Richard Lueptow has worked in McCormick's Office of the Dean since late 2007 and has been a professor of mechanical engineering since 1988. His research interests and expertise range from fundamental flow physics to water purification on manned spacecraft to planetary acoustics.

Rich teaches Product Design and Development in the Master of Product Design and Development Management Program (MPD2), which focuses on training mid-career engineers and scientists in product design and development for today's global marketplace.


ScD, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA

SM, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA

BS, Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Research Interests

Granular flows; fluid mixing; granular mixing and segregation; Taylor-Couette flows; chaos; reverse osmosis and filtration

Significant Recognition

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Teacher of the Year Award (2 times)

Society of Automotive Engineers Teetor Educational Award

American Society for Engineering Education Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award

William M. Carey Award, National Fire Protection Research Foundation (2 times)

Space Act Award from the NASA Inventions and Contributions Board

Fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, 2008