Scott Franklin received his B.S. (1991) in physics from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. (1997) from the University of Texas-Austin. His dissertation, under Professor Michael Marder, was a computational and theoretical study of the complex dynamics of dislocations in Aluminum alloys. He subsequently was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in STEM Education which allowed him to work with Professor Priscilla Laws at Dickinson College. There he co-authored Explorations in Physics, an activity-based curriculum for non-science majors published by John Wiley & Sons. In January 2012, Explorations was awarded the Science magazine prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction.
Since arriving at RIT in 2000, Scott has conducted research both in granular materials that cohere through particle geometry and physics education research.
In 2010, he co-founded the Science & Mathematics Education Research Collaborative, a group of faculty from the departments of physics, biology, and chemistry that conduct discipline-based education research.
- Geometrically cohesive materials (e.g. rods, staples, semi-circles)
- Defect dynamics in sheared granular materials
Physics Education Research
- dynamics of student learning in physics
- how physicists associate meaning with mathematical expressions