Dr. Fabio Caiazzo


  • B.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, University of Studies of Naples “Federico II”, 2006
  • M.Sc., Aerospace Engineering (Aerodynamics), Delft University of Technology, 2010
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Advisor: Professor Steven Barrett)

Fields: Air-Breathing Propulsion, Air Quality, Atmospheric Science

Lab Role: Postdoctoral Associate

Email: fcaiazzo@mit.edu

I come from Naples, Italy, where I obtained my Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering. Afterwards I specialized with a Masters degree in Aerodynamics at Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. Currently I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment at MIT. My research focuses on air quality and on the impact of aircraft condensation trails (contrails). The first part of my study aims to give an assessment of the current and future health impacts of different human activities in the US, accounting for different mitigation scenarios for the emissions in the future. The second part of my research aims to estimate the climate impact of condensation trails and contrail cirrus, and to eventually integrate the results in an air traffic management tool.


Publications and Presentations

“Global, regional and local health impacts of civil aviation emissions,” Yim, S.H.L., Lee, G.L., Lee, I.W., Allroggen, F., Ashok, A., Caiazzo, F., Eastham, S.D., Malina, R., Barrett, S.R.H., Environmental Research Letters 10, 2015. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/3/034001

“Quantifying the climate impacts of albedo changes due to biofuel production: a comparison with biogeochemical effects,” Caiazzo, F., Malina, R., Staples, M.D., Wolfe, P.J., Yim, S.H.L., Barrett, S.R.H., Environmental Research Letters 9 (2), 2014. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/2/024015

“Evaluation of aircraft contrails using dynamic dispersion model,” Li, J., Caiazzo, F., Chen, N., Sridhar, B., Ng, H., Barrett, S.R.H., AIAA GNC/AFM/MST/I@A Conference, Boston, 2013, AIAA 2013-5178. DOI: 10.2514/6.2013-5178

“Air pollution and early deaths in the United States. Part I: Quantifying the impact of major sectors in 2005,” Caiazzo, F., Ashok A., Waitz I.A., Yim S.H.L., Barrett, S.R.H., Atmospheric Environment 79, pp. 198-208, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.05.081

“Optimization of a supersonic nozzle,” Lassaline, J.V., Walsh, P.C., Vrchota, P., Caiazzo, F., International Review of Aerospace Engineering 2 (2), pp. 77-83, 2009

“Evaluation and improvement of the SCIROCCO facility for simulation of CO plasma in case of Mars and Venus entry,” Caristia, S., De Filippis, F., Purpura, C., Carandente, R., Caiazzo, F., 3rd International Planetary Probe Workshop, Anavyssos, Attica, Greece, 2005