John McHugh

Phone: (603) 862-1899
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm 306C, Durham, NH 03824
John McHugh

Prof. McHugh has interests in fluid mechanics and applied math. He has held full-time positions at the David Taylor Research Center and the Transocean. He is a frequent visitor to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and he has held visiting positions at the Air Force Geophysics Lab, the Jet Propulsion Lab, MIT, and University College London.

Prof. McHugh is primary interested in analytical and computational solutions to physical problems. His current research topics include internal waves in the atmosphere of earth and other planets, origins of the deep ocean circulations, and non-linear waves on the surface of a fluid.


  • Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan
  • B.S., University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • IAM 962: Numerical PDE's
  • ME 503: Thermodynamics
  • ME 603: Heat Transfer
  • ME 707/807: Analytical Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 797: Honors Seminar
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Shaw, S., & McHugh, J. P. (2019). Evolution of a line vortex in stratified flow. PHYSICAL REVIEW FLUIDS, 4(6). doi:10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.064803

Arredondo, R., & Mchugh, J. P. (2018). MEAN DISPLACEMENT NEAR AN INTERFACE IN A NONLINEAR STRING. SIAM JOURNAL ON APPLIED MATHEMATICS, 78(3), 1470-1488. doi:10.1137/16M1092933

McHugh, J. P., & Barkey, D. (2017). Nonlinear evolution of a thin anodic film. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES, 473(2202). doi:10.1098/rspa.2016.0930

McHugh, J. P. (2015). Incidence and reflection of internal waves and wave-induced currents at a jump in buoyancy frequency. NONLINEAR PROCESSES IN GEOPHYSICS, 22(3), 259-274. doi:10.5194/npg-22-259-2015

Sitarski, D., Lee, R. J., Saylor, J. R., & McHugh, J. P. (2013). Large-Scale Circulation in a Rectangular Enclosure With Periodic Boundary Temperature. JOURNAL OF FLUIDS ENGINEERING-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 135(7). doi:10.1115/1.4024011

Barkey, D., & McHugh, J. (2010). Pattern Formation in Anodic Aluminum Oxide Growth by Flow Instability and Dynamic Restabilization. JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, 157(11), C388-C391. doi:10.1149/1.3484095

McHugh, J. P., Jumper, G. Y., & Chun, M. (2008). Balloon Thermosonde Measurements over Mauna Kea and Comparison with Seeing Measurements. PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC, 120(874), 1318-1324. doi:10.1086/595871

McHugh, J. P., Dors, I., Jumper, G. Y., Roadcap, J. R., Murphy, E. A., & Hahn, D. C. (2008). Large variations in balloon ascent rate over Hawaii. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 113(D15). doi:10.1029/2007JD009458

McHugh, J. P. (2008). Mean flow generated by an internal wave packet impinging on the interface between two layers of fluid with continuous density. THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS, 22(2), 107-123. doi:10.1007/s00162-008-0078-1

McHugh, J. P., & Watt, D. W. (1998). Surface waves impinging on a vertical wall. PHYSICS OF FLUIDS, 10(1), 324-326. doi:10.1063/1.869543

Most Cited Publications