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Acosta, Allan James (Mechanical Engineer)



  • Existence: 1924


Background: Caltech Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1954-1993 (Emeritus 1993- ); Caltech alumnus (BS, 1945; MS, 1949; PhD, 1952).
Biographical/Historical Collection Notes: Oral History 1994. A 64-page account, with interviewer Shirley K. Cohen, of Acosta's long association with Caltech, from the beginning in the navy V-12 program (WWII), through the postwar return to the Hydraulic Machinery Laboratory, association with Robert Knapp and cavitation studies, various pump projects. Reminiscences of Caltech professors, students and colleagues, especially in mechanical engineering and aeronautics.

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Interview with Allan J. Acosta, 1994-04-21 - 1994-05-19, 1998

Scope and Contents An interview in four sessions, in April and May 1994, with Allan James Acosta, Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering, emeritus, in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science. Acosta received his undergraduate and graduate education at Caltech (BS, 1945; MS, 1949; PhD, 1952). He joined the Caltech faculty in 1954 and became a full professor in 1966 and Hayman Professor in 1990. In this interview, he discusses growing up in Southern California during the...
Dates: 1994-04-21 - 1994-05-19; Publication: 1998