This is Nick Parziale's professional website. Here you find information regarding my interests in the thermal/fluids area with applications in defense and energy/sustainability.

Updates

29 Aug 2016 - First day of class, teaching: Heat Transfer, Senior Design
27 Jun 2016 - Nick attends AFOSR High Speed Aerodynamics Portfolio Review
21 Jun 2016 - Nick attends AFOSR Young Investigators Research Program Annual Meeting
22 May 2016 - Nick moves to Silver Spring, MD for the summer to work on non-intrusive optical diagnostics at AEDC White Oak.
16 Apr 2016 - Drew, Nick, Mike and Eric publish an article about the application of KTV to turbulent boundary layers in Experiments in Fluids.
14 Mar 2016 - Nick accepts an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship to work at AEDC Tunnel-9 for Summer 2016 on non-intrusive optical diagnostics. Matt Hunt (Stevens MS '16) will be joining.
11 Feb 2016 - Nick gives a talk at City College of New York: "Compressible Boundary Layers in High-Speed and Reacting Flows"
14 Jan 2016 - Nick wins an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grant! (Program Manager: Dr. lvett Leyva) DoD Release.
13 Jan 2016 - Stevens Institute of Technology is selected to fly a high-speed surface pressure measurement canister on a sounding rocket for ROCKSAT-C program.
04 Jan 2016 - Nick attends AIAA SciTech 2016 and presents a paper on KTV measurements in a supersonic turbulent boundary layer
See older 15 Dec 2015 - Drew Zahradka defends his MS thesis "Krypton Tagging Velocimetry (KTV) In Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layers"
10 Dec 2015 - Nick gives a talk at University of Maryland: "Compressible Boundary Layers in High-Speed and Reacting Flows"
16 Sep 2015 - Nick, Joe Shepherd, and Hans Hornung have a article accepted to the Jorunal of Fluid Mechanics about high-speed boundary-layer instability.
31 Aug 2015 - First day of class, teaching: Heat Transfer, Senior Design
16 Aug 2015 - Nick attends the 250th ACS national meeting and gives a talk: "Novel thermo-chemical biomass conversion with the reciprocating biomass conversion reactor (RBCR)"
04 Jun 2015 - The lab wins a $325k instrumentation award to support KTV work! (Program Manager: Dr. lvett Leyva, FA9550-15-1-0325) DoD Release.
26 May 2015 - Nick moves to Silver Spring, MD for the summer to work on non-intrusive optical diagnostics at AEDC White Oak.
01 May 2015 - Nick, Mike Smith (AEDC), and Eric Marineau (AEDC) have an article accepted to Applied Optics on Krypton Tagging Velocimetry (KTV)
25 Mar 2015 - Nick accepts an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship to work at AEDC Tunnel-9 for Summer 2015 on non-intrusive optical diagnostics. Drew Zahradka (Stevens MS '16) will be joining.
20 Jan 2015 - First day of class for Spring 2015, teaching: Heat Transfer, Intro to Aerospace Engineering, Senior Design
04 Jan 2015 - Nick attends AIAA SciTech 2015 and presents four papers on the RBCR, KTV, Schlieren light sources, and Shock tunnel cleanliness
24 Oct 2014 - Nick attends IESC 2014 and gives a talk: "Reciprocating Biomass Conversion Reactor"
09 Oct 2014 - Nick gives a talk at SUNY Binghamton: "Reacting/high-speed flow investigation with non-intrusive optical techniques"
29 Sep 2014 - Jason Rabinovitch of JPL presents a paper (Nick appears as a co-author) describing the educational impacts of the Caltech Space Challenge at the 2014 International Aerospace Congress in Toronto.
25 Aug 2014 - First day of class, teaching: Heat Transfer, Senior Design
04 Aug 2014 - Nick moves back to Hoboken, NJ and moves to EAS 208
02 Jun 2014 - Nick moves to Silver Spring, MD for the summer to work on non-intrusive optical diagnostics at AEDC White Oak.
09 Apr 2014 - Nick accepts an offer from Stevens to join the Mechanical Engineering Dept as an Assistant Professor in fall 2014
01 Apr 2014 - Nick accepts an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship to work at AEDC Tunnel-9 for Summer 2014 on non-intrusive optical diagnostics
16 Mar 2014 - Nick attends the 247th ACS national meeting and gives a talk: "Thermo-chemical biomass conversion by piston compression of surrounding gas"
03 Feb 2014 - Nick gives a talk at Notre Dame: "Optical Diagnostics for High-Speed/Reacting Flows"
31 Jan 2014 - Nick gives a talk at Rutgers: "Optical Diagnostics for High-Speed/Reacting Flows"
14 Jan 2014 - First day of class for Spring 2014, teaching: Heat Transfer, Intro to Aerospace Engineering, Senior Design
03 Jan 2014 - Nick, Joe Shepherd, and Hans Hornung have an article accepted to Experiments in Fluids about windtunnel noise.
20 Dec 2013 - Grades are in for first term at Stevens.
06 Dec 2013 - Nick has an abstract accepted to the 247th ACS meeting in Dallas, Texas, March 16-20, 2014
12 Sep 2013 - Web page launch
28 Aug 2013 - First day of class, teaching: Heat Transfer, Senior Design
09 Aug 2013 - Moved from Pasadena, CA to Hoboken, NJ

