The High-Flying Frisbee Ace on a Materials Research Path

Photo of Hari Sridhara playing frisbee with teammates.
Hari Sridhara catching during a USC Ultimate Frisbee game. (Image / Meg Hofner)

Mork Class of 2023 senior and USC Ultimate Frisbee captain Hari Sridhara recently won a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Whether leaping through the air to catch a soaring frisbee, performing classical saxophone arias, or crafting nanoparticles for biological applications, college life has been action-packed for Hari Sridhara (B.S. Chem Eng ‘23).

The graduating chemical engineering senior from the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has been conducting undergraduate research within the Armani Lab, researching the stiffness of nanoparticle hydrogels. He was recently awarded a highly competitive Nationals Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will be invaluable as he pursues his graduate research career in materials science.

But when he’s not working hard in the lab, he can be found out on the field jumping, throwing, and running at lightning speed as a captain of the USC Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team. The fast-paced sport has been a vital outlet for Sridhara during his rigorous college schedule.

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