I grew up in Syracuse, NY and went west to start my chemical engineering training at Brigham Young University in 1974. I graduated with a BS in chemical engineering in 1980, having a break from school to serve as missionary in Belgium and France. I decided to come back east and earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1984. Although my degree is in chemical engineering, all of my research was done at the Strong Memorial Hospital at the Medical Center. I have been a member of the chemical engineering faculty at UNH since fall 1984.
I regularly teach Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers and Advanced Fluid Mechanics and have taught over a dozen different chemical engineering courses. In 2004, I started teaching a new course in Biomedical Engineering. My research in microvascular blood flow has been funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. I have supervised 9 graduate students at UNH. Several of them are still active in bioengineering work. Dr. Fu Wen Rong is currently Professor of Food Engineering at National Taiwan Ocean University. Dr. Gary Lee Bowlin is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Jewen Xiao is a member of the Structures Research Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Fan Wu is currently working at eh Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin.
During my association with UNH, I have been able to take advantage of some of the many educational opportunities here. I have taken classes in photomicrography, hematology, phlebotomy, statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics, beginning Russian and violin making. I have also taken courses in Computational Biofluids (University of Pittsburgh Super Computing Center) and Tissue Engineering (Rice University).
Outside UNH, I’ve been a Boy Scout leader for over twenty years. I try to play viola with my family string "orchestra" and have been violist and librarian with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (community music group). I am very happily married for thirty years to Teresa and we are parents to 10 children ranging from age 4 to 28. Here’s to our health!
Dialogue Essay: Can We Engineer Our Way to Good Health?