Rastko Sknepnek

Distinguished University Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Physics
Syracuse University
Room 369
Physics Building
Syracuse, NY 13244

phone: +1-315-443-3895 (office)
+1-515-520-1598 (cell)

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Academic Positions

  • distinguished university postdoctoral scholar2012 to present
    Soft Matter Program
    Department of Physics, Syracuse University
  • research associate2009 to 2012
    Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
    advisor: Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz
  • postdoctoral research associate2006 to 2009
    Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University and Ames Lab
    advisors: Prof. Joerg Schmalian (Physics) and Prof. Monica H. Lamm (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
  • postdoctoral research associate2004 to 2006
    Department of Physics, McMaster University
    advisors: Prof. Catherine Kallin and Prof. A. John Berlinsky.
  • research assistant2002 to 2004
    Department of Physics, Missouri Univerity of Scinece and Technology
    advisor: Prof. Thomas Vojta
  • research assistant2000 to 2002
    Institute for Physics, Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany)
    advisor: Prof. Thomas Vojta


  • PhD in Physics2004
    Missouri Univerity of Scinece and Technology (formerly Univeristy of Missouri-Rolla)
    adviser: Prof. Thomas Vojta
    Note: Transferred from TU Chemnitz (Germany) to MST in 2002 following Prof. Vojta's appointment at MST.
  • Diploma in Theoretical Physics2000
    Belgrade University, Serbia
    adviser: Prof. Sava Milosevic

Honors and Awards

  • Scherer Graduate Research Prize for best graduate student research2002
  • Scholarship for Talented Students awarderd by Oil Industry of Serbia1995

Computer skills

  • C/C++
    including Standard Template Library(STL) and boost library
    wrote over 150,000 lines of code
  • Pyhton
    wrote over 80,000 lines of code
  • Fortran 77/90
    wrote over 10,000 lines of code
  • Shared (OpenMP) and distributed (MPI) memory parallel programming.
  • Graphics card programming with NVIDIA CUDA
    contributing developer of HOOMD-Blue package
  • Molecular dynamics packages LAMMPS and HOOMD
  • Linux system administration:
    • designed and built a 64 nodes diskless Beowolf cluster at MST - Pegasus cluster
    • design and administration of a hybrid CPU/GPU cluster at Northwestern - TARDIS cluster


  1. Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
  2. Prof. Joerg Schmalian
    Institut fuer Theorie der Kondensierten Materie, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie
  3. Prof. Thomas Vojta, Department of Physics
    Missouri University of Science and Technology
  4. Prof. Monica H. Lamm
    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University