K. Michael Martini

Curriculum Vitae

K. Michael Martini

3115 ESB Department of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1110 West Green Street
Urbana IL 61801


2010 - present
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. in Physics (Expected 2017)
Thesis Adviser: Nigel Goldenfeld

2006 - 2010
Rochester Institute of Technology

B.S. in Applied Mathematics
B.S. in Physics


  1. Dawn Hollenbeck, K. Michael Martini, Andreas Langner, Anthony Harkin, David S. Ross, and George M. Thurston, "Model for evaluating patterned charge-regulation contributions to electrostatic interactions between low-dielectric spheres," Physical Review E 82, 031402 (2010).
  2. Wurm, A., and K. M. Martini. "Breakup of inverse golden mean shearless tori in the two-frequency standard nontwist map." Physics Letters A 377.8 (2013): 622-627.
  3. Farrell, Greg R., K. Michael Martini, and Narayanan Menon. "Loose packings of frictional spheres." Soft Matter 6.13 (2010): 2925-2930.

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois (7 semesters 2010-2013)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship 2009
  • Travel Fellowship to Summer School in Biophysics at ORNL 2009
  • Norman A. Miles Award for Academic Excellence 2008
  • RIT presidential scholarship
  • Honors Program at RIT
  • Dean's List: All Quarters at RIT
  • INTEL Science Talent Search: Semi-Finalist 2006

Work Experience

Research Assistant for Nigel Goldenfeld
Summer and Fall 2013, Summer 2012

Research on regime shifts in spatial models of ecosystems,
quasi patterns, image analysis of roots,
and transposon dynamics and colony growth of E-coli

Teaching Assistant for Physics 101, 102, and 211
2010 - 2013

Taught lab for physics 101, 102, and 211.
Acted as Mentor TA for 101 discussion Fall 2012

Paid Research RIT
Summer 2008 and 2009

Computational and theoretical research studying the electrostatic
properties of the eye-lens protein gamma-b crystallin
Research conducted with Dr. Thurston.

Unpaid Internship WNEC with Dr. A. Wurm
Summer 2007

Computational research examining the stability and transition
to chaos of a non-twist map as expressed by the
equation X_(n+1) = X_(n) + a*(1-Y_(n+1)^2) and
Y_(n+1) = Y_(n) - b*sin(2*pi*X_(n)) - c*sin(6*pi*X_(n))

Paid Internship Umass Amherst
Summer 2006

Research random loose packing of uniform spheres and the
Effect of deposition and friction on their packing structure
Job required minimal supervision
Research supervised by Dr. N. Menon

Unpaid Internship Umass Amherst
Summer 2005

Research random loose packing of granular materials
Research supervised by Dr. N. Menon

Computing Skills

  • Languages: C, C++, java, Fortran, Matlab.
  • Other: LaTeX, HTML/CSS, Bash, awk, gnuplot, Maple, Mathematica.