BA, University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Texas
Soft Condensed Matter
Dr. Franklin studies geometrically cohesive granular materials, a particular form of soft matter that shows dramatic entanglement due to their shape. Examples include bird nests, haystacks, and clothes hangers, which all form rigid piles and resist untangling as they become intertwined.
Dr. Franklin also maintains an active lab in physics education. Current projects include faculty engagement with diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and justice programs and, separately, how faculty develop and show empathy towards their students and colleagues.
In the News
November 4, 2022
NSF grant funds RIT postdoctoral fellows in STEM education research
The National Science Foundation has awarded RIT $1.2 million for a cohort of four postdoctoral fellows to conduct STEM discipline-based education research. Each fellow will work with two mentors, encouraging cutting-edge research at the interface of traditional disciplines.
January 15, 2021
College of Science experiences boom in sponsored research
Several School of Physics and Astronomy faculty secured large grants as principal investigators during a banner summer.
September 30, 2020
RIT Professor Scott Franklin named American Physical Society Fellow
RIT Professor Scott Franklin has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. The fellowship is a selective and prestigious recognition by peers for outstanding contributions to physics.
July 11, 2023
Team publishes research on student retention rates
May 4, 2022
Zohrabi Alaee lead author of research on the equals sign
February 15, 2021
Franklin receives grant to establish field school in Kazakhstan
March 25, 2020
Franklin co-leads PEER workshop