About Me

Personal

I was born and raised on Long Island, NY. I'm an avid sports fan and closely follow the New York Yankees, New York Football Giants, and the New York Knicks. In my free time I enjoy running, fantasy baseball, and fantasy football.

Education

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology (2013)
Dissertation: Slender-Body Hypervelocity Boundary-Layer Instability
M.S. California Institute of Technology (2009)
B.S.M.E. SUNY Binghamton (w/ honors 2008)

Positions

Assistant Professor at Stevens (2014-)
Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow (Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016)
Visiting Assistant Professor at Stevens (2013-2014)
Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech (2013)
Graduate Research Assistant at Caltech (2009-2013)
Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholar (Summer 2007)

Awards/Honors

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). DoD Release. (January 2016)
Ernest E. Sechler Award for teaching and research (June 2013)
Award of Appreciation for Caltech Space Challenge (March 2013)
Shirley Thomas Academic Scholarship from the AHS (September 2012)
Donald Wills Douglas Fellowship (2008-2009)
ME Dept. Service Award at SUNY Binghamton (May 2008)

Activity

Member of Honor Societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma
Member of Professional Societies: ACS, AIAA, APS
Reviewer: AIAA Journal, Applied Optics, Optics Letters, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Journal of Fluids Engineering, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, Aerospace, University Grants Committee (Hong Kong), Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grants

Publications

Google Scholar

Peer-reviewed Publications


J. S. Jewell, N. J. Parziale, I. A. Leyva, J. E. Shepherd. “Effects of Shock-Tube Cleanliness on Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition at High Enthalpy.” AIAA Journal, Accepted, Online. DOI

D. Zahradka, N. J. Parziale, M. S. Smith, E. C. Marineau. “Krypton tagging velocimetry in a turbulent Mach 2.7 boundary layer.” Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 57, No. 62 (2016). DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, J. E. Shepherd, H. G. Hornung. “Observations of hypervelocity boundary-layer instability.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 781 (2015), pp. 87-112. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, M. S. Smith, E. C. Marineau. “Krypton tagging velocimetry of an underexpanded jet.” Applied Optics, Vol. 54, No. 16 (2015), pp. 5094-5101. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, J. E. Shepherd, H. G. Hornung. “Free-stream density perturbations in a reflected-shock tunnel.” Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 55, No. 2 (2014), pp. 1-10. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, J. Rabinovitch, G. Blanquart, H. G. Hornung, J. E. Shepherd. “Proposed Vertical Expansion Tunnel.” AIAA Journal, Vol. 51, No. 12 (2013), pp. 2792-2799. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, J. E. Shepherd, H. G. Hornung. “Differential Interferometric Measurement of Instability in a Hypervelocity Boundary Layer.” AIAA Journal, Vol. 51, No. 3 (2013), pp. 750-754. DOI, PDF

S. J. Laurence, N. J. Parziale, R. Deiterding. “Dynamical Separation of Spherical Bodies in Supersonic Flow.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 713 (2012), pp. 159-182. DOI, PDF, featured on the volume cover

