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Hernan Makse

American Physical Society Fellow


Division of Science



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Levich Institute


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  • Profile

    • Nov 2012. Visiting Professor, Physics Department, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
    • 2011–2012. Consultant. Schlumberger-Doll Research, Cambridge, MA, USA.
    • Sep 2008–present. Professor of Physics, Levich Institute and Department of Physics, City College of New York.
    • Jan 2005–Sep 2008. Associate Professor of Physics, Levich Institute and Department of Physics, City College of New York.
    • 2004. Consultant. Schlumberger-Doll Research, Ridgefield, CT, USA.
    • Sep 2000–Dec 2004. Assistant Professor of Physics, Levich Institute and Department of Physics, City College of New York.
    • Sep 1997–Sep 2000. Postdoctoral Fellow, Schlumberger-Doll Research, Ridgefield, CT,
    • USA. Laboratory of Drs. D. L. Johnson and L. Schwartz.
    • Jan 1997–Sept 1997. Visiting Postdoc. Physique et M´ecanique des Milieux H´et´erog`enes,
    • Ecole Sup´erieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, Paris. Laboratory of Prof. H. J. Herrmann.
    • Aug 1996–Sep 1997. Postdoctoral period shared between laboratories of Prof. R. C. Ball, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge and Prof. P.-G. de Gennes, Coll`ege de France, Paris. 
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Physics, Boston University (Prof. H. E. Stanley, advisor), 1993–1996.
    • "Licenciatura" in Physics, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1987–1991. 
  • Courses Taught

    PHYS 204, Spring 2003.

    PHYS 203, Fall 2004.

    PHYS 203, Fall 2005.

    PHYS 203, Spring 2006.

    C++ Workshop by Prof. Shermane Austin.

    PHYS 321, Fall 2007 .

    PHYS 321, Spring 2008 .

    PHYS 204, Spring 2009 .

    PHYS 208, Spring 2009 .

    PHYS 204, Spring 2010 .

    PHYS 208, Spring 2010 .

    PHYS 204, Spring 2011 .

    PHYS 203, Spring 2012 .

    PHYS 204, Spring 2012 .

    PHYS 203, Spring 2013 .

    PHYS 204, Spring 2013 .
  • Research Interests

    We are interested in the theoretical understanding of complexity. We are working towards the development of new arquitectural laws for complex networks, from biological systems, to the Internet, the web, to social networks and cities. We also focus on the study of jammed matter, spanning from granular materials, colloidal suspensions, dense emulsions to glasses in search of unifying theoretical frameworks. We explore this variety of out of equilibrium systems in terms of their behavior as they experience structural arrest or jamming. The group focuses on the theoretical and computational approaches in parallel with experiments.

    Our research is related to "emergent properties", i.e., "properties not contained in the simple laws of physics, although they are a consequence of them".
  • Publications

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    Gallos, LK (Gallos, Lazaros K.)1,2; Makse, HA (Makse, Hernan A.)1,2,3; Sigman, M (Sigman, Mariano)3 A small world of weak ties provides optimal global integration of self-similar modules in functional brain networks, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Volume: 109 Issue: 8 Pages: 2825-2830 DOI:10.1073/pnas.1106612109 (2012).

    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse, H.A.

    Rybski D.; Buldyrev S. V.; Havlin S.; Lijeros, F, Makse, HA Communication activity in social networks: growth and correlations, EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL B, Volume: 84 Issue: 1 Pages: 147-159 DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2011-20172-4 (2011).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse, H.A.

    Rozenfeld Hernan D.; Rybski Diego; Gabaix Xavier; Makse, HA The Area and Population of Cities: New Insights from a Different Perspective on Cities, AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW, Volume: 101 Issue: 5 Pages: 2205-2225 DOI: 10.1257/aer.101.5.2205 (2011).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse, H.A.

