Sohrab Ismail-Beigi (Professor of Applied Physics & Physics)

Important things first: Modern is better than Sally’s (apologies to Jack Harris).

With that out of the way, I’m a condensed matter theorist who develops and uses numerical algorithms together with high performance parallel computing to attack problems in condensed matter and materials physics. This ranges from the basic science problem of understanding why a material has the properties it has (conducting or insulating, malleable or brittle, transparent or fluorescent or not, etc.) to the more applied question of how to engineer a new material to have particular desired properties. In addition, I develop new theories and approaches to describe interacting and correlated electron systems (many-body problems).  My research group’s web page is at

I love cooking. My most recent discovery is this incredible no-knead and super easy bread from the New York Times Library.  Give it a try: it is so easy you wonder why anyone works hard making bread…

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