Ryan Kozlowski

Ryan Kozlowski earned his B.S. in Physics from Davidson College and joined LTB (the research group of Bob Behringer) the summer of 2017. His current work, now with Professor Joshua Socolar and Professor Karen Daniels at North Carolina State University in the wake of Bob's unexpected passing, focuses on stick-slip dynamics and micromechanics in granular systems, highlighting the influences of particle shape and friction on the dynamics. He utilizes high-resolution imaging to capture photoelastic force chains during long time-scale stick events to gain insight into mechanical rearrangements of force networks as the medium cycles between stable and yielding states.

As a Bass Instructional Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year, Ryan was the Instructor of Record for Physics 264L: Optics and Modern Physics, a course which introduces students to the wild physics of the 20th Century, including relativity, quantum mechanics, and applications thereof. His long-term goal is to be a professor with a primary focus on teaching, especially at a liberal arts college or primarily undergraduate institution. He feels that granular materials research is quite accessible, not to mention financially reasonable, to undergraduates at such institutions; his passion is teaching students about the wonders of the universe and mentoring them in research and outreach as they discover their professional desires and goals.
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