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Dept of Physics

Karen E. Daniels

Professor of Physics

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


NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2007
Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, 2011
NC State Faculty Scholar, 2014-18
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.


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]

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