Nikhil   Gupta

Nikhil Gupta

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering


Nikhil Gupta joined the NYU-Poly faculty in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2010.

His research focuses on processing and structure property correlation for particulate composites and sandwich structures; modeling and development of multifunctional micro-and nano-composite materials; sensing damage and structural health-monitoring techniques including embedded sensors ultrasonic imaging; and biomaterials and bio-inspired materials.

He has presented 24 invited lectures and authored 3 book chapters, over 47 journals, and 75 conference publications and presentations.

A 1996 graduate of the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India, Gupta earned a Master of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering (1998) from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India and a PhD in Engineering Science (2003) from Louisiana State University.

Gupta is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 and 2009 Visiting Lectureship Award from the American Society for Metals-Indian Institute of Metals, the Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship administered by the American Society of Engineering Education, and the Junior Faculty Fellow, Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

He is a member of the Composites Materials Committee of TMS and ASM-International as well as the editorial board of Composites Part B: Engineering, Elsevier, and the editorial advisory board of Scientific Journals International.

Journal Articles

Detailed publication list is available at

  • Lin, T.C., and Gupta, N. and Talalayev, A. Thermoanalytical characteristics of epoxy matrix-glass microballoon syntactic foams. Journal of Materials Science, Vol. 44, No. 6, 2009, pp. 1520-1527.
  • Nguyen, N. Q., Peterson, S. D., Gupta, N., and Rohatgi, P. Effect of process modification on the microstructure and properties of fiber reinforced metal matrix composites. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Vol. 40, N0. 8, 2009, pp. 1911-1922.
  • Nguyen, N. Q. and Gupta, N. Power modulation based fiber-optic loop-sensor having a dual measurement range. Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 106, No. 3, 2009, # 033502.
  • Caeti, R., Gupta, N., and Porfiri, M. Processing and compressive response of functionally graded composites. Materials Letters, Vol. 63, No. 22, 2009, pp. 1964-1967.
  • Gupta, N., Gupta, S. K. and Mueller, B. J. Analysis of a functionally graded particulate composite under flexural loading conditions. Materials Science and Engineering A, Vol. 485, No. 1-2, 2008, pp. 439–447.
  • Gupta, N. and Pinisetty, D. A Review of Thermal Conductivity of Polymer Matrix Syntactic Foams - Effect of Hollow Particle Wall Thickness and Volume Fraction. JOM, 2013, 62(2): p. 234-245.
  • Lao, J., Tam Naghdi, M., Pinisetty, D., and Gupta, N. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of FCC Metallic Nanowires – A Review. JOM, 2013, 62(2): p. 175-184.
  • Luong, D. D., Strbik III, O. M., Hammond, V. H., Gupta, N., and Cho, K. Development of high performance lightweight aluminum alloy/SiC hollow sphere syntactic foams and compressive characterization at quasi-static and high strain rates. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2013, 550: p. 412-422.
  • Poveda, R. L. and Gupta N. Post-impact residual high strain rate compressive properties of carbon fiber laminates. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 2013, in press.
  • Gupta, N. Modeling and simulation in composite materials – integration from nanostructure to component level design. JOM, 2013, 62(2): p. 136-139.
  • Colloca, M., Gupta, N., and Porfiri, M. Tensile properties of carbon nanofiber reinforced multiscale syntactic foams. Composites Part B, 2013, 44(1): p. 584-591.
  • Luong, D. D., Pinisetty, D. and Gupta, N. Compressive properties of closed-cell polyvinyl chloride foams at low and high strain rates: Experimental investigation and critical review of state of the art. Composites Part B, 2013, 44(1): p. 403-616.
  • Shunmugasamy, V. C., Pinisetty, D., and Gupta, N. Viscoelastic properties of hollow glass particle filled vinyl ester matrix syntactic foams: effect of temperature and loading frequency. Journal of Materials Science, 2013, 48(4): p. 1685-1701.

Other Publications

  • Rohatgi, P. K., Gupta, N. and Daoud, A. Synthesis and processing of cast metal matrix composites and their applications. ASM Handbook Vol. 15: Casting, 2008, pp. 1149-1164.
  • Rohatgi, P. K., Schultz, B. F., Gupta, N. and Daoud, A. Solidification during casting of metal matrix composites. ASM Handbook Vol. 15: Casting, 2008, pp. 390-397.


Louisiana State University, Class of 2003

Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering

Indian institute of Science, Class of 1998

Master of Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering

M. Regional Engg. College, University of Rajasthan, Class of 1996

Bachelor of Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering


Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Associate Professor

From: September 2010 to present

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Assistant Professor

From: September 2004 to September 2010

Louisiana State University

Research Associate

From: August 2003 to August 2004

Louisiana State University

Research/Teaching Assistant

From: August 1999 to June 2003

Punjab Engineering College


From: June 1998 to June 1999


Fiber-optic extensometer, (Design)

A new fiber-optic sensing concept and device for measing displacement.

Authored + Edited Books

Gupta, N., and Hunt, W. (Editors) Proceedings of the symposium “Solidification Processing of Metal Matrix Composites”, TMS Annual Meeting-2006, March 12-16, 2006, San Antonio, TX. ISBN: 978-0-87339-625-7.

Awards + Distinctions

Research Interests

Check the research projects at

  • Multifunctional micro and nano-composites materials.
  • Processing and structure property correlation for particulate composites and sandwich structures.
  • Sensing of damage and structural health monitoring.
  • Biomaterials and bioinspired materials.

General / Collaborative Research

  • Marine Composite Materials (With Dr. Maurizio Porfiri)
  • Blast and Impact Loading of Bones and Tissues: Deformation and Damage Mechanisms (With Dr. Paulo Coelho, NYU)
  • Analysis of Knee Joints (With Dr. Peter Walker, NYU)