Emilio Castaño Graff, PhD


  • B.S., M.S., Ph.D. California Institute of Technology (Aeronautics)
  • Don Coles Prize for the Ph.D. thesis exhibiting the best piece of experimental equipment


[1] Developed a two-component force balance using off-the-shelf load cells complete with calibration rig, electronics, and acquisition software.

[2] Transformed a lab-bench prototype into a repeatable, practical, easy-to-use instrument, now marketed by TSI, Inc., as V3V. Winner of the 2008 R&D 100 award.

[3] Conceived and implemented a two-dimensional search algorithm on the order of 600 times faster than the customer's previous implementation.

[4] Identified potential issues with a customer's control software and reduced the tracking error in the world's fastest telescope mounts by a factor of at least 100.

[5] Managed firmware design and developed user-end software for custom acquisition hardware, both now parts of Measurement Science Enterprise's sensor systems.

[6] Executed several optical designs—from theoretical to limited to off-the-shelf components; also performed optical device evaluation.

[7] Conceived, designed, fabricated, and tested various optomechanical systems and components.

[8] Performed engineering design, fabrication, and field experiments for erecting small obelisks (3.5 and 11 tons) with kites, culminating in the History Channel documentary Flying Pyramids, Soaring Stones.

[9] Executed a feasibility study of the use of gas centrifuges for the separation of carbon dioxide from methane.

Patents / Publications

[1] Graff, Emilio et al. "Single-Lens, Single-Sensor 3-D Imaging Device with a Central Aperture for Obtaining Camera Position." U.S. Patent 8,619,126. 2013-12-31.

[2] Gharib, Mory et al. "Method and Apparatus for Quantitative 3-D Imaging." U.S. Patent 8,576,381. 2013-11-05.

[3] Gharib, Mory et al. "Single-lens 3-D Imaging Device Using Polarization Coded Aperture Masks Combined with Polarization Sensitive Sensor." U.S. Patent 8,472,032. 2013-06-25.

[4] Gharib, Mory et al. "Method and System for Fast Three-Dimensional Imaging Using Defocusing and Feature Recognition." U.S. Patent 8,456,645. 2013-06-04.

[5] Gharib, Mory et al. "Single-lens, Single-aperture, Single-sensor 3-D Imaging Device." U.S. Patent 8,259,306. 2012-09-04.

[6] Gharib, Mory et al. "Method and System for Fast Three-Dimensional Imaging Using Defocusing and Feature Recognition." U.S. Patent 8,089,635. 2012-01-03.

[7] Gharib, Mory et al. "Single-Lens, Single-Aperture, Single-Sensor 3-D Imaging Device." U.S. Patent 7,916,309. 2011-03-29.

[8] Gharib, Mory et al. "Single-Lens 2-D Imaging Device Using a Polarization-Coded Aperture Masks Combined with a Polarization-Sensitive Sensor." U.S. Patent 7,894,078. 2011-02-22.

[9] Gharib, Mory et al. "Method and Apparatus for Quantitative 3-D Imaging." U.S. Patent 7,826,067. 2010-11-02.

[10]Graff, Emilio Castaño et al. "Single-Lens Aperture-Coded Camera for Three Dimensional Imaging in Small Volumes." U.S. Patent No. 7,612,870. 2009-11-03.

[11] Graff, Emilio Castaño and Hayes, Lance G. "Centrifuge and Cascade for the Separation of Gases." U.S. Patent No. 6,716,269. 2004-04-06.

[11] Graff, Emilio et al. "Sweeping Jet Actuators—A New Design Tool for High Lift Generation." NATO STO/AVT Workshop on Innovative Control Effectors for Military Vehicles. 2013-05-20.

[13] Seele, Roman et al. "Improving Rudder Effectiveness with Sweeping Jet Actuators." 6th AIAA Flow Control Conference. 2012-06-25.

[14] Seele, Roman et al. "Performance Enhancement of a Vertical Tail Model with Sweeping Jet Actuators."51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. 2013-01-07.

[15] Graff, Emilio Castaño and Gharib, Mory. "Performance Prediction of Point-Based Three-Dimensional Volumetric Measurement Systems." Measurement Science & Technology. 2008-06-12.

[16] Pereira, Francisco et al. "Microscale 3D Flow Mapping with μDDPIV." Experiments in Fluids. 2007-01-05.

[17] Pereira, Francisco et al. "Two-Frame 3D Particle Tracking." Measurement Science & Technology. 2006-06-07.

[18] Graff, Emilio Castaño et al. "Defocusing Digital Particle Image Velocimetry: A Volumetric DPIV Technique for Dual and Single Phase Flows." 14th International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics. 2008-07-07.

[19] Graff, Emilio Castaño et al. "Visualization of Bubbly Propeller Flow with Defocusing Digital Particle Image Velocimetry." 12th International Symposium on Flow Visualization. 2006-09-10.

[20] Graff, Emilio Castaño et al. "The Capabilities of Defocused Digital Particle Image Velocimetry." 6th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry. 2005-09-21.

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