Ph.D., M.S., B.S. Pennsylvania State University (1976, 1972, 1970)
Tom received his academic degrees [B.S.(70), M.S. (72)and Ph.D. (76)] from Penn State University in the Department of Aerospace Engineering where he worked on (M.S. and Ph.D.) viscoelastic constitutive equations under John Lumley.
In 1976 he went to Brown University as a post-doctoral research associate to investigate large scale coherent structures in turbulent shear flows and their role in aerodynamic noise generation.
He joined NASA Langley Research Center in 1977 in the aeroacoustics group where he continued his research and its application to aerodynamic sound. In the early 1980s, his research focus moved to drag reduction on aerodynamic surfaces where he investigated a wide range of phenomena including: effects of embedded cavities on surfaces, vortex breakdown dynamics and the interaction of (deterministic) disturbances with a random turbulent field.
This latter work was the subject of his Fellowship (Floyd Thompson Fellow, NASA LaRC Award) to the University of Cambridge, England (1987-88) in the Department of Engineering During this fellowship year, he was also a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge.
After returning from Cambridge to LaRC, Tom became active in turbulence modeling research. An area he now leads at LaRC. Over the last decade, he has taught several short courses on turbulence modeling and has been a scientific visitor at many international institutions. These include: EPFL (Switzerland); Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge, U.K.); Les Houches School of Physics (France); University of Tokyo; Hong Kong Polytechnic University; and the University of Rome "la Sapienza." He has also served as an outside examiner for Ph.D. candidates domestically and internationally.
In addition to these activities, he has also edited 4 books related to the subjects of transition and turbulence and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering and the journal Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics. He has been actively involved in organizing summer programs at ICASE and is currently involved in a NATO RTA research project with Greece.
Tom has also been active in community service as the United Way of Greater Williamsburg liaison to the Combined Federal Campaign and, in addition to serving as committee chair for several UW committees, he has also served as Board President. Tom is also a member of the Rotary Club of Williamsburg, where he has also served as Club President.