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Dept of Physics

Group Members

Karen Daniels [more info]
Email: kdaniel@ncsu
Twitter: @karenedaniels
Skype: karenedaniels
258C Riddick
  Ted Brzinski, postdoc
acoustical measurements in sheared granular systems, including geophysical applications
252 Riddick
Zhu Tang, graduate student
granular rheology
252 Riddick
Scott Lindauer, graduate student
granular materials, labsteroids, and flow stabilized solids
231 and 251 Riddick
Michael Mann, senior physics major
active granular matter
230 Riddick
Austin Reid, graduate student
folding dynamics in the service of ultra-cold neutron physics
Stephen Strickland, graduate student
surfactant dynamics
252 and 234 Riddick
Josť Medrano, senior physics major
wave propagation in gels
234 Riddick
Ephraim Bililign, senior physics major
statistical mechanics of granular materials
233 Riddick
Chris Kaneshiro, graduate student
granular materials
251 Riddick
Hannah Tekleab, first year physics major
acoustical measurements
234 Riddick
Giorgio Oliveri, Visiting Master Student
acoustical measurements
234 Riddick
Jonathan Kollmer, postdoc
granular materials, labsteroids
252 Riddick
Michael (Mika) Murphy, Junior Physics Major
Active Matter
233 Riddick
Emily P. Brown, senior physics major
Active Matter, Flour Beetles
234 Riddick
Sydney Dorman, Summer Undergrad, Haverford College labsteroids
233 Riddick
Chad Province, Summer Undergrad, USC flow stabilized solids
234 Riddick

Group Photo: Summer 2010

Left to right: Kali Allison, Karen Daniels, James Puckett, Wynn Vonnegut, Eli Owens, Carlos Ortiz, Adam Keith

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Group Alumni

Undergraduate students

  • Philip Boyne (BS 2008) → high school physics teacher
  • Melissa Fender (BS 2011) → PhD student at Wake Forest
  • Kate Foco Millwood (BS 2010) → PhD Student at Scripps Oceanography Institute
  • Laura Golick Gray (BS 2008) → PhD student in physics at Emory University → postdoc at Princeton University
  • Paul Houseworth (BS 2007) → Progress Energy
  • Adam Keith (BS 2012) → NSF Graduate Fellow, PhD student at U. Colorado, Boulder
  • Rebekah Lee (postbac 2015)→ graduate student, Idaho State University Geophysics
  • Adele Lichtenberger Igel (BS 2010 )→ PhD student in atmospheric sciences, Colorado State
  • Alex Mauney (BS 2014) → NSF Graduate Fellow, PhD student in physics, Cornell University
  • Kasey Phillips (BS 2007) → NSF Graduate Fellow, PhD student in Applied Physics from Harvard → Boston Consulting Group
  • Mark Schillaci (BS 2013) → PhD student, Ohio State Physics
  • Megan Szakasits (BS 2013) → PhD student, Michigan Chemical Engineering

Graduate students


Visiting students

  • Kali Allison (REU from Harvey Mudd) → PhD student, Standford Geophysics
  • Caroline Bauer (DAAD-RISE from Uni. Magdeburg, Germany) → diplom student MPI-DS, Gottingen → science journalism
  • Stephanie Couvreur (Master's student from ENS, Paris) → PhD, Physics, University of Paris 7 → Chef de Projet, La Diagonal (Paris-Saclay)
  • Georgi Dinolov (REU from Harvey Mudd) → PhD student in mathematics, UC Santa Cruz
  • Lucie Ducloue (Master's student from ENS, Pars) → PhD student, Paris → postdoc at Manchester
  • Chris Fox (REU from Harvey Mudd) → PhD student, University of Chicago Statistics
  • Kirsten Harth (PhD student, Magdeburg, Germany)
  • Matt Hin (REU from Harvey Mudd) → PhD student, Cornell Applied Mathematics
  • Antoine Le Bouil (Master's student from U. Rennes, France) → PhD student University of Rennes
  • Kiri Nichol (PhD student from U. Leiden, Netherlands) → postdoc in Netherlands → corporate data analyst
  • Richard Sayanagi (REU from Harvey Mudd) → PhD student, U. Wisconsin
  • Wynn Vonnegut (REU from Harvey Mudd) → software engineer

Karen E. Daniels

Professor of Physics

ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-6852-3594

Office: 258C Riddick Hall
Lab: 229-234 Riddick Hall
Phone: (919) 513-7921
Fax: (919) 515-6538
Email: kdaniel {at} ncsu.edu
Twitter: @karenedaniels

[ CV ]

Mailing address:
Dept. of Physics
Box 8202
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

Professional History

A.B. Physics Dartmouth College, 1994
Science Teacher, St. Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY, 1994-1997
Ph.D. Physics Cornell University, 2002
Postdoc Duke University, 2002-2005
Asst-Assoc-Full Professor of Physics, NCSU, 2005-present

Other Appointments

Visiting Scientist, Department of Complex Fluids, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Goettingen, Germany, 2011-2012
Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters, 2017-present


NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2007
Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, 2011
LeRoy and Elva Martin Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013
North Carolina State University Faculty Scholar, 2013-2018
Equity for Women Award, North Carolina State University, 2015
Outstanding Referee, Physical Review Letters, 2017


Karen Daniels is a Professor of Physics at NC State University. She received her BA in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1994, taught school for a few years, and then pursued a PhD in Physics at Cornell University. After receiving her doctorate in 2002, she moved to North Carolina to do research at Duke University and then joined the faculty at NC State in 2005. Her lab at NC State investigates a number of problems in the deformation and failure of materials, from fluid flows, to piles of sand, to fracturing gels. When not working with her students on experiments in the lab, she likes to spend time in the outdoors, which has led her to contemplate the implications of her research for geological and ecological systems. In 2011-2012, she received an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship which allowed her to spend the year conducting research in Goettingen, Germany.


Soft Matter, Fluids, and Statistical Physics

Women in Physics


Courses Taught

Teaching Publications

  • K. E. Daniels. "Student Blogging about Physics." The Physics Teacher. 48: 366-7 (Sept 2010) [PDF]

Introductory Fluid Dynamics

In connection with the Matter & Interactions curriculum, I wrote an appendix which covers fluid statics and dynamics in language consistent with the rest of the course. [Link to PDF]

Instructors: I also have a set of WebAssign-coded problems and buoyancy lab which I'd be happy to share if you email me.

Computational Activities for Modern Physics

I have written a set of Jupyter notebooks for use in conjunction with our introductory Modern Physics class, approximately one for each chapter in Krane Modern Physics. If you'd like tor try them out, contact me. After Fall 2017 (their second draft), I'll find a way to post them more permanently/publicly.


  • Squish! Not-so-Solid Science 50-minute workshop suitable for 5th-8th grade students [Link to PDF]

Course Registration

Prior to our meeting during the course registration period, please prepare a list of what courses you intend to take for at least the next semester. You should confirm that these courses are in fact being offered during the semester in question and that you have already satisfied the prerequisites. You can either use the "Plan of Work" feature on MyPack Portal, email me the list, or bring it written out.


Career Guidance

What do physics majors do after graduation? Here are some links to information which looks beyond the "grad school in physics" option.

Looking for a science-related summer/campus job?

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