Eng. Quad. E-114
Princeton, NJ 08544 USA
Joe Vocaturo worked for 14 years in the aerospace industry, where he performed integration and testing of communication and exploratory spacecraft and authored integration and test procedures. Among other projects, he developed and implemented the optical alignment testing of all Mars Observer deployment systems.
In 1999 Joe joined the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, where he has been deeply involved in development of both teaching and research labs. One of his achievements was his pivotal role in the design and construction of models of bridges for Professor Billington’s Princeton University Art Museum Exhibit, “The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy”. Joe received a Special Performance Award from the university for his contribution to this show, which is still traveling on an international museum tour. Joe also won a University merit Award for his contribution to laboratory teaching, particularly for his help designing labs for CEE 102 and 262.
Our group has benefited enormously from his help with CEE 105 and 364. He has also been a vital part of our research effort, as he has designed and built essential equipment for our research, including the system for capillary rise of salt solutions in stone and for wet/dry cycling of stone containing clays.
Models for Prof Billington’s bridge exhibit Indenter for CEE364
System for wet/dry cycling System for observing crystallization damage