Alan J. H. McGaughey-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Alan J. H. McGaughey

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Courtesy Appointment, Materials Science & Engineering

5000 Forbes Avenue
Scaife Hall 414
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-9605
Fax: 412-268-3348


As the dimensions of energy conversion and electro-mechanical devices approach the nanoscale, continuum theories cannot predict their behavior. Atomic-level simulations provide an opportunity to make such observations and to identify important physical mechanisms. Professor McGaughey's group applies molecular dynamics simulations, lattice dynamics calculations, and density functional theory calculations to understand material behavior at the atomic level. While based in mechanical engineering, the work draws tools and inspiration from materials science, physics, and chemistry.

Current projects include: (i) thermal transport in large unit cell crystals, hybrid organic-inorganic materials, and nanostructured semiconductors and (ii) electrocaloric cooling in ferroelectric polymers.

Previous projects include: thermal transport in superlattices and disordered materials, fluid flow and heat transfer in carbon nanotubes, and nanoscale copper oxidation.

Related News:

Carnegie Mellon collaborators discover the cause of vastly different thermal conductivities in superatomic structural analogues

McGaughey leads annual multidisciplinary simulators event

McGaughey named Associate Editor of Journal of Heat Transfer

McGaughey named Outstanding Referee of APS



B.Eng. 1998, McMaster University

M.A.Sc. 2000, University of Toronto

Ph.D. 2004, University of Michigan