Andrew Vaccaro

Biography: Andrew is a freshman Software Engineering student at UT Dallas. His interest in research came from a research trip he took to Barrow, Alaska, during high school. He and his team were investigating a possible method for measuring the thickness of arctic sea ice using infrared temperature sensors, and presented their findings at the American Geophysical Union 2012 fall meeting. He has also interned at NASA Langley Research Center, working on an educational outreach program in the Systems Engineering department. Andrew is interested in pursuing software development as a profession, and currently is starting a data analysis project in the Advanced Polymer Research Lab. While at UT Dallas, Andrew woud like to participate in the back-end, programming side of game development.

Andrew is currently participating in the fencing club at UT Dallas, and plans on taking up rock climbing this semester. He enjoy playing video games, watching movies and reading books. Andrew is also an officer in the Linux Users Group, whose goal is to help educate people about the various Linux operating systems and the open-source software community.

Research Interests: Data managment and support for shape memory polymers reseach, Analysis and signal processing for flexible electronics, video game development to enhance teaching and outreach