Savi Iyer

Professor Of Physics
ISC 228C

Savi Iyer has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1993. She has taught a wide variety of courses in physics. Her areas of research interest include general relativity, geometric methods, strong gravity, and gravitational lensing. 

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Savi Iyer photo - 2017

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Physics (General Relativity); University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1993
    M.S., Physics; Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1989
    M.Sc., Physics; Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, 1986
    B.Sc., Physics (3-yr); Meenakshi College, University of Madras, India, 1984


  • S. V. Iyer, "Frame-dragging induced asymmetry in the bending of light near a Kerr black hole," (2018). arXiv:1808.06630v1 [gr-qc]
    S. V. Iyer and E. C. Hansen, “Strong and Weak Deflection of Light in the Equatorial Plane of a Kerr Black Hole,” (2009). arXiv:0908.0085v1 [gr-qc]
    S. V. Iyer and E. C. Hansen, “Light’s Bending Angle in the Equatorial Plane of a Kerr Black Hole,” Phys. Rev. D, 80, 124023 (2009). arXiv:0907.5352v1 [gr-qc]
    S. V. Iyer and A. O. Petters, “Light’s Bending Angle due to Black Holes: From the Photon Sphere to Infinity,” General Relativity and Gravitation, 39, 1563-1582 (2007). (gr-qc/0611086)
    K. A. Fletcher, S. V. Iyer and K. F. Kinsey “Some Pivotal Thoughts on the Current Balance,” The Physics Teacher, 41, 280-284 (2003).
    S. V. Iyer and S. G. Rajeev, “A Model of Two-dimensional Turbulence Using Random Matrix Theory,” Modern Physics Letters, A17, 23, 1539-1550 (2002). arXiv:physics/0206083
    S. V. Iyer, E. T. Newman and C. N. Kozameh, "The Vacuum Einstein Equations via Holonomy around Closed Loops on Characteristic Surfaces," Journal of Geometry and Physics, 19, 151- 172 (1996). gr-qc/9502020
    E. T. Newman, C. N. Kozameh and S. V. Iyer, "Einstein Equations via Null Surfaces," Acta Physica Polonica A, 85, 647-654 (1994).
    C. N. Kozameh, E. T. Newman and S. V. Iyer, "Non-local Equations for General Relativity," Journal of Geometry and Physics, 8, 195-209 (1992). (Preprint PDF)

Employment History

  • 2010-present: Professor of Physics, SUNY Geneseo
    2016-2017: Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment, SUNY Geneseo
    2011-2016: Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services, SUNY Geneseo
    2009-2011: Rotating Associate Dean of the College, SUNY Geneseo
    2003-2010: Associate Professor, SUNY Geneseo
    2005: Visiting Research Associate, Duke University, Durham, NC (on sabbatical leave) 
    2001-2002: Drescher Research, SUNY Geneseo
    1996-2003: Assistant Professor, SUNY Geneseo
    Spring 1996: Visiting Assistant Professor, SUNY Geneseo
    1994-1995: Visiting Assistant Professor, SUNY Geneseo
    Fall 1993: Adjunct Lecturer, SUNY Geneseo
    Summer 1993: Teaching Assistant, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    1991-1993: CAS Academic Advisor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    1989-1991: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    1986-1989: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University, Ames, IA


  • PHYS 126: N/Analytical Physics II Lab

    An experimental course developing laboratory and analytical skills in physics. Includes experiments in electric fields, Ohm's law, use of the oscilloscope, and electric circuits. Prerequisites: PHYS 124 or permission of department. Corequisites: PHYS 125 or permission of department. Offered every spring

  • PHYS 224: Analytical Physics IV

    This course will include elementary quantum theory, Schrodinger's equation, wave properties of matter, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, atomic structure and the Bohr atom. Special topics may include a survey of material from different subfields of physics such as cosmology, solid state physics, nuclear physics, etc. Prerequisites: PHYS 223, MATH 223, or permission of department. Corequisites: PHYS 228 or permission of department. Offered every spring

  • PHYS 344: Statistical Thermodynamics

    An introduction, covering the connection between the physics of single particles and the bulk behavior of materials; the quantitative study of entropy, heat, temperature, the Carnot cycle, free energy, thermodynamic potential, phase equilibria, and the laws of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic systems, such as ideal gases and free electrons in metals, are considered. Prerequisites: PHYS 224, PHYS 228 and MATH 326 or permission of department. Offered every fall

More About Me

Curriculum Vita (brief PDF version)

Savi Iyer (Savitri Venkateswaran, V. Savitri) was born in Chennai, India, and in 1986, emigrated to the US to begin graduate work in Physics.  She and her husband, Madan Shastri, have two children, and live in Pittsford, NY.

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Faulkner: Read it four times."
-- Paris Review interview with William Faulkner.