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Dr. Richard Figliola

University Centennial Professor and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering; David A Brown Endowed Scholar; Department Chair (acting)

Thermal/Fluid Sciences (Biofluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Measurements and Modeling)

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

Richard Figliola is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at Clemson University. He has served previously as ME Department Chair. He has received the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence, Clemson University’s highest faculty award, and was named the prestigious Clemson University Centennial Professor recognizing his contributions in teaching, research, and service. 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. His primary research in biofluid mechanics involves developing multi-scale models to better understand the hemodynamics associated with right heart congenital defects, single ventricle physiology, and anomalies of the circulation at the local and systems levels. 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
MS, University of Notre Dame
BS, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics and energy transport related to engineered devices and the human blood circulation.

Selected Publications

Hang T, Biglino G, Giardini A, Conover T, Figliola RS. In-vitro Validation of a Multi-scale, Patient-specific Model of the Norwood Circulation, ASAIO J, 2016;62(3).

Hsia TY and Figliola RS. Multiscale Modeling of Single Ventricle Hearts for Clinical Decision Support. Eur J Cardio Thor Surg 2016;49(2):365-368. Invited Editorial.

Zhou J, Esmaily-Moghadam M, Hsia TY, Marsden A, Figliola RS. In vitro Assessment of the Assisted Bidirectional Glenn procedure for Stage One Single Ventricle Repair. Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, 2015; 6(3): 256-267.

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.

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

Richard Figliola