Faculty Biography

Professor Arshad Kudrolli

Arshad Kudrolli, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Physics
Department of Physics
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: 242 BioPhysics
Office Phone: 508-793-7752 (office - BP-242)
Laboratory Phone: 508-793-7707 (Location: Sackler-231/S232)
Fax: 508-793-8861
Email: akudrolli@clarku.edu


Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website
Research Lab Website

Professor Kudrolli received a B. Tech. in engineering physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay in 1990 and a Ph.D. in physics (electromagnetic and microwave chao) with S. Sridhar from Northeastern University in 1995. He has been at Clark since 1997.

His background includes a post-doc in nonlinear physics and pattern formation with Jerry Gollub at Haverford College.


Professor Kudrolli does experiments on a broad range of non-equilibrium phenomena, granular materials, and biological physics. Topics of recent experiments include grain shape and dynamics, scaled-up ciliary flow and sychronization, crumpling, self-assembly, erosion geomorphology, and population dynamics in bacterial colonies. He has recently developed an undergraduate continuum mechanics course combining fluid dynamics and biomechanics, and an activity based introductory physics course. Visit the complex matter and nonlinear physics laboratory page for more information on current research activities.

Professor Kudrolli has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow by the Sloan Foundation, and is a recipient of a Research Innovation Award from Research Corporation and a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. His research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Petroleum Research Fund.

Selected Publications

"Onset of erosion of a granular bed in a channel driven by fluid flow," Anyu Hong, Mingjiang Tao, Phys. Fluids 27, 013301 (2015).

"Pearling and arching instabilities of a granular suspension on a super-absorbing surface," Julien Chopin and Arshad Kudrolli, Soft Matter 11, 659 (2015).

"Epitaxial growth of ordered and disordered granular sphere packings," Andreea Panaitescu and Arshad Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. E 90, 032203 (2014).

"Effect of aspect ratio on the development of order in vibrated granular rods," Vikrant Yadav, Jean-Yonnel Chastaing, and Arshad Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. E 88, 052203 (2013).

"Helicoids, Wrinkles, and Loops in Twisted Ribbons," Julien Chopin and Arshad Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 174302 (2013).

"Book Review: An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics by Robert H. Swendsen," Arshad Kudrolli, Physics Today 66, 8:50 (2013).

"Speed of a swimming sheet in Newtonian and viscoelastic fluids," Moumita Dasgupta, Bin Liu, Henry C. Fu, Michael Berhanu, Kenneth S. Breuer, Thomas R. Powers, and Arshad Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. E 87, 013015 (2013).

"Diffusion of granular rods on a rough vibrated substrate," V. Yadav and A. Kudrolli, European Physical Journal E 35, 104 (2012).

"Shape and dynamics of seepage erosion in a horizontal granular bed," Michael Berhanu, Alexander Petroff, Olivier Devauchelle, Arshad Kudrolli, and Daniel H. Rothman, Phys. Rev. E 86, 041304 (2012).

"Flow-induced channelization in a porous medium ," A. Mahadevan, A. V. Orpe, A. Kudrolli and L. Mahadevan, EPL 98, 58003 (2012).

"Nucleation and Crystal Growth in Sheared Granular Sphere Packings," Andreea Panaitescu, K. Anki Reddy, and Arshad Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 108001 (2012).

"Four remarks on the growth of channel networks," A. P. Petroff, O. Devauchelle, A. Kudrolli, D. H. Rothman, Comptes Rendus Geoscience344, 33 (2012).

"Building Designed Granular Towers One Drop at a Time," J. Chopin and A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 208304 (2011). Movies, Science Editor Choice, Nature highlight.

"Geometry of valley growth," A. P. Petroff, O. Devauchelle, D. M. Abrams, A. E. Lobkovsky, A. Kudrolli and D. H. Rothman, J. Fluid Mech. 673, 245 (2011).

"Aggregation of frictional particles due to capillary attraction," Marie-Julie Dalbe, Darija Cosic, Michael Berhanu, and Arshad Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. E 83, 051403 (2011).