Pavlos P. Vlachos
219 Norris Hal
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, 24061
Phone: (540) 231- 4102


Mechanical Engineer and Engineering Mechanics with emphasis in Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics. My area of interest is experimental investigation of physical phenomena related to fluid flows that occur in nature including unsteady aerodynamics, free surface flows, vortex dynamics, turbulence and multiphase flows.


Computational Fluid Mechanics/Dynamics:  Experimental Fluid Mechanics Languages
English (fluent), French (fair), Italian (fair), Greek (native).

 Programming Languages:

Operating Systems/Enviroments :
UNIX (Irix, Linux, SunOS), X-Windows, MS Windows (3.1, 95, NT), DOS, MacOS, AutoCAD.


8/96-present: Research Engineer in the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at Virginia Tech. Use of advanced experimental techniques for the measurement of fluid flows, such as LDV (Laser Doppler Velocimetry) and PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry). Worked extensively on the development and optimization of the Labís PIV system. I have been exposed to methods of pressure measurement using pressure transducers and in data acquisition and analysis techniques. Important experience in the use, construction and design of electronic circuits. The opportunity to observe and investigate real life physical phenomena increased my insight and engineering intuition.

8/96-present: Teaching Assistant at Virginia Tech. Teaching and grading a junior lever undergraduate laboratory was an opportunity to develop and increase my communication skills and improve my understanding in my areas of interest.

9/95-8/96: Research engineer in the Laboratory of Thermal Turbomachines in the National Technical University of Athens. Development of numerical tools for analysis and design of turbomachinery components such as compressors and turbines. Participation in the design of a high-speed (86,000-rpm) small compressor oriented for use in low emission vehicles (TETLEI project). Analyzed the flow and thermal properties of existing turbomachinery components.

6/92- 12/95: Worked as an engineer in Madeco Inc. in Greece. The company's area of experties was CAD/CAM systems. My responsibilities included the development of custom oriented applications and customer support.


Major Courses:

Continuum Mechanics, Viscous Flow, Ideal Flow, Advanced Signal Processing, Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, Qualitative Methods for Non-Linear Systems, Unsteady Aerodynamics, Viscous flows in Turbomachines, Computational Methods in Fluid Dynamics, Wind Energy, Aerodynamics of Compressible Flow.