I am a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Dr. Andrea Liu and Dr. Sid Nagel. My general research interests focus on the theoretical aspects of soft condensed matter, which encompasses a wide variety of topics ranging from material engineering to biophysics.
In many systems, simple interactions can lead to a rich and beautiful array of collective behavior. Over the past century, much progress has been made in understanding such phenomena in systems that are at or near equilibrium, but systems that are far-from-equilibrium are often much harder to understand. I currently study a far-from-equilibrium process called jamming, which occurs whenever a disordered collection of objects or particles behaves like a solid. This includes the grains of sand in a sand castle, traffic during rush hour, a mound of shaving cream on your hand and even the glass on your car windshield. With Dr. Liu and Dr. Nagel, I use numerical and theoretical techniques to understand the properties of such systems as they begin to loose their rigidity and unjam, transitioning into a fluid.