Douglas Spearot is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida.

His research centers on the use of atomistic and mesoscale simulation techniques to study the mechanical and thermodynamic properties of materials, with particular focus on the behavior of interfaces. Ultimately, the information gleaned from atomistic and mesoscale simulations is used to construct a multiscale understanding of material behavior. Doug was awarded the 2010 NSF CAREER Award to elucidate the nanoscale mechanisms associated with phase selection during vapor deposition and the 2007 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award to study plasticity in nanostructured materials. At the University of Florida, Doug was named 2020 Teacher of the Year in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. At the University of Arkansas, he received the 2014 College of Engineering Imhoff Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2014 Arkansas Alumni Association Rising Teaching Award.

Originally from Bloomfield Hills, MI, Doug received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology under the direction of Dr. David McDowell and Dr. Karl Jacob.