Nikhil   Gupta

Nikhil Gupta

Associate Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Nikhil Gupta joined the NYU-School of Engineering 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 50 keynote and invited lectures and authored 10 book chapters, over 110 journal articles, and 75 conference publications and presentations. He has also written or edited 4 books.

A 1996 graduate of the Malaviya National Institute of Technology 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 several awards including the 2013-ASM Silver Medal, 2013-TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, 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, NYU-School of Engineering.

He is the Vice President of the Composites Materials Committee of TMS and ASM-International as well as an editorial board member of Composites Part B: Engineering, Elsevier, Materials Science and Engineering A, Journal of Composites, and ASTM journal Materials Processing and Characteriation and the editorial advisory board of Scientific Journals International.

Journal Articles

Detailed publication list is available here.

  • Omar, M. Y., Xiang, C., Gupta, N., Strbik III, O. M. and Cho, K. Syntactic foam core metal matrix sandwich composite: compressive properties and strain rate effects, Materials Science and Engineering A, 2015,643: p. 56-168.
  • Omar, M. Y., Xiang, C., Gupta, N., Strbik III, O. M. and Cho, K. Syntactic foam core metal matrix sandwich composite under bending conditions. Materials & Design. 2015, 86: p. 536–544.
  • Anantharaman, H., Shunmugasamy, V. C., Strbik III, O. M., Gupta, N. and Cho, K. Dynamic properties of silicon carbide hollow particle filled magnesium alloy (AZ91D) matrix syntactic foams. International Journal of Impact Engineering, August 2015, 82, p. 14–24.
  • Luong, D. D., Shunmugasamy, V. C., Gupta, N., Lehmhus, D., Weise, J., and Baumeister, J. Quasi-static and high strain rates compressive response of iron and Invar matrix syntactic foams. Materials & Design, February 2015, 66(Part B, 5), p. 516-531.
  • Licitra, L., Luong, D. D., Strbik III, O. M., and Gupta, N., Dynamic properties of alumina hollow particle filled aluminum alloy A356 matrix syntactic foams. Materials & Design, 2015, 66 (Part B): p. 504–515.
  • Shunmugasamy, V.C., Zeltmann, S. E., Gupta, N., and Strbik III, O. M., Compressive characterization of single porous SiC hollow particles. JOM, 2014, 66(6): p. 892-897.
  • Shapiro, M., Tovar, N. Yoo, D., Sobieraj, M., Gupta, N., Branski, R., and Coelho, P. G., Strain rate effects on the mechanical properties and fracture mode of skeletal muscle. Materials Science and Engineering C, 2014, 39, p. 100–104.

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, 2003

Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering

Indian Institute of Science, 1998

Master of Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering

Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, 1996

Bachelor of Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering


New York University, Tandon School of Engineering

Associate Professor

From: August 2010 to present

New York University, Tandon School of Engineering

Assistant Professor

From: August 2004 to September 2010

Louisiana State University

Research Associate

From: July 2003 to August 2004

Louisiana State University

Research/Teaching Assistant

From: July 1999 to June 2003

Punjab Engineering College


From: May 1998 to June 1999


Method for measuring the deformation of a specimen using a fiber , (Method)

Fiber-optic extensometer, (Design)

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

Authored + Edited Books

  • Poveda, R. L. and Gupta, N. Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced Polymer Composites, Springer, September 2015, ISBN 978-3-319-23786-2.
  • Gupta, N., Pinisetty, D., Shunmugasamy, V. C. Reinforced Syntactic Foams: Effect of Nano and Micro-Scale Reinforcement, Springer, September 2013, ISBN 978-3-319-01242-1.
  • Gupta, N. and Rohatgi, P. K. (Editors) Metal Matrix Syntactic Foams: Processing, Microstructure, Properties and Applications, DesTech Publications (May 2014).
  • Gupta, N. and Hunt, W. H. (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 here

  • 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)
  • Syntactic foam manufacturing at industrual scale (Dr. Mrityunjay Doddamani, NITK, India)
  • 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)