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Dr. Turso works in the area of advanced instrumentation and control. His current assignments have focused on the design and application of shipboard control systems. He was part of the machinery control system commissioning team aboard the USS Makin Island (LHD8), the US Navy’s first Hybrid-drive (gas turbine/induction electric motor) ship, and has been part of the development team for the machinery control system of the USS Gerald Ford. As an engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, his research focused on health parameter estimation and control of jet engines. While at Westinghouse his duties related to the monitoring and control nuclear plant systems and components, and was an instructor at the Reactor Engineering School. Over the course of his career, he has taught over 20 college-level courses in a variety of engineering disciplines at several universities. Dr. Turso has a M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical and nuclear engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a B.S. in marine engineering from the S.U.N.Y. Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. He also holds a U.S.C.G. 3rd Assistant Engineer’s license, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.

Turso, J. A., and R. M. Edwards. “Kalman Filter-Based Maximum A Posteriori Probability Detection of Boiling Water Reactor Stability,” IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, Vol. 12, No. 5, September 2004

Turso, J.A., Litt, J.S., “A Foreign Object Damage Event Detector Data Fusion System for Turbofan Engines,” AIAA Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, Vol. 2, No. 7, July 2005.

Turso, J., Lawrence, C., and Litt, J., “Reduced-Order Modeling and Wavelet Analysis of Turbofan Engine Structural Response due to Foreign Object Damage (FOD) Events,” ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, July 2007.

Turso, J.A., Logan, K., Brick, D.C., "Shipboard Applications of Advanced Model-based Sensor Diagnostics," Northrop Grumman Technical Review Journal, August, 2007. (Winner, 2007 Best Paper Award).

Turso, J.A., Litt, J.S., “Toward an Intelligent, Deterioration Accomodating Controller for Aging Turbofan Engines,” The Aeronautical Journal, October 2008.

Turso, J.A., Ainsworth, W, Dusang, L., Smith, L, “U.S.S. Makin Island: Simulation-Based Analysis and its Role in Electric-Plant Control System Design,” Electric Ship Technology Symposium, Alexandria, VA, 2007.

Turso, J., T. Dalton, S. McCullough , C. Bottorff, W. Ainsworth, C. Mako, S. Foster, R. Peden, D. Johnson, “U.S.S. Makin Island Auxiliary Propulsion System: Identification and Accommodation of System-Level Interactions,” Electric Machinery Technology Symposium (EMTS), American Society of Naval Engineers, 2010.

Turso, J., Simon, D., Boughner, A., Buonamici, G., Johnson, D., and Rucker, H., “Propulsion Simulator/Stimulator Development for US NAVY’S Newest Gas Turbine-Powered Ship, LHD 8 USS Makin Island,” Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea and Air GT2010, Glasgow, UK, 2010.

Lawson, M., Turso, J., “Development and Hardware-In-The-Loop Analysis of Commercial Marine-Nuclear Propulsion Plant Programmable Logic Controller-Based Control,” Proceedings of the American Nuclear Society NPIC&HMIT 2012, San Diego, CA 2012

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