Srinivas Sridhar and Alain Karma, both Pro­fes­sors of Physics and Col­lege of Arts & Sci­ences Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sors, have been elected as Fel­lows of the Amer­ican Phys­ical Society (APS) for their excep­tional work in their spe­cific areas of physics research.

The focus of Pro­fessor Sridhar’s research is nano­ma­te­rials and nanomed­i­cine, and his work has helped expand the under­standing of phys­ical phe­nomena in mate­rials. The cita­tion for which Pro­fessor Sridhar was elected rec­og­nizes his work with super­lenses and high tem­per­a­ture super­con­duc­tors, which could have poten­tial appli­ca­tions in optical com­mu­ni­ca­tions, elec­tronics and power trans­mis­sion. During his 21 year tenure at North­eastern, as well as in his present role of Vice Provost for Research, Pro­fessor Sridhar has worked to expand inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research efforts across the Uni­ver­sity with the goal of trans­lating research into prac­tical applications.

I am hon­ored to be rec­og­nized by my col­leagues for my con­tri­bu­tions to under­standing the physics of novel mate­rials such as left-​​handed nano­ma­te­rials and super­con­duc­tors,” said Pro­fessor Sridhar. “Physics is often referred to as the fun­da­mental sci­ence, and at the same time as my research has explored fun­da­mental phe­nomena, I also work to ensure that the basic research will be result in real-​​world applications.”

Pro­fessor Karma, who has been at North­eastern for 18 years, researches the­o­ret­ical con­densed matter and bio­log­ical physics. The cita­tion for which Pro­fessor Karma was elected rec­og­nizes his devel­op­ment of novel math­e­mat­ical and com­pu­ta­tional approaches to fur­ther the fun­da­mental under­standing of pat­tern for­ma­tion during crystal growth and his inno­v­a­tive dynam­ical the­o­ries of heart rhythm dis­tur­bances. Pro­fessor Karma’s sim­u­la­tion methods could lead to more energy effi­cient mate­rials. His the­o­ries of heart rhythm dis­or­ders, in turn, have the poten­tial to better iden­tify and treat people at high risk for ven­tric­ular fib­ril­la­tion, a lethal heart con­di­tion that kills 300,000 Amer­i­cans each year. Karma is also working to foster inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research on campus as director of the Center for Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Research on Com­plex Systems.

I am grateful and hon­ored that my research at the border of physics and other dis­ci­plines is being rec­og­nized by my peers,” said Karma, who will con­tinue his research into energy related mate­rials and car­diac arrhyth­mias. “The fact that my research might save lives one day keeps me highly motivated.”

The Amer­ican Phys­ical Society, founded in 1899, is the world’s leading group of physi­cists with the goal of helping the public by advancing physics through research and advo­cacy. There are cur­rently 46,000 mem­bers in the APS, and each year, they elect only a very small number of their mem­bers as Fellows.

For more infor­ma­tion on Pro­fes­sors Sridhar’s and Karma’s research, please con­tact Jenny Eriksen at 617–373-2802 or at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About the Amer­ican Phys­ical Society Fel­low­ship Program

The APS Fel­low­ship Pro­gram was cre­ated to rec­og­nize mem­bers who may have made advances in knowl­edge through orig­inal research and pub­li­ca­tion, or made sig­nif­i­cant inno­v­a­tive con­tri­bu­tions in the appli­ca­tion of physics to sci­ence and tech­nology. They may also have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the teaching of physics or ser­vice and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the activ­i­ties of the Society. Each year, no more than one half of one per­cent of the Society mem­ber­ship are rec­og­nized by their peers for elec­tion to the status of Fellow in The Amer­ican Phys­ical Society.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.