Calabrese, Richard V.

Richard Calabrese
1208C Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building
Research Interests: 

Multiphase flow, turbulence and mixing.

  • B.S. degree from the University of Rochester
  • M.S.  degrees from the University of Massachusetts
  • Ph.D., University of Massechusetts, 1976

Professor Calabrese served as Acting Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1992-1994.
Research Interests

Professor Calabrese is director of the High Shear Mixing Research Program (HSMRP) at Maryland. His expertise is in the areas of turbulent mixing and multiphase flow, with emphasis on drop dispersion and coalescence, prediction and measurement of particle size distribution, and prediction and measurement of velocity fields in stirred vessels, high shear mixers and other process equipment. He is the author of more than 65 publications and has given more than 250 presentations at conferences, universities and in industry.

He has been a consultant to numerous chemical and pharmaceutical companies including Altus Pharmaceuticals, Avecia Ltd., Bechtel National, Becton Dickinson, BHR Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Charles Ross & Son., Chemineer, ChevronTexaco, Colorcon, DOE-ORP, Dow Chemical Co., Dow Corning Corp., DuPont, Eli Lilly, Exxon, W.R. Grace, ICI Ltd., IGENE Biotechnology, Koch Materials Co., Life Technologies, Lightnin, Merck, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Searle/Pharmacia, S. C. Jonhson's & Son, Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Unilever, WSRC, Zeneca/Syngenta, and others.

Professional Memberships: 
  • Fellow of the AIChE
  • Founding member of the North American Mixing Forum (NAMF) of the AIChE
  • Emeritus member of NAMF’s Executive Council
  • Previously served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, National Program Chair and MPC of the 15th Biennial North American Mixing Conference
Honors and Awards: 


  • Poole & Kent Teaching Award for Senior Faculty, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, May 1997
  • Celebrating Teachers Award, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education, University of Maryland, May 1995
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, AIChE Student Chapter, University of Maryland, May 1995
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, December 1986


  • Visiting Scientist, PARSAT Group, DuPont Central Research and Development, Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE, July 1, 2000 to December 31, 2001
  • Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), elected Oct. 2000
  • North American Mixing Forum of the AIChE, 1997 Annual Award for Sustained Contributions to Mixing Research and Practice, AIChE Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 1997
  • Merck Distinguished Lecturer—Collaboratus V, Rutgers University, February 9, 1995
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom Science & Engineering Council, Sept. 1991 to Aug. 1992
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, United Kingdom, Sept. 1991 to June 1992
Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park