Dr. Robert Deegan University of Texas at Austin Center for Nonlinear Dynamics
"Shake and Break: Pattern Formation in Liquids and Solids
Countless experiments show that almost all systems will spontaneously
transition to qualitatively new dynamics when driven from equilibrium. The
ubiquity of these transitions has yet to be explained. The best hope of
addressing this and other broad issues in nonequilibrium systems lies in
studying individual problems that are from the forefront of vastly different
fields and fascinating in their own right. I will discuss two examples from
my research: patterns in vibrated corn starch solution and fractured rubber.
BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
BS, U. Massachusetts, physics, [1991.]
PhD, U. Chicago, 1998 Pattern formation in drying drops and the glass transition.
Post-doctoral fellow (1999-2000) and Research associate, (2001 - ), U. Texas, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics. Pattern formation in solids and liquids.