John McHugh, Associate Professor

John McHugh, Associate Professor

Parsons Hall N129
(603) 862-1899
(603) 862-1865


Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan
M.S., Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan
B.S., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan

Prof. McHugh has interests in fluid mechanics and applied math. He has held full-time positions at the David Taylor Research Center and the Transocean. He is a frequent visitor to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and he has held visiting positions at the Air Force Geophysics Lab, the Jet Propulsion Lab, MIT, and University College London.

Prof. McHugh is primary interested in analytical and computational solutions to physical problems. His current research topics include internal waves in the atmosphere of earth and other planets, origins of the deep ocean circulations, and non-linear waves on the surface of a fluid.

Research Areas

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Geophysical Flow
  • Stability and Waves
  • Atmospheric turbulence
  • Energy and the environment
  • Math


J. P. McHugh and R. H. J. Grimshaw, "Reflection of an internal wave at an interface representing a rapid increase in viscosity," Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, DOI:10.1080/03091929, 2013.

D. Sitarski, R. J. Lee, J. R. Saylor, and J. P. McHugh, "Large-scale circulation n a rectangular enclosure with periodic boundary temperature," Journal of Fluids Engineering, v 135, 2013.

R. H. J. Grimshaw and J. P. McHugh, "Steady and unsteady nonlinear internal waves incident on an interface," Quarterly J. Royal Met Soc, DOI:10.1002/gj2093, 2012.

J. P. McHugh and R. D. Sharman, "Generation of mountain wave-induced mean flows and turbulence near the tropopause," Quarterly J. Royal Met Soc, DOI:10.1002/gj2035, 2012.