Conference Papers and Abstracts


J. S. Jewell, N. J. Parziale, K-L Lam, B. J. Hagen, R. L. Kimmel. “Disturbance and Phase Speed Measurements for Shock Tubes and Hypersonic Boundary-Layer Instability.” accepted for presentation at 32nd AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference, 13 - 17 June 2016, Washington, D. C. Paper #: AIAA 2016-3112. DOI, PDF

D. Zahradka, N. J. Parziale, M. S. Smith, E. C. Marineau. “Krypton Tagging Velocimetry (KTV) in Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layers.” accepted for presentation at AIAA SciTech 2016, 4 - 8 January 2016, San Diego, California. Paper #: AIAA 2016-1587. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale. “Novel thermo-chemical biomass conversion with the reciprocating biomass conversion reactor (RBCR).” accepted for presentation in: Proceedings of the 250th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Innovation from Discovery to Application, August 16-20, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts. ENFL Paper 77. PDF

N. J. Parziale, M. S. Smith, E. C. Marineau. “Krypton Tagging Velocimetry for Use in High-Speed Ground-Test Facilities.” accepted for presentation at AIAA SciTech 2015, 4 - 9 January 2015, Kissimmee, Florida. Paper #: AIAA 2015-1484. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale. “Model of Fast Pyrolysis of a Small Volume-Fraction of Biomass Within a Gas of Transient Temperature and Pressure.” accepted for presentation at AIAA SciTech 2015, 4 - 9 January 2015, Kissimmee, Florida. Paper #: AIAA 2015-1303. DOI, Corrected PDF

N. J. Parziale, B. E. Schmidt„, J. S. Damazo„, P. S. Wang„, H. G. Hornung„, J. E. Shepherd. “Pulsed Laser Diode for Use as a Light Source for Short-Exposure, High-Frame-Rate Flow Visualization.” accepted for presentation at AIAA SciTech 2015, 4 - 9 January 2015, Kissimmee, Florida. Paper #: AIAA 2015-0530. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, J. S. Jewell, I. A. Leyva, J. E. Shepherd. “Effects of Shock-Tube Cleanliness on Slender-Body Hypersonic Instability and Transition Studies at High-Enthalpy.” invited for presentation at AIAA SciTech 2015, 4 - 9 January 2015, Kissimmee, Florida. Paper #: AIAA 2015-1786. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale. “Reciprocating Biomass Conversion Reactor (RBCR).” accepted for presentation in: Proceedings of the IEEE International Energy and Sustainability Conference 2014, Farmingdale, New York, October 24, 2014. PDF

J. Rabinovitch, J. Milhaly, N. J. Parziale, P. Mehrotra, N. Cymbalist, H. Burgoyne, J. Qi, H. Duckworth. “The Caltech Space Challenge: Lessons Learned and Future Plans.” accepted for presentation in: Proceedings of the 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto, Canada, September 29-October 3, 2014. PDF

N. J. Parziale. “Thermo-chemical Biomass Conversion by Piston Compression of Surrounding Gas.” accepted for presentation in: Proceedings of the 247th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Energy and Fuels from Biomass, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20, 2014. PDF

N. J. Parziale, J. E. Shepherd, H. G. Hornung. “Geometric Acoustics within a Hypersonic Boundary Layer.” accepted for presentation in: Proceedings of the 29th International Symposium on Shock Waves, University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 14-19, 2013. Paper 0280. PDF

B. E. Schmidt, B. D. Bobbitt, N. J. Parziale, J. E. Shepherd. “Characterization of a Combustion-Driven Shock Tube with Area Change.” accepted for presentation in: Proceedings of the 29th International Symposium on Shock Waves, University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 14-19, 2013. Paper 0044. PDF

H. G. Hornung, N. J. Parziale. “Spectral Characteristics of Pitot Noise.” accepted for presentation in: Proceedings of the 29th International Symposium on Shock Waves, University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 14-19, 2013. Paper 0301. PDF

J. E. Shepherd, H.G. Hornunug, N. J. Parziale, J. S. Jewell. “Second-mode Instability and Transition Experiments at High Enthalpy, Plus Other Interests.” NATO STO ET-136: Hypersonic Boundary-Layer Transition Prediction, 6-7 March 2013, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

