Jerrod W. Hofferth
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Jerrod Hofferth is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Texas A&M National Aerothermochemistry Laboratory (TAMU-NAL).
In August 2013, he received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University, under the advisement of Dr. William Saric. For his work, Jerrod reconstructed the Mach 6 Quiet Tunnel, formerly of NASA Langley Research Center, and integrated it into the all-new pressure-vacuum blowdown infrastructure at the TAMU-NAL. Jerrod fully characterized the quiet flow performance of the new facility installation, and subsequently conducted a series of foundational boundary-layer stability and transition experiments. Principally, high-bandwidth hot-wire anemometry and focused-schlieren deflectometry were employed in the study of the second-mode instability on a flared cone model. The title of his dissertation is “Boundary-Layer Stability and Transition on a Flared Cone in a Mach 6 Quiet Wind Tunnel”, which can be made available upon request.
From 2009 to 2011, Jerrod was supported as a fellow of the NASA/ASEE Aeronautics Fellowship Program. Under this program, he completed a summer internship at NASA Langley Research Center in the Flow Physics and Control Branch.
Prior to his time at Texas A&M, Jerrod studied aerospace engineering at Arizona State University, and in 2006 received his B.S. as the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering’s “Outstanding Graduate” and the “Distinguished Senior” of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department.