Raymond N. Laoulache, Ph.D.

Raymond N. LaoulacheAssociate Professor

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Brown University, 1987
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 1983
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 1980

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  • Phone: 508.999.8540
  • Fax: 508.999.8881
  • Office: Violette Building, Room 214


Dr. Raymond N. Laoulache has 33 years of industrial and teaching experience. He joined UMass Dartmouth in 1988. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1987, his MS and BS from Northeastern University in 1983 and 1980 respectively. His doctoral work was on the experimental measurements of flow reversal and the simulation of geothermal flows under laboratory conditions. His MS thesis was on the design of a solar collector as a generator in a Lithium-Bromide heating and cooling system.

Dr. Laoulache served as the ASME Faculty Advisor from 1990 until 1999. Under his supervision, students members of ASME embarked on two major national design competitions, the Mini-Baja Midwest Contest sponsored by SAE, and the Solar Splash sponsored by the Solar Division of ASME, and won several awards, most notably the Solar Splash World Championship won by the UMass Dartmouth ASME/IEEE chapters in 1997. At the national level, Dr. Laoulache was the Representative of ASME Region I Senior Student Section Committee for all ASME Student Chapters in New England & part of Canada.

Dr. Laoulache practiced engineering between 1977 & 1980. In 1987, he was a post doctoral recipient at the lightwave fiber optics laboratory at Brown University. He conducted extensive experiments on preforms doping with rare earth elements using the Modified Vapor Deposition Process.

In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Laoulache serves as consultant to the industry. His consulting work includes studies on electronic packaging, materials adhesion, impact measurements of steam valves, steam turbines, heat exchangers, closed-loop nonlinear controllers, flow of high speed gases under high pressure, and pollution control.

Dr. Laoulache's research interests are in computational fluid dynamics & renewable energy. His current research is on modeling hydrokinetic crossflow turbines and autonomous underwater vehicles. In addition, Dr. Laoulache is in the process of completing a book with Dr. John Rice on "Advanced Engineering Mathematics: An Integrated Approach," to be published by John Wiley and Sons.

Areas of interest

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Parallel Computing
  • Renewable Energy