    Wang Ping; Song Chaoming; Jin Yuliang; Makse, HA Jamming II: Edwards' statistical mechanics of random packings of hard spheres, PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS, Volume: 390 Issue: 3 Pages: 427-455 DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2010.10.017 (2011).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Jin, YL; Makse, HA

    Kitsak M, Gallos L, S. Havlin, F. Liljeros, L. Muchnik, H. Eugene Stanley, H. A. Makse Identification of influential spreaders in complex networks, Nature Physics, 6, 888-893 (2010).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Gallos L, Makse H. A.

    Y. Jin and H. A. Makse A first-order phase transition defines the random close packing of hard sphere, Physica A, 389(23), 5362-5379 (2010).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Y. Jin and H. A. Makse

    V. Galvao, Jose G. V. Miranda, R. F. S. Andrade, J. S. Andrade Jr., L. K. Gallos, H. A. Makse Modularity map of the network of human cell differentiation, PNAS, 107, 5750-5755 (2010).
    CCNY Authors assigned: L. K. Gallos, H. A. Makse

    D. Rybski, S. Buldyrev, S. Havlin, F. Liljeros, and H. A. Makse Scaling laws of human interaction activity, PNAS, 106, 12640-12645 (2009). (2009).
    CCNY Authors assigned: D. Rybski, H. A. Makse

    H. D. Rozenfeld, D. Rybski, J. S. Andrade Jr., M. Batty, H. E. Stanley, and H. A. Makse Laws of population growth, PNAS, 105, 18702-18707 (2008). (2009).
    CCNY Authors assigned: H. D. Rozenfeld, D. Rybski, H. A. Makse

    C. Song, P. Wang, H. A. Makse A phase diagram for jammed matter, Nature, 453, 629-632 (2008). (2008).
    CCNY Authors assigned: C. Song, P. Wang, H. A. Makse

    Gallos L. K., Song C., Makse H. A. A review of fractality and self-similarity in complex networks, Physica A, (2007).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse, Gallos

    Song C., Gallos L. K., Havlin S., Makse H. A. How to calculate the fractal dimension of a complex network: the box covering algorithm, Journal of Stat. Mech., P03006, (2007).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse, Gallos

    Gallos L. K., Song C., Havlin S., Makse H. A. Scaling theory of transport in complex networks, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 104, 7746-7751 (2007).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse, Gallos

    Brujic J., Song C., Wang P., Briscoe C., Marty G., Makse H. A. Fluorescent contacts measure the coordination number and entropy of a 3D jammed emulsion packing, Phys. Rev. Lett. (in press)., (2007).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse

    Song, Havlin, Makse Origins of Fractality in the growth of complex networks, Nature Physics, (2005).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse

    Brujic, Wang, Jonhson, Sindt, Makse, Granular dynamics and stress relaxation Granular dynamics and stress relaxation, Phys. Rev. Lett., 1136:05:00 (2005).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse

    Song, Wang, Makse Experimental measurement of an effective temperature for jammed granular matter, PNAS, 140:19:00 (2005).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse

    Song, Havlin, Makse Self-similarity of Complex Networks, Nature, 439:32:00 (2005).
    CCNY Authors assigned: Makse

  • Additional Information

    -″ American Physical Society Fellow, 2012.
    ″ Cesar Milstein Award, Secretar´ıa de Ciencia y T´ecnica, Programa Ra´ıces, Argentina, 2007.
    ″ New York City Mayor's Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Science and Technol-
    ogy, 2005.
    ″ Career Advancement Award, Self-organization and robustness in evolving biological net-
    works. National Science Foundation, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, 2006.
    ″ Career Award, Statistical mechanics of particulate systems far from equilibrium. National
    Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research, Condensed Matter and Materials
    Theory, 2003.
    ″ "The Year in Science: Top 100 Science Stories of 1997" in the periodical Discover, January
    ″ Goldhaber Prize for Achievements by a First Year Graduate Student, Boston University,
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