Professor John McLaughlin Named Chair of the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department at Clarkson University
Professor John McLaughlin
Professor John B. McLaughlin has been appointed chair of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Clarkson University, effective July 1. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1974 and served as a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard University before joining the Physics Department at Clarkson University. In 1979, he became an assistant professor in Clarkson’s Department of Chemical Engineering and a full professor there in 1989. Professor McLaughlin received the Omega Chi Epsilon Teacher of the year award in 1986 and 1987. In 1988, he received the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Faculty Award, and in 1991 he received the University Teaching Award.
For much of his career, McLaughlin’s research has focused on computational fluid dynamics using direct numerical simulation (“DNS”). He co-authored a paper that presented DNS results for chaotic Rayleigh-Benard thermal convection in 1982 and subsequently developed a DNS program for turbulent channel flow that resulted in a long series of papers with colleagues at Clarkson and elsewhere. Much of this work involved the tracking of small suspended particles. As part of this work, he co-authored several theoretical papers in which results for the forces acting on small inertial particles were either derived or computed.
In the late 1990s, he began a research program that involved theoretical modeling and experimental measurements of the behavior of bubbles in water containing surfactants. More recently, he has worked on computational modeling of polymers that have potential applications in medical research, photovoltaic devices, and other potential applications. Professor McLaughlin’s research has been funded by grants from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Amoco, the U.S. Army Research Office, Cameron Manufacturing, the Department of Energy, DuPont, NASA, the National Science Foundation, Primet Precision Materials Inc., Research Corporation, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence.
From left: Senior University Professor Richard Partch, Dr. Soujanya Chinnapareddy and Dr. Donald White (both of P&G) and Distinguished University Professor and CAMP Director S.V. Babu.