cylinder with a small height to diameter ratio, and one free end.  Flow control, simply put, is as it sounds, namely making fluid flow do something that it would not normally do.  We can do this passively, such as by placing dimples on a golf ball to decrease the drag on the ball, or actively, such as deflecting a flap on an airplane wing in order to increase lift.  The active flow control that I use is called a synthetic jet.  Think of a hollow box with one wall being a diaphragm able to flex in an oscillating motion, and a slit cut into a wall on the opposite side of the box.  The jet is “synthesized” when fluid is pulled into the box through the slit (orifice) by the diaphragm and forced back out again, creating a jet that does not require any type of compressed air lines or tubing.  By embedding these jets into the side of a cylinder, we are able to change the flow around the cylinder; decreasing drag and creating lift.  The most important part of is that we can also accelerate the flow around the cylinder.  The purpose of this is to begin researching techniques for accelerating the flow around buildings, in order to harness wind power for the building’s internal usage.

What are your plans following graduation?
Following graduation, I hope to enter industry and work in research and development.  My hope is to take the knowledge and skills that I gained here at Rensselaer and put them to use in a career that challenges me.  I also plan on going to Disney World.

Professional affiliations:

What are your hobbies/interests/special talents?
Outside of engineering, I enjoy history, comic books, science fiction, cooking, learning the guitar, and spending time with my wife, Laura.  I can make my way through a conversation in Spanish and Italian, and have been attempting to teach myself some Latin.  I enjoy watching the New York Mets, and spend much of my free time praying that they will have a good season.  I have been told that I can make a good meatball, too.

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