ESP Biography

RAHUL CHAJWA, Physicist doing postdoctoral research at Stanford

Major: Bioengineering

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My research constitutes a blend of theory and experiments in the ambit of soft matter physics. Currently I'm a HFSP postdoctoral fellow enjoying doing swashbuckling science with Manu Prakash, while understanding the emergence of marine snow in the open oceans, exploring the frictional mechanics of kite fighting and making paintings using optimal transport, among other things. My approach to doing physics entails capturing the essence of a natural phenomena much like impressionism in modern art, and I derive immense joy in seeking analogies in nature.

I’m applying my training as a physicist to shed light on the dynamical aspects of microbial life in the ocean, and to contribute insights that can help mitigate the negative impact of human activities on global climate; something I feel strongly about.

Past Classes

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S7798: Analogies in Physics in Splash Fall 2022 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2022)
Physics is a field that thrives on analogies, however, the value of seeking analogies in nature is much less emphasized when teaching physics. Through this 45 min lecture I will present some cute examples that I stumbled upon in my own research, and hopefully leave the audience with some sense of wonder.