Richard McLaughlin

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Office of the Director

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway, R/CSL
Boulder, CO 80305 USA




Rich is an expert in the design and fabrication of custom instrumentation for atmospheric research. He combines extensive knowledge of material properties with skill in computer-aided design, fabrication techniques using conventional machining, vacuum brazing, and additive manufacturing (3D printing) using plastics and metals. Rich's technical skills are complemented by his ability to communicate with and understand the needs of scientists. Instruments that Rich has designed and built over the past 49 years have been used to make numerous critical measurements that have advanced understanding in atmospheric chemistry on topics from the ozone hole to the climate impacts of wildfires.


National Bureau of Standards Machinist Apprenticeship 1975
Society of Manufacturing Engineers 1973
    - Certificate in Fundamentals of Numerical Controlled Machine Tools
    - Certificate in Shop Math


Aircraft instrument package design, high and low altitude, pressurized and unpressurized
Laboratory and ground instrument design

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

last modified: January 29, 2021