N. J. Parziale, J.E. Shepherd, H. G. Hornung. “Differential Interferometric Measurement of Instability at Two Points in a Hypervelocity Boundary Layer.” accepted for presentation at 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, 7 - 10 January 2013, Grapevine (Dallas/Ft. Worth Region), Texas. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, J. E. Shepherd, H.G. Hornunug. “Geometric Acoustics in a Hypervelocity Boundary Layer” International Workshop on Hypersonic Stability and Transition, October 2-4, 2012, Sedona, Arizona. PDF

H.G. Hornunug, N. J. Parziale, X. Zhong, J. Lei, “Effects of bow shock on the measurement of acoustic signal at the stagnation point in hypersonic flow over a blunt cone” International Workshop on Hypersonic Stability and Transition, October 2-4, 2012, Sedona, Arizona.

N. J. Parziale, J. Rabinovitch, G. Blanquart, H. G. Hornung, J. E. Shepherd. “A Proposed Vertical Expansion Tunnel.” accepted for presentation at 42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit, 25-28 June 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, H. G. Hornung, J.E. Shepherd. “Reflected Shock Tunnel Noise Measurement by Focused Differential Interferometry.” accepted for presentation at 42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit, 25-28 June 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana. DOI, PDF

J.S. Jewell, N. J. Parziale, I.A. Leyva, J.E. Shepherd. “Turbulent Spot Observations within a Hypervelocity Boundary Layer on a 5-degree Half-Angle Cone.” accepted for presentation at 42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit, 25-28 June 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, H. G. Hornung, J. E. Shepherd. “Optical Detection of Transitional Phenomena in Hypervelocity Flow Over Slender Bodies.” presentation at RTO Specialists Meeting AVT-200/RSM-030 on Hypersonic Laminar-Turbulent Transition, San Diego, CA 16-19 April 2012. PDF

A. Mitrea, N. J. Parziale, J.S. Jewell, H. G. Hornung, J. E. Shepherd. “Time resolved heat-flux measurements on a CEV candidate shape at high enthalpy.” presentation at RTO Specialists Meeting AVT-200/RSM-030 on Hypersonic Laminar-Turbulent Transition, San Diego, CA 16-19 April 2012. PDF

N. J. Parziale, J. S. Jewell, J. E. Shepherd, H. G. Hornung. “Shock tunnel noise measurement with resonantly enhanced focused schlieren deflectometry.” accepted for presentation in: Proceedings of the 28th International Symposium on Shock Waves, University of Manchester, July 17-22, 2011. Paper 2817. DOI, PDF

J.S. Jewell, I.A. Leyva, N. J. Parziale, and J.E. Shepherd. “Effect of gas injection on transition in hypervelocity boundary layers.” accepted for presentation in: Proceedings of the 28th International Symposium on Shock Waves, University of Manchester, July 17-22, 2011. Paper 2767. DOI, PDF

N. J. Parziale, H.G. Hornunug, J. E. Shepherd, and S.J. Laurence “Experimental Investigation of Shock Wave Surfing” 63nd Annual Meeting of APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, November 2123, 2010, Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 55(16), Abstract BAPS.2010.DFD.MR.6.

J.S. Jewell, I.A. Leyva, N. J. Parziale, H.G. Hornunug, and J. E. Shepherd “Transition delay in hypervelocity boundary layers via CO2 injection” 63nd Annual Meeting of APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, November 21-23, 2010, Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 55(16), Abstract BAPS.2010.DFD.QR.6.

H. G. Hornung, N. J. Parziale. “Reflected Shock Tunnel Noise Control.” Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on the Methods of Aerophysical Research, Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk Russia, November 1-6, 2010. PDF

Supervised Theses


Drew Zahradka. MS. Dec 2015. "Krypton Tagging Velocimetry (KTV) In Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layers."

Research

Kryton tagging velocimetry

The Air Force requires non-intrusive velocimetry techniques for use in hypersonic test and evaluation facilities. The non-intrusive velocimetry techniques will be used to study flow fields of interest to the Department of Defense (DoD); examples include: high-speed boundary-layer transition, high-speed turbulent boundary layers, and shock-wave turbulent boundary-layer interaction. These investigations are intended to further the understanding of the fundamental flow physics that influence the behavior of large-scale test articles to aid in the development of concepts being considered for Conventional Prompt Global Strike. Krypton tagging velocimetry (KTV) is well suited for this purpose because of its versatility.

