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David A. Cavalieri
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineer

Address: 204C Nieuwland Science Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA


Phone: 574.631.4339

David Cavalieri joined the Notre Dame faculty as a Research Specialist in 2004 before becoming a Mechanical Engineer in the Engineering and Design Core Facility in 2016. He is responsible for designing, fabricating, installing, and operating wind tunnels and road-testing and flight-testing experimental apparatus. This includes certifying major modifications to jet aircraft through the Federal Aviation Administration. David graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with bachelor and master's degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, holds three patents, and has co-authored journal articles in various fields.

Justin Crepp

Justin R. Crepp 

Address: 339C Nieuwland Science Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA


Phone: 574.631.4092

Justin R. Crepp is the Frank M. Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics and Director of the EDCF. He designs and builds instruments for the largest telescopes in the world. Crepp's research involves developing new technologies and observational techniques to detect and study planets orbiting other stars. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2013, Crepp was awarded a NASA Early Career Fellowship for his work to develop a new type of astronomical spectrograph that uses adaptive optics. In 2017, Crepp won the NSF Career Fellowship for his research at the Large Binocular Telescope. Prior to working at Notre Dame, Crepp was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in astrophysics from the University of Florida in 2008. View his faculty page here.

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James E. Smous
Lead Engineer

Address: 204A Nieuwland Science Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA


Phone: 574.631.8127

Jim Smous joined Notre Dame Research in 2016 as Lead Engineer in the EDCF. He is responsible for developing prototype instrumentation, engineering consultation, and directing the activities of the facility. He has a B.S. in Opto-Electronic Engineering from the University of Houston, a M.S. in Engineering from Purdue University, and holds 12 patents from mixed fields. He is a creative engineer with broad knowledge of electronics, hardware, optics, and software technologies and he specializes in machine vision and interdisciplinary design. For the 20 years prior to joining Notre Dame, James was owner and Principal Engineer at Jamestown Engineering Inc.