McCarthy received his BS degree (2002) in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY and both his MS (2004) and PhD (2006) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York City. His graduate research was focused on MEMS-based sensors and actuators for microfluidic, aerospace, and cooling applications. For his MS degree he worked on the development of a harsh environment silicon carbide shear stress sensor for use within hypersonic vehicle engines. His Doctoral thesis was on the design, fabrication and characterization of a novel microvalve for self-adaptive micro-cooling applications. McCarthy was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the MEMS Sensors and Actuators Lab (MSAL) at the University of Maryland in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2007 to 2009. At MSAL, his research efforts were focused on the development of emerging Power-MEMS technologies with particular emphasis on high-speed ball-bearing supported rotary micromachines, tribological characterization of rolling contact at the microscale, and nanostructured MEMS energy storage devices. From 2009 to 2010, McCarthy was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Device Research Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on compact air-cooled heat exchangers and novel nanofabrication techniques for thermal and fluidic applications.
His faculty appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University began September 2010. His research interests include multiscale thermofluidics, biotemplated nanofabrication, scalable nanomanufacturing, micro and nano-scale structures for enhancing phase change heat transfer, and transport and separation through nanoporous membranes.
Degrees / Education
- PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2006
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2004
- BS, Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, 2002
Multiscale thermofluidics; biotemplated nanofabrication and scalable nanomanufacturing; micro/nano-scale structures for enhancing phase change heat transfer; nanoscale transport and separations.
Areas of Study
- 2017 College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award
- 2016 Teacher’s Excellence Award - Undergraduate, Pi Tau Sigma
- 2015 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF CAREER)
- 2015 Outstanding Early Career Award ASME Int. Conf. on Nano, Micro, and Minichannels (ICNMM)
- 2015 Beer and Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
- 2015 Teacher’s Excellence Award – Undergraduate, Pi Tau Sigma
- 2014 Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Outstanding Teaching Award