Richard M. Lueptow is Senior Associate Dean for Operations and Research at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Co-Founder of the Master of Product Design and Development Management Program, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and former Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. He received his BS in engineering (1978) from Michigan Technological University and his master’s degree (1980) and doctorate (1986) in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has five years of product development experience in the biomedical industry and nearly three decades of academic experience on the faculty at Northwestern University. He has received numerous teaching and research awards and is a Registered Professional Engineer as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Rich Lueptow's research interests and expertise range from fundamental flow physics to water purification on manned spacecraft to planetary acoustics. His current research focuses on nonlinear systems and granular flow dynamics. He has published over 135 refereed journal papers and 6 patents.
Senior Associate Dean, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (2007-present). As Senior Associate Dean for Operations and Research, involved with a wide range of activities including oversight of finance, operations, research, new buildings and facilities, and professional graduate studies as well as contributing to strategy and faculty oversight.
Co-Founder, Master of Product Design and Development Management Program, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (2001-present). Co-founded the Master of Product Design and Development Program, which is aimed toward mid-career technical professionals training them to master the concepts and tools of product design and development. The program currently has about 70 students enrolled and was recognized in 2010 by BusinessWeek as one of the 30 best design programs in the world.