Surajit Sen, PhD

Surajit Sen.


325 Fronczak Hall
(716) 645-6151


  • BSc (Honors), 1st Class, Physics, Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India – 1983
  • PhD, Physics, University of Georgia – Dec 15, 1989 (degree awarded in 1990)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – 1989-1990
  • Research Associate, Dept of Physics & Astronomy & Center for Fundamental Materials Research, Michigan State University – 1990-1992
  • Research Assistant Professor, Dept of Physics & Astronomy & Center for Fundamental Materials Research, MichiganState University – 1992-1993

Research Area


Nonlinear dynamics of many particle systems, Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics, Sociophysics

Research Interests

Granular systems, Fermi-Pasta-Ulam and other nonlinear systems, nanoparticle collisions, physics of nanoscale filtration processes, sociophysics with applications to animal societies, battles, crime prevention; Applications to novel materials for shock mitigation, energy harvesting, environmental protection.

Awards and Honors

  •  J. William Fulbright Fellow, 2017-2018, Visiting Professor at the Indian Inst of Engineering, Science and Technology, Kolkata, India
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, since 2012
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, since 2008
  • Theoretical Physics Seminar Circuit (TPSC) Lecturer at Benares Hindu University, December, 2007
  • Nominated for the Inventor of the Year Award by Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association and Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier, 2003
  • SUNY Chancellor’s First Patent Award (Albany, NY), 2003 - To recognize work on developing an acousticimpulse based approach to detecting buried anti-personnel landmines in war inflicted regions of the world.
  • Named one of the top 100 innovators of Western New York (Invited to Upstate Alliance for Innovation), 2001

Selected Publications

  • Michelle Przedborski, Surajit Sen and Thad Harroun, “Fluctuations in Hertz chains at equilibrium”Physical Review E (accepted, 2017)
  • Michelle Przedborski, Thad A. Harroun and Surajit Sen, “Granular chains with soft boundaries: slowing the transition to quasi-equilibrium” Physical Review E 91, 042207 (2015)
  • Han Ding, Matthew Westley and Surajit Sen, “Energy fluctuations in the granular chain: possibility of rogue waves”Physical Review E 90, 032904 (2014).
  • Matthew Westley, Surajit Sen and Anindya Sinha, "Newtonian Chimpanzees? A molecular dynamics approach to understandingdecision making by wild chimpanzees" In: Nature's Longest Threads: New Frontiers in the Mathematics and Physics ofInformation in Biology (eds. Balakrishnan J and Sreekantan BV), Chapter 8, World Scientific Lecture Notes in ComplexSystems. World Scientific, Singapore, 2014).
  • Yoichi Takato, Surajit Sen and Jeremy Lechman, “Strong plastic deformation and softening of fast colliding nanoparticles”Physical Review E, 89, 033308 (2014).
  • Yoichi Takato and Surajit Sen, “Long-lived solitary waves in granular chains” Europhysics Letters 100, 24003 (2012)
  • Edgar Avalos, Diankang Sun, R.L. Doney, and Surajit Sen, “Sustained strong fluctuations in a nonlinear chain at acousticvacuum: Beyond Equilibrium” Physical Review E 84, 046610 (2011).
  • Taehyong Kim, Woochang Hwang, Aidong Zhang, Surajit Sen and Murali Ramanathan,“Multi-agent modeling of the SouthKorean Avian influenza epidemic” BMC – Infectious Diseases 10, 236-1-13 (2010)
  • Surajit Sen, Jong bae Hong, Jonghun Bang, Edgar Avalos and Robert Doney, “Solitary waves in granular chains” Physics
    Reports 462, pp 21-66 (2008)