Clarkson University Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering John B. McLaughlin will be named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's spring 2018 Commencement on May 12. He will be honored for exemplary service to the University.
McLaughlin has served as a faculty member at Clarkson University for 44 years. He began his academic career in the Department of Physics in 1974 and served in that department as an assistant professor until 1979 and the executive officer from 1975 to1978. He joined the then Department of Chemical Engineering in 1979, was promoted to associate professor in 1980 to full Professor in 1989. He also served as department chair from 2012 until 2017.
Research directed by McLaughlin has emphasized the fundamental understanding of polymer behavior, fluid mechanics, and reaction engineering through computational modeling at different scales, encompassing molecular dynamics and continuum modeling.
McLaughlin has published more than 73 peer-reviewed research papers and has contributed to 21 book chapters and proceedings publications. He has supervised 17 master of science students and 10 Ph.D. students that have been supported, in part, through many research grants and contracts including those from the State of New York, federal sources, like the Department of Energy and U.S. Army, and corporate contacts.
For his successful grantsmanship, he was inducted into Clarkson's "Million Dollar Club." He has presented his research results to the engineering and scientific community in 81 contributed talks and has given an additional 50 invited talks.
While McLaughlin’s research has positively impacted the education of graduate students, he has also been recognized as a distinguished teacher in the classroom for undergraduates.
In recognition of his well-received lectures, he has twice been the recipient of the student-selected Omega Chi Epsilon Teacher of the Year award. He also received the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Faculty Award, the University Distinguished Teaching Award and the Outstanding Advisor Award.
McLaughlin has taught almost all of the courses in chemical engineering over his long employment with Clarkson, as well as many engineering science and physics courses.
He has overseen the department computer facilities and participated in numerous department committees, including the graduate and teaching enhancement committees. He served on University-level committees such as the tenure and promotion committee, focus group for strategic plan curriculum committee, formal hearing committee (chair), materials engineering committee and several steering committees for computational resource considerations. He has also served as a faculty senator. Outside of Clarkson, McLaughlin is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and has chaired many symposium sessions over the years.