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Meet Clarkson

Doug Bohl

Scientific Athlete

Dr. Douglas Bohl has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (MAE) at Clarkson University since 2006.

Bohl got involved with luge after his now 13-year-old son tried out for the USA Luge development team last year. While traveling to the luge track in Lake Placid with his son each weekend, he met sports programs director and two-time Olympic medalist Mark Grimmette, at which point he proposed the idea for a research project to reduce aerodynamic drag on the sled.

Because of his involvement with USLA, Bohl also started to slide with the ADK Luge club in 2011. He competed last year in the US Masters Luge competition against former Olympic athletes and other club sliders.

After earning a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut, Bohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.  Following his graduate work, he was a research assistant professor at the United States Naval Academy and a research scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division outside of Washington DC.

Outside the luge world, Bohl’s research specializes in development and application of optical diagnostic techniques for measurement of fluid flows. His research is important in the development of a wide array of technologies ranges from wind turbines to high-performance aircraft.
Durig his career, Bohl has received multiple external grants from private companies, as well as AFOSR, AFRL Edwards, NAVSEA, and EPA. In 2009, he received a $400,000, five-year CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Outside the classroom, Bohl acts as the faculty advisor to the Clean Snowmobile Challenge SPEED team, a team that has placed first in competition more than once under his supervision. He is also a strong advocate for engineering in K-12 education and has written award-winning papers on the subject.