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Tristan Wolfe

Mechanical & Aerospace Eng

Tristan works for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division in Philadelphia, PA (NSWCCD-Philadelphia). He runs & operates the Advanced Fan Test Facility which is leveraged for research, design, testing, and engineering of US Navy fans. Outside of his R&D responsibilities, he is...
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experience

Mechanical Engineer  
Naval Surface Warfare Center, December 2011 to Present

Employed within the Advanced Machinery Systems Integration Branch within the Machinery Research and Silencing Division (Code 986). - Ongoing low-speed turbomachinery research, design, testing, and engineering (RDT&E) for shipboard applications. - Responsible for the design and development of the Advanced Fan Test Facility (AFTF). Specific responsibilities include facility, test apparatus, and data acquisition development. - Developed an off-design performance prediction model for low-speed double-discharge centrifugal fans. - Completed Joint Services (Army, Navy, Air Force) joint modeling & simulation effort as part of a larger verification, validation, and accreditation (VV&A) modeling effort. - Contributed to next generation electrical ships system distribution modeling effort. - Involved and Leading numerous STEM Outreach Initiatives including: Lead Mentor / Coordinator of the Drexel University GK-12 Naval Cyber Security Program, Temple University CRADA Advocacy Kit Development Evaluator, NSWCCD-SSES Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program Cooperative Robotics Project Advisor, Member of the NSWCCD-SSES STEM Advisory Board, KIPP Philadelphia Charter School Afterschool Robotics Program Founder and Coordinator.

Mechanical Engineer  
NAVSEA, June 2009 to December 2011

Completed a 2.5 year Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP). Completed rotational internships within Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) HQ located in Washington, DC, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) located in Arlington, VA, and Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) located in West Bethesda, MD and Ships Service Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES) located in Philadelphia, PA: Work primarily consisted of submarine hydrodynamics, modeling & simulation, autonomous model testing, program management support, and shipboard turbomachinery design & analysis.

Mechanical Engineering Intern  
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, May 2008 to August 2008

ER 24 - Nuclear Systems Branch Intern Designed a cold trap to filter oxygen from a pumped - sodium potassium eutectic (NaK-78) simulated nuclear fission surface power primary test circuit (FSP-PTC). Performed failure analysis and documentation of VCR fittings in the FSP- PTC.

Aerospace Engineering Intern  
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, May 2007 to August 2007

Flight Dynamics Branch Intern Performed trajectory analysis of a spacecraft in lunar orbit and navigation analysis for the spacecraft using two-way pseudorange and Doppler measurements filtered using an extended Kalman filter.

Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate Researcher  
West Virginia University - Undergraduate Microgravity Research Program, May 2006 to August 2006

Completed research on the effects of the circular hydraulic jump phenomenon in a microgravity environment aboard NASA Experimental C-9 Aircraft. Responsible for the design and implementation of a pressurized plenum used for uniform flow distribution during experimentation.

Mechanical Engineering Intern  
Cumberland Coal Resources, LP, May 2005 to August 2005

Worked at the Cumberland Coal Preparation Plant. Designed a support structure used for elevating a fine coal sieve bend and provided engineering drawings of coal transportation belt systems.

education

University of Washington  
M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Jan, 2010 to Jan, 2014


West Virginia University  
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Jan, 2004 to Jan, 2009


West Virginia University  
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 2004 to Jan, 2009


Certifications

  • Level II Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering – Systems Engineering (SPRDE-SE)
    Defense Acquisition University 
    July 2011
  • Level I Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering – Science & Technology Manager (SPR
    Defense Acquisition University 
    July 2010
  • Level I Test & Evaluation (T&E)
    Defense Acquisition University 
    July 2010
  • Level I Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering – Program Systems Engineering (SPRD
    Defense Acquisition University 
    August 2011
  • Level I Program Management (PM)
    Defense Acquisition University 
    August 2011
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
    NAVSEA 
    July 2009

publications

An Off-Design Performance Prediction Model for Low-Speed Double-Discharge Centrifugal Fans     
Published by (Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2013, San Antonio, TX)
Authors: Tristan Wolfe, Yu-Tai Lee, Michael Slipper.  Published June 03, 2013

A generalized model for mapping performance characteristics (pressure, power, and total efficiency) of a double-discharge centrifugal fan is presented. The model requires limited geometrical knowledge and may be applied as a first-order design tool for concept evaluation and trade-off studies.

Circular Hydraulic Jump Behavior in Microgravity     
Published by (21st Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics Conference Proceedings)
Authors: Jonathan Painter, Mehran Mohebbi, Kyle Phillips, Tristan Wolfe, Jackie Grimes, Kevin McCrea, Kerri P.  Published June 07, 2007

Observed behaviors of the circular hydraulic jump (CHJ) in a microgravity test environment as tested aboard NASA's C-9 Microgravity Research Aircraft in 2006 & 2007. These results contradict previous findings by proving that the diameter of the CHJ increases in microgravity relative to it’s diameter in hypergravity.