Nikhil   Gupta

Nikhil Gupta

Associate Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace 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 40 invited lectures and authored 10 book chapters, over 100 journal articles, 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 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, 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, Materials Science and Engineering A, and the editorial advisory board of Scientific Journals International.

Journal Articles

Detailed publication list is available at

  • 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, 2014, accepted, in press.
  • 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. TBD.
  • 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, accepted, in press.
  • Doddamani, M., Kishore, Shunmugasamy, V. C., Gupta, N. and Vijaykumar, H. B. Compressive and flexural properties of functionally graded fly ash cenosphere-epoxy resin syntactic foams. Polymer Composites, 2014, accepted, in press.
  • Labella, M., Shunmugasamy, V. C., Strbik III, O. M. and Gupta, N. Compressive and thermal characterization of syntactic foams containing hollow silicon carbide particles with porous shell. Journal of Applied Polymer Science.
  • Poveda, R. L. and Gupta, N. Carbon nanofiber reinforced syntactic foams: compressive properties and strain rate sensitivity. JOM, 2014, 66(1): p. 66-77.
  • Gupta, N., Zeltmann, S. E., Shunmugasamy, V. C. and Pinisetty, D. Applications of polymer matrix syntactic foams. JOM, 2014, 66(2): p. 245-254.
  • Luong, D. D., Shunmugasamy, V. C., Cox, J., Gupta, N., and Rohatgi, P. K. Heat treatment of AZ91D Mg-Al-Zn alloy: microstructural evolution and dynamic response. JOM, 2014, 66(2): p. 312-321.
  • Poveda, R. L. and Gupta, N. Electrical properties of carbon nanofiber reinforced multiscale polymer composites. Materials & Design, 2014, 56:416–422.
  • Poveda, R. L, Achar, S. and Gupta, N. Viscoelastic properties of carbon nanofiber reinforced multiscale syntactic foam. Composites Part B. 2014, 58: 208–216.

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


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

1. 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.

2. Gupta, N. and Rohatgi, P. K. (Editors) Metal Matrix Syntactic Foams: Processing, Microstructure, Properties and Applications, DesTech Publications (May 2014).

3. 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

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  • 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)