Above: KTV in an underexpanded jet.


Above: KTV in a Mach 2.75 Turbulent Boundary Layer

Novel technical approaches to thermo-chemical biomass conversion

Thermo-chemical biomass conversion by fast-pyrolysis to bio-oil, bio-char, and non-condensable gases is a part of an attractive path to an alternative energy source because of the upgrade in density and heating value. Reducing the cost of this process and increasing the quality of the bio-products are of interest. Current efforts are focused on working towards these goals.

Fundamental interests in biomass conversion

Working towards characterizing phenomena at the gas/surface interface of biomass during fast pyrolysis is of interest. This is motivated by our need to further understand the heat and mass transfer processes. These efforts are intended to supplement the aforementioned technical efforts in terms of predictive science.

Novel approach to generation of hypervelocity flows

The expansion tube and tunnel (ET) have been developed as hypersonic ground-test facilities for approximately half a century. The appeal of an ET is the higher maximum reservoir mass specific enthalpy and reservoir pressure than in a reflected shock tunnel (RST). The expanded parameter space in an ET is due to the unsteady manner in which the test gas is processed. Successful operation of an expansion tube or tunnel is often hampered by excessive perturbations in the test gas; efforts to reduce these perturbations are critical. Significant improvement of the flow quality is possible with the vertical expansion tube (VET) relative to the conventional (horizontal) expansion tunnel (ET). The adverse effects from secondary diaphragm rupture in an expansion tunnel may be reduced or eliminated by orienting the tunnel vertically, matching the test gas pressure and the accelerator gas pressure, and initially separating the test gas from the accelerator gas by density stratification. Two benefits are: 1) the removal of the diaphragm particulates in the test gas after its rupture and 2) the elimination of the wave system that is a result of a real secondary diaphragm having a finite mass and thickness.

Focused laser differential interferometry

Advances in diagnostic development and electronics have allowed researchers to advance the state of the art in laminar-turbulent transition work. Only recently have there been measurements of the instability on a slender body within a hypersonic boundary layer in a thermo-chemically active environment. This was done with focused laser differential interferometry (FLDI), which is a non-intrusive optical technique that probes density fluctuation. The newfound tool have been used to characterize the noise environment in the large-scale shock tunnel T5. Preliminary work suggests that hypersonic instability phase speed measurement may also be possible with FLDI.

Teaching and Mentoring

Courses

ME 354 - Heat Transfer: Basic modes of heat transfer, steady heat conduction, extended surface heat transfer, transient heat conduction, computational methods, forced and free convection, boiling and condensation, thermal radiation, heat exchangers. Design projects.
ME 545 - Introduction to Aerospace Engineering: This course lays the foundations in aerospace engineering. Topics include the history of aviation, basic aerodynamics, airfoils, wings and other aerodynamic shapes, aircraft performance, stability and control, aircraft structures (structural analysis and materials), propulsion, flight test, rockets, space flight, and orbits.

2015-2016 Senior Design

Stevens Institute of Technology Shocktube: Enable the study of high-speed/reacting flows in the Parziale lab.
Air Conditioning Waste Heat Capture: Utilize the waste heat from air conditioners to pre-heat hot water for use in apartment buildings.
Solar Decathalon: DOE student challenge to "design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive."

2014-2015 Senior Design

Little Juliana: Design and construct a replica of Colonel John Stevens' Little Juliana Steamboat.
Air Conditioning Waste Heat Capture: Utilize the waste heat from air conditioners to pre-heat hot water for use in apartment buildings.
Solar Decathalon: DOE student challenge to "design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive."

2013-2014 Senior Design

Anaerobic Digester: Convert dining hall food waste to compost and bio-gas.
Air Conditioning Waste Heat Capture: Utilize the waste heat from air conditioners to pre-heat hot water for use in apartment buildings.
Micro-Nuclear Reactor: Conceptual design of a small scale gas-cooled fast reactor to power Hoboken.
Body Heat Control: Actively cool the human body for temperature control in extreme environments.

RockSat-C Sounding Rocket Program

2016: High-speed surface pressure measurement on the skin of a Terrier-Orion Sounding Rocket. Link.

Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in my research group and in Stevens. I receive a number of inquiries regarding the availability of research positions in my group, and unfortunately cannot always respond to these requests. However, I would like to post some comments on frequently asked questions regarding my group and research opportunities at Stevens.

Many graduate students (and faculty!) also greatly enjoy the location of the Stevens campus, which is situated in beautiful and vibrant Hoboken, New Jersey, 10 minutes from downtown New York City and easily accessible by all manner of public transportation.


Q: I am interested in working in your group; do you have research assistantships available?

A: I am always looking to add highly qualified, motivated, and hard-working students to my group! It would be premature to discuss possible financial support that may be available until a prospective student has applied and accepted by the Stevens Graduate School. In your Personal Statement, I strongly recommend indicating why you are interested in attending Stevens and why you are interested in working with my group. This will ensure that after your application has been reviewed and accepted by the Graduate Program Committee at Stevens that it will be forwarded to me.

Please note that Stevens has several additional mechanisms available to support US citizens and Permanent Residents interested in pursuing graduate studies at Stevens. Please contact me directly for more information regarding these programs.

Q: What are the requirements and test scores (TOEFL, GRE) that are required to apply to Stevens?

A: While Stevens does not have minimum GRE or TOEFL test scores needed to apply, your scores on these tests factor into decisions which are made regarding admission and financial support for graduate students (other factors include prior education, prior research experience, publication history, etc). The higher your scores, the more attractive your application will be to the Graduate Program Committee.

Q: I am interested in a post-doctoral position with your group. How can I apply for such a position?

A: I would recommend that you email me a complete CV (including a list of at least three references) and two representative publications which highlight your research work to date. I would also recommend a Personal Statement indicating why you are interested in my group, how you feel you will be able to contribute to my research group, and how a post-doctoral position with my group fits into your larger career goals. Be sure to comment on any previous experience you may have in writing research proposals. If you are an international scholar, it would also be beneficial to know of your availability to work in the US and when you would be available to start.

Q: I am interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stevens. Are Research Assistantships or Teaching Assistants available for Masters students?

A: As a general rule of thumb, PhD students are more likely to be supported on RA or TA positions. However, outstanding Masters students with strong research experience will be considered for such support. In such cases, Masters students must pursue a 6 credit thesis option for the Masters degree. In the past such students typically work towards completing a PhD in a related topic/field at Stevens upon completion of the requirements for their Masters degree.

Q: How can I learn more about your research?

A: A general overview of the research activities of our group can be found on this page. In particular, I make a concerted effort to update the Publications section specifically so that potential graduate students can see our latest work. If you are interested in a research position with my group, a good first step is to be able to convince me that you have researched (e.g., read) at least some of the publications of my group.

Q: Do you accept part-time PhD students to work with your group?

A: Due to its proximity to a large number of military, government, and industrial R&D centers, Stevens has a rather large number of students who pursue their PhD degree part-time while working full-time. Successful part-time PhD students are often able to define a PhD project related to the students technical work responsibilities while also of interest to the faculty advisor. Several mechanisms at Stevens support part-time PhD studies (for example, the overwhelming majority of graduate courses are offered in the evenings, and some graduate courses are offered on-line, through a short-course format, or off-site). If you have confirmed that your employer would support you participating in such a program, please contact me directly for further discussion.

Q: I've been accepted to several PhD programs in Mechanical Engineering in the US. Why would you suggest that I enroll at Stevens?

A: First, congratulations on your fine achievement! I believe that you will find that the strengths of the PhD program at Stevens include having access to state of the art facilities and cutting-edge research opportunities in a vibrant small-school setting where many faculty (including myself) take great pride in offering personalized mentoring and advising to our graduate students. Further, I strongly believe that PhD students at Stevens in general, and my graduate students in particular, greatly benefit from close interactions and collaborations with students and faculty from other research groups both inside and outside the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Contact

Nick Parziale, PhD
Mechanical Engineering - EAS208
Castle Point on Hudson
Hoboken, New Jersey, 07030, USA
Phone: +1 201 216 5567
Email: nick.parziale@stevens.edu