Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Research Associate

Nadir Kaplan
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Nadir Kaplan earned his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), M.S. degree in Physics from Koç University (Turkey), and Ph.D. in Physics from Brandeis University. During his graduate studies, he was affiliated with the MRSEC at Brandeis University where he also mentored an undergraduate student. He then became a postdoctoral fellow in Applied Mathematics at Harvard University Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Currently, he is a Research Associate in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at Harvard SEAS. His research at the interface of fluid mechanics, elasticity, and geometry is aimed at developing novel theoretical and computational approaches to state-of-the-art materials design. In the Mahadevan Group, Nadir developed a geometrical framework that guides the design of optical microstructures, which were fabricated in a MRSEC IRG2 collaboration with the Aizenberg Group to demonstrate their light-guiding capabilities. This was published in Science in 2017, and was partially supported by Harvard MRSEC.