Nicholas A. Pohlman
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2006
- S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2000
- Granular Flows – Fundamental principles of granular materials such as boundary flow effects, energy loss in transportation devices, transient dynamics from unsteady forcing.
- Energy Optimization – Evaluating and designing mechanical systems and operational methods for optimal consumption and generation of total energy.
- Biomass Energy – Material handling and utilization for local energy conversion
- Estimation and Control – Create experimental systems with appropriate sensors for robust evaluation of state in order to conduct responsive, real-time control.
- Multi-phase Fluid Dynamics – Determining the changes in flow velocity profiles as related to phase concentration and mixing/separation of phases due to flow field.
- Facutly Associate, Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability and Energy, (September 2010 – present)
- Faculty Associate, Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development, (May 2009 – present)
- Faculty, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIU (2008 – present)
- Scientific Officer and Industrial Liaison, International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University (2006 – 2008)
- American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics
- American Society for Engineering Education
- Pohlman, N. A., Roberts, J. A., Gonser, M. J., “Characterization of Titanium Powder: Microscopic views and Macroscopic flow,” Powder Technology, Vol. 228, 2012, pp. 141-148.
- Pohlman, N. A., Ghrayeb, O., Vohra, P., “Developing a disciplinary honours programme within an engineering college,” Global Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 14, 2012, pp. 20-26.
- Pohlman, N. A., Ottino, J. M., and Lueptow, R. M., “Unsteady Granular Flows in a Rotating Tumbler,” Physical Review E, Vol. 80, September 2009, pp. 031302.
- Blazey, G., Chakraborty, D., Dyshkant, A., Francis, K., Hedin, D., Hill, J., Lima, G., Powell, J., Salcido, P., Zutshi, V., Demarteau, M., Rubinov, P., Pohlman, N., “Directly Coupled Tiles as Elements of a Scintillator Calorimeter with MPPC Readout,” Nuclear Instruments and Methods A, Vol. 605, 2009, pp. 277-281.
- Pohlman, N. A., Ottino, J. M., and Lueptow, R. M., “End Wall Effects in Granular Tumblers: From Quasi-2D Flow to Three-Dimensional Flow,” Physical Review E, Vol. 74, September 2006, pp. 031305.
- Pohlman, N. A., Meier, S. W., Lueptow, R. M., and Ottino, J. M., “Surface Velocity in Three Dimensional Granular Tumblers,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 560, July 2006, pp. 355-368.
- Pohlman, N. A., Severson, B. L., Ottino, J. M., and Lueptow, R. M., “Surface Roughness Effects in Granular Matter: Influence on Angle of Repose and the Absence of Segregation,” Physical Review E, Vol. 73, March 2006, pp. 031304.
- Engineering support of high energy physics experiments mu2e and g-2, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
- A continuous-operation variable-feedstock biomass gasifier design based on indigenous materials, Environmental Protection Agency – P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition.
- Transport and processing of biomass stock materials, Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program (IL Dept. of Ag).
- On-farm conversion of biomass to syngas, electric power or fertilizer, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA).
- Modeling and evaluation of beamline components,” Advanced Photon Source – Argonne National Laboratory