Faculty Biography

Professor Arshad Kudrolli

Arshad Kudrolli, Ph.D.

Professor 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

"Concentration dependent diffusion of self-propelled rods," A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 088001 (2010).

"Physical test of a particle simulation model in a sheared granular system," C. H. Rycroft, A. V. Orpe, and A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. E 80, 031305 (2009).

"Structure and dynamics of vibrated granular chains: Comparison to equilibrium polymers," K. Safford, Y. Kantor, M. Kardar, and A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. E 79, 061304 (2009)."Erosion of a granular bed driven by laminar fluid flow," A. Lobkovsky, A. Orpe, R. Molloy, A. Kudrolli, and D. Rothman, J. Fluid Mech. 605, 47 (2008).

"Swarming and swirling in self-propelled granular rods," A. Kudrolli, G. Lumay, D. Volfson, and L. Tsimring, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 058001 (2008). Cover.

"Lubrication effects on the flow of wet granular materials," Q. Xu, A.V. Orpe, and A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. E 76, 031302 (2007).

"Velocity correlations in dense granular flows observed with internal imaging," A.V. Orpe and A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 238001 (2007).

"Curvature condensation and bifurcation in an elastic shell," M. Das, A. Vaziri, A. Kudrolli, and L. Mahadevan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 014301 (2007).

"Friction of a slider on a granular layer: Nonmonotonic thickness dependence and effect of boundary conditions," S. Siavoshi, A. V. Orpe, and A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. E 73, 010301 (2006).

"Maximum angle of stability of a wet granular pile," S. Nowak, A. Samadani, and A. Kudrolli, Nature Physics 1, 50 (2005).

"Dynamics of a bouncing dimer," S. Dorbolo, D. Volfson, L. Tsimring, and A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 044101 (2005).

"Velocity profile of granular flows inside silos and hoppers," J. Choi, A. Kudrolli, and M. Z. Bazant, J. Phys. Condensed Matter 17 S2533-S2548 (2005).

"Failure of a granular step," S. Siavoshi and A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. E 71, 051302 (2005) (6 pages).

"The geometry of crumpled paper," D.L. Blair and A. Kudrolli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 166107 (2005).