Frequently Published Tandon Materials Scientist Takes to Editing


Nikhil Gupta, NYU Tandon associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering

Nikhil Gupta, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has seen his research on 3D printing of syntactic foams, cybersecurity in 3D printing, surgical applications for magnesium, and much more published in premier scholarly journals like the prestigious Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (JOM). Now he is editing two special issues of the journal that highlight cutting-edge research in composite materials. The June 2018 issue of JOM, recently released, focuses on metal matrix composites. The July 2018 issue, which will be released shortly, spotlights polymer matrix composites.

Mrityunjay Doddamani of the National Institute of Technology in Surathkal, India, co-edited the special issues, both of which capture current, state-of-the-art findings and practices in composite materials, and feature both review and research articles. Gupta and Doddamani also co-wrote an editorial for both issues exploring the plethora of current and potential high-tech applications for lightweight and high-performance polymer matrix composites for automotive, sports, apparel, aerospace, ballistic, security and more.

These special issues originated from the symposium Metal and Polymer Matrix Composites III that was organized as part of Materials Science and Technology (MS&T), the premier materials science conference in the U.S., which took place on October 8-12, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. Gupta is a founder of this symposium series and currently also serves as Chair of Composite Materials Committee of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, which is responsible for composite materials-related programming in Society conferences and journals.

The fourth edition of his symposium is scheduled at MS&T in 2019. “Having a symposium run in this conference for several years provides a very high level of visibility to NYU in professional circles,” Gupta said. “Editing a technical topic in JOM is a great honor as this is one of the premier journals published and circulated among the entire membership of the society,” he added.