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Lou Kondic

Kondic, Lou
Professor and Director of CAMS, Mathematical Sciences
CULM 515A
About Me

Lou Kondic has worked in a number of fields in fluid mechanics, soft matter physics, and materials science. These include compressible fluid mechanics with applications to sonoluminescence, thin fluid films on micro and nano scale, and dense granular matter. The projects that he has worked on have led to undergraduate research projects carried out in the Capstone Laboratory with a number of the projects resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals.

Lou Kondic has a supervised a number of graduate students and postdoctoral associates, and collaborates extensively with the researchers from a number of different countries. He has published more than 100 papers in leading research journals, and his research has been funded extensively by the NSF, NASA, DOD, and DARPA, among other funding agencies. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fulbright Fellow, recipient of Leloir Award, and as of the Fall 2015, he holds the position of a Director of the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics at NJIT.

Education
  • PhD, Physics, The City College of The City University of New York
  • BS, Physics, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Research Interests

The research of Lou Kondic has concentrated on modeling, numerical simulations, and asymptotic analysis of a variety of fluids and more generally soft matter physical systems. In the field of fluid dynamics he has focused on free-surface problems involving Newtonian as well as liquid crystals and other complex fluids. His recent work has involved extensive modeling of interfacial problems involving thermal effects, and exploring self and directed assembly of liquefied metal films on nanoscale. In the field of granular matter, he has been involved for years in developing molecular dynamics simulations as well as effective models for repulsive and cohesive granular systems. Recently, he has been working with experimental researchers as well as algebraic topologists on applying novel topology-based techniques for quantifying so-called force networks, mesoscale features that spontaneously form in granular systems. His other recent research interests involve modeling of the flow in porous media, as well as developing new models describing phase transitions of colloidal systems in microgravity.

Academic Interests
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Science
  • Asymptotic Methods
  • Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulations
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