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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mark M. Murray, Ph.D.

Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Department
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
(410) 293-6451

     Duke University, 2000 
     Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering
     Dissertation “Hydroelasticity Modeling of Flexible Propulsors”

     Duke University, 1997
     Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering

     Duke University, 1986
     Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Research Areas:
Convective Heat Transfer Enhancement Utilizing Ferromagnetic Particle Laden Flow
Engineering Analysis of Aquatic Animal Control Surfaces

Professional Experience:
Submarine Qualified Officer, U.S. Navy (May 1986 – November 1993)

Recent Journal Publications:

  • “Unplugged cybersecurity: An approach for bringing computer science into the classroom”, Rachel Fees, Jennifer da Rosa, Sarah Durkin, Mark Murray and Angela L. Moran, International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, Vol 2, No 1, 2018.
  • "Experimental assessment of performance characteristics for pitching flexible propulsors." Egan, B.C., Brownell, C.J., and Murray, M.M., Journal of Fluids and Structures, 67, p. 22-33,  2016.
  • “The high dose response and functional capability of the DT-702PD lithium fluoride thermoluminescent dosimeter”, Lawlor, T., Tiberlake, M., Murray, M., Nelson, M., Mueller, A., Romanyukha, A., Fairchild, G., Grypp, M., and Williams, A., Health Physics, Vol. 108, Issue 5, pp. 514-519, May 2015.
  • "Midshipmen-Facilitated Informal STEM Education." da Rosa, J.A., S.S. Durkin, R. Hetlyn, M. Murray, and A.L. Moran, Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal, Volume 7, Number 2, Pages 31-40, 2015.
  • "Drag of suction cup tags on swimming animals: modeling and measurement," K. Alex Shorter, Mark M. Murray, Mark Johnson, Michael Moore and Laurens E. Howle, Marine Mammal Science, 30(2), pp. 726-746, April 2014
  • “Hydrodynamic performance of the flippers of large-bodied cetaceans in relation to locomotor ecology,” Paul W. Weber, Laurens E. Howle, Mark M. Murray, Joy S. Reidenburg and Frank E. Fish, Marine Mammal Science, 30(2), pp. 413-432, April 2014. 
  • “Artificial Muscle Actuators for a Robotic Fish”,I.A. Anderson, M. Kelch, S. Sun, C. Jowers, D. Xu, and M.M. Murray,  Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Proceedings of the Second International Conference, Living Machines 2013, edited by N.F. Lepora, A. Mura, H.G. Krapp et al. (Springer-Verlag Berlin, London, U.K., 2013), pp. 350-352, 2013.
  • “Assessment of active interrogation with Bremsstrahlung to detect special nuclear material in a littoral environment,”,  Michael Martin, Martin Nelson and Mark Murray, Proceedings of Institute of Nuclear Materials Management 53rd Annual Meeting, July 2012.
  • “Effect of Leading Edge Tubercles on Marine Tidal Turbine Blades,”  Timothy Gruber, Mark Murray and David Fredrickson, Proceedings of the ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 2011.
  • “Marine applications of the biomimetic humpback whale flipper”, Fish, F. E., Weber, P. W. Murray, M. M. and Howle, L. E., Marine Technology Society Journal, special issue Biomimetics in Ocean Engineering 45(4): 198-207. July/August 2011.
  • “Computational Evaluation of the Performance of Lifting Surfaces with Leading Edge Protuberances”, Paul W. Weber, Laurens E. Howle, Mark M. Murray and David Miklosovic,  Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 591-600, March-April 2011.
  • "A Simplified Mass Transfer Model for Visual Pigments in Amphibian Retinal Cone Outer Segments", Paul W. Weber, Laurens E. Howle,  Mark M. Murray and Joseph M. Corless, Biophysical Journal,  Volume 100, 525-534, February 2011.
  • “Lift, Drag and Cavitation Onset On Rudders With Leading-edge Tubercles.” Weber, P.W., Howle, L.E. and Murray, M.M., Marine Technology and SNAME News47(1): 27-36.  2010.
  • “Comparison of Real and Idealized Cetacean Flippers”, Weber, P.W., Murray, M.M., Howle, L.E. and Fish, F.E.  Bioinspiration and Biomimetics,  4: 046001 (12 pp.).  2009.


  • “Convective Heat Transfer Enhancement Utilizing Ferromagnetic Particles and Oscillating Magnetic Fields”– Sole Inventor Mark Murray; NRL Invention Evaluation Board determined that the idea warranted allocation of legal resources for patent drafting and filing February 2005. Provisional patent submitted to U.S. Patent Office by NRL DC Legal Department June 2005. Full patent submitted to U.S. Patent Office by NRL DC Legal Department June 2006. Patent Granted September 2011, US8011424B2.
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