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Thomas McAvoy


Thomas McAvoy, PhD is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the Bioengineering Department, and the Institute for Systems Research. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1964. From 1964 until 1980 he taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From 1980 until 2004 when he retired he taught at the University of Maryland. Dr. McAvoy’s research centered on chemical process systems engineering. He has written over 180 papers in this general area and one book, titled Interaction Analysis. Since his retirement Dr. McAvoy has carried out research in the general area of biomedical engineering. His projects in this area involved a novel radiation couch that moves to treat tumors that move due to breathing and a study of bacteria in a rare type of cancer, pseudomyxoma peritonei. Dr. McAvoy splits his time between Maryland and Massachusetts. His hobbies include fishing and reading.


Why Our Unique Solar System Points to God

In an earlier post on this site titled "How Contemporary Physics Points to God", Fr. Robert Spitzer addresses the Big Bang and the five anthropic conditions that exist in of our universe. These anthropic conditions lead to intelligent life on our planet. Concerning the anthropic conditions Fr. Spitzer writes: “The odds against all five of the anthropic coincidences happening randomly is exceedingly and almost unimaginably improbable. Most reasonable and responsible individuals would not attribute... Read More