Skanda Vivek

Dr. Skanda Vivek

Assistant Professor of Physics

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Dr. Skanda Vivek obtained his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2016, working with Eric Weeks on the role of dimensionality in disordered materials. During his doctoral studies, Vivek published across top scientific journals including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and PLOS One. In recognition of his scientific contributions, Vivek received the Jim and Ethel Montag Award which is awarded to a graduate student in physics for exceptional research accomplishments. 

Prior to joining GGC, Vivek was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech working with Peter Yunker on applying physics concepts to unveil hidden collective risks in the event of a large scale hack of connected vehicles. While there, Vivek was a finalist for the American Physical Society Speaker Award, and he won Best Talk on robotics related research at the Georgia Tech postdoctoral symposium. His work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inverse and ars Technica. In addition, Vivek is currently serving as founding member and treasurer of the data science group at the American Physical Society.

Apart from research, Vivek has given multiple demonstrations to all ranges of students from elementary school to college on the physics of squishy materials such as soap film and cornstarch in water. He has a mission to teach students physics in the real-world context.

At GGC, Vivek is incorporating low-cost robotics that students build to overcome hurdles to STEM and increase student interest and engagement.

Academic Interests

  • Physics
  • Collective behavior
  • Data science
  • Robotics
  • Traffic
  • Complex systems


  • Winner, Jim and Ethel Montag Award 
  • Finalist, American Physical Society Speaker Award
  • Winner, Best Talk – Georgia Tech postdoctoral symposium 
  • Founding member, treasurer – Data Science Group, American Physical Society

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society