William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Professor in Physics, James Franck Institute and the College
Jaeger’s research interests focus on the understanding and control of materials, crossing the boundaries between “hard” condensed matter physics (electronic and magnetic properties of metals and superconductors) and “soft” condensed matter physics (granular materials, colloids, nonlinear dynamics). His group is involved in projects ranging from the assembly of next-generation nanostructures to investigations of the complex nonlinear behavior of granular materials, including grain, gravel, pharmaceutical pills and ultrafine powders. Granular materials are key to many industrial processes and also provide new enabling technology for soft robotics. Jaeger’s honors include elected fellowship to the American Physical Society and the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.