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Petia Vlahovska Named American Physical Society Fellow

She is recognized for pioneering work on problems in interfacial flows and soft matter

The American Physical Society (APS) has elected Northwestern Engineering’s Petia Vlahovska as one of its 2019 fellows.

Petia VlahovskaThe APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise in physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in physics, or significant contributions to physics education.

Vlahovska, associate professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics and (by courtesy) mechanical engineering, is recognized for pioneering work on problems in interfacial flows and soft matter, including the fluid-structure interaction in Stokes flow, the mechanics of biomembranes, and electrohydrodynamics.

She is one of 168 fellows selected for their contributions to science in 2019, and no more than 0.5 percent of APS membership is recognized by their peers with election to the status of fellow.

Vlahovska is the director of the Applied Math Lab, where her research integrates theory and experiments in the mathematical modeling of physical and biological systems, exploring membrane biophysics and non-equilibrium soft matter.