Paul Slaboch

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
860.768.4869 UT 302-I
Education

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2009

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2007

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2004


Dr. Slaboch teaches a wide range of both graduate and undergraduate courses with an emphasis in the areas of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. His primary research interests are in aeroacoustics, experimental fluid mechanics, turbomachinery flows, and aircraft wake turbulence. His research is primarily funded by NASA and the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium. He has completed two Faculty Fellowships at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH and has authored or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers that have been presented both nationally and internationally. He is also a registered Professional Engineer.

Prior to joining the University of Hartford in the fall of 2016, Dr. Slaboch was an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. Prior to St. Martin’s, he worked for the US Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA. While at the Volpe Center, his major areas of research included jet blast and aircraft wake turbulence mitigation strategies. He earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. His doctoral dissertation examined side window buffeting in automobiles to reduce interior cabin noise.

Experience

Higher Education Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering | University of Hartford, 2016-present
  • Director, Master of Mechanical Engineering Program | St. Martin’s University, Lacey, WA, 2014-2016
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering | St. Martin’s University, Lacey, WA, 2012-2016
  • Visiting Assistant Professor | Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China, Summer 2013

Professional and Research Positions

  • NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow, Propulsion Division, Acoustics Branch | NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, Summer 2015 & 2017
  • Aerospace Engineer | USDOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA, 2009-2016

Professional Memberships and License

  • Licensed Professional Engineer, WA license #52283, Active since 2014
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

 

Research Funding, Honors & Awards

Research Interests

  • Turbomachinery
  • Aircraft wake turbulence
  • Aeroacoustics

Research Funding

  • “Supersonic Inlet Noise Radiation Study,” PI: P.E. Slaboch, University Space Research Associates (USRA), subcontract to NASA Glenn Research Center, summer 2019, $45,331.
  • “Characterization of Acoustic Absorption of Hollow Cylinders,” PI: P.E. Slaboch, CT Space Grant Consortium, Faculty Research Grant, Jan-May 2019, $20,000.
  • “Acoustic Radiation of Supersonic Engine Inlet”, Coffin Grant, University of Hartford, 2019, $3,005.
  • “Supersonic Inlet Noise Radiation Study,” PI: P.E. Slaboch, University Space Research Associates (USRA), subcontract to NASA Glenn Research Center, summer 2018, $36,205.
  • “Group-based technical writing skills development,” PI: P.E. Slaboch, Co-PI: K.A. Wright, and P. Faraci, Transform the Undergraduate Experience through High Impact Practices, University of Hartford, 2018, $6,000.
  • “Development of Flow Visualization System,” CETA Student/Faculty Engagement Grant, $3000.
  • “Effect of Aft Rotor on Forward Blade Wake in Counter Rotating Open Rotors,” NASA CT Space Grant Consortium, May-Dec 2017, $20,000.
  • “Acoustic propagation in supersonic engine inlets,” NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship, Summer 2017, $15,500.
  • “Development of Cylinder in a Cross Flow Lab,” CETA Faculty/Student Engagement Grant, Spring 2017, $3,000.
  • NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship, $15k, 2015
  • “Metallic Foil Thermal Interface Structure”, Intel Corp., $10k/yr, 2 years, 2015
  • “Thermal analysis of in-situ solder ball reflow”, Intel Corp., $8k/yr, 2 years, 2013
  • Building start-up equipment grant, PIV system, E.L. Wiegand Foundation, $190k, 2012
  • Instructional Technology Innovation Grant, $1k, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • USDOT Secretary’s Award – Partnering for Excellence, Aircraft Wake Vortex Re-Categorization at Memphis Team
  • USDOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) Team Award for Wake Turbulence
  • AME Graduate Student Conference Best Oral presentation
  • Jerome L. Novotny Award for Heat Transfer Design
  • Sigma Gamma Tau, Aerospace Engineering honor society

Publications

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:

  1. Slaboch, P.E., Stephens, D.B., Van Zante, D.E., and Wernet, M., (2017) “Effects of Aft Rotor on Inter-rotor Flow of Open Rotor Propulsion System,” J Eng Gas Turb Power, Vol 139, No 4.
  2. Ma, R., Slaboch, P. E., and Morris, S. C. (2009), “Fluid mechanics of a flow-excited Helmholtz resonator,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol 623, pp 1-26.
  3. Slaboch, P. E., Morris, S. C., Ma, R., Shannon, D., Gleason, M., and Puskarz, M. (2009), “Window buffeting measurements of a full scale vehicle and simplified small scale models,” SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems,V 2 no. 1, pp 410-418.
  4. Morris, S. C., Stolpa, S. R., Slaboch, P. E., and Klewicki, J. C. (2007), “Near-surface particle image velocimetry measurements in a transitionally rough-wall atmospheric boundary layer,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol 580, pp 319-338.

Selected Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings:

(Student authors are listed in Bold)

  1. Kaye, S., Casavant, E., and Slaboch, P.E., “Low Frequency Absorption of Additively Manufactured and Natural Cylinders,” ASME IMECE-2019-11338, ASME IMECE 2019, Salt Lake City, UT, Nov 11-15, 2019.
  2. Wright, K.A., and Slaboch, P.E., “Enhancement of a Thermo-Fluid Laboratory Course: Focus on Technical Writing,” 126th ASEE Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL, June 16, 2019. https://peer.asee.org/32165
  3. Kaye, S., Casavant, E., and Slaboch, P.E., “Low Frequency Absorption of Additively Manufactured Cylinders,” Internoise paper #2019-409, InterNoise 2019, Madrid, Spain, June 16, 2019.
  4. Brown, J., and Slaboch, P.E., “Acoustic Radiation of Supersonic Inlet with Auxiliary Door and Mean Flow,” AIAA Paper 2019-2518, 25th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, Delft, Netherlands, 18 May 2019. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2019-2518
  5. Stephens, D.B., Miller, C.J., Slaboch, P.E., Brown, J., and Celestina, J.M., “Supersonic Engine Inlet Tone Noise Radiation,” AIAA Paper 2019-2493, 25th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, Delft, Netherlands, 18 May 2019. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2019-2493
  6. King, E., Caltagirone, E., Steers, B., and Slaboch, P.E., “Mapping Tranquility - A Case Study Of The Central Park Soundscape, New York City,” Internoise paper 1541, Impact of Noise Control Engineering Conference, Chicago, IL, Aug 26-29, 2018.
  7. Slaboch, P.E., “Acoustic Analysis of STEX Inlet on Fan Noise Radiation,” Internoise paper 1884, Impact of Noise Control Engineering Conference, Chicago, IL, Aug 26-29, 2018.
  8. Lepak, W., Sterner, M., and Slaboch, P.E., "Acoustic Performance of Additively Manufactured Reeds as an Absorber,” Internoise paper 1883, Impact of Noise Control Engineering Conference, Chicago, IL, Aug 26-29, 2018.
  9. DeLorenzo, C., Deleon, J., and Slaboch, P.E., “Effect of Aft Rotor on Forward Rotor Blade Wakes in Open Rotor Propulsion Systems,” ASME Paper No. GT2018-76183, ASME Turbo Expo, June 9-13, 2018, Oslo, Norway
  10. Slaboch, P.E., Coday, J., “Design and analysis of small scale horizontal Archimedean screw for electric power generation,” ASME Paper No. IMECE2017-72580, ASME IMECE, Nov. 5-9, 2017, Tampa, FL