MIT Chemical Engineering Jim Swan is Dead, Cause of Death – Obituary

Jim Swan Death – Obituary: Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering James W. Swan has passed away. His death was announced publicly on November 8, 2021. However, cause of death is still unknown to the general public.

Carol Luddecke who works at U.S. Bank announces the passing of Jim Swan via her Facebook page. She wrote,

It is with great sadness that I share the news that one of our most active and thoughtful group members — as well as a very involved member of the Arlington community — has died after a medical event. No further details at this time.
In the words of one of his departmental colleagues, “Even at a place like MIT, Jim stood out for his extraordinary intellect.”
Rest In Peace, Professor Jim Swan.

Dr. James W. Swan is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He focuses on how microstructured, in particular nano-particle, materials can be manipulated for the benefit of society. His research on soft matter is broad and has included accurate measurement of biophysical forces and the self-assembly nano-particles in microgravity. Dr. Swan aims to combine theory and simulation to model the fluid mechanics and out-of-equilibrium statistical physics that are fundamental to complex fluids and other soft matter. His research has industrial sponsors (Shell, Genentech, Saudi Aramco) as well as sponsorship through the federal government (NSF, NIST). He earned NSF Career and an ACS PRF Doctoroal New Investigator awards in 2016.

Jim Swan received a BS in Chemical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Arizona where he worked with Drs. James Baygents and Raymond Goldstein on spatio-temporal pattern formation in diffusing and reacting systems. He earned a Masters degree in 2007 and a Ph. D. in 2010 in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. His thesis work, under the supervision of Dr. John Brady, focused on low Reynolds number fluid mechanics and the role of macroscopic boundaries in hindering the dynamics of suspended micro-scale objects. This work led to important conclusions about the flow of complex fluids in confinement. Following this, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Furst at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware directing experimental investigations of nano-particle self-assembly performed on the International Space Station by astronauts Sunita Williams, Kevin Ford and Chris Hadfield. He has been an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT since September 2013.

Information about his funeral arrangements are still pending…

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