Prof. Richard M. Lueptow is Senior Associate Dean at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Co-Founder of the Master of Product Design and Development Program, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Chemical & Biological Engineering (by courtesy), and former Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. He received his BS in engineering (1978) from Michigan Technological University and his master’s degree (1980) and doctorate (1986) in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has five years of product development experience in the biomedical industry and over three decades of academic experience on the faculty at Northwestern University. His research interests and expertise range from fundamental flow physics to water purification to dynamical systems. His current research focuses on granular flow dynamics and molecular simulations. He has published over 170 journal papers and 6 patents. He has received numerous teaching and research awards and is a Registered Professional Engineering, as well as a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.