John W. Cipolla

Professor Emeritus,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


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Research Focus

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


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

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

Research Overview

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

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


Jul 11, 2017

Cipolla Elected Honorary Member of the ASME

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


Apr 28, 2017

Cipolla Retires after 45 Years of Service

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: News @ Northeastern John Cipolla, professor emeritus of mechanical and industrial engineering, likes to compare the thrill of teaching to the rush of driving a racecar. “You […]

Jun 01, 2016

Influencing Students for Several Decades

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 reach their highest potentials. Source: Northeastern Magazine These senior engineering professors became friends and research collaborators soon after joining the faculty in 1971. Celebrating careers […]

May 09, 2014

Eminent Service to Education

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor John Cipolla was selected to receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Edwin F. Church Medal for eminent service in increasing the value, importance and attractiveness of mechanical engineering education. The $2500 award was established in 1973 by Edwin F. Church, Jr., who was a devoted member os ASME. Cipolla’s areas […]

Jul 14, 2011

Cipolla Awarded for his Dedicated Service

MIE Professor John Cipolla is the recipient of an ASME Dedicated Service Award for his 20 years of involvement and leadership in the Center of Education at ASME.

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