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Thomas Juliano

Thomas Juliano


Phone: 574-631-6089

Office: 107 Hessert Laboratory


Ph.D, Purdue University, 2010

M.S., Purdue University, 2006

B.S., California Institute of Technology, 2004


Thomas J. Juliano is an Assistant Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, he was a National Academy of Sciences Research Associate in the Hypersonic Sciences Branch within the Air Vehicles Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  His work there involved analysis and interpretation of results from the HIFiRE-1 and -5 flight tests. He worked for two years as a post-doctoral researcher at Ohio State University for Professor Jim Gregory, developing pressure-sensitive paint for unsteady applications such as rotorcraft aerodynamics. He received his M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 2006 and his Ph.D. there in 2010 studying with Professor Steven Schneider.  Tom’s master’s research improved the performance of the Mach-6 Quiet Tunnel.  His Ph.D. work focused on wind tunnel testing in support of the HTV-2 and HIFiRE-5, two Air Force hypersonic flight test programs. He graduated from Caltech with a B.S. in Aeronautics in 2004.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Juliano’s primary research interest is in high-speed aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics.  He is also interested in the design of facilities and instrumentation that enables experimental observation of fluid mechanical processes.  Some of his current projects include the design of a large hypersonic quiet tunnel for Notre Dame’s White Field Research Facility, the development of superior heat flux measurement techniques, and the analysis of hypersonic flight test data.

Refereed Publications:

S. A. Stanfield, R. L. Kimmel, D. Adamczak, and T. J. Juliano, “Boundary Layer Transition Experiment During Reentry of HIFiRE-1”.  Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 52(3):637–649, May–June 2015. 

T. J. Juliano, D. Adamczak, and R. L. Kimmel, “HIFiRE-5 Flight Test Results”. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 52(3):650–663, May–June 2015.

 T. J. Juliano, M. P. Borg, and S. P. Schneider, “Quiet Tunnel Measurements of HIFiRE-5 Boundary-Layer Transition”.  AIAA Journal, 53(4):832–846, April 2015.

J. W. Gregory, K. J. Disotell, D. Peng, T. J. Juliano, J. Crafton, and N. M. Komerath, "Inverse Methods for Deblurring Pressure-Sensitive Paint Images of Rotating Surfaces," AIAA Journal, 54(9): 2045-2061, September 2014.

K. J. Disotell, D. Peng, T. J. Juliano, J. W. Gregory, J. W. Crafton, N. M. Komerath.  “Single-shot temperature- and pressure-sensitive paint measurements on an unsteady helicopter blade”, Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 55, Issue 2, Article 1671, pp. 1--15, February 2014.

S. Gordeyev, N. De Lucca, E. J. Jumper, K. Hird, T. J. Juliano, J. W. Gregory, J. Thordahl, and D. J. Wittich III.  “Comparison of unsteady pressure fields on turrets with different surface features using pressure-sensitive paint”, Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 55, Issue 1, Article 1661, pp. 1--20, January 2014.

D. Peng, C. D. Jensen, T. J. Juliano, J. W. Gregory, J. Crafton, S. Palluconi, and T. Liu.  “Temperature-Compensated Fast Pressure-Sensitive Paint”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 51, No. 10, pp. 2420-2431, October 2013.

T. J. Juliano, K. J. Disotell, J. W. Gregory, J. Crafton, and S. Fonov.  “Motion-Deblurred, Fast-Response Pressure-Sensitive Paint on a Rotor in Forward Flight”, Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 23, March 2012.

T. J. Juliano, P. Kumar, D. Peng, J. W. Gregory, J. Crafton, and S. Fonov.  “Single-Shot, Lifetime-Based Pressure-Sensitive Paint for Rotating Blades”, Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 22, June 2011.

T. J. Juliano, S. P. Schneider, S. Aradag, and D. Knight.  “Quiet-Flow Ludwieg Tube for Hypersonic Transition Research”, AIAA Journal, 46(7):1757–1763, July 2008.


Notre Dame Unveils Largest MACH 6 Quiet Hypersonic Test Facility in US

January 23, 2019

Notre Dame has completed development of the country’s largest quiet Mach 6 hypersonic wind tunnel, under the direction of Thomas Juliano, engineer and principal investigator. Funded with support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, it has a nozzle diameter 2.5 times larger than current quiet hypersonic wind tunnels in the U.S.

Notre Dame unveils largest Mach 6 quiet hypersonic test facility in US

November 30, 2018

The University of Notre Dame has completed development of the country’s largest quiet Mach 6 hypersonic wind tunnel.

Research Awards Continue to Grow: Notre Dame Faculty to Receive more than $396K in DURIP Grants

October 3, 2017

Three Notre Dame faculty — Jason Hicks, David Go and Thomas Juliano — received Department of Defense (DoD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants for 2017, totaling more than $396K.

Achieving Super Speed with the Nation's Largest Quiet Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

February 21, 2017

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are building the country's largest quiet hypersonic (Mach 6) wind tunnel.

Three Engineering Faculty Receive 2016 AFOSR YIP Awards

February 9, 2016

Three faculty members — Thomas Juliano, Tijana Milenkovic, and Laurel Riek — to receive awards as part of the 2016 Young Investigator Program of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.