Nikhil Gupta joined the NYU-Tandon School of Engineering faculty in 2004 and currently serves as Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is also affiliated with the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering and Center for Cybersecurity.

His research focuses on advanced materials, with current projects related to developing new security methods for 3D printing, developing filaments of advanced composites and using machine learning methods for materials characterization.

He has presented over 100 keynote and invited lectures and authored 23 book chapters, 200 journal articles, and 90 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. He was elected in 2022 Class of Fellows of ASM International. His other awards include the 2020 Brimacombe Medalist Award from TMS; 2013-ASM-International 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-Tandon School of Engineering.

He served as the Chair of the Composites Materials Committee of TMS (2016-2018) and Membership Secretary of American Society for Composites. He is serving on the editorial board of Materials Science and Engineering A, Advanced Composites and Hybrid Materials and ASTM journal Materials Processing and Characterization and previously served on the editorial board of Composites Part B.

Research Interests: Cybersecurity in manufacturing: design based security, product authentication methods, anti-reverse engineering technologies.
Additive manufacturing of complex and composite materials.
Materials characterization methods under dynamic loading.
Sensing of damage and structural health monitoring.

Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 1996
Bachelor of Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering

Indian Institute of Science, 1998
Master of Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering

Louisiana State University, 2003
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering

NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Professor (2019- )
Associate Professor (2010-2019)
Assistant Professor (2004-2010)

Louisiana State University
Research Associate (2003-2004)
Research/Teaching Assistant (1999-2003)

Punjab Engineering College
Lecturer (1998-1999)

Journal Articles

Detailed publication list

  • Averardi, A., Cola, C., Zeltmann S. E. and Gupta, N. Effect of particle size distribution on the packing of powder beds: A critical discussion relevant to additive manufacturing. Materials Today Communications, 2020, 24, Paper # 100964.
  • Chen, F., Yu, J. H. and Gupta, N. Obfuscation of Embedded Codes in Additive Manufactured Components for Product Authentication, Advanced Engineering Materials, 2019, # 1900146.
  • Xu, X. and Gupta, N. Application of radial basis neural network to transform viscoelastic to elastic properties for materials with multiple thermal transitions. Journal of Materials Science, 2019, 54 (11), 8401–8413.
  • Xu, X. and Gupta, N. Artificial neural network approach to predict the elastic modulus from dynamic mechanical analysis results. Advanced Theory and Simulations, 2019, 2 (4), 1800131.
  • Singh, A. K., Deptula, A. J., Anawal, R., Doddamani, M. and Gupta, N. Additive manufacturing of three-phase syntactic foams containing glass microballoons and air pores. JOM, 2019, 71 (4), 1520–1527.
  • Chen, F., Luo, Y., Tsoutsos, N., Maniatakos, M., Shahin, K. and Gupta, N. Embedding Tracking Codes in Additive Manufactured Parts for Product Authentication, Advanced Engineering Materials, 2018, # 1800495.

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.

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.


See research projects at composites lab site

Ongoing Research Projects

  • Cybersecurity methods in additive manufacturing cyber-physical systems.
  • Education of security in mechanical engineering curriculum.
  • Fiber-optic sensor for wind turbine blade health monitoring.
  • Machine learning methods in materials characterization.


  1. Nikhil Gupta, Nguyen Q. Nguyen, Fiber-optic extensometer. US Patent #8,428,400, April 23, 2013.

  2. Nikhil Gupta, Nguyen Q. Nguyen, Method for measuring the deformation of a specimen using a fiber optic extensometer. US Patent #8,649,638, February 11, 2014.

  3. Nikhil Gupta and Vasanth Chakravarthy Shunmugasamy, Multifunctional syntactic foams, US Patent US9676916, 2017.

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Research Centers, Labs, and Groups