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Dr. Richard Figliola

University Centennial Professor, Alumni Distinguished Professor and David A Brown Endowed Scholar of Mechanical Engineering

Thermal/Fluid Sciences

Office: 247 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-5635
Fax: (864) 656-4435

Richard Figliola is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at Clemson University. He has served previously as ME Department Chair. In 2011, he received the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence, Clemson University’s highest faculty award. A Fellow of ASME, he serves on the ASME PTC 19.1 - the National Committee on Test Uncertainty. Dr. Figliola has published extensively in the area of fluid and thermal transport and many of his publications discuss novel measurement methods. He is senior author of an engineering measurements textbook that is now its 6th edition. He holds 5 patents and has engineered several successful commercial products. He has a background in aerospace and heat transfer, which still occupy part of his research as they relate to air vehicle systems integration and uncertainty analysis. His research in biofluid mechanics involves experimental patient-specific models to better understand the hemodynamics associated with right heart congenital defects and single ventricle physiology. Since, January 2010 he has served as the US leader of the Leducq Foundation Transatlantic Network focused on Single Ventricle Heart Defects, which involves 8 engineering and clinical centers in the US and Europe. His recent works are supported by the Leducq Foundation, NIH, National Science Foundation, and the US Air Force.


PhD, University of Notre Dame, 1979
MS, University of Notre Dame, 1976
BS, University of Notre Dame, 1974 

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics and energy transport in a broad range of engineered devices. Current funded projects: fluid mechanics of the right heart circulation and the single ventricle heart circulation; validation, verification and uncertainty quantification in engineering models. Sponsors: NIH, Leducq Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory. 

Selected Publications

Grier B, Alynanak E, Camberos J, White M, Figliola RS, Numerical integration techniques for discontinuous manufactured solutions, J Comp Physics, 2014;278:193–203.

Vukicevic M, Conover T, Jaeggli M, Zhou J, Pennati G., Hsia TY, Figliola RS. Control of Respiration-Driven Retrograde Flow in the Subdiaphragmatic Venous Return of the Fontan Circulation, ASAIO J, 2014;60(4):391-399.

Biglino G, Schievano S, Baker C, Giardini A., Figliola RS, Taylor A., Hsia TY, In-vitro study of the Norwood palliation: a patient-specific mock circulatory system, ASAIO J, 2012;58(1):25-31

Figliola RS, and DE Beasley, Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements – 6th edition, Wiley, New York, 2015. Many foreign translations.

Richard Figliola