National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Albert Sacco, Jr. (Ph.D.)
- Payload Specialist
- PERSONAL DATA:
- Born on May 3, 1949, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Married the former Teran Lee Gardner, of Massachusetts, in November 1971. They
have four children. He enjoys jogging, reading, walking, and is an avid scuba
diver and a certified scuba instructor. His mother, Sarah Kathleen, and his
father, Albert, Sr., reside in Belmont, Massachusetts. Her mother, Marian,
and father, Carl, reside in Gilford, New Hampshire.
- Graduated from Belmont Senior High School in 1968;
received a bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering with honors from
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1973; was awarded a
doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1977.
- 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 member of the Association of Space Explorers-USA.
- Dr. Sacco has over 70 publications
(including book chapters) in the areas of carbon filament initiation
and growth, catalyst deactivation, and zeolite synthesis.
- SPECIAL HONORS:
- One of the four U.S. experts invited
to put on a joint U.S./European NATO Advanced Study Institute "Carbon Fibers and
Filaments" (1989); was honored in 1984 by the Worcester Engineering
Society, receiving the Admiral Earl Award for meritorious contributions
in applied sciences, specifically in the fields of catalysis and adsorbent
deactivation; received a National Science Foundation Young Faculty
Initiation Grant (1978); and won the Northeast AIChE student paper contest in 1973.
- 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.
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