Nicholas A. Pohlman, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Office Location: EB 216
Office Phone: 815-753-9913


  • 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

Research Interests

  • 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
  • Design at the Intensity Frontier – Component and detector development providing structural, thermal-fluid, and integration design support for high energy physics experiments.
  • Estimation and Control – Create experimental systems with appropriate sensors for robust evaluation of state in order to conduct responsive, real-time control.

Selected Projects

  • Design of beamline components for mu2e including muon beam stop, instrument feedthrough bulkhead, and integrated rail positioning, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
  • Detector development for g-2 in support of tracker system, flammable gas flow delivery, and magnetic fringe field, 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).
  • Modeling and evaluation of beamline components,” Advanced Photon Source Argonne National Laboratory

Professional Associations

  • American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Intrapreneurship Advisory Board, Ideal Industries

Selected Publications

  • Link, K., Pohlman, N.A., “Deicing Simulations for Windshields in Commercial Vehicle Applications,” SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, 11(1):17-30, 2018,
  • Spitulnik, A., Pohlman N.A., “Erosion boundary effects due to fill fraction variation within quasi-2D granular tumblers,” Powder Technology, September 2017,
  • Muon g-2 Collaboration, “The Measurement of the Anomalous Magnetic Moment of the Muon at Fermillab,” Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, Vol. 44, 2015, Article 031211.
    • Muon g-2 Collaboration, “Muon (g-2) Technical Design Report,” arXiv: 1501.06858, 2015.
    • Mu2e Collaboration, “Mu2e Technical Design Report,” arXiv: 1501.05241, 2014.\
  • Si, Y., Pohlman, N.A., “Transient behavior of granular materials with symmetric conditions for tumbler shapes and fill fractions,” Granular Matter, Vol 18, 2015, Article 63.
  • Klisiewicz, P., Roberts, J.H., Pohlman, N.A., “Segregation of Titanium Powder with Polydisperse Size Distribution: Spectral and Correlation Analysis,” Powder Technology, Vol. 272, 2014, pp. 204-210.
  • Lenczewski, M., Pohlman, N.A., “Engaging Undergraduate Students in Hydrophilanthropy in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,” Water Resources IMPACT, Vol. 18, 2014, pp 22-24.
  • Pohlman, N. A., Paprocki, Jr., D. F., “Transient Behavior of Granular Materials as Result of Tumbler Shape and Orientation Effects,” Granular Matter, Vol. 15, 2013, pp. 39-47.
  • 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.

Work Experience

Nicholas A. Pohlman