this man should talk to you!
From Gladden et al, Phys Rev Lett 94 35503 (2005)
Recently we had a very refreshing Astronomy department colloquium.
It was be Prof Andrew Belmonte, experimental mathematician and pasta chef extraordinaire.
He also gives good talks.
The topic was a bit off the beaten path for us; non-Newtonian fluids, viscoelastic polymers and buckling and shattering of fibers. In other words it was intellectually stimulating, refreshing and interesting. (Like all our colloquium speakers of course, just different).
And, it was also relevant, apart from the obvious astrobio relevance, there are are clear analogies to magnetohydrodynamic fluids and crustal snapping in neutron stars.
So, invite him to give a talk at your institution.