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Dr. Al Sacco Jr.

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Dean of the Whitacre College of E...

Texas Tech University
3601 4Th Street Room #2A206
Lubbock, Texas 79430
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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Employment History

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Education

  • Ph.D. , chemical engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • bachelor's degree , chemical engineering
    Northeastern University
  • Ph.D. , chemical engine
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The final day of Chemeca 2013 ...
www.icheme.org, 3 Oct 2013 [cached]
The final day of Chemeca 2013 commenced with a stimulating presentation by the dean of Edward E Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University, Al Sacco Jr, who recounted his NASA space flight experience accompanied by impressive images of earth and space in flight.
Sacco flew as the payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia on a 16-day shuttle mission STS-73 in 1995 and was the first practising chemical engineer to do so. His role aboard Columbia focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science and fluid mechanics contained within the pressurised 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.
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.
Delegates heard about the physical experience of space travel and the important scientific research done that can benefit humanity.
Sacco grew a lot of crystals in flight to compare them with those grown terrestrially, as a zero-gravity environment produces almost flawless structures.
Albert Sacco, Jr.
www.space-explorers.org, 10 Feb 2005 [cached]
Albert Sacco, Jr.
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His mother, Sarah Kathleen, and his father, Albert, Sr., reside in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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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.
PUBLICATIONS:
Dr. Sacco has over 70 publications (including book chapters) in the areas of carbon filament initiation and growth, catalyst deactivation, and zeolite synthesis.
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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.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
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.
CURRENT ASSIGNMENT:
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.
Hydrogen Powered Trucks your hydrogen power hydrogen-fuel truck information source!
www.hydrogenpoweredtrucks.com, 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.
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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.
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Sacco described how a temperature-controlled zeolite gas tank might work: "We would add some negatively-charged ions to the zeolite.
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"The zeolites we have now can store quite a bit of hydrogen," notes Sacco."But not enough."
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"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."
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In 1995, Sacco travelled to space as a mission specialist onboard the space shuttle Columbia (STS-73).His purpose: to grow better zeolite crystals.
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"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.
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"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.
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Throughout his career, Sacco has envisioned a worldwide transition from fossil to hydrogen fuels.
KHOU.com | News for Houston, Texas | State News
www.khou.com, 8 Sept 2006 [cached]
Albert Sacco Jr., who flew aboard as a guest scientist, felt a range of emotions with his futile tries.
"When we were on pad when it happened, it was a little bit depressing," said Sacco, now a Northeastern University chemical engineering professor."To me you'd go through a bit of depression and say, 'No, not again.'"
But then in the long haul the brief disappointment turned "kind of comical," he said.
ConocoPhillips Gives $1 Million to Establish Recruitment and Support Center for Engineering Students - Texas Tech University System
www.give2tech.com, 14 April 2014 [cached]
"The ConocoPhillips gift will allow us to help all students be successful in engineering," said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering.
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