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Dr. Albert Sacco Jr.

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Texas Tech University
P. O. Box 43091
Lubbock, Texas 79409
United States

Company Description: Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, Texas, is a public, comprehensive research institution of higher education chartered by the State of Texas. Through an...   more

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  • Ph.D. , chemical engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • bachelor's degree , chemical engineering
    Northeastern University
  • Ph.D. , chemical engine
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Steve Steinheimer Supports his Alma Mater, Texas Tech University, 26 July 2013 [cached]
State of the College Breakfast presented by Dean Al Sacco Jr., with a discussion of the advances made in becoming a Tier 1 University, potentially as early as 2012.
Al Sacco ..., 2 Sept 2013 [cached]
Al Sacco Jr
This year's Chemeca event will see an impressive line-up of invited speakers, including Al Sacco, a former NASA astronaut and Dean of Edward E. Whiteacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Technical University, who will be drawing upon his space flight experience during the presentation.
Sacco flew as the payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia on a 16 day shuttle mission STS-73 in 1995. His role aboard Columbia focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science and fluid mechanics contained within the pressurized Spacelab module.
Author to more than 192 publications, Sacco's written work has focused on the areas of carbon filament initiation and growth, transition metal and acid catalyst and their deactivation, and zeolite synthesis. In addition to this, he has consulted for numerous organisations in the fields of catalysis, solid/gas contracting, zeolite synthesis and applications, and equipment design for space applications.
IChemE Director Australasia, Peter Slane says that the Chemeca committee worked tirelessly to ensure that this year's line-up of speakers from industry and academia were of the highest calibre: "And securing Sacco for the event will allow us to see the chemical engineering experience from quite a unique perspective."
Sacco is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics in 2004. With over 300 presentations under his belt, Sacco has also been proactive in using his flight experience as a tool to inspire students to consider careers in science and engineering.
Albert Sacco, Jr., 10 Feb 2005 [cached]
Albert Sacco, Jr.
His mother, Sarah Kathleen, and his father, Albert, Sr., reside in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Dr. Sacco is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Treasurer-Western Section, 1979-1982); past president of the New England Catalysis Society (1983-1985), and the New England representative to the North American Catalysis Society (1985-1989); an Advisory Board member of the American Carbon Society; a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and serves on the AIAA Technical Committee on Space Processing (1990-1995); and a life member of the Association of Space Explorers.
Dr. Sacco has over 70 publications (including book chapters) in the areas of carbon filament initiation and growth, catalyst deactivation, and zeolite synthesis.
Since 1977, Professor Sacco has been on the faculty at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Chemical Engineering.He has split his time between research and teaching.He was appointed Department Head in July 1989.He has consulted for numerous companies in the fields of catalysis, solid/gas contacting, and equipment design for space applications.Also he, with his father (Al) and brother (Bernard), ran a family restaurant business in Boston for over 20 years.
Dr. Sacco flew as a payload specialist on STS-73, which launched on October 20, 1995, and landed at the Kennedy Space Center on November 5, 1995.The 16 day mission aboard Columbia focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science, and fluid physics contained within the pressurized Spacelab module.
Dr. Sacco is presently a Professor and Head of the Chemical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.He is also the Principal Investigator on the Zeolite Crystal Growth experiments, which flew on STS-73.
AIChE | STS-AIChE October 6th, 2011 Dinner Meeting | Serving Chemical Engineers in the Greater Houston area, 6 Oct 2011 [cached]
Speaker: Al Sacco, Jr., Dean Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas.
Professor Sacco received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University; and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. He was appointed and served as the George A. Snell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University from 1997-2010 when he became the Dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering in 2011. From 1978-1997 he was a tenured professor at WPI and was Department Head from 1989-1997. He flew on the space shuttle Columbia in 1995, conducting 200 experiments for 130 scientists. His research focus is in the areas of carbon nano tube initiation and growth, catalysis, zeolite synthesis, biosensors development, and synthesis and device integration of quantum wires from natural materials. He has published over 200 papers and is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has received numerous awards including three honorary doctorates (two in science, one in engineering), and was awarded the Nation's Space Flight Metal in 1995. In 2010 he received the 2010 Distinguished Chemist Award given by the New England Institute of Chemists.
Hydrogen Powered Trucks your hydrogen power hydrogen-fuel truck information source!, 26 May 2006 [cached]
"Dozens of companies, including all the major automobile manufacturers, have designed engines that burn hydrogen--they're a lot like the internal combustion engines we have in cars today," says Al Sacco, director of the NASA-supported Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing (CAMMP) at Northeastern University in Boston.
Sacco explains: "Zeolites are porous, rocky substances that act like molecular sponges.In their crystalline form, zeolites are threaded by a network of interconnected tunnels and cages, similar to a honeycomb."A fuel tank lined with such crystals might be able to trap and store hydrogen gas "in a liquid-like state--without heavy cryogenics."With support from NASA's Space Product Development program at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Sacco and colleagues at CAMMP are working to make zeolite gas tanks a reality.
Sacco described how a temperature-controlled zeolite gas tank might work: "We would add some negatively-charged ions to the zeolite.
"The zeolites we have now can store quite a bit of hydrogen," notes Sacco."But not enough."
"If we can grow zeolite crystals that hold 6% to 7% of their own weight in hydrogen," says Sacco, "then a zeolite tankful of hydrogen would be competitive with an ordinary tankful of gasoline."
In 1995, Sacco travelled to space as a mission specialist onboard the space shuttle Columbia (STS-73).His purpose: to grow better zeolite crystals.
"The next step is the International Space Station," says Sacco.He and others at CAMMP have built a Zeolite Crystal Growth Furnace, which was installed on the ISS in early 2002.
"I'd really like to see them," says Sacco.
The goal, he says, is not to mass produce zeolite crystals in space.That's not economical--at least not yet.
Throughout his career, Sacco has envisioned a worldwide transition from fossil to hydrogen fuels.
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