University of Texas at Austin
Michael Marder



phone (512) 232-2770

Michael Marder

Affiliated faculty (non-Core)

Executive Director UTeach

Professor Physics

Research Interests

Computational Statistical Mechanics


Michael Marder obtained an AB in physics and math from Cornell and a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He came to UT Austin in 1988 and has been in the physics department ever since. He has been a member of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics since he arrived, and is now Director of the Center. He was a cofounder of UTeach in 1998 and is currently Executive Director of UTeach, which prepares STEM teachers at UT Austin and in 45 other universities. In 2019 and 2020 he was the inaugural Chair of the American Physical Society Ethics Committee.

Michael Marder has general interest in theoretical soft condensed matter physics and in education. In soft condensed matter physics his specialty is fracture of materials. Recently he has been applying ideas from soft matter physics to gas and oil recovery from hydrofractured wells, studying fracture of geophysical formations and single and multiphase flow in fractured media. In education his research interests lie in studying and presenting educational data, with a focus on effects of poverty.