Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Douglas Bohl has been promoted from associate professor to professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.
Bohl has been a faculty member at Clarkson University since 2006. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 2002. Following graduation, he worked as a research assistant professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and as a research engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division.
His research interests are in the development and application of new diagnostic techniques for measurement of fluid flows. Bohl has been a part of a multidisciplinary group that developed a novel experimental technique called Molecular Tagging Velocimetry, which can be used to study motion, heat transfer, and mixing in fluids. His experimental work focuses on unsteady aerodynamics, vortex dynamics, multiphase flow fields, mixing and the release and dispersion of volatile/hazardous chemicals.
He includes undergraduates in his research activities and has supervised independent research projects for more than 40 undergraduate students. Bohl and his research team were recently awarded an NSF grant to improve the performance of the aerodynamics of luge sleds used by U.S. athletes in national and international competitions, including the Olympic Games. Dr. Bohl’s research group has also been investigating the hydrodynamics of airfoils modified based on the flippers of humpback whales. In recent years engineers have begun to utilize the natural world as inspiration for engineering solutions. Dr. Bohl is currently a member of an ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Taskforce on Teaching Excellence that is developing a national recognition program to enhance teaching effectiveness in engineering faculty.
In 2020, he was elected a Fellow of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Bohl has been recognized for his teaching, having received the Michigan State University Excellence in Teaching Citation and the Clarkson University Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award. He has also received Clarkson’s John W. Graham Faculty Research Award, and Clarkson’s Teaching Excellence Recognition multiple times.
Bohl has written numerous journal articles and conference proceedings. He and his students have presented their findings at professional conferences and have given invited seminars throughout North America. Bohl’s research funding, totaling over $7,600,000, includes grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Defence Threat Reduction Agency, Naval Sea Systems Command, and multiple industrial sources. In 2009, Bohl was awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER grant.
Doug is an avid biker outside of work. He is most at home on his mountain bike riding on the local trails and training for endurance races. In 2013 Doug competed in and finished the Leadville Trail 100, a 100 mile mountain bike race high in the mountains of Colorado. During the winter Doug’s interests switch to the sport of luge where he has competed as a Masters athlete, served as the president of the Adirondack Luge Club, and is a race official for the US Luge Association. Doug volunteers in the community as an Advanced EMT and Assistant Chief with the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad (PVRS) and Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK). Doug and his wife Coreen have two sons, Bailey and Noah.