Martin F. Melhus

Martin F. Melhus, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Programs I Teach

Education

  • PhD, Physics (2011)
    Northwestern University (IL)
  • MS, Physics (2011)
    Northwestern University (IL)
  • MS, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (1999)
    Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)
  • BS, Physics (1985)
    University of Chicago (IL)

About Me

Physics is best understood at a deep level. Simply learning how to solve problems enables one to take tests successfully, but not to apply physics to real-world situations. I strive to develop an understanding of the principles of physics; once these are mastered, solving problems becomes a natural extension of applying these principles to a particular situation.

Research Interests

My research interests are in nonlinear phenomena such as granular materials.

Publications

  • Melhus, M., Aranson, I.: Effect of vibration on solid-to-liquid transition in small granular systems under shear. Granular Matter DOI 10.1007/s10035-012-0314-7 (2012).
  • Melhus, M., Aranson, I., Volfson, D., Tsimring, L.: Effect of noise on solid-to-liquid transition in small granular systems under shear. Phys. Rev. E 80, 041305-7 (2009).

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Physical Society

Awards

  • SGA Faculty Member of the Year (2015)
    Midwestern State University