Douglas Bohl receives promotion at Clarkson University


Doug Bohl

Clarkson University President Tony Collins announced that Douglas Bohl has been promoted from Associate Professor to Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Bohl has been a faculty member at Clarkson University since 2006. He received his doctorate. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 2002. After graduation, he worked as an Assistant Research Professor at the United States Naval Academy and as a Research Engineer in the Indian Head Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

His research interests focus on the development and application of new diagnostic techniques for the measurement of fluid flows. Bohl was part of a multidisciplinary group that developed a new experimental technique called molecular labeling velocimetry, which can be used to study motion, heat transfer, and mixing in fluids. His experimental work focuses on unstable aerodynamics, vortex dynamics, multiphase flow fields, mixing and release and dispersion of volatile / hazardous chemicals.

He includes undergraduates in his research activities and has overseen independent research projects for more than 40 undergraduates. Bohl and his research team recently received a grant from the NSF to improve the aerodynamic performance of luge sleds used by American athletes in national and international competitions, including the Olympics. Dr. Bohl’s research group also studied the hydrodynamics of modified airfoils according to the fins of humpback whales. In recent years, engineers have started to use the natural world as inspiration for engineering solutions. Dr Bohl is currently a member of an American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Teaching Excellence Working Group that is developing a national recognition program to improve teaching effectiveness in engineering schools.

In 2020, he was elected Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Bohl has been recognized for his teaching, receiving the Michigan State University Excellence in Teaching Citation and the Clarkson University Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award. He has also received the John W. Graham Clarkson Research Award and the Clarkson Teaching Excellence Recognition on several occasions.

Bohl has written numerous journal articles and conference proceedings. He and his students have presented their findings at professional conferences and given guest seminars across North America. Bohl’s research funding, totaling more than $ 7,600,000, includes grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Naval Sea Systems Command and from several industrial sources. In 2009, Bohl was awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER Fellowship.

Doug is an avid biker outside of work. He is most comfortable riding his mountain bike on local trails and training for endurance races. In 2013, Doug competed and completed the Leadville Trail 100, a 100 mile mountain bike race in the mountains of Colorado. Over the winter, Doug’s interests shifted to the sport of luge where he competed as a master athlete, served as 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 deputy leader with the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad (PVRS) and the Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK). Doug and his wife Coreen have two sons, Bailey and Noah.


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