Lidia Mrad

  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • on leave 2022-2023
Lidia Mrad

Lidia Mrad’s research focuses on applying analytical and computational techniques to solve problems in materials science, specifically in the area of liquid crystals. She is particularly interested in liquid crystal behavior relevant to creating higher-efficiency optical displays, as well as understanding biological phenomena such as DNA packing. Specific methods she uses fall under calculus of variations, nonlinear partial differential equations, and mathematical modeling. In addition to problems from materials science, she works on problems related to public health applications, such as modeling and simulation of mosquito flight for the purpose of controlling disease spread.

Areas of Expertise

Applied analysis, partial differential equations, liquid crystals


  • Ph.D., Purdue University - West Lafayette
  • M.S., American University in Beirut
  • B.S., Lebanese University

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