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Rajiv Kalia

Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Materials Science

Contact Information
E-mail: rkalia@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-2658
Office: VHE 614

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Curriculum Vitae
 

Education

Ph.D. , Northwestern University
 

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Researcher, Brown University, 10/01/1977-09/30/1979  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Kalia's multidisciplinary research includes large-scale computer stimulations of novel materials and biomedical systems. Among his many accomplishments, Kalia and his team have combined density functional, molecular dynamics, and finite element schemes on a Grid of distributed parallel supercomputers and networked virtual environment. They have also designed multiresolution algorithms and visualization tools for 3D immersive and interactive virtual environments. Current simulation effort focuses on: 1) Residual stresses, nucleation and growth of cracks, stress corrosion, and delamination at metal/ceramic, semiconductor/ceramic, and polymer/ceramic interfaces; 2) sintering, structure, and fracture in nanophase ceramic composites; 3) shock propagation in ceramics and self-assembled monolayers; 4) nano-engineered energetic materials and munitions under extreme conditions; 5) pressure-induced structural transformations in semiconductor nanoparticles; 6) nanoindentation and dynamic friction; 7) biopolymer translocation through nanopores in solid-state membranes and nanofluidic channels; and 8) drug delivery, in particular transfection of small interfering RNA across cell membranes.
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations, Professor, http://cacs.usc.edu/
 

Honors and Awards

Viterbi School of Engineering Senior Research Award, 2009-2010   
Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2006-2007   
FOM Fellowship, The Netherlands, 2000  
DARPA Sustained Excellence Award in Ultra Dense, Ultra Fast Computing Components, 1997  
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1991  
 
 
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