Published: April 1, 2016
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Joseph Straccia, a graduate research assistant in the Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory, was just recently selected for the 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship and the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded to applicants pursing a doctoral degree in a field of interest to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the Science Foundation, respectively. Joseph's research focuses on understanding the effects that the orifice exit geometry can have on the vorticity field produced by a pulsed fluidic actuator such as a synthetic jet or zero-net-mass-flux jet actuator. The goal of this work is to help progress the scientific and engineering understanding of how these flow control devices can be better designed and implemented in future aerodynamic systems.