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John W. Cipolla

334 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • PhD (1969), Engineering, Brown University
  • ScM (1967), Engineering, Brown University
  • BSME (1965), Drexel University

Research & Scholarship Interests

Mathematical methods and modeling; thermodynamics; fluid dynamics; kinetic theory of gases; thermophoresis of aerosols

Honors & Awards

  • Edwin F. Church Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2014)
  • COE Award for Outstanding Teaching (2011)
  • ASME Dedicated Service Award (2011)
  • Fellow ASME (1991)
  • Outstanding ME Faculty Award (Pi Tau Sigma, 1990)

Teaching Interests

  • Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Aerosol Mechanics
  • Applied Mathematics

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers International

Selected Publications

  • G. Jia, Y. Yener, J.W. Cipolla, Thermophoresis of a Radiating Aerosol in Laminar Boundary Layer Flow, Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, 6(3), 1992, 476-482
  • G. Jia, Y. Yener, J.W. Cipolla, Radiation between Two Concentric Spheres Separated by a Participating Medium, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 46(1), 1991, 11-19
  • D. DiGiovanni, T.F. Morse, J.W. Cipolla, Theoretical Modeling of the Incorporation of Phosphorus Doping in the MCVD Process, Journal of American Ceramic Society, 71(11), 1988, 914-923
  • J.W. Cipolla, T.F. Morse, Laser Modification of Thermophoretic Deposition, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 97(1), 1984, 137-148
  • J.W. Cipolla, M.B. Silevitch, On the Temporal Development of a Plasma Sheath, Journal of Plasma Physics, 25(3), 1981, 373-389
  • J.W. Cipolla, H. Lang, S.K. Loyalka, Kinetic Theory of Condensation and Evaporation II, Journal of Chemical Physics, 61(1), 1974, 69
  • J.W. Cipolla, T.F. Morse, Kinetic Theory of an Optically Pumped Gas, Physics of Fluids, 14(9), 1971, 1850

Related News

July 11, 2017

COE Distinguished Professor Emeritus John W. Cipolla has been elected an honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

April 28, 2017

COE celebrated the retirement of John W. Cipolla, Donald W. Smith Professor of Mechanical Engineering and COE Distinguished Professor, for 45 years of dedication to Northeastern University. Source:...

June 1, 2016

Professors Michael Silevitch (ECE) and John Cipolla (MIE) have worked at Northeastern University training thousands of students for over four decades and have setup funds to push these students to...