Irma and Ross McCollum/William H. Corcoran Professor in the Divisions of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Applied Science
Richard Flagan is the Irma and Ross McCollum/William H. Corcoran Professor in the Divisions of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology. He is also the Chair of the Faculty at Caltech. Flagan graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering. Professor Flagan is widely acknowledged for his research on aerosols, both in the atmosphere and in aerosol processing of materials. He has made numerous contributions to aerosol measurements, including the scanning mobility particle sizer, and new mobility analyzers that enable measurements of particle size distributions to 1 nm in diameter. Professor Flagan has received numerous awards and honors.
He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Professor Flagan received the Fuchs Award that is given jointly by the American Association for Aerosol Research, the Gesellschaft for Aerosolforschung, and the Japan Association of Aerosol Science and Technology in 2006. This award is given every four years, an award that is given every four years and considered the highest honor bestowed for work in the field of aerosol science. He has also received the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology, and the Thomas Baron Award in Fluid Particle Systems from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, among numerous other awards. He has served as President of the American Association for Aerosol Research, and Editor in Chief of its journal, Aerosol Science and Technology. He is the author of numerous scientific papers, and one book, Fundamentals of Air Pollution Engineering. He also holds a number of patents for instruments that he has invented and for a number of aerosol reactor technologies.