National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Kyle Pascioni

Kyle PascioniUniversity of Florida

  • MS in Aerospace Engineering, May 2013

NASA Academy Research Project:

N+3 Studies for Future Aircraft (Green Aviation) / Subsonic Fixed Wing

Principal Investigator:

Mr. Dennis L. Huff
Deputy Chief, Aeropropulsion Division

Hometown: Lake Mary, FL


Academic and Work Experience

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group – 2009-Present
    • Conducting independent research on the SparkJet flow control actuator which includes performance characterization using CFD and improving a lumped element model
    • Developing testing procedure for a pulsed plasma actuator by fabricating a control circuit for proper pulsing and introducing flow visualization techniques
    • Assisting in fluids/acoustic experimental tests in anechoic wind tunnel for steady and unsteady circulation control on an elliptical airfoil
    • Assisting in velocity measurements via 3D laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) on G550 landing gear
  • Systems Engineer – Internship, NASA Glenn Research Center – Fall 2010
    • Assessed the projected impact of NASA technologies for terrestrial advanced energy systems
    • Created analytical fuel cell power model for accurate cost estimation
    • Integrated energy production and storage components using Python for complete system simulation
    • Employed multi-variable optimization techniques and parametric investigations

Memberships and Activities

      • AIAA member
      • University of Central Florida Varsity Soccer Team (2006-2008)

Honors and Awards

      • Magna Cum Laude, BS in Aerospace Engineering (2011)
      • Dean’s List, University of Florida College of Engineering
      • Scholar Athlete, University of Central Florida
      • All Tournament Team – 2007 New Mexico Invitational (UCF Soccer)

Skills and Certifications

      • Computer Programs and Languages: Matlab & Simulink, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER,LabView, Gambit, FLUENT, Python, Programming in C

Hobbies and Interests

      • Golf
      • Soccer
      • Athletics

Personal Statement

I’m sure everyone has had a teacher that greatly impacted their academic interests. I had a physics teacher in high school that stimulated my curiosity in science. He built a massive mechanical trebuchet which fired watermelons the entire football field. Our assignment was to figure out the theoretical distance and speed of the projectile. Ever since, I have been captivated by how simple mathematics can explain the physical phenomena of the world around us. The application of mathematics to better society is the simple definition of an engineer, and is exactly the title I intend to receive and possess for the rest of my life.

Entering college I had my heart set out on engineering, but the question was what kind? The correct path seemed to be civil given two of my immediate family members have chosen this profession. However, I elected to begin my studies in the aerospace department because I discovered how dynamic systems fascinated me. I hear over and over how my fellow colleagues grew up with a passion for planes. On the contrary, I was naïve and never thought twice about how a half million pound object can travel close to the speed of sound safely transporting its passengers. Now I realize the limitless capabilities of future aircraft and anticipate being a part of the industry’s new endeavors.

I could not have gotten this far without the support of my family. I would like to thank my parents, Marilyn and Gary Pascioni, and my brother, Ryan.

Professional and Educational Objective

I plan to continue my studies in the Fall 2011 at the University of Florida’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to obtain a MS degree. I feel that my rate of learning has grown exponentially during my undergraduate career. For this reason I believe completing an additional two years of schooling will be very beneficial. If a doctorate degree is in my future, I will definitely pursue it. As a young professional, I plan to work in private industry or academia with a strong focus in research on fluid mechanics and/or